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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.







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A referendum on Netanyahu?

Israeli voters headed to the polls on Tuesday. The vote was a do-over and a referendum of sorts on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who failed to create a governing coalition after the last election earlier this year. Plus, how did Qatar, the tiny Persian Gulf country, become the backdrop for the historic negotiations between the US and the Taliban? Finally, a monumental, superhuman task was accomplished: American swimmer Sarah Thomas became the first person ever to swim the length of the...


The US-Saudi relationship is complicated

We dig into the complicated US-Saudi relationship. Beyond oil, where does the US strategic interest lay in aligning with the Saudis? Plus, Arab Israelis comprise about 20% of the electorate in Israel, but they don't have a proportionate number of seats in the Israeli Knesset. That could change in the country's election on Tuesday. And in a village in Sicily, houses are selling for 1 euro each.


(Featured) Things That Go Boom: Was Trump right to walk away from the Iran deal?

Time Magazine called Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster a “pre-eminent warrior-thinker.” President Donald Trump called him a pain. So when McMaster left the White House to be replaced by the hawkish Ambassador John Bolton, foreign policy experts saw the writing on the wall. The Iran nuclear deal was next on the chopping block. On this bonus episode from The World's partners at the podcast, Things That Go Boom, host Laicie Heeley tracks how advisers clashed right up to the moment Trump yanked the United...


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.