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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.








Acquitted in El Salvador

Evelyn Hernández gave birth to a stillborn baby and was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2017, convicted of inducing an abortion that killed her baby. But on Monday, Hernández was acquitted in a new trial that activists say was a victory for women's rights in El Salvador. In the second part in our series from Ghana, the country has declared a "Year of Return" for the African diaspora to mark 400 years since the first enslaved Africans arrived in Virginia. The World's Rupa Shenoy has the...


ISIS violence in Afghanistan

A wedding was the scene of political violence in Afghanistan on Sunday. ISIS targeted a minority group, the Hazara, who have been trying to get their voices heard in the ongoing talks to end the 18-year-old war. And, we begin a four-part series on the origins of African slavery in America. Historians say that Sunday marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the first enslaved Africans in what would become the US. Also, we hear a requiem for a glacier in Iceland.


Are manufacturing jobs coming back to the US?

President Donald Trump again touted how he has brought manufacturing jobs back to the United States. But has he? We dive into the numbers. Plus, the Department of Homeland Security funds programs to steer children away from radicalization, but it's not reaching kids who could grow up to be white supremacists. And Spain has its own version of a "Green New Deal" to help transition its coal workers to jobs in renewable energy.


Global markets take a nosedive

What's going on with the world economy? Markets are up, they're down, they're way down and up again. We explore the worrying signs of a potential looming global recession. Six European countries agree to take 150 refugees aboard two migrant rescue boats after both Malta and Italy refused to allow the ship to dock. And when Syrians are detained, their families often have no idea what happens to them after they are arrested. The World's Shirin Jaafari reports on desperate Syrian families who...


Protesters and social media in Hong Kong

How does the social media campaign in Hong Kong compare with other recent pro-democracy movements? Also, hackers make money for North Korea — but there’s no easy way to stop them. And, the changing nature of Christian evangelicals in America, and the non-white contingent among them. We meet with a married couple in Los Angeles — a black Christian rapper and a Latina scholar.


A big breakthrough on Ebola

Scientists announced this week for the first time that there are effective treatments for the deadly Ebola virus. Plus, what exactly happened with Russia's nuclear missile accident? And we continue our series looking at the changing face of Christian evangelicals in America. We visit a small church in California that's making a pretty radical shift away from what’s been called the gospel of prosperity.


Cut off in Kashmir

Kashmir remains cut off from the outside world. Should the US intervene? Also, protests in Hong Kong continue to escalate as protesters shut down the Hong Kong airport, one of the busiest airports in the world. And, we kick off a series on the changing face of evangelical Christianity.


20 years of Putin in power

Friday marks 20 years of Vladimir Putin at the helm in Russia. We look at how Putin acquired, consolidated and held onto power for two decades. Plus, we examine the communication clampdown in Kashmir and the apparent uptick in hate speech in the United States with a UN official. And protesters have started a three-day sit-in at the Hong Kong airport.


ICE picks up hundreds in Mississippi raids

ICE has arrested hundreds of immigrants in Mississippi. What is the impact of the ICE raids on families? Plus, in the final story in our series from Tijuana, Mexico, The World's Monica Campbell introduces us to a young man from Honduras who's following the new procedure in applying for US asylum. And, a young singer-songwriter from Brazil tells the tales of women and of lesbian lovers. Her music is potentially provocative in the era of Brazil's far-right anti-LGBTQ president, Jair Bolsanaro.


Mexico’s ambassador to the US speaks about El Paso

The Mexican ambassador to the US speaks about Mexico’s response to the El Paso shooting rampage and how it can work with the US to reduce gun violence. Also, Jorge Ramos, anchor for the Spanish-language Univsion, is in El Paso. He talks about his network's coverage of the shootings and how it differs from what viewers are seeing in English-language cable news outlets. Plus, if you were to construct living quarters on Mars, how would you get the building materials there? The construction...


From mourning to action in El Paso

As more details of the victims of Saturday's mass shooting in El Paso come out, host Marco Werman speaks with Fernando Garcia, founder and executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights about how families, including his, are reeling from the incident, but also asking bigger questions about the roots of such a tragedy and its connections to white supremacy. We meet a family that fled threats from violent cartels in Mexico and began the process of applying for US asylum. After a...


Mass shooting challenges the core US national identity

Police say the suspect in the El Paso shooting appears to be the author of a racist screed that claimed, "This attack is a response to the Hispanic invasion of Texas." What happens when a country’s core national identity no longer matches its demographic reality? Plus, asylum-seeking migrants are waiting to have their cases heard for uncertain periods of time. This week, we learn what's it like for them at different stages of their wait. And, a story that reminds us how closely connected all...


No sign of tensions eased after latest US-China trade talks

Trade talks in Shanghai came to a close with no clear resolution in the ongoing US-China trade war. We learn how the fallout is being felt throughout Southeast Asia. Also, the latest on al-Qaeda since the death of Osama bin Laden's son, who was to head the terrorist group. And, iconic rock musician Carlos Santana reflects on Woodstock 50 years on.


A spotlight on health in other Western democracies

The US Democratic presidential candidates are once again focusing on health care. How does health care work in other Western democracies? Plus, thousands of unaccompanied minors who arrived in Sicily as refugees are still unaccounted for. Finally, a birth announcement in San Diego is great news for experts trying to save the white rhino population from extinction.


US and China continue trade talks

US and Chinese negotiators sit down for trade talks this week while the effects of the trade war continue to hurt American businesses. Also, the Philippines has been named as the most dangerous place for environmental activists. Plus, a Dutch city is planting bee-friendly gardens on the rooftops of its bus stop shelters.


Trump names a new spy chief

President Donald Trump said on Sunday he would nominate Rep. John Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican who strongly defended him at a recent congressional hearing, to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence. What kind of impact will this change have with intelligence agencies of our allies? Also, Hong Kong police have appeared to rely more and more on tear gas against civilians to disrupt street protests. Yet, most countries have agreed not to use it — even as a weapon of war on...


A federal judge blocks Trump's asylum rule

The White House vows to fight a federal judge's decision to block one of President Donald Trump's new immigration rules. The decision puts a temporary stop to a rule introduced last week barring most asylum applications at the US-Mexico border. Also, North Korea has seized a Russian fishing boat within its territorial waters. The seizure says a lot about the richness of the fisheries off North Korea, but also about their importance to the North Korean economy, which is under stress due to...


Former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies

In Washington, former special counsel Robert Mueller testified before two congressional committees on Wednesday about his lengthy investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, and on links between the Trump campaign and Russia. Also, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló is reportedly resigning following weeks of massive protests over a series of scandals, including a leak of private text messages. And, Puerto Rican singer iLe describes how her music reflects a growing...