PRI's The World-logo

PRI's The World


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.
More Information


Boston, MA




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.








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...


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...


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...


(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...


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...


House launches impeachment inquiry

House Democrats are launching a formal impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced late Tuesday, in the wake of revelations that he may have withheld military aid to Ukraine and pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate a Democratic presidential candidate. The UN General Assembly met in New York on Tuesday, while protests continued in the streets, including Indigenous Brazilians speaking out against their president. And it...


A focus on climate at the UN

Young people are meeting in New York on Monday at the United Nations Youth Climate summit led by 16-year-old Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump is not attending the climate summit. Instead, Trump convened a session at the UN on worldwide religious freedom and persecution. Plus, host Carol Hills speaks with Samantha Power, former UN ambassador under President Barack Obama, about the unintended consequences of the Obama administration's intervention...


(Featured) Things That Go Boom: Meet the James Bond of the Iran nuclear deal

Jake Sullivan is no James Bond. He's a nice kid from Minnesota. But Sullivan's top secret diplomacy may have staved off catastrophe as the US pursued the Iran nuclear deal. On this bonus episode from The World's partners at the Things That Go Boom podcast, host Laicie Heeley digs into how real diplomacy gets done — not the Hollywood-movie kind. (Diplomacy, it turns out, isn’t as sexy as Bond.) This is the real-life version, where sleep-deprived people pore over thousands of pages of...


Global protests for action on climate change

Friday marked a day of worldwide protest around climate change. Children skipped classes and took to the streets ahead of the UN Climate Action Summit next week. Also, anti-government protests in Hong Kong have grown in size, and clashes with police have become more violent. What's the strategy going forward, and what risks are activists willing to take? Plus, the drive to thwart diseases like malaria and dengue by altering the genes of mosquitos. Scientists warn, however, that the work...


Photos of Trudeau dressed in 'brownface'

Photos have surfaced of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wearing brownface makeup. The World's Rupa Shenoy looks into the history of brownface and blackface in Canada, and puts the photos in social context. Plus, India, the world's second-largest consumer of tobacco products, will ban the production and sale of e-cigarettes under a new executive order. And, what to expect when the United Nations holds a special climate summit next week.


Saudis sort through the wreckage

American and Saudi investigators are pouring through the wreckage from the strikes against the oil facilities this weekend, looking for clues to determine the trajectory of the attack. Also, results from Israel's elections on Tuesday are still coming in and it's looking like a disappointing result for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. And, President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Paris climate agreement two years ago. What difference has that actually made?