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PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe.

PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe.
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PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe.








Labour Party pains, Windrush author Andrea Levy passes, Antarctica journey update

Lawmakers in the UK defect to become independents. The formation of a new splinter group of British MPs may signal a major realignment in UK politics. Britain is mourning cherished author Andrea Levy, who helped raise awareness of the Windrush generation — nearly half a million people who moved from the Caribbean to Britain to fill labor shortages after WWII. And listeners ask questions about climate change and the Antarctic.


President Trump declares state of emergency, FBI human rights unit to be dismantled, the LOL League trolls French women

President Donald Trump has declared a national emergency in order to obtain more funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border. We ask the mayor of Brownsville, Texas, for his reaction. And Mexico's former ambassador to the US discusses the lack of dialogue between Mexico and the Trump administration regarding the wall plans. Plus, another dispatch from Antarctica.


A marine remembers Tehran, children of TPS holders bring stories to stage, ISIS bride asks to come home to UK

Vice President Mike Pence criticizing US allies criticized US allies — Britain, France and Germany — for taking the wrong approach toward Iran in Poland. And a Marine remembers this day in 1979 when the US embassy in Tehran was breached by protesters. Plus a play staged in Washington by the children of immigrants who've been protected by TPS, or Temporary Protected Status.


Leading journalist arrested in Manila, Hungary for Hungarians, 52 polar bears roam northern Russian town

Journalist Maria Ressa, the head of Rappler, a news website critical of the government in the Philippines, is facing an accusation of cyber libel from the government of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, and Duterte has denounced Rappler as "fake news." Also, we conclude our series on politics in Hungary. Today, how the rise for far-right parties has kept women out of positions of power in the country. Plus, a town in the Russian Arctic struggles to cope with a polar bear invasion.


Viktor Orbán's not-so-free media, protesting for permanent residency, Venezuela's aid standoff

Notorious drug cartel ringleader "El Chapo" Joaquín Guzmán was found guilty on all counts in a New York courtroom today. But does it make a difference for the illegal drug trade? Plus, would an expansion of existing barriers along the border with Mexico impact drug smuggling into the US? And, the right-wing government in Hungary and the control it has over its media.


Anti-immigrant sentiment in Hungary, crossing the Drake Passage, humanitarian aid in Syria

What's behind the latest stumbling block in Washington over border security? Democrats are pushing for a cap on the number of immigrants detained by ICE, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. Also, the rise of anti-immigrant sentiment in Hungary, spearheaded by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. And what it feels like to cross one of the roughest stretches of ocean in the world — the notorious Drake Passage.


Blackface is a global problem, Tim Horton's legacy, rediscovered songs from Jewish ghettos

The global manifestations of blackface and why the practice persists in many countries despite its racist connotations. Also, we follow up on the sexual assault allegations being leveled against Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Costa Rican President Óscar Arias. And, new recordings of lost tunes written by Jews from the ghettos in Ukraine.


#MeToo accusations in Costa Rica, what happened in Venezuela, the story of a boy at the US border

The former president of Costa Rica, Nobel Peace Prize winner Óscar Arias, is accused of sexual assault. Plus, how Venezuela went from being a wealthy country to one in economic collapse. And, we follow one boy in a “caravan” of migrants as he tries to reach his mother in California.


State of the environment, foreign policy whiplash, El Paso's crime reality

The World comparisons how the US approaches nuclear weapons programs in Iran and North Korea. And human rights concerns in Venezuela and Saudi Arabia. Also, the asylum policy known as “Remain in Mexico” is now in effect. And, absent in the State of the Union was an examination of environmental priorities.


An ambassador without an embassy, peace talks with the Taliban, immigration policy a year later

Carlos Vecchio is the ambassador of Venezuela's opposition in Washington, and will be at Tuesday's state of the union as a guest of Sen. Marco Rubio. Vecchio tells host Marco Werman about his job drumming up support for Juan Guaidó, the US-recognized interim president of Venezuela. We also hear from Marco Villada, a former DACA recipient who grew up in California, but ended up stranded in Mexico while trying to clarify his immigration status. Plus, Marco speaks with Fawzia Koofi, a member of...


US announces withdrawal from nuke treaty, Apple versus tech giants, Super Sunday around the world

The United States pulls out of a nuclear treaty. But does that make us safer? And, Apple takes action against Facebook and Google after finding out that the two companies have been distributing apps that violate Apple's rules. Plus, watching the Super Bowl from abroad.


Pancho Villa the musical, China-US trade talks, why is Chicago colder than parts of the Arctic?

Weather trends around the globe, and some areas are far colder than normal and some far warmer. Also in today's show, Germany and France set up a new trade exchange in an effort to get around US sanctions on Iran. And, Pancho Villa, the musical.


#EraseHate, Thich Nhat Hanh nears death, Border Patrol agent shortages

Two nuclear program are on our minds on the heels of testimony yesterday by chief intelligence officers to the US Senate Intelligence Committee. Also, a doctor in Caracas gives us her first-person account of protesting against Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro, then returning to her clinic to care for patients. And, one man's effort to erase hate with a power washer.


Measuring snowfall in Antarctica, under house arrest in Venezuela, making economic abuse a form of domestic violence in the UK

The Chinese tech giant might be poised to bring 5G speeds to our mobile devices, but some Western countries are edging away from Huawei — or shutting it out entirely. Plus, how much did it snow today? That's not easy to answer in places that are really windy. And in Haiti, this food is beloved and ubiquitous: pikliz. There’s an effort to bring the foodie scene way beyond Haiti.


Adopting Chernobyl's pups, peace talks with the Taliban, Toronto-based researchers targeted by undercover agents

What the prospect of a peace deal with the Taliban could mean for the US and the Afghan government. Also, the story of a Syrian woman who was part of the Arab Spring protests in her country. Plus, a program to get the dogs of Chernobyl adopted.


Tehran is sinking, a human rights emergency in Venezuela, an Australian politician 'comes out' about her own drug use

Voices from Venezuela where massive protests and a struggle over presidential power have transfixed the country. Also, Tehran is sinking, literally. Extracting too much water from the city's underground aquifer has led to sinkholes and worse across the Iranian capital. And, the UK cracks down on social media influencers.


Two strongmen meet on Syria, preparedness for nuclear missiles, just how fast is Antarctica melting?

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in Moscow about their overlapping interests in Iran and Syria. We look at reverberations from two strongmen trying to set the agenda for a troubled region. Plus, The World's Carolyn Beeler explains how the fragility of one Antarctic glacier could potentially be the cause of future massive sea level changes globally.


Brexit's Plan B, Duterte's war on the Catholic Church, some Venezuelans flee after protests

As the World Economic Forum's annual event in Davos, Switzerland, opens Tuesday, host Marco Werman looks at the issues of global wealth inequality and disruptive trade policies. Plus, unrest in Venezuela this week, as President Nicolas Maduro puts down an attempted uprising of the national guard and his political opposition plans nationwide protests. The World talks with reporter Mariana Zúñiga in Caracas about the current situation there and with Marianne Menjivar of the International...