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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.








Finding the missing after Dorian's devastation

As rescue efforts in the Bahamas continue, some are using social media and crowdsourcing to help locate missing people and those who need to be evacuated. Robert Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe for 37 years, is dead at 95. We look at his troubled legacy, from liberator of a nation to tyrant. And we hear from the British folk group, The Young'uns, who sing about Brexit and patriotism.


Hurricane Dorian's devastation of the Bahamas

As Hurricane Dorian endangers the US East Coast, the full extent of the devastation in the Bahamas is emerging. Plus, former US Ambassador Ryan Crocker explains the complications surrounding peace talks in Afghanistan between the US and the Taliban. And the verdict is in for a French rooster that's been on trial all summer for crowing too loudly: not guilty.


(Featured) Things That Go Boom: How serious is the nuclear threat?

Prepping a fallout shelter might sound like an exercise from an era of soda fountains and hula hoops. But for Ron Hubbard, president of Atlas Survival Shelters, business is, well … booming. Ron says he sold a shelter a month when he started out in 2011. Now he sells about one a day — from a barebones hideout to a luxury model that doubles as a wine cellar. So, why are 60s-style underground fallout shelters no longer so, well, underground? On this bonus episode from The World's partners at...


The rescue effort in the Bahamas

The latest on the rescue efforts in the Bahamas in the wake of Hurricane Dorian, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the Atlantic. Plus, maneuvers in Brexit politics have ruptured Britain's Conservative Party. Also, an Iranian-born author and immigrant dismantles stereotypes and expectations of refugees in her book "The Ungrateful Refugee: What Immigrants Never Tell You."


Global pressures on the Mississippi River

We take a break from our usual way of doing things at The World, and take a 40-minute, 1,000-mile journey down the Mississippi with reporter Jason Margolis. The Mississippi is a critical trade corridor that delivers US goods and commodities to the rest of the world and brings goods into the US from abroad. But up and down the Mississippi, new pressures are being put on America’s inland hydro highway, a strain that's only becoming more acute with the impacts of climate change. Also, we're...


Boris Johnson throws British politics into turmoil

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made a surprise move on Wednesday to suspend parliament. Some critics are calling it "constitutional outrage." What could this mean as Britain moves faster toward a "no-deal" Brexit? And, a US peace deal with the Taliban is reportedly close to completion. Also, a visit to a village in northern Thailand, where a settlement started by Chinese anti-Communist nationalists ended up as a hip tourist destination.


The Amazon continues to burn

As Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro continues to feud with world leaders, fires in the Amazon continue to destroy large swathes of the rainforest. Plus, European nations are approaching the threat of opioid addiction. And, as another big storm heads toward Puerto Rico, memories are still fresh of the poor response by government agencies after Hurricane Maria in 2017. We check with people on the island about how they're preparing right now.


Israeli airstrikes escalate

Israel has been bombing Syria for several years. But recent airstrikes appear to be a different issue. Also, how indigenous leaders in the Brazilian Amazon deal with the threat of wildfires. Plus, it's been a hot summer for many people around the globe — including Japan where air conditioning is viewed differently than in the US.


Boris Johnson heads to the G7 stage

Britain's new prime minister makes his debut on the world stage this weekend in France. Boris Johnson will meet a host of world leaders at the G7 summit, but lots of eyes will be watching closely for the dynamic between Johnson and President Donald Trump. And, in Iraq, a drone flown by Israel attacked a cache of weapons from Iran. What happened and is this an escalation to watch? Plus, we catch up with the Air Guitar World Championships taking place in Finland.


Massive wildfires in the Amazon rainforest

There's been a record number of fires in Amazon this year. What does it mean for Brazilians and the global climate? Plus, the final story in our series marking 400 years since the first enslaved African arrived in the English colonies: The World's Rupa Shenoy reports from Ghana, where she met with the leader of one ethnic group that has apologized for its role in the slave trade. And Nathan Law, one of the leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy movement, says he's now starting at Yale Law...


Deportations complicate Ghana's 'Year of Return'

Ghana's government is calling on people from the African diaspora to return to the country, marking 400 years since the first enslaved Africans were brought to America. Complicating the anniversary, the US and Ghana are currently in a diplomatic dispute over deportations. The World's Rupa Shenoy traveled to Ghana and met Ghanaians deported by the US to their home country. Also, how the white supremacy movement in the US appears to observers from other countries. And, the former US...


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...