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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.








After cartel violence paralyzes a city, what's next?

Violence erupted in Culiácan, Mexico, when cartel members and security forces clashed. President Andrés Manuel López Obrador has defended the decision to free a son of the jailed drug lord Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán, whose discovery in a home sparked the ambush. How much power do the cartels have in Mexico? Plus, shelling continued in northern Syria on Friday, despite President Donald Trump's announcement that the US had brokered a pause in the fighting. And, we have a story about Pepe the...


US says Turkey has agreed to pause offensive

Turkey agreed on Thursday to pause its offensive in Syria for five days to let Kurdish forces withdraw from a "safe zone" Ankara had sought to capture. Also at this week's Democratic debate, former Vice President Joe Biden raised the question: Is ISIS coming to America? We're doing a reality check on that. Plus, US President Donald Trump's tariffs against the EU take effect Friday. In Scotland, the new 25% tariffs could impact a beloved export: Scotch.


US envoy travels to Turkey to negotiate a cease-fire

Turkey continued its offensive in northern Syria on Wednesday. Meanwhile, US Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Turkey to meet with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to negotiate a ceasefire, but the Turkish president says he will not agree to a ceasefire until the border area is cleared of Kurdish fighters. Plus, we speak to an entrepreneur in Damascus to get a view from the Syrian capital. And, a world-class player of the Theremin comes to our studio to celebrate the 100th anniversary of...


What's next after the US imposes sanctions on Turkey?

With the US imposing economic sanctions on Turkey, what will NATO or the EU do? And, will Turkey's threat of releasing refugees into Europe stop the EU from acting? Also, a majority of Scottish citizens voted against independence from the UK a few years ago. Now, with Brexit on the horizon, many Scots are wondering if they really want to be tied to London anymore.


(Featured) Things That Go Boom: Is our foreign policy for sale?

Money in politics is a little bit like an iceberg — there’s the stuff you can see, like lobbying firms, and then there’s all the stuff below the waterline. On this bonus episode from The World's partners at the Things That Go Boom podcast, host Laicie Heeley wades into the swamp. Heeley focuses on one of the loudest groups that weighed in on the Iran nuclear deal to get a better sense of how the system works. The story that emerges includes a Greek shipping magnate, a gold trader, an...


Chaos in Syria as alliances shift

Northern Syria is in chaos. The situation on the ground is changing quickly, with new coalitions aligning and more groups joining the fight. And, American farmers are getting fed up with being pawns in President Donald Trump's trade wars. Also, a kindergarten in southern Israel was shut down in September after the school was accused of segregating students by race. But for Ethiopian Jews in Israel, it was another painful reminder of the obstacles they face as a minority in the Jewish state.


Giuliani's tangled ties in Ukraine

Serhiy Leshchenko, a former Ukrainian MP and investigative journalist, is being called "the Ukrainian who sunk Paul Manafort." Leshchenko provided evidence on the shadowy activities of Trump’s former campaign manager in Ukraine. Also, Friday marked the third day of Turkish attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, the attacks have forced more than 60,000 Syrians from their homes. For Syrian refugees already in Turkey, this is making...


The impact of Turkey's offensive on people in Syria

What's the impact of Turkey's military incursion into Syria having on people there? Also, Apple removed an app from its online store that protesters in Hong Kong have been using to locate police and dangerous spots in the city. Plus, tensions are boiling over at universities around the world where students from Hong Kong and mainland China are getting into disputes over pro-democracy protests back home.


Turkish military action opens new chapter in Syrian war

Turkey launched an attack on Kurdish militias in northern Syria on Wednesday. These are some of the same Kurdish military forces who've been fighting alongside US troops against ISIS. Turkey's move was expected, but plenty of Middle East experts, along with members of the US Congress, are worried about the consequences. In Hong Kong, pro-democracy protesters have been attacked in the streets by groups of men — often wearing the same color t-shirts — wielding batons, cleavers and Chinese...


Policy shift in Syria puts spotlight on Kurds

Donald Trump's decision to remove US troops from Syria leaves the Kurdish forces there vulnerable. We take a look at the Kurds, who are guarding large detention centers for ISIS fighters and their families. Plus, anti-Brexit members of the European Parliament are hosting a 60-piece band to deliver a musical plea for the UK to stick with Brussels. And in China, electric buses are everywhere — and there are very few in the US. The technology to switch to all-electric bus fleets exists, but the...


Time to get out of 'ridiculous endless wars'

US troops have withdrawn from border posts in northeastern Syria following a policy shift from President Donald Trump endorsing a Turkish military plan to move into the region. The decision has deeply alarmed former US officials who see it as a betrayal of America's allies in the region. Also, Republican Jeff Flake, who served in the House and Senate for 18 years representing Arizona, gives us his thoughts into the political calculations Republicans on Capitol Hill are making amid the Trump...


(Featured) Things That Go Boom: Why the US and Iran have bad blood

Before they were enemies, the US and Iran used to be an item. In fact, the US helped start Iran's nuclear program. But, like any failed relationship, it’s not just one thing that led to the break-up. Years of misinformation, politics, greed, reality TV and some real security interests on both sides all caused friction. On this bonus episode from The World's partners at the Things That Go Boom podcast, host Laicie Heeley has the story of how the US and Iran broke up — because you can’t truly...


Did Trump do something illegal? Or just inappropriate?

Text messages reveal how the Trump administration pushed Ukraine's government to investigate leading Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his family. In the United Kingdom, the border between Northern Ireland and Ireland has returned as a major sticking point for a new Brexit plan. Plus, protesters in Hong Kong are using maps to locate police and dangerous spots — but only on Android phones.


Trump's former special envoy to Ukraine questioned

The impeachment inquiry scandal in Washington has shined a bright and uncomfortable light on an anti-corruption scandal in Ukraine. Plus, Kurt Volker — a longtime US diplomat who served as Trump's special envoy for Ukraine until resigning last week — was questioned by members of Congress behind closed doors on Thursday. And, a highly coveted Michelin star is at the center of a legal conflict in the world of European fine dining.


A 'perfect call' with Ukraine — or smoking gun?

President Donald Trump says he made a "perfect call" to Ukraine's president. But, in Ukraine, there's a long backstory. Plus, you'll hear our interview with Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, two years before he was murdered. Also, North Korea has tested another missile capable of being launched from a submarine. And, we'll get into the fallout from one of the most closely watched affirmative action cases in higher education.


Celebrations in mainland China, but tear gas in Hong Kong

Beijing celebrates 70 years of communist rule with a massive military parade in Tiananmen Square. But, the mood is far different in Hong Kong where police shot a protester at close range — raising the ante on the level of violence in the territory. Also, first Ukraine and now Australia — did President Donald Trump ask for help in settling political scores here in the US? And, hundreds of people named Nigel are celebrating their "Nigel-ness" at an English country pub.


How is the impeachment inquiry playing out in Ukraine?

The impeachment inquiry of US President Donald Trump is dominating attention in the US, but how is the story playing out in Ukraine? Also, Hong Kong officials are under pressure to maintain order in the streets in preparation for the 70th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. And, it only took Jamaican sprinter Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce 10.71 seconds to run the 100 meter final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha on Sunday. Fraser-Pryce's gold medal win makes her the fastest...


How does the US whistleblower protection law work?

Whistleblower. It's the word of the day in the news. But what exactly does the US Whistleblower Protection Act do? What protections do whistleblowers have in foreign countries? Protests have resumed against Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. The Egyptian president says there's no reason for concern, even as the police and army tighten security around Cairo and other major cities there. And if you have a teenager, you've likely heard of TikTok. The Chinese-owned app is popular all...


Why does Ukraine need US military aid money?

The formal impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump hinges on military aid for Ukraine that was approved by Congress but temporarily held up by the president. That money is a major source of funding in Ukraine's fight with Russia. We're exploring this question: Why does Ukraine need the money? Also, where do things stand between Russia and Ukraine? And, Thursday marks five years since 43 college students disappeared in Mexico. Their disappearance remains a grim, unsolved mystery.


No laughing matter in Ukraine

We’re reporting on the formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, but focusing our coverage on the other side of the telephone line: Ukraine. Also, we’ve got the latest on Brexit. The UK Parliament reconvened on Wednesday after Britain’s Supreme Court ruled that Prime Minister Boris Johnson acted unlawfully when he suspended the legislature. And Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Trump recently held a rally together in Houston that has caused divisions in the...