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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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Haitians star in an ad campaign exposing the irony of the hashtag #FirstWorldProblems.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Haitians have become the spokespeople for a new ad campaign which exposes the irony of the popular hashtag #FirstWorldProblems. Also in the programme we learn what President Kennedy didn’t know during the Cuban Missile Crisis; music from the film Argo; and a reporter's vivid memories of the mercurial King Sihanouk of Cambodia.

(Image: Haitian woman sits in rubble, Credit: AFP/Getty)

"signed, Sealed, And Delivered"20171016

One Boston family's wish to get a letter to their grandmother in Puerto Rico

Two journalists set off on a quest to hand deliver a letter to a grandmother in Puerto Rico from her family on the mainland of the United States.

Also: we learn why Che Guevara is being honoured on a postage stamp in Ireland; we admire the art of Martin Ramirez which has been featured on postage stamps in the US; plus we read one of the most timeless job application letters in history, sent by a copywriter, Robert Pirosh, to studio directors in Hollywood, in 1934.

(Image: Janet Franceschini Colon (left), Jennifer Santos Franceschini (middle), Jenelyn Santos (right) and Jennifer's two daughters are pictured. Credit: PRI’s The World)

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Why Iraqi immigrants in the US are getting sent back to Iraq

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

“People are absolutely losing it. Some they go to their work. Some they pluck them right out of bed from their families."

Why Iraqis in the US are getting sent back to Iraq; what it means for one immigrant to get to stay; the fight for paid leave for victims of domestic violence in Canada; a Ukrainian physicist who always tries to keep politics and science separate fails yet again; and the two comedians who started ArmComedy, their country’s first satirical news programme, explain what Armenians find funny.

(Photo: An Iraqi owned restaurant in Detroit. Credit: Shirin Jaafari)

\u2018you Could Make This Place Beautiful\u201920170107

Hate crimes against Muslims are on the rise. One woman is fighting back. Literally.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

When Rana Abdelhamid was 15, a man tried to rip off her hijab. Now she teaches self-defence classes for Muslim women like her.

Also, we remember Tyrus Wong, the Chinese immigrant who shaped the look of Bambi, we meet ‘Wheelchair Man’ the first Afghan-American superhero; we learn about the Mexican revolutionary who inspired Princess Leia’s iconic hairstyle; we taste the most famous bread in Paris; and we hear a poem that defined a year.

(Image: Muslim women participate in a self-defence class on December 16, 2016 in New York City. The class was organized by the Women's Initiative for Self-Empowerment (WISE). Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

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Odin Biron, an American actor and one of Russia\u2019s most popular TV stars, reveals a secret

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet one of the hottest young stars on Russian television— an American actor who recently revealed that he is gay. Plus, we visit the Canadian village of Goodwood, a tiny town proud of its unsavoury reputation on TV. And, we hear about the Iranian film director Jafar Panahi, who is defying a ban on making films.

Also, Boston Calling listeners consider whether there is such thing as ‘a good death’. The story behind a Muslim-American cop show that nearly came to be. And how an unlikely position at RadioShack gave the writer Deepak Singh an unexpected view of America.

(Photo: Odin Biron, the star of the Russian sitcom Interns. Credit: Maria Mitrofanova)

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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A Cancer In The Ranks2013060820130610 (WS)

Sexual assault is becoming \u201ca cancer\u201d in the US military and victims are not just women

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

On Boston Calling, one former US service member speaks out about the sexual abuse he suffered while in the military. Plus, the history of “Little America” in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. And, why it isn't always desirable to be a “burger” in Pakistan.

(Image: US military leaders testify at a senate hearing on sexual assaults in the military. Credit: Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

A Church On Every Corner2014021520140216 (WS)

The Nigerian pastor who has come to America to 'plant churches like Starbucks'

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

One of Africa's most influential Christian movements is now preaching the gospel in the US. We find out about its ambitious expansion plans. Plus, the former child-star Shirley Temple passed away this week. After retiring as an actress she had a brief career as a diplomat. A long-time Czech diplomat recalls her time as US ambassador to Prague. After that, we sample a kind of pastry - loved by Czechs - that has found its way to New York City by way of Texas.

We meet Kayla Williams and Brian McGough. They were army sergeants deployed to Iraq when they met and fell in love. Their lives were forever changed when Brian narrowly survived an explosion. And, after the city of Glendale, Southern California, erected a statue recently it found itself embroiled in a dispute between Japan and Korea that dates back to the World War Two. Finally, we put to rest some myths about the classic Italian dish, spaghetti alla carbonara.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

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\u201cWe won\u2019t call something anti-Semitism until we really know it\u2019s anti-Semitism."

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Five months after Jewish graves were vandalised in St. Louis, questions remain.

Also: a resolution condemning racism causes chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention; why refugees from Myanmar draw inspiration from the action movie, Rambo; the story of a murder that got manipulated to serve more than one political agenda; why a hate crime survivor tried to save the life of his attacker; plus Renee Goust has something to say to people who thinks she’s a “feminazi” and it comes in the form of a song.

(Image: Karen Aroesty is the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. Credit: Daniel A. Gross)

A Crime To Hate20170703

“We won’t call something anti-Semitism until we really know it’s anti-Semitism."

Five months after Jewish graves were vandalised in St. Louis, questions remain.

Also: a resolution condemning racism causes chaos at the Southern Baptist Convention; why refugees from Myanmar draw inspiration from the action movie, Rambo; the story of a murder that got manipulated to serve more than one political agenda; why a hate crime survivor tried to save the life of his attacker; plus Renee Goust has something to say to people who thinks she’s a “feminazi? and it comes in the form of a song.

(Image: Karen Aroesty is the regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. Credit: Daniel A. Gross)

A Half Degree Of Separation2018102720181028 (WS)
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Half a degree doesn't seem like much but in climate change, it makes all the difference

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A Look Ahead2015010320150104 (WS)

The personal archive of Colombian literary giant Gabriel Garc\u00eda M\u00e1rquez goes to Texas.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear about Gabriel García Márquez’s personal archive, which has been acquired by the University of Texas. Plus, we learn about a new virtual reality tool that brings news stories to life, and a project that crowdsources local solutions in the fight against climate change.

Also, we consider the future of the American space programme, the US Navy prepares its Laser Weapon System for battle, and how the greenhouse expertise of the Dutch made one US grower an orchid powerhouse.

Photo: Gabriel García Márquez working on One Hundred Years of Solitude. (Credit: Guillermo Angulo/Harry Ransom Centre)

A Melting Pot Menu2014112920141130 (WS)

Forget the turkey - it is a tamale Thanksgiving in Texas

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear why one family in Texas has ditched the Thanksgiving turkey in favour of Thanksgiving tamales. And, we visit an Armenian bakery in Boston to learn how to eat Lahmacun.

Also, how American craft brewers are inspiring beer makers around the world. Why Portuguese fish stew is such a hit in Massachusetts. The beauty of lop-sided cake for Norwegian chef Sweet Paul. And, why French bread is essential for a classic Vietnamese sandwich.

(Photo: A plate of Beatriz Jaimes’ pork and chicken tamales. Credit: Veronica Zaragovia)

A Question Of Time2016081320160814 (WS)
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Some refugees, stuck in camps in Greece, are considering returning home

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Conditions are so bad in refugee camps in Greece, some refugees are considering returning to the war torn countries they came from.

Also on the programme, residents of a disappearing island speak up; a former Pentagon official describes one moment that changed how she thinks about drones; a slam poet from Sudan shares her poetry; and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur thinks manufactured diamonds might replace real ones. Plus, some new emojis right some wrongs when it comes to gender equality.

Picture: A boy sits on a bus as he waits to be transferred to a refugee reception centre in Greece, Credit: Yannis Kolesidis/AFP/Getty Images

Conditions are so bad in refugee camps in Greece, some refugees are considering returning to the war torn countries they came from.

Also on the programme, residents of a disappearing island speak up; a former Pentagon official describes one moment that changed how she thinks about drones; a slam poet from Sudan shares her poetry; and a Silicon Valley entrepreneur thinks manufactured diamonds might replace real ones. Plus, some new emojis right some wrongs when it comes to gender equality.

Picture: A boy sits on a bus as he waits to be transferred to a refugee reception centre in Greece, Credit: Yannis Kolesidis/AFP/Getty Images

A Rebel\u2019s Ride2014040520140406 (WS)

Why the Toyota Hilux truck is coveted by every insurgent group from Syria to Afghanistan

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Why the Toyota Hilux pick-up is the truck that insurgent groups from Afghanistan to Syria want to drive. Also, the California town where Cesar Chavez launched the farm workers’ rights movement in the 1960s gets a starring role in a new film about him. Another California community that wants to be known for its large Arab immigrant population meets resistance from some locals. An American journalist explains how Stalin’s daughter wound up giving him parenting advice. Why one freight train - popular with Central American immigrants heading to the US - has earned the nickname The Beast. And, email sign-off preferences - how should you say goodbye?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

A Tale Of Two Homes2014110820141109 (WS)

A band of war refugees from Sierra Leone become Ebola refugees in Rhode Island

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

One of Sierra Leone’s most popular musical outfits is made up of former refugees from the country’s civil war. And now they are in exile again - this time, they are Ebola refugees in the US. We pay a visit to Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.

Also, the musings of an Indian-American writer who feels trapped between two countries. Why children from South Korea don't keep the fan on overnight. And, the memoir of an accidental war reporter in Yemen. Plus, the Star Trek actor George Takei talks about growing up in World War Two America. And, we find out how New York chef Ivan Orkin became a king of Japanese ramen.

(Photo: Reuben Koroma of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars practices the bass guitar at his temporary home in the city of Providence, Rhode Island. Credit: Marco Werman)

One of Sierra Leone’s most popular musical outfits is made up of former refugees from the country’s civil war. And now they are in exile again - this time, they are Ebola refugees in the US. We pay a visit to Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars.

Also, the musings of an Indian-American writer who feels trapped between two countries. Why children from South Korea don't keep the fan on overnight. And, the memoir of an accidental war reporter in Yemen. Plus, the Star Trek actor George Takei talks about growing up in World War Two America. And, we find out how New York chef Ivan Orkin became a king of Japanese ramen.

(Photo: Reuben Koroma of Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars practices the bass guitar at his temporary home in the city of Providence, Rhode Island. Credit: Marco Werman)

A Us Marine\u2019s Iraq War Diary2013032320130324 (WS)

Tim McLaughlin's writings about the 2003 invasion of Iraq anchor a New York exhibit.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A US Marine's Iraq war diary goes on display in New York City; why there are more international journalists covering the Bradley Manning whistle-blower trial than Americans; Muscovites give American action film star Steven Seagal a big Russian welcome and marrying by proxy.

(Image: An armed US Marine with night vision goggles, in silhouette on night patrol in Iraq. Credit: Getty Images)

A Us Marine’s Iraq War Diary2013032320130324 (WS)

Tim McLaughlin's writings about the 2003 invasion of Iraq anchor a New York exhibit.

A US Marine's Iraq war diary goes on display in New York City; why there are more international journalists covering the Bradley Manning whistle-blower trial than Americans; Muscovites give American action film star Steven Seagal a big Russian welcome and marrying by proxy.

(Image: An armed US Marine with night vision goggles, in silhouette on night patrol in Iraq. Credit: Getty Images)

A Us Retailer Fights Off A Canadian Pirate2013062220130624 (WS)

A small shop in Canada is reselling goods from popular US store in, Trader Joe's

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A European take on revelations of a secret US government surveillance programme and, looking back to a time when 'listening in' was less sophisticated, we hear from Cold War-era eavesdroppers.

Also on the programme: a beloved US retailer takes on a Canadian pirate. And the hunt for a video game that’s trash to some but treasure to others.

(Image: A sign says "We are an unauthorised (pirate) reseller of Trader Joe's fantastically great products", Credit: Mike Hallatt)

A European take on revelations of a secret US government surveillance programme and, looking back to a time when 'listening in' was less sophisticated, we hear from Cold War-era eavesdroppers.

Also on the programme: a beloved US retailer takes on a Canadian pirate. And the hunt for a video game that’s trash to some but treasure to others.

(Image: A sign says "We are an unauthorised (pirate) reseller of Trader Joe's fantastically great products", Credit: Mike Hallatt)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

A Year Of Living Dangerously2014011120140112 (WS)

Glenn Greenwald talks about his life since accepting secret files from Edward Snowden

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald describes what life has been like for him since he accepted secret documents about US government spying from Edward Snowden. We also hear about a Spanish developer with big plans for rebuilding the bankrupt US city of Detroit. Japan gives the US military permission to relocate a controversial base in Okinawa. US veterans weigh in on the latest surge of violence in Iraq. And New York’s famed Apollo Theater attracts amateur performers to its weekly talent night from all corners of the globe.

(Photo: Guardian journalist Glenn Greenwald, who interviewed former CIA employee Edward Snowden. Credit: Associated Press)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

€caught Up In The Policy’20170626

Iraqi immigrants in the US are getting sent back to Iraq.

“People are absolutely losing it. Some they go to their work. Some they pluck them right out of bed from their families."

Why Iraqis in the US are getting sent back to Iraq; what it means for one immigrant to get to stay; the fight for paid leave for victims of domestic violence in Canada; a Ukrainian physicist who always tries to keep politics and science separate fails yet again; and the two comedians who started ArmComedy, their country’s first satirical news programme, explain what Armenians find funny.

(Photo: An Iraqi owned restaurant in Detroit. Credit: Shirin Jaafari)

Activism In The Digital Age2015032120150322 (WS)

Technology as a force for social change at the South by Southwest interactive conference

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

At the South by Southwest interactive conference in Austin, Texas, we find out how new media is being used to drive social change. We hear about the role that protest plays in creating communities. We meet a Harvard student pressurising her university to give up its fossil fuel investments. And, Vivian Graubard, technology adviser to the White House, speaks about her passion for the issue of immigration. A young blogger in the US pushes for change in Egypt. And an investor in start-up businesses hopes to harness the creativity of entrepreneurs to counter the social media strategy of Islamic extremists.

(Image: A cartoon of a young protester holding a mobile phone. Credit: Rick Pinchera)

Aleppo's Ancient Souk20121014

Aleppo\u2019s ancient souk, a Norwegian statesman's rock ballad and brave New York foodies.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

This week, we tour Aleppo’s ancient souk.

Also, Norwegian statesman Jan Egeland gets his own rock ballad.

Plus, some Bostonians try to lift Indian kids out of poverty.

And we have the story of some New Yorkers who will tuck into any type of food - even duck embryo.

(Image: Shops are shuttered in the souk in the old city of Aleppo. Credit: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

This week, we tour Aleppo’s ancient souk.

Also, Norwegian statesman Jan Egeland gets his own rock ballad.

Plus, some Bostonians try to lift Indian kids out of poverty.

And we have the story of some New Yorkers who will tuck into any type of food - even duck embryo.

(Image: Shops are shuttered in the souk in the old city of Aleppo. Credit: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

Aleppo’s ancient souk, a Norwegian statesman's rock ballad and brave New York foodies.

All Dressed Up2017123020171231 (WS)

We meet the women who make our clothes.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

About 80 percent of garment industry workers are women. For the past few months, Jasmine Garsd has travelled the globe to meet these workers, in person.

We start in Roanoke Rapids in North Carolina, a formerly bustling cotton mill town, that’s gone quiet. Next, we go to Los Angeles, were we learn how a sweatshop raid in 1995 changed the garment industry in the US forever. Lastly, we got to Bangladesh, where a large portion of our clothing now gets made.

Want to find out how fair your fashion is? Here’s the website mentioned in the programme: https://interactive.pri.org/2017/fair-fashion-quiz/

(Image: Mother and daughter, Rongmala Begum (standing) and Mayna Begum, both work in clothing factories in Bangladesh. Credit: Ismael Ferdous/PRI)

Where do the clothes we wear every day come from?

America\u2019s Domestic Drones2013012620130127 (WS)

How unmanned aerial vehicles used for overseas missions are watching Americans at home

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

How unmanned aerial vehicles used for overseas missions are also tracking Americans at home.

Also, immigrant rights campaigners in Texas see an opportunity in President Obama's second term. And help comes to domestic abuse victims in California's South-Asian community.

(Image: A drone, Credit: Getty Images)

America\u2019s H1b Workers2013031620130317 (WS)

Could a controversial visa program for highly skilled foreigner workers be a bad idea?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A controversial US visa program for highly-skilled foreign workers; young refugees and immigrants in Arizona unite under the name "Team Milan"; the reigning Boston Marathon champ wins a different kind of race back home in Kenya and Japanese tsunami victims learn to smile again.

(Image: App Academy in San Francisco, CA, teaches students enough web development to qualify for an entry-level programming job in nine weeks. Credit: App Academy)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

America’s Domestic Drones2013012620130127 (WS)

How unmanned aerial vehicles used for overseas missions are watching Americans at home

How unmanned aerial vehicles used for overseas missions are also tracking Americans at home.

Also, immigrant rights campaigners in Texas see an opportunity in President Obama's second term. And help comes to domestic abuse victims in California's South-Asian community.

(Image: A drone, Credit: Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

American Adventures In North Korea2013120720131208 (WS)

Has a secret Korean war mission landed an elderly US veteran in hot water in North Korea?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

An 85-year-old US veteran who spent his war years behind enemy lines secretly training a group of Korean partisans is detained by North Korean authorities, at the conclusion of his recent visit to Pyongyang. Was his association with this most hated and feared unit the reason he is being held? Another American who served in a similar unit in North Korea says he is certain he would be arrested if he set foot in the country again.

Also, the story of a pair of American rappers who went to North Korea to shoot a music video. Plus, what US primary schools could learn from their counterparts overseas, and reinventing the bicycle wheel.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

American Dreams2013122120131222 (WS)

We delve into the troubled family history of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We explore the dysfunctional family history of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers, brothers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Also, we meet a Spanish teacher in Guatemala who doesn’t need to move to the US to live the so-called “American Dream”. He is living it in Guatemala - thanks to the internet. We hear why some Chinese students are embracing American slang, and why not everyone loves cinnamon. Plus, a case of international espionage set in an American corn field, and a rags-to-riches story set in California wine country.

(Photo: Patimat Suleimanova, aunt of Boston bombing suspects Dzhokhar and Tamerlan Tsarnaev, holds a photo from the family archive 22 April , 2013. Dzhokhar (C, bottom) and Tamerlan (C, top). Credit: Reuters)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

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American Identities20150523

How to eat pork, drink booze and be a 'good' Muslim

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet Tanzila 'Taz' Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh, the creative minds behind a new podcast called #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. And, we get Hollywood’s take on Asian-American leading men. Plus, the identity gap between African-Americans and African immigrants in the US.

Also, California's gardens tell an immigrant story. The celebrated Mexican author Cristina Rivera Garza says languages are not strait-jackets, but tools to start a bilingual conversation. And we bid farewell to the late-night host David Letterman with a sitar player.

(Photo: Zahra Noorbakhsh (left) and Tanzila "Taz" Ahmed host the new podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. Credit: Sabiha Basrai)

American Justice2018042120180422 (WS)

Since 1978, the number of women in US state prisons has grown by more than 800 per cent.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

All over the world, countries are imprisoning women at higher rates than ever before.

On the programme: We visit a new kind of drug treatment program for women in the Midwestern state of Ohio; we hear about why more and more mothers in Mexico are serving time for selling drugs; and we go to court with a Canadian woman named Cheyenne Sharma whose case ends up changing the law. The programme ends with the song ‘The One Who Stands In the Sun’ by Choctaw musician Samantha Crain.

(Image: Lisa Duncan, Ashley Porter, Sheena Kimberly and Stephanie Cleveland, all of whom are in the Tapestry program in Ohio, are pictured from left to right. Credit: PRI’s The World)

Americans And War2013072720130729 (WS)

A Syrian-American doctor returns to Syria to help victims of the sectarian violence

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Dr Aref Rifai, a Syrian-American eye doctor describes his recent visit to Syria to operate on victims of that country’s civil war. Filipinos who fought alongside Americans in the Second World War were granted US citizenship, but some family members are still waiting to be reunited with them in America. The remains of a 16th century Spanish fort recently discovered in the US state of North Carolina serve as a reminder of a neglected period in America’s history. US counter-insurgency tactics used in Afghanistan are enjoying some success combating gang violence in one struggling American city. And, why some want to do away with the US dollar?

(Picture: Dr Aref Rifai, a Syrian-American ophthalmologist, with a patient in Syria, Credit: Aref Rifai.)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

America's Reliance On Drone Warfare2013050420130506 (WS)

US Senators meet a Yemeni man whose village was targeted by a drone

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Yemenis question America's reliance on drone warfare: US Senators meet a Yemeni man whose village was targeted by a drone, and a made-up drone strike in Massachusetts goes viral in Pakistan.

Also, a reluctant fundamentalist jumps from book form to the big screen, and helping Mexican entrepreneurs get a leg up in the US market.

(Image: Air hangar and a drone, Credit: Getty Images)

An Act Of Faith2016101520161016 (WS)
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Two Americans in Lebanon on a mission from God to teach Syrian refugee children

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Two Texan missionaries built a school for refugees in Lebanon. But it’s unclear if they understand the risks.

Also: A Muslim doctor recalls when a patient refused to let him to treat her; ultra-Orthodox Israeli newspaper editors struggle to cover the US presidential race without printing pictures of women; writer Sabaa Tahir explains her vision of afterlife; and we learn about an ancient religion you've probably never heard of. Lastly, a Jewish family in New York sacrifices their first chicken.

(A woman walks past graffiti depicting a cross and reading 'we are here' in a Christian dominated suburb east of the Lebanese capital Beirut. Credit: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

Two Texan missionaries built a school for refugees in Lebanon. But it’s unclear if they understand the risks.

Also: A Muslim doctor recalls when a patient refused to let him to treat her; ultra-Orthodox Israeli newspaper editors struggle to cover the US presidential race without printing pictures of women; writer Sabaa Tahir explains her vision of afterlife; and we learn about an ancient religion you've probably never heard of. Lastly, a Jewish family in New York sacrifices their first chicken.

(A woman walks past graffiti depicting a cross and reading 'we are here' in a Christian dominated suburb east of the Lebanese capital Beirut. Credit: Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

An American Feast2013113020131201 (WS)

Going foraging in Seattle for locally grown foods

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

'Urban foraging' is the practice of harvesting food that grows naturally in the city where you live. Once a fringe activity, urban foraging is gaining acceptance in some US cities as a measure to protect against increasing food insecurity. We’ll go harvesting with some foragers in Seattle. We’ll also hear how coffee powers America’s soldiers… and why it’s okay to leave one Japanese restaurant in New York City without tipping. We’ll also sample some New Orleans gumbo. It’s the dish that defines the city, or is it the city that defines the dish?

Picture: Melany Vorass Herrera harvests stinging nettles from Seattle’s Golden Gardens Park. It’s technically illegal, but like many other US cities, Seattle is starting to promote careful urban foraging.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

An Artist\u2019s Touch20150516

A war photographer documents life and death on the American home front

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear from David Guttenfelder, an American war photographer raising awareness about the alarming suicide rate among former US soldiers. Plus, we look at the Vietnam War’s aftermath through the eyes of a communist spy. And we meet Sonita Alizadeh, a young Afghan rapper who escaped teen marriage by singing about it.

Also, independent perfumers make a big splash in the fragrance world. Ai Weiwei’s Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads exhibition comes to Wyoming. And an Iranian-American musician pays tribute to Rabia Basri, the first female Sufi mystic.

(Photo: Marine Corps boots sit on a small shelf in Brandon Ladner’s old bedroom. Ladner was a US Marine who shot and killed himself last year. Credit: David Guttenfelder)

An Iraqi-american Family\u2019s Sanctions Nightmare2013010520130106 (WS)

Jailed for sending money to Iraq; join the Army, become an American; and Mexico\u2019s drug war

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

On today's show: the Iraqi-American businessman jailed for violating US sanctions by sending money to his relatives in Iraq in the 1990s.

Plus, we hear about the Koreans flooding a Pentagon programme offering a fast-track to US citizenship for those who join the military and “outlandish” stories from Mexico’s drug war.

Photo: Getty Images

An Iraqi-american Family’s Sanctions Nightmare2013010520130106 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Are You Afraid Of The Dark?2017072220170723 (WS)
20170724 (WS)

A solar eclipse rallied Americans around science. Could it again?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

In 1878, scientists all over the US witnessed a total eclipse of the sun. After that, American science was never quite the same.

Also: Sona Hosseini learns that being an astronomist….can be depressing; photographer Joel Sartore goes on a quest to take pictures of endangered animals before they disappear; why the American TV drama Twin Peaks took off in Russia; and we remember director George Romero who changed how we think about zombies.

(Image: A total solar eclipse is seen in Indonesia on March 9, 2016. Credit: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Are You Afraid Of The Dark?20170724

A solar eclipse rallied Americans around science. Could it again?

In 1878, scientists all over the US witnessed a total eclipse of the sun. After that, American science was never quite the same.

Also: Sona Hosseini learns that being an astronomist….can be depressing; photographer Joel Sartore goes on a quest to take pictures of endangered animals before they disappear; why the American TV drama Twin Peaks took off in Russia; and we remember director George Romero who changed how we think about zombies.

(Image: A total solar eclipse is seen in Indonesia on March 9, 2016. Credit: Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images)

Asian Exchange2014112220141123 (WS)

How a start-up selling low-tech products is helping India's poor

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear about a start-up in India - founded by two young American women - selling low-tech products that help the poor with every day challenges. And, the legacy of Swami Vivekananda in the United States.

Also, how immigrants in the US state of New Hampshire created an unlikely ethnic food hub for the local South Asian community. The American activist training the women’s national cycling team in Afghanistan. And the Pakistani writer, Bina Shah, challenges perceptions of her homeland in the American television series ‘Homeland’. Plus, breaking a sweat with BollyX—the new fitness trend sweeping America that combines aerobics and Bollywood dance moves.

(Photo: The owner of a small shop on the side of a highway in India's Tamil Nadu. Above his head is a solar lamp produced by the start-up Essmart. Credit: Rhitu Chatterjee)

Assumptions... Assumptions20151114

America has no monopoly on racism, it's just 'more lethal'

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The journalist Gary Younge tells us how his exposure to racism in the US changed his view on the world. Then we hear why activists for India's Dalits are taking cues from the Black Lives Matter movement. And the essayist Deepak Singh recalls the excruciating moments watching TV with his family in India when a condom ad would come on the screen.

Also: how a Latina with red hair and a Jewish last name challenges ideas about identity. We ask whether Orthodox Jewish women can become rabbis. And we meet a rising star on the Mexican music scene— El Compa Negro.

(Photo: Protesters gather at Union Square in New York City on April 2015. Credit: Getty Images)

The journalist Gary Younge tells us how his exposure to racism in the US changed his view on the world. Then we hear why activists for India's Dalits are taking cues from the Black Lives Matter movement. And the essayist Deepak Singh recalls the excruciating moments watching TV with his family in India when a condom ad would come on the screen.

Also: how a Latina with red hair and a Jewish last name challenges ideas about identity. We ask whether Orthodox Jewish women can become rabbis. And we meet a rising star on the Mexican music scene— El Compa Negro.

(Photo: Protesters gather at Union Square in New York City on April 2015. Credit: Getty Images)

At The Movies2017112520171126 (WS)

The voice acting world is facing questions of identity and representation.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Hollywood has been criticised for its practice of whitewashing. Now, the voice acting world faces questions.

Also: Kelvin Han Yee, a Chinese-American actor, broke his parents' heart and wonders if it was worth it; a birdwatcher begs Hollywood to get its bird sounds right; Disney/Pixar’s “Coco,” which was a hit in Mexico, comes to the US; Laela French, a Star Wars buff, explains the origins of Darth Vader’s costume; and in the documentary “Dreamland” the Wabanaki people take back their narrative.

(Image: For years, G.K. Bowes was the official voice of Barbie. Credit: Courtesy of G.K. Bowes)

At Your Civil Service2017102120171022 (WS)
20171023 (WS)

How climate change and Donald Trump brought an end to one diplomat's career

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Dave Rank, a high ranking diplomat, resigned over Trump’s climate change policy.

Also: a former sheriff worries that new legislation in California to protect unauthorised immigrants will make it harder for police officers to do their jobs; a member of India’s lowest caste moves to New York and becomes a train conductor; a journalist travels around the world to see how people pay taxes; Harry Truman’s grandson impersonates him in a play; plus we meet some four legged civil servants: bomb sniffing dogs.

(Image: Dave Rank is the former head of the US embassy in Beijing. Credit: Ashley Ahearn/Terrestrial. http://kuow.org/programs/terrestrial )

At Your Civil Service20171023

How climate change and Donald Trump brought an end to one diplomat's career

Dave Rank, a high ranking diplomat, resigned over Trump’s climate change policy.

Also: a former sheriff worries that new legislation in California to protect unauthorised immigrants will make it harder for police officers to do their jobs; a member of India’s lowest caste moves to New York and becomes a train conductor; a journalist travels around the world to see how people pay taxes; Harry Truman’s grandson impersonates him in a play; plus we meet some four legged civil servants: bomb sniffing dogs.

(Image: Dave Rank is the former head of the US embassy in Beijing. Credit: Ashley Ahearn/Terrestrial. http://kuow.org/programs/terrestrial )

Dave Rank, a high ranking diplomat, resigned over Trump’s climate change policy.

Also: a former sheriff worries that new legislation in California to protect unauthorised immigrants will make it harder for police officers to do their jobs; a member of India’s lowest caste moves to New York and becomes a train conductor; a journalist travels around the world to see how people pay taxes; Harry Truman’s grandson impersonates him in a play; plus we meet some four legged civil servants: bomb sniffing dogs.

(Image: Dave Rank is the former head of the US embassy in Beijing. Credit: Ashley Ahearn/Terrestrial)

Baby Guaranteed2018071420180715 (WS)

In Ukraine, surrogacy is legal, but some ask if it's exploitation.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

One in six Americans is affected by infertility, according to a recent study by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The US has legal commercial surrogacy programmes, but they can cost more than $100,000, so some couples are looking abroad.

This week, we explore the global surrogacy industry by travelling to Ukraine, which has become the go-to spot for foreign couples seeking surrogates, and then to India, where commercial surrogacy may soon be banned.

(Image: Kateryna (not her real name) lives in a rural village in Ukraine. She decided to become a surrogate so she could get ahead and earn extra money. Credit: Anastasia Vlasova/PRI’s The World)

Baby Guaranteed20180714

In Ukraine, surrogacy is legal, but some ask if it's exploitation.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

One in six Americans is affected by infertility, according to a recent study by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. The US has legal commercial surrogacy programmes, but they can cost more than $100,000, so some couples are looking abroad.

This week, we explore the global surrogacy industry by travelling to Ukraine, which has become the go-to spot for foreign couples seeking surrogates, and then to India, where commercial surrogacy may soon be banned.

(Image: Kateryna (not her real name) lives in a rural village in Ukraine. She decided to become a surrogate so she could get ahead and earn extra money. Credit: Anastasia Vlasova/PRI’s The World)

Best Intentions2014041220140413 (WS)

The story of a ball designed to revolutionise the way the world\u2019s poor light their homes

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The story of a ball that was supposed to have revolutionised the way people in developing countries light their homes. Also in the show, how the Rwanda genocide led a 27-year-old American to devote his life to preventing future atrocities. An American man who brought presents to the family of the Palestinian who tried to murder his wife. An immigrant from Malaysia remembers going hungry her first night in the US because of a misunderstanding between her and her host family. And, a programme that hopes to solve the shortage of young farmers in America by focusing on urban immigrant teens.

Picture: Eduardo Tamaniz Diego, 6, was excited to receive a “Soccket” last year in his home state of Puebla, Mexico. But he says the ball, which generates power to run an electric light, stopped working, Credit: Jennifer Collins

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Better Together2018011320180114 (WS)

A love story that began at the outbreak of the Korean War.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

For George Lampman and Lee Sook Ei it was love at first sight. Then, the Korean War broke out.

Also: A monastery in Missouri, about to close its doors, is saved by monks from Vietnam; Spanish speaking actors in Miami unionise to fight for better working conditions; doctors in the US get lessons from doctors in Cuba in how to reduce infant mortality; an amateur mathematician from Tennessee discovers the largest known prime number; plus we listen to Bjork and reminisce about unrequited crushes.
(Image: Lee Sook Ei and George Lampman met at the US embassy in Seoul. Credit: Courtesy of the Lampman family)

Between 'immigrant' And 'citizen'2013112320131124 (WS)

A play about illegal immigrants in the US tries to humanise the immigration reform debate

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

How a play about the struggles of illegal immigrant youths in the United States is trying to humanise the national debate over immigration reform. We hear from the author of Citizenship: American Identity after Globalization about how the value placed on US citizenship has changed through the years.

Also, how Filipinos in the US who already send a lot of aid back home are trying to do more in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. An American architect’s ambitious vision for a new public park in Russia’s capital moves ahead. And, what Fidel Castro said when he heard that President John F Kennedy had been shot in Dallas 50 years ago this week.

(Picture: The play Just Like Us follows four young immigrants from Mexico and looks at how their legal status impacts their futures, Credit: Jennifer M Koskinen, all rights reserved by Denver Center Theater Company)

How a play about the struggles of illegal immigrant youths in the United States is trying to humanise the national debate over immigration reform. We hear from the author of Citizenship: American Identity after Globalization about how the value placed on US citizenship has changed through the years.

Also, how Filipinos in the US who already send a lot of aid back home are trying to do more in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. An American architect’s ambitious vision for a new public park in Russia’s capital moves ahead. And, what Fidel Castro said when he heard that President John F Kennedy had been shot in Dallas 50 years ago this week.

(Picture: The play Just Like Us follows four young immigrants from Mexico and looks at how their legal status impacts their futures, Credit: Jennifer M Koskinen, all rights reserved by Denver Center Theater Company)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the.

Beyond The Call Of Duty2014102520141026 (WS)

How former US soldier Jordan Matson is fighting the Islamic State in Syria

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

President Obama insists there are no American combat troops in Iraq and Syria, and that there are no plans to deploy any. But we meet an American ex-military man who’s gone to fight with the Kurds against Islamic State.

Also, the Royal Air Force’s first openly transgender officer has a message for the Pentagon regarding the US military’s ban on transgender people serving. And, a former American soldier shares her experience of transitioning from male to female during a deployment to Afghanistan. Plus, a visual journalist uses a pencil - not a lens - to capture images of war in Afghanistan. A photographer documents the surreal landscape of the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay. And a Sikh-American combats stigma and prejudice by making people laugh.

(Photo: Former US soldier Jordan Matson, who joined a Kurdish militia group fighting IS in northern Syria. Courtesy of Jordan Matson)

Border Control20150711

A political campaign in Texas takes aim at Islamic law.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We look at a campaign in Texas that takes aim at Islamic religious law. Then, the Mexican-American cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz explains why sensitive viewers should avoid his new TV show, ‘Bordertown’. And, we hear how Salvador Dalí and a soft drink helped a poet laureate find his way in the US.

Also, we’ve got the story of onetime enemies in Bosnia who are now regulars at the same café in Arizona. An American tourist finds out that his passport is in the hands of smugglers in Turkey. And John Wurdeman tells us how a trip to a record store in the state of Virginia led him to a winery in the country of Georgia.

Border Patrol2013092120130923 (WS)

A cat-and-mouse game intensifies with US Border Patrol as illegal crossings rise in Texas

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The issue of immigration reform in the United States has been pushed to the side as the US Congress weighs other concerns. But immigration reform advocates say the problem of people entering the United States illegally is as big as ever. We hear about the growing number of would-be immigrants who are dying along the US/Mexico border. We also meet a local politician who tried to pass laws to discourage illegal immigration in his community - and lost.

Also, refugees of the 1990s civil war in Bosnia now living in the US offer advice to Syrians who are fleeing the violence in their homeland. And a cartoon sponge who’s become ubiquitous in Egypt.

Picture: A grandson hugs his grandfather after both were apprehended by Border Patrol in Hidalgo, Texas, Credit: Mónica Ortiz Uribe

Boston Bombings Aftermath2013042720130428 (WS)
20130429 (WS)

Boylston Street reopens after the Marathon bombings

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Boston Calling20170624

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

“People are absolutely losing it. Some they go to their work. Some they pluck them right out of bed from their families."

Why Iraqis in the US are getting sent back to Iraq; what it means for one immigrant to get to stay; the fight for paid leave for victims of domestic violence in Canada; a Ukrainian physicist who always tries to keep politics and science separate fails yet again; and the two comedians who started ArmComedy, their country’s first satirical news programme, explain what Armenians find funny.

(Image: There are an estimated 121,000 Chaldeans in the metro Detroit area. Many of them are small business owners. Credit: Shirin Jaafari)

Boston Calling20170701
Boston Goes To Hollywood20160213

Teaching American actors how to sound authentically African

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet the American woman teaching US actors how to improve their African accents, and we hear why #OscarsSoWhite isn't very Latino. We look at the bicultural LA bakery that is breaking one of the unwritten rules of business. And, we speak to the Colombian film-maker behind the first feature shot in the Amazon rainforest in more than 30 years. We find out why American film studios are making more foreign movies specifically for foreign audiences. Plus, we remember Mary Fiumara, an icon of Boston's Little Italy.

(Photo: Actor Will Smith attends the Concussion premiere in New York, 2015. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

We meet the American woman teaching US actors how to improve their African accents, and we hear why #OscarsSoWhite isn't very Latino. We look at the bicultural LA bakery that is breaking one of the unwritten rules of business. And, we speak to the Colombian film-maker behind the first feature shot in the Amazon rainforest in more than 30 years. We find out why American film studios are making more foreign movies specifically for foreign audiences. Plus, we remember Mary Fiumara, an icon of Boston's Little Italy.

(Photo: Actor Will Smith attends the Concussion premiere in New York, 2015. Credit: Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

Boston Marathon Bombing2013042020130421 (WS)
20130422 (WS)

Views on the Boston Marathon bombings from some of the race's international runners, as well as war correspondents compare the scene in Boston to some of the worst they've witnessed. Also on the programme praising tourniquets and an amputee marathon competitor offers hope to those injured in the attack.

(Image: A Boston police officer and floral tributes, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Views on the Boston Marathon bombings from some of the race's international runners, as well (should probably just be "and") war correspondents compare the scene in Boston to some of the worst they've witnessed. Also on the programme, praising tourniquets and an amputee marathon competitor offers hope to those injured in the attack.

Views on from racers, war correspondents and an amputee marathon competitor

Boston Marathon Bombings2013042020130421 (WS)

Views from racers, war correspondents and an amputee marathon competitor.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Views on the Boston Marathon bombings from some of the race's international runners and war correspondents compare the scene in Boston to some of the worst they've witnessed. Also on the programme, praising tourniquets and an amputee marathon competitor offers hope to those injured in the attack.

(Image: A Boston police officer and floral tributes, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Boston Uncommon2014041920140420 (WS)

How Boston has changed in the aftermath of last year\u2019s Marathon bombings

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

It’s been a year since the Boston Marathon bombings. As the city gears up for this year’s race, we hear from some of the people who’ll be on the course. One - an experienced runner and trauma surgeon - treated victims in last year’s blast. The second is an Iraqi diplomat who’ll be running to show solidarity with terrorism victims the world over.

Also in this edition, how the adopted hometown of the alleged bombing suspects is coming to terms with the events of last April. And the new generation of robots that are being deployed to protect high-profile sporting events like the Boston Marathon.

Picture: A man observes the Dear Boston exhibit at the Boston Public Library. The exhibit pays homage to the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, the survivors, and the resilience of Boston and the world of runners who consider this city their home, too.

It’s been a year since the Boston Marathon bombings. As the city gears up for this year’s race, we hear from some of the people who’ll be on the course. One - an experienced runner and trauma surgeon - treated victims in last year’s blast. The second is an Iraqi diplomat who’ll be running to show solidarity with terrorism victims the world over.

Also in this edition, how the adopted hometown of the alleged bombing suspects is coming to terms with the events of last April. And the new generation of robots that are being deployed to protect high-profile sporting events like the Boston Marathon.

Picture: A man observes the Dear Boston exhibit at the Boston Public Library. The exhibit pays homage to the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, the survivors, and the resilience of Boston and the world of runners who consider this city their home, too.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Boston's Thorny Questions2013051120130513 (WS)

The duel tasks of honouring victims and compensating survivors of the Boston Marathon

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

How best to honour the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings and compensate the survivors. The weeks-long effort to bury one of the Boston bombing suspects finally ends. The American man who dreams of playing Napoleon. And a border fence that unites those it divides.

(Photo: The memorial site in Copley Square to the Boston Marathon bombings is seen on Boylston Street. Credit: Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Breathcatcher2017080520170806 (WS)
20170807 (WS)

Two teenage journalists get an interview with the US Secretary of Defence

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Two teenage reporters, Teddy Fischer and Jane Gormley, interview the US Secretary of Defence.

Also: an unauthorized immigrant dreams of white picket fences; a Mexican street cart vendor in Los Angeles becomes an overnight celebrity; oil brings wealth and trouble to a small town in North Dakota; Laleh Khadivi’s latest novel is about a surfer-dude turned jihadi; plus we meet a man who listens to trees.

(Image: U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis listens to a reporter’s questions at the Pentagon on July 7, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Credit: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Breathcatcher20170807

Two teenage journalists get an interview with the US Secretary of Defence

Two teenage reporters, Teddy Fischer and Jane Gormley, interview the US Secretary of Defence.

Also: an unauthorized immigrant dreams of white picket fences; a Mexican street cart vendor in Los Angeles becomes an overnight celebrity; oil brings wealth and trouble to a small town in North Dakota; Laleh Khadivi’s latest novel is about a surfer-dude turned jihadi; plus we meet a man who listens to trees.

(Image: U.S. Secretary of Defence James Mattis listens to a reporter’s questions at the Pentagon on July 7, 2017 in Arlington, Virginia. Credit: Aaron P. Bernstein/Getty Images)

Bridging The Divide20151219

A pastor and an imam 'programmed to hate one another' bridge a religious divide.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A pastor and an imam 'programmed to hate one another' tell us how they bridged a religious divide and offer advice for Americans divided by faith and fear. Then we meet Bajhat Abdulwahed, a face familiar to many Iraqis but few Philadelphians. And we hear why Muslim women in America are being advised to ‘keep a baseball cap handy in the car’.

Plus, the dual life of a Somali-American teenager. And we ask: will hipsters erase the distinctive street art of Miami's Little Haiti?

(Photo: In decades past, Nigerian Imam Muhammad Ashafa (right) and Pastor James Wuye were leaders of militias that battled one another. Credit: PRI’s The World)

A pastor and an imam 'programmed to hate one another' tell us how they bridged a religious divide and offer advice for Americans divided by faith and fear. Then we meet Bajhat Abdulwahed, a face familiar to many Iraqis but few Philadelphians. And we hear why Muslim women in America are being advised to ‘keep a baseball cap handy in the car’.

Plus, the dual life of a Somali-American teenager. And we ask: will hipsters erase the distinctive street art of Miami's Little Haiti?

(Photo: In decades past, Nigerian Imam Muhammad Ashafa (right) and Pastor James Wuye were leaders of militias that battled one another. Credit: PRI’s The World)

Calculated Risk20150801

The US Navy investigates a possible cancer cluster at Guantanamo Bay

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear how working at the US military base in Guantanamo Bay could be hazardous to your health. Then, we learn about a recent study that found right-wing extremists pose a greater threat to the American people than Muslim extremists. And, we have a personal tale about what it’s like to grow up a lesbian in Saudi Arabia.

Also, how massive ‘supertunnels’ allow for easier drug trafficking across the US border, why asylum in America remains little more than an elusive dream for most Mexicans, and the story of Gottschee - a European city that no longer exists.

(Photo: Exterior of Camp Delta at Guantanamo Bay. Credit: Reuters)

Call Of The Wild2016070920160710 (WS)
20160711 (WS)

Most US national park visitors are white. Some Latinos say they feel unwelcome

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We speak to a Latino activist about why most of the visitors to US national parks are white and how that is not good for the future of the parks. We visit the largest naval base in the world, which is threatened by rising sea levels. Next, we visit the American south-west where some have to travel 20 miles for clean water.

Also, we search for what may be the world's most valuable fish, go undercover to find out where our old electronics end up, and overhear a group of Andean women sing in the back of an Inca temple on Machu Picchu.

(Photo: Tourists watch the The Old Faithful geyser at the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

We speak to a Latino activist about why most of the visitors to US national parks are white and how that is not good for the future of the parks. We visit the largest naval base in the world, which is threatened by rising sea levels. Next, we visit the American south-west where some have to travel 20 miles for clean water.

Also, we search for what may be the world's most valuable fish, go undercover to find out where our old electronics end up, and overhear a group of Andean women sing in the back of an Inca temple on Machu Picchu.

(Photo: Tourists watch the The Old Faithful geyser at the Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming. Credit: Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

Cancer Triggers In The Developing World2012120820121209 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Cancer Triggers In The Developing World20121209

Cancer\u2019s link to infectious diseases, an extraordinary gem, and life without Twinkies.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

This week on Boston Calling, we hear how viruses and bacteria can lead to cancer in the developing world.

Also, an extraordinary blue gem makes its public debut.

We also prepare for life without the Twinkie and hear what happens when the fiscal cliff crisis meets Tolkien's Hobbit.

(Image: A girl in Uganda with Burkitt's lymphoma, caused by a virus. Credit: PRI)

Change Of Plan20151010

Is the US training and equipping of foreign armies and rebels money well spent?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Over the past decade, the US has poured billions of dollars into training and equipping foreign armies and rebels, from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria. But this strategy has yet to prove a success, and we ask a former US Army officer why this is the case. Plus, how the Obama administration’s plan to increase the number of migrants the US takes in could be a boon for local businesses. And, the 'home' away from home that is helping young Haitians in Boston cope with the trauma of the 2010 earthquake.

Also, how Bolivia reframed the conversation about coca leaves, and took on the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Remembering the life of civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs. And, how the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 changed America and seeded today's immigration debate.

(Photo: US Army paratroopers manoeuvre through a hallway as part of squad level training at Camp Taji, Iraq. Credit: US Army)

Over the past decade, the US has poured billions of dollars into training and equipping foreign armies and rebels, from Iraq to Afghanistan to Syria. But this strategy has yet to prove a success, and we ask a former US Army officer why this is the case. Plus, how the Obama administration’s plan to increase the number of migrants the US takes in could be a boon for local businesses. And, the 'home' away from home that is helping young Haitians in Boston cope with the trauma of the 2010 earthquake.

Also, how Bolivia reframed the conversation about coca leaves, and took on the US Drug Enforcement Administration. Remembering the life of civil rights activist Grace Lee Boggs. And, how the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 changed America and seeded today's immigration debate.

(Photo: US Army paratroopers manoeuvre through a hallway as part of squad level training at Camp Taji, Iraq. Credit: US Army)

Chinese Characters2014042620140427 (WS)

Why workers who make American-brand footwear in China have walked off the job

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear why some Chinese factory workers who make American-brand footwear are demanding more money and better treatment by their bosses. And, how American-style graffiti is allowed to thrive on the concrete walls of Beijing. Plus, what China can learn from America when it comes to building skyscrapers. The Chinese-American re-enactor taking on the British at the Battle of Lexington. We meet an American man who goes hunting for a Chinese name, and learn why more and more Chinese are adopting American-sounding names like 'Tom' and 'Cinderella'.

(Photo: Nike shoes displayed at an outlet in Jakarta. Credit: Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

We hear why some Chinese factory workers who make American-brand footwear are demanding more money and better treatment by their bosses. And, how American-style graffiti is allowed to thrive on the concrete walls of Beijing. Plus, what China can learn from America when it comes to building skyscrapers. The Chinese-American re-enactor taking on the British at the Battle of Lexington. We meet an American man who goes hunting for a Chinese name, and learn why more and more Chinese are adopting American-sounding names like 'Tom' and 'Cinderella'.

(Photo: Nike shoes displayed at an outlet in Jakarta. Credit: Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

City of Angels20181013

The story behind an iconic photograph taken moments after Robert Kennedy\u2019s assassination

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

City of Angels2018101320181014 (WS)

The story behind an iconic photograph taken moments after Robert Kennedy\u2019s assassination

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Classroom Diplomacy2014022220140223 (WS)

American professors reach out to help a Chinese colleague who fears for his job

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

When a professor at a Chinese university feared he would lose his job, professors at an American college reached out and tried to help. Plus, our resident history buff tells us about America's 18th Century technology pirates. We meet the Cuban students who have been given permission to study in the US. Also, we hear from the Muslim-American men who are writing about their love lives. And, we speak to actor Michael Rogers, who is portraying Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe on the New York stage.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

'closed Until Further Notice'2013100520131007 (WS)

Both tourists and refugees in the US are feeling the impact of the government shutdown

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Parts of the US government closed down this week when Congress failed to pass a new budget. We find out how the closures are affecting both tourists and refugees in the US. We also hear from a long-time American correspondent in East Asia who returns home to find the air cleaner and the crowds smaller than what she had grown accustomed to. Also, America’s relationship with Brazil takes a turn for the worse. And, how some immigrant actors in the US find that their accents have become assets when pursuing certain roles.

(Photo: The USS Constitution in Boston closed until further notice. Credit: Emily Files)

Parts of the US government closed down this week when Congress failed to pass a new budget. We find out how the closures are affecting both tourists and refugees in the US. We also hear from a long-time American correspondent in East Asia who returns home to find the air cleaner and the crowds smaller than what she had grown accustomed to. Also, America’s relationship with Brazil takes a turn for the worse. And, how some immigrant actors in the US find that their accents have become assets when pursuing certain roles.

(Photo: The USS Constitution in Boston closed until further notice. Credit: Emily Files)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Coast To Coast2017092320170924 (WS)
20170925 (WS)

Among the things climate change is bringing to this small Inuit town: cruise ships

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Marco Werman climbs aboard the largest passenger ship ever to sail through the Northwest Passage.

Also: we speak to residents of the Arctic with mixed feelings about cruise ships sailing past their towns; we meet climate change scientists risking their lives to gather data in the field; we visit a marshland that's worth millions of dollars; we spend the day with teens saving songbirds in Washington, DC; and we learn how American climate change policies have changed this past year.

(Image:The Crystal Serenity docked at the Boston cruise terminal near the end of its 32-day Northwest Passage journey. Credit: PRI’s The World)

Coast To Coast20170925

Among the things climate change is bringing to this small Inuit town: cruise ships

Marco Werman climbs aboard the largest passenger ship ever to sail through the Northwest Passage.

Also: we speak to residents of the Arctic with mixed feelings about cruise ships sailing past their towns; we meet climate change scientists risking their lives to gather data in the field; we visit a marshland that's worth millions of dollars; we spend the day with teens saving songbirds in Washington, DC; and we learn how American climate change policies have changed this past year.

(Image:The Crystal Serenity docked at the Boston cruise terminal near the end of its 32-day Northwest Passage journey. Credit: PRI’s The World)

Collective Action2014092720140928 (WS)

The Russian punk rock collective Pussy Riot comes to Boston

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The Russian punk performance art activists Pussy Riot comes to Boston. We chat with two of its members about Vladimir Putin, prison, and fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. Plus, we learn why the United States and Europe are so far apart on climate policy. And, we meet two young Central American migrants who are facing a new challenge—starting school in the US. Also on this edition, we look at the push to get Muslim holidays on the school calendar in New York City. We hear from the American puppeteers who received a standing ovation in Tehran. And, we have a review the Ig Nobel Cookbook, Volume I.

(Photo: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left) and Maria Alyokhina. Courtesy of Pussy Riot)

The Russian punk performance art activists Pussy Riot comes to Boston. We chat with two of its members about Vladimir Putin, prison, and fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. Plus, we learn why the United States and Europe are so far apart on climate policy. And, we meet two young Central American migrants who are facing a new challenge—starting school in the US. Also on this edition, we look at the push to get Muslim holidays on the school calendar in New York City. We hear from the American puppeteers who received a standing ovation in Tehran. And, we have a review the Ig Nobel Cookbook, Volume I.

(Photo: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left) and Maria Alyokhina. Courtesy of Pussy Riot)

Comfort Zone20150829

Subhi Nahas never felt safe as a gay man in Syria \u2014 and then IS took over his hometown.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Subhi Nahas fled the Syrian city of Idlib when Islamist militants started killing gay men there. Now he’s become one of the first people ever to address the UN Security Council on LGBT persecution. Meanwhile, Pope Francis prepares for a trip to the US– where gay rights activists hope to meet with him.

Then, we travel to Antarctica to hear how culinary creativity keeps up morale in the long winter months. Plus, the search for a cross-cultural dish made from a pinch of India, a spoonful of China, and a dollop of America. And researchers debut a flying robot called ‘Snotbot’ that helps scientists study whales.

(Photo: Subhi Nahas, a refugee from the Syrian city of Idlib. Credit: Furkan Hancioglu)

Subhi Nahas never felt safe as a gay man in Syria — and then IS took over his hometown.

Subhi Nahas fled the Syrian city of Idlib when Islamist militants started killing gay men there. Now he’s become one of the first people ever to address the UN Security Council on LGBT persecution. Meanwhile, Pope Francis prepares for a trip to the US– where gay rights activists hope to meet with him.

Then, we travel to Antarctica to hear how culinary creativity keeps up morale in the long winter months. Plus, the search for a cross-cultural dish made from a pinch of India, a spoonful of China, and a dollop of America. And researchers debut a flying robot called ‘Snotbot’ that helps scientists study whales.

(Photo: Subhi Nahas, a refugee from the Syrian city of Idlib. Credit: Furkan Hancioglu)

Coming Of Age2016090320160904 (WS)
20160905 (WS)

The conflict in Colombia began before she was born. But it has affected her personally.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

When she was six, her bus was stopped by armed Colombian rebels. Now, she’s learned that the conflict there might finally be over.

Also on the programme, two stories about life-changing summer jobs. Presenter Marco Werman tries breadfruit for the first time, not entirely by choice. Somali-American teens explain why the Black Lives Matter movement speaks to them, too. And Aki Kumar explains why he gave up his dream to be bigger than Bill Gates, for the blues.

When she was six, her bus was stopped by armed Colombian rebels. Now, she’s learned that the conflict there might finally be over.

Also on the programme, two stories about life-changing summer jobs. Presenter Marco Werman tries breadfruit for the first time, not entirely by choice. Somali-American teens explain why the Black Lives Matter movement speaks to them, too. And Aki Kumar explains why he gave up his dream to be bigger than Bill Gates, for the blues.

Coming To America2015031420150315 (WS)

The murder of an Iraqi migrant in Texas has the Muslim community on edge

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear the story of Ahmed al-Jumaili, an Iraqi migrant who was shot dead in the Texas city of Dallas just three weeks after arriving in the United States. And, we examine a US Supreme Court case that considers whether an American citizen has a right to know why her husband has been barred from entering the country. Plus, a story about the Somali-Americans fighting to save their lifeline for sending cash to loved ones back home.

We visit the Louisiana radio station that prefers to broadcast ‘en Franglais’. And ‘The Voice’ of South Africa - Vusi Mahlasela - celebrates 20 years of freedom.

(Photo: Ahmed al-Jumaili and his wife, Zahraa. Courtesy of the Ahmed al-Jumaili Memorial Fund)

Coming To Terms2014101120141012 (WS)

Ebola comes to the US, but African immigrants remain focused on the crisis back home

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has died. Now, at least one African immigrant is finding herself on the defensive. We meet the young Liberian-American, and learn how she is trying to remain focused on the crisis back home.

Also on this edition, another immigrant recalls some early fashion lessons from her teenage class-mates. And, we hear from our listeners about whether the world is actually becoming a more peaceful place. Plus, a trip to Alcatraz Island to tour an unprecedented new exhibit by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. We learn how English became the language of science. And, from the Beyonce horse fly to the George Bush beetle, we find out how new species get their familiar names.

(Photo: Congregants at the Friends in Jesus African International Church, Sacramento, California. The church caters to the city's large Liberian-American community. Credit: Joe Rubin)

The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has died. Now, at least one African immigrant is finding herself on the defensive. We meet the young Liberian-American, and learn how she is trying to remain focused on the crisis back home.

Also on this edition, another immigrant recalls some early fashion lessons from her teenage class-mates. And, we hear from our listeners about whether the world is actually becoming a more peaceful place. Plus, a trip to Alcatraz Island to tour an unprecedented new exhibit by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. We learn how English became the language of science. And, from the Beyonce horse fly to the George Bush beetle, we find out how new species get their familiar names.

(Photo: Congregants at the Friends in Jesus African International Church, Sacramento, California. The church caters to the city's large Liberian-American community. Credit: Joe Rubin)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Compare And Contrast20151031

Iran starts to dismantle its nuclear infrastructure as part of an agreement with the West

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We take a closer look at the Iran nuclear deal, which has just officially gone into effect. Then, we talk with an American photographer who was astonished to find his photo in IS propaganda. And: you may not know it, but if you speak Spanish, you actually speak some Arabic too.

Plus: Italians see something familiar in Donald Trump's presidential campaign. We visit a school in Virginia that teaches Korean dads 'how to hug'. And we get a taste of the small, but mighty, soul music scene in Finland.

Image: Men work inside a uranium conversion facility just outside the Iranian city of Isfahan, March 2005. (Credit: Getty Images)

We take a closer look at the Iran nuclear deal, which has just officially gone into effect. Then, we talk with an American photographer who was astonished to find his photo in IS propaganda. And: you may not know it, but if you speak Spanish, you actually speak some Arabic too.

Plus: Italians see something familiar in Donald Trump's presidential campaign. We visit a school in Virginia that teaches Korean dads 'how to hug'. And we get a taste of the small, but mighty, soul music scene in Finland.

Image: Men work inside a uranium conversion facility just outside the Iranian city of Isfahan, March 2005. (Credit: Getty Images)

Confronting A Sexual Harasser2013111620131117 (WS)

An American reporter living in Egypt turns her microphone on a man who calls her 'Sugar'

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

An American reporter living in Egypt says that after being sexually harassed on the streets of Cairo day after day, she’d had enough. Find out what happens when she asks one of her harassers for an interview. Also, Marvel Comics unveils its first Muslim superhero – the Pakistani-American Miss Marvel. A tech support worker in the Philippines who answers help requests from abroad finds something to laugh about in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. A young, Asian-American woman embraces the cultural tradition of multi-generational living. And, tragedy strikes the members of an Iranian rock band in New York City.

An American reporter living in Egypt says that after being sexually harassed on the streets of Cairo day after day, she’d had enough. Find out what happens when she asks one of her harassers for an interview. Also, Marvel Comics unveils its first Muslim superhero – the Pakistani-American Miss Marvel. A tech support worker in the Philippines who answers help requests from abroad finds something to laugh about in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. A young, Asian-American woman embraces the cultural tradition of multi-generational living. And, tragedy strikes the members of an Iranian rock band in New York City.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Consider The Source2014122020141221 (WS)

The day-to-day life of a US drone operator

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet a former US drone operator and learn what it’s like to work in a perpetual state of war. Then, Farea al-Muslimi - a Yemeni activist - describes life on the other end of America’s drone programme.

Also, allegations that a US development agency planned to use hip-hop to start a Cuban revolution. The Oregon school that’s raising the bar for bilingual education. And the risks of remaining a monolingual culture. Plus, how the etymology of food terms reveals the history and travels of the things we eat.

Corporate Diplomacy20151017

After battling the so-called Islamic State, Kurds find a new foe in Facebook

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A Kurdish activist in Stockholm runs a popular Facebook page devoted to saving the Syrian city of Kobane from Islamic State militants. But the page is under attack from Facebook administrators. We find out why Facebook targets the Kurds, and hear how the social media giant determines what is appropriate to publish.

Also, the Volkswagen scandal as seen from an American dealer's point of view. We look at a new industry popping up in Guatemala that employs ‘searchers’ to connect adopted children with their birth parents. And we meet Christian Ray Flores, the man who supplied the soundtrack for Boris Yeltsin's Rock the Vote.

(Photo: The ‘Save Kobane’ Facebook page. Facebook routinely takes down its posts. Credit: Christopher Livesay)

A Kurdish activist in Stockholm runs a popular Facebook page devoted to saving the Syrian city of Kobane from Islamic State militants. But the page is under attack from Facebook administrators. We find out why Facebook targets the Kurds, and hear how the social media giant determines what is appropriate to publish.

Also, the Volkswagen scandal as seen from an American dealer's point of view. We look at a new industry popping up in Guatemala that employs ‘searchers’ to connect adopted children with their birth parents. And we meet Christian Ray Flores, the man who supplied the soundtrack for Boris Yeltsin's Rock the Vote.

(Photo: The ‘Save Kobane’ Facebook page. Facebook routinely takes down its posts. Credit: Christopher Livesay)

Cream Of The Crop20161217

China is building its own replica of an Iowa corn farm

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Grant Kimberley is a corn farmer in Iowa. The Chinese government is building a replica of his farm and his entire Midwestern town.

Plus, what some farm workers have to fear from a Trump presidency; why one hospital is training farm workers to also work as medical interpreters; how the history of Islamic Studies in the US began with a man falling off a donkey; and how one woman reconnected with her birth country through vegetables. Finally, we meet the world's most precious chicken.

(Image: A blue ribbon is displayed next to a display of ears of corn at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Grant Kimberley is a corn farmer in Iowa. The Chinese government is building a replica of his farm and his entire Midwestern town.

Plus, what some farm workers have to fear from a Trump presidency; why one hospital is training farm workers to also work as medical interpreters; how the history of Islamic Studies in the US began with a man falling off a donkey; and how one woman reconnected with her birth country through vegetables. Finally, we meet the world's most precious chicken.

(Image: A blue ribbon is displayed next to a display of ears of corn at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines, Iowa. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Crimes And Misdemeanours2018041420180415 (WS)

Is Facebook doing enough to moderate hate speech?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg promises to dedicate resources towards fighting hate speech. People in Sri Lanka have been asking for that for years.

Also: policy makers in Thailand consider legalizing drugs; unauthorized workers in the US fight for their wages under threat of deportation; the film "Our New President" tells the story of how Russians learned about the 2016 US election using all real news clips yet no true statements; plus Jimmy O. Yang publishes his first book, and his parents don't like it.

(Image: Mark Zuckerberg appears for a hearing on Wednesday April 11, 2018 in Washington, DC. Credit: Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

Dance Lessons2017120920171210 (WS)

Ever heard of the clave? It's the foundation of salsa, boogaloo, mambo, and more.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

It’s the beat that drives the bugaloo and mambo. Ayana Contreras travels to Cuba to understand the clave.

Plus, we go beneath a motorway flyover in Rio de Janeiro, where US hip-hop from the 1990s gets re-imagined every Saturday night; we meet a 9-year-old boy who is preserving his family’s Cambodian history through dance; South African superstar Johnny Clegg tells us how he helped form an interracial dance troupe during apartheid; and we remember Johnny Hallyday, “the French Elvis Presley”.

(Image: Dancers at the weekly Saturday night charme dance in Madureira, a neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro's North Zone. Credit: Catherine Osborn)

Detroit: Our Problem, Your Problem2013101220131014 (WS)

European banks dig in their heels over the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Detroit made history in July when it became the largest US city ever to declare bankruptcy. We hear why some European banks are now digging in their heels over the city’s drive to solvency. Also, we find out about the hardships faced by some migrants who sneak across the US/Mexico border after being picked up by the US border patrol. We meet a Somali-American imam in Minnesota who is determined to counter any extremist views being perpetuated in his community. And, words of warning for Americans who like to help those who are less fortunate - you may be doing more harm than good.

(Photo: The word 'Bankruptcy' is painted on the side of a vacant building on Grand River Avenue in Detroit, by street artists as a statement on the financial affairs of the city. Credit: Reuters)

Detroit made history in July when it became the largest US city ever to declare bankruptcy. We hear why some European banks are now digging in their heels over the city’s drive to solvency. Also, we find out about the hardships faced by some migrants who sneak across the US/Mexico border after being picked up by the US border patrol. We meet a Somali-American imam in Minnesota who is determined to counter any extremist views being perpetuated in his community. And, words of warning for Americans who like to help those who are less fortunate - you may be doing more harm than good.

(Photo: The word 'Bankruptcy' is painted on the side of a vacant building on Grand River Avenue in Detroit, by street artists as a statement on the financial affairs of the city. Credit: Reuters)

Disunited States Of America2016071620160717 (WS)
20160718 (WS)

"I saw my brother in these boys. I saw my son in these boys,\u201d Why one activist spoke out

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

"I saw my brother in these boys. I saw my son in these boys.”

First, we talk to an activist speaking out against violence towards blacks in America. Then, we hear how the story of one police shooting in San Francisco has been turned into a stage play.

Next, we learn why the Bahamas issued a travel advisory to the US. Also, we hear about the perils of "walking while black" in New York City. Plus, a daughter figures out how to talk to her father about race for the first time.

We end the show with “American Tune,’’ a posthumous release by the New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint.

"I saw my brother in these boys. I saw my son in these boys.?

First, we talk to an activist speaking out against violence towards blacks in America. Then, we hear how the story of one police shooting in San Francisco has been turned into a stage play.

Next, we learn why the Bahamas issued a travel advisory to the US. Also, we hear about the perils of "walking while black" in New York City. Plus, a daughter figures out how to talk to her father about race for the first time.

We end the show with “American Tune,’’ a posthumous release by the New Orleans musician Allen Toussaint.

"I saw my brother in these boys. I saw my son in these boys,? Why one activist spoke out

Do The Right Thing2016052120160522 (WS)
20160523 (WS)

A US governor advocates on behalf of Syrian refugees as other politicians turn them away

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We speak with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, who is advocating on behalf of Syrian refugees as other American politicians try to turn them away. Then, we sit in on a cooking class that teaches people in Boston how to eat healthier with traditional African dishes. And, the US wants to give peanuts to malnourished kids in Haiti — we find out why that idea is so controversial.

Plus: a US army officer sues President Obama over the legality of the war against Islamic State; Italy’s most prominent transgender politician weighs in on North Carolina’s controversial ‘bathroom bill’; and a Sudanese human rights activist finds inspiration in America's civil rights movement.

Image: A refugee mother and son from the Syrian town of Kobani walk beside their tent in a camp in Sanliurfa, Turkey. October 19, 2014. (Credit: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

We speak with Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy, who is advocating on behalf of Syrian refugees as other American politicians try to turn them away. Then, we sit in on a cooking class that teaches people in Boston how to eat healthier with traditional African dishes. And, the US wants to give peanuts to malnourished kids in Haiti — we find out why that idea is so controversial.

Plus: a US army officer sues President Obama over the legality of the war against Islamic State; Italy’s most prominent transgender politician weighs in on North Carolina’s controversial ‘bathroom bill’; and a Sudanese human rights activist finds inspiration in America's civil rights movement.

Image: A refugee mother and son from the Syrian town of Kobani walk beside their tent in a camp in Sanliurfa, Turkey. October 19, 2014. (Credit: Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images)

Electronic Frontiers2014121320141214 (WS)

How cyber-security prodigy Chris Doman beats hackers at their own game

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet Chris Doman, one of the world’s top civilian cyber defenders, and learn how he beats hackers at their own game. And we hear from Arnas Fedaravičius, the Lithuanian actor who played the fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden on Russian TV. Plus, the legacy of the real Edward Snowden.

Also, video game designer Navid Khonsari tells us the inspiration behind his yet to be released game about Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution. We remember Ralph Baer, the serial inventor who became the ‘father of video games’. And we find out how a Buddhist shrine transformed a once-rough street corner in northern California.

(Image: A rendering of The Cyber Warrior. Credit: Rick Pinchera)

Entanglements2017072920170730 (WS)
20170731 (WS)

How Putin learned to stop worrying and love internet espionage

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Until recently, Russian President Vladimir Putin was deeply suspicious of the world wide web. What changed his mind?

Also: the curious parallels between love and quantum physics; the Native American tribe that invented lacrosse gets nation status in the sport’s World Cup; fans of 'The Bachelorette' react when the reality TV show features a Sikh convert; two immigrant entrepreneurs create virtual reunions; and the Colombian rock star Juanes just wants to make his world better.

(Image: Russian President Vladimir Putin uses binoculars as he visits an air show outside Moscow on July 18, 2017. Credit: Alexey Nikolsky/Getty Images)

Face Value2018010620180107 (WS)

A pilot programme to use facial identification machines is underway at nine US airports

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Flying out of the US? You might have to go through a facial scan at the airport. We discuss the implications of that.

Plus: we find out why a selfie app that drastically alters the way you look is all the rage in China; we get introduced to the women artists of the Renaissance who have been hidden in the archives; we meet a man who survived the Holocaust by drawing portraits of his Nazi guards; plus comedian Dean Obeidallah discovers that for a moment he was literally the face of fake news.
(Image: Passengers have their luggage screened at LaGuardia Airport in New York City. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Face Your Fears2016102920161030 (WS)

How Donald Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric divided a city

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Donald Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric has riled up one Massachusetts town. "It brought things to a head out here," says a Brockton city councillor, "people are going nuts."

Also on the programme: Canadians launch a campaign to tell Americans that they’re great; Zahra Noorbakhsh, a Muslim comedian, comes out as bisexual; and writer Deepak Singh returns to India and realizes that there is an aspect of life there he had forgotten about. Plus, we visit haunted places all over the world.

(Image: Craig Pina worries about Donald Trump cutting off funding to his city. Credit: Gabriela Saldivia)

Donald Trump's anti-immigration rhetoric has riled up one Massachusetts town. "It brought things to a head out here," says a Brockton city councillor, "people are going nuts."

Also on the programme: Canadians launch a campaign to tell Americans that they’re great; Zahra Noorbakhsh, a Muslim comedian, comes out as bisexual; and writer Deepak Singh returns to India and realizes that there is an aspect of life there he had forgotten about. Plus, we visit haunted places all over the world.

(Image: Craig Pina worries about Donald Trump cutting off funding to his city. Credit: Gabriela Saldivia)

Face-to-face20170211

His parents were refugees. He\u2019s a Trump advisor. Sebastian Gorka talks US-Russia relations

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Before he became an advisor to President Trump, Sebastian Gorka was an editor at the far-right website Breitbart News. He discusses US relations with Russia. Plus, we speak to a journalist who faced death threats after writing an article critical of Trump.

Then, an American sheriff wants to help build a border wall, using the labour of inmates in Massachusetts. In New York City, Yemeni shop owners take to the streets. An historian uncovers the Arab origins of the Statue of Liberty. And a music producer who helped create the term “world music” looks back on the genre’s 30 years.

(Image: US President Donald Trump speaks calls Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, alongside Chief Strategist Steve Bannon (R) and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. January 28, 2017. MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Family Ties2016072320160724 (WS)
20160725 (WS)

A mother tells her son why she\u2019s choosing not to vote this year

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Does voting make a difference? We speak to two immigrants to the US. One is planning to vote this year. The other is not. They both explain why.

Also, a writer with something to reveal about her father; a Liberian refugee who feels safer in Liberia than in the US, and a visit to an American summer camp where the campers speak Russian. Plus, a chestnut pastry recipe so good it changed one woman’s life.
With special guest, Marjolijn deJager, host Marco Werman’s mum.

(Photo: Daniel Gross with his mother in Singapore, courtesy of Daniel Gross)

Does voting make a difference? We speak to two immigrants to the US. One is planning to vote this year. The other is not. They both explain why.

Also, a writer with something to reveal about her father; a Liberian refugee who feels safer in Liberia than in the US, and a visit to an American summer camp where the campers speak Russian. Plus, a chestnut pastry recipe so good it changed one woman’s life.

With special guest, Marjolijn deJager, host Marco Werman’s mum.

(Photo: Daniel Gross with his mother in Singapore, courtesy of Daniel Gross)

A mother tells her son why she’s choosing not to vote this year

Fifteen Minutes Of Fame2016091720160918 (WS)
20160919 (WS)

A 10-year-old girl makes her pitch to Western powers for peace in Yemen

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

"When my birthday comes, my wish is that war stops." A 10-year-old girl in Yemen pleads for peace. Also, how much information do politicians owe us about their personal lives? Will Ultimate Frisbee become an Olympic sport?

Plus, a man snaps a photo of a street cart vendor and the image goes viral; a baseball player in the US keeps fans glued to their TV screens in Taiwan, and DJ Shadow, an American music producer, releases a video that has got everyone talking in Ukraine.

"When my birthday comes, my wish is that war stops." A 10-year-old girl in Yemen pleads for peace. Also, how much information do politicians owe us about their personal lives? Will Ultimate Frisbee become an Olympic sport?

Plus, a man snaps a photo of a street cart vendor and the image goes viral; a baseball player in the US keeps fans glued to their TV screens in Taiwan, and DJ Shadow, an American music producer, releases a video that has got everyone talking in Ukraine.

Fight Or Flight2016060420160605 (WS)
20160606 (WS)

How an unauthorised immigrant became a US Marine\u2014and then a US citizen

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We speak with Daniel Torres, a former US Marine who was deported to Mexico. Then, we look back at a deadly 1942 U-boat attack in the Gulf of Mexico. And we take a bus ride with the children of Sudanese immigrants in California.

Plus, a group of American teenagers cause an uproar when they try to take part in World Hijab Day. A journalist learns the proper use for bananas in Somali cuisine. And an Ethiopian-American band records its own version of a Japanese folk song.

Image: Daniel Torres grew up in the US, but after a stint in the Marines he was deported to Mexico. (Credit: PRI’s The World)

We speak with Daniel Torres, a former US Marine who was deported to Mexico. Then, we look back at a deadly 1942 U-boat attack in the Gulf of Mexico. And we take a bus ride with the children of Sudanese immigrants in California.

Plus, a group of American teenagers cause an uproar when they try to take part in World Hijab Day. A journalist learns the proper use for bananas in Somali cuisine. And an Ethiopian-American band records its own version of a Japanese folk song.

Image: Daniel Torres grew up in the US, but after a stint in the Marines he was deported to Mexico. (Credit: PRI’s The World)

How an unauthorised immigrant became a US Marine—and then a US citizen

First Person20150418

An American flees war-torn Yemen by small boat on the Red Sea

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet Mokhtar Alkhanshali, a San Francisco man who escaped war-torn Yemen by riding a small fishing boat across the rocky Red Sea. Then we learn about a privately-funded effort to rescue and feed imperilled migrants on the Mediterranean. And we take flight with US Marine Corps Capt. Katie Higgins, the first female pilot in America’s top aerial display team.

Also, a Los Angeles artist designs an Ebola protective suit that allows patients to see the faces of those helping. We meet another Los Angeles artist— ‘El Maestro’ — who is known for crafting some of the most intricate mariachi suits in the world. And an Indo-Guyanese musician who now lives in New York finds a niche bringing the city’s harmoniums back to life.

Image: Mokhtar Alkhanshali (left) and his boat helmsman make their way across the Red Sea after fleeing Yemen. Credit: Mokhtar Alkhanshali

Fish, France And Forgeries2014012520140126 (WS)

Fears that radiation-contaminated fish from Fukushima is turning up in US markets

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Some Americans on the Pacific Coast are worried that radiation-contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is tainting fish being sold in local markets. Scientists, though, say they need not worry. Also, why some Boston area students are so angry with the French Consulate, and why so many French technical innovators are heading to California’s Silicon Valley. We meet one of the world’s top legal counterfeiters of precious gems. And, we find out about the trousers worn by Norway’s National Curling team that are generating so much attention.

Some Americans on the Pacific Coast are worried that radiation-contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is tainting fish being sold in local markets. Scientists, though, say they need not worry. Also, why some Boston area students are so angry with the French Consulate, and why so many French technical innovators are heading to California’s Silicon Valley. We meet one of the world’s top legal counterfeiters of precious gems. And, we find out about the trousers worn by Norway’s National Curling team that are generating so much attention.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Flashpoint20151212

A Texas town stands divided, after armed men menace worshipers at a local mosque

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

When armed men in camouflage menace worshipers at a Texas mosque, the local community is divided. Then, a look back to the World War Two internment of Japanese-Americans, a move being invoked today in some US political circles.

Also, we go inside a halal slaughterhouse where the knives are sharp and tradition endures; we get a personal take on one of the thorniest issues between the US and Cuba right now -- property rights; and, we hear what California can learn from Israel about farming in the middle of a drought. Plus: could ‘climate fiction’ be key to addressing our climate change crisis?

Image: Armed protestors gather outside a mosque in Irving, Texas. (Credit: Avi Selk/ The Dallas Morning News)

When armed men in camouflage menace worshipers at a Texas mosque, the local community is divided. Then, a look back to the World War Two internment of Japanese-Americans, a move being invoked today in some US political circles.

Also, we go inside a halal slaughterhouse where the knives are sharp and tradition endures; we get a personal take on one of the thorniest issues between the US and Cuba right now -- property rights; and, we hear what California can learn from Israel about farming in the middle of a drought. Plus: could ‘climate fiction’ be key to addressing our climate change crisis?

Image: Armed protestors gather outside a mosque in Irving, Texas. (Credit: Avi Selk/ The Dallas Morning News)

Follow The Money2014052420140525 (WS)

A new online tool tracks the millions of dollars spent by foreign lobbyists in the US

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear about a new online tool that helps track the millions of dollars spent by foreign lobbyists in Washington. Also in the show, the California community that Toyota built and what might become of it when the car company pulls out. A new photo exhibit in Moscow offers an intimate portrait of New Orleans. What makes Americana so big in Japan? The tale of an American man who came to embrace his Ukrainian roots through his love of music. And a music student from Argentina who’d been studying in Boston nails Stairway to Heaven on graduation day.

(Photo: Man holding US 100 dollar bank notes. Credit: Corbis)

We hear about a new online tool that helps track the millions of dollars spent by foreign lobbyists in Washington. Also in the show, the California community that Toyota built and what might become of it when the car company pulls out. A new photo exhibit in Moscow offers an intimate portrait of New Orleans. What makes Americana so big in Japan? The tale of an American man who came to embrace his Ukrainian roots through his love of music. And a music student from Argentina who’d been studying in Boston nails Stairway to Heaven on graduation day.

(Photo: Man holding US 100 dollar bank notes. Credit: Corbis)

Follow The Money20161210

How corrupt is the US compared to other countries?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Sarah Chayes, an expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says we need to talk about corruption in America.

Also, we visit a retraining programme for US steelworkers; we find out how Donald Trump’s plan to make Mexico pay for a border wall could backfire; we discover the secrets of the billion dollar hair trade industry; and we meet the guy who Venezuelans turn to when they want to know what their currency is worth -- when he’s not too busy helping customers at the hardware store he works at in the US.

(Image: A magnifying glass is used to inspect newly printed bills at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images )

Sarah Chayes, an expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, says we need to talk about corruption in America.

Also, we visit a retraining programme for US steelworkers; we find out how Donald Trump’s plan to make Mexico pay for a border wall could backfire; we discover the secrets of the billion dollar hair trade industry; and we meet the guy who Venezuelans turn to when they want to know what their currency is worth -- when he’s not too busy helping customers at the hardware store he works at in the US.

(Image: A magnifying glass is used to inspect newly printed bills at the Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, DC. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images )

Food for Thought2018072820180729 (WS)

In the US-China trade war, midwestern soya bean farmers are caught in the middle

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

President Trump has promised to help America’s soya bean farmers, who have found themselves caught in the middle of the US-China trade war. But will his help be enough?

Also: an ice-cream maker in Philadelphia exports his product to China, for people with expensive tastes; a newcomer to Mexico City learns that quesadillas don’t always come with cheese; two entrepreneurs take Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine to Seoul; plus we remember restaurant critic Jonathan Gold and the effect he had on food culture in Los Angeles.

(Image: Corn and soya beans grow on a farm near Tipton, Iowa. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Food for Thought2018072820180729 (WS)

In the US-China trade war, midwestern soya bean farmers are caught in the middle

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

President Trump has promised to help America’s soya bean farmers, who have found themselves caught in the middle of the US-China trade war. But will his help be enough?

Also: an ice-cream maker in Philadelphia exports his product to China, for people with expensive tastes; a newcomer to Mexico City learns that quesadillas don’t always come with cheese; two entrepreneurs take Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine to Seoul; plus we remember restaurant critic Jonathan Gold and the effect he had on food culture in Los Angeles.

(Image: Corn and soya beans grow on a farm near Tipton, Iowa. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Food for Thought20180728

In the US-China trade war, midwestern soya bean farmers are caught in the middle

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

President Trump has promised to help America’s soya bean farmers, who have found themselves caught in the middle of the US-China trade war. But will his help be enough?

Also: an ice-cream maker in Philadelphia exports his product to China, for people with expensive tastes; a newcomer to Mexico City learns that quesadillas don’t always come with cheese; two entrepreneurs take Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine to Seoul; plus we remember restaurant critic Jonathan Gold and the effect he had on food culture in Los Angeles.

(Image: Corn and soya beans grow on a farm near Tipton, Iowa. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Food for Thought20180728

In the US-China trade war, midwestern soya bean farmers are caught in the middle

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

President Trump has promised to help America’s soya bean farmers, who have found themselves caught in the middle of the US-China trade war. But will his help be enough?

Also: an ice-cream maker in Philadelphia exports his product to China, for people with expensive tastes; a newcomer to Mexico City learns that quesadillas don’t always come with cheese; two entrepreneurs take Korean-Mexican fusion cuisine to Seoul; plus we remember restaurant critic Jonathan Gold and the effect he had on food culture in Los Angeles.

(Image: Corn and soya beans grow on a farm near Tipton, Iowa. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Friends And Followers2018033120180401 (WS)

Revelations about Narendra Modi\u2019s official app provoke outrage on social media.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

In India, revelations that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official app has been sending user data to a third party provoke outrage.

Also: Author Mona Eltahawy starts #MosqueMeToo to give Muslim women an outlet to speak out against abuse and it goes viral; two friends from Iran start a popular website about sexual health specifically for Farsi speakers; some researchers worry that we are not teaching our robots to be ethical enough; plus a woman named Ivanka Majic has an uninvited brush with fame.

(Image: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has his picture taken with a mobile phone on September 2, 2014. Credit: Yoshikazu Tsuno/AFP/Getty Images)

From Russia With Love2017091620170917 (WS)
20170918 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

What impact did Russian internet “trolls’’ have on the 2016 US presidential election?

Also: we hear about wealthy Russians coming to America to give birth to US citizens; we learn why the poet Langston Hughes went to the USSR to work on a Soviet propaganda film in 1930s; we visit a Korean-Uzbek-Russian cafe in New York; we meet two science fiction writers who advise the US government on the future of warfare; and we find out why Tchaikovsky's concerto No. 1 had its world premiere in Boston.

(Image:The Kremlin stands in Red Square in Moscow on March 7, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

From Russia With Love20170918

What impact did Russian internet “trolls’’ have on the 2016 US presidential election?

Also: we hear about wealthy Russians coming to America to give birth to US citizens; we learn why the poet Langston Hughes went to the USSR to work on a Soviet propaganda film in 1930s; we visit a Korean-Uzbek-Russian cafe in New York; we meet two science fiction writers who advise the US government on the future of warfare; and we find out why Tchaikovsky's concerto No. 1 had its world premiere in Boston.

(Image:The Kremlin stands in Red Square in Moscow on March 7, 2017 in Moscow, Russia. Credit: Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Game On!2018063020180701 (WS)

Mexico's football team changes the way it displays its player\u2019s names on their jerseys.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

I was just really happy,” says The New York Times en Español editor Paulina Chavira, “I was crying because it was a victory for me.” She convinced Mexico's national football team to add accent marks to their jerseys.

Also: migrant workers are already building football stadiums in Qatar for the World Cup in 2022; a Pakistani woman created a board game to take on arranged marriage; a Jeopardy! winner has mixed feelings about her victory; and we listen to World Cup themed music from Colombia.

(Image: Fans of Mexico celebrate during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Mexico and Sweden at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 27, 2018 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Credit: Carlos Cuin/Getty Images)

Game On!20180630

Mexico's football team changes the way it displays its player\u2019s names on their jerseys.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

I was just really happy,” says The New York Times en Español editor Paulina Chavira, “I was crying because it was a victory for me.” She convinced Mexico's national football team to add accent marks to their jerseys.

Also: migrant workers are already building football stadiums in Qatar for the World Cup in 2022; a Pakistani woman created a board game to take on arranged marriage; a Jeopardy! winner has mixed feelings about her victory; and we listen to World Cup themed music from Colombia.

(Image: Fans of Mexico celebrate during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Mexico and Sweden at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 27, 2018 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Credit: Carlos Cuin/Getty Images)

Game On!2018063020180701 (WS)

Mexico's football team changes the way it displays its player\u2019s names on their jerseys.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

I was just really happy,” says The New York Times en Español editor Paulina Chavira, “I was crying because it was a victory for me.” She convinced Mexico's national football team to add accent marks to their jerseys.

Also: migrant workers are already building football stadiums in Qatar for the World Cup in 2022; a Pakistani woman created a board game to take on arranged marriage; a Jeopardy! winner has mixed feelings about her victory; and we listen to World Cup themed music from Colombia.

(Image: Fans of Mexico celebrate during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group F match between Mexico and Sweden at Ekaterinburg Arena on June 27, 2018 in Yekaterinburg, Russia. Credit: Carlos Cuin/Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Get It Off Your Chest2017082620170827 (WS)
20170828 (WS)

Syrian president Bashar al Assad has become a darling of the American far right.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Bashar al-Assad seems to have a fan base in the United States. White supremacists and neo-nazis have worn pro-Assad T-shirts at rallies, while others have shown their support for the Syrian president on social media.

Also, white supremacists wear t-shirts emblazoned with a picture of a notorious Romanian fascist; and if you're in Turkey, leave your 'HERO' T-shirts at home; plus, if you lived in East Germany during the Cold War, it may have been verboten to wear a Frank Zappa T-shirt, but somehow his music made it in.

(Image: A photo taken on March 4, 2015 shows a banner bearing a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a street in the city of Damascus. (Credit: LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Get It Off Your Chest20170828

Syrian president Bashar al Assad has become a darling of the American far right.

Bashar al-Assad seems to have a fan base in the United States. White supremacists and neo-nazis have worn pro-Assad T-shirts at rallies, while others have shown their support for the Syrian president on social media.

Also, white supremacists wear t-shirts emblazoned with a picture of a notorious Romanian fascist; and if you're in Turkey, leave your 'HERO' T-shirts at home; plus, if you lived in East Germany during the Cold War, it may have been verboten to wear a Frank Zappa T-shirt, but somehow his music made it in.

(Image: A photo taken on March 4, 2015 shows a banner bearing a portrait of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in a street in the city of Damascus. (Credit: LOUAI BESHARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Getting Down To Business20170121

Donald Trump cancels plans for a tower in Georgia. Is it business or geo-politics?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Before becoming President, Donald Trump pulled out of a plan to license a tower in the nation of Georgia. Now, many there fear being “forgotten and abandoned” by the US.

Also: the first legal commercial export from Cuba arrives in the US; a former Wall Street man comes up with a plan to save an Indonesian forest; farmers in Vermont are growing a new crop and its worth more than its weight in gold; a family in Mexico is trafficking in donuts; and we find out what country makes the fastest roller coasters (hint: not the US).

(Image: Donald Trump during a press conference to announce a real estate project in Georgia, at the Trump Tower in New York, March 10, 2011. Credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Before becoming President, Donald Trump pulled out of a plan to license a tower in the nation of Georgia. Now, many there fear being “forgotten and abandoned? by the US.

Also: the first legal commercial export from Cuba arrives in the US; a former Wall Street man comes up with a plan to save an Indonesian forest; farmers in Vermont are growing a new crop and its worth more than its weight in gold; a family in Mexico is trafficking in donuts; and we find out what country makes the fastest roller coasters (hint: not the US).

(Image: Donald Trump during a press conference to announce a real estate project in Georgia, at the Trump Tower in New York, March 10, 2011. Credit: Emmanuel Dunand/AFP/Getty Images)

Getting To Know Laura Poitras2013081720130819 (WS)

Meet the woman who helped Edward Snowden leak news of top-secret surveillance programmes

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Who is Laura Poitras? Hear about the crucial role this American film-maker played in helping Edward Snowden leak news of a top-secret mass surveillance programmes being operated by the US government. Plus, the tech-savvy Americans helping Vietnamese bloggers cover their tracks.

We investigate why some Americans are giving up their US citizenships and we find out about the 'November Project' - a growing fitness craze that is drawing huge early morning crowds in Boston and other cities across the US and Canada. And, Cuba gets its first English-language bookstore thanks to a New York City native.

(Image: Documentary film-maker Laura Poitras. Credit: Associated Press)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Girl's Ballet School In Syria2013011920130120 (WS)

How life goes on for young ballerinas in a suburb of Damascus

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

How life goes on for young ballerinas in a suburb of Damascus. A young Haitian woman rebuilds her life in New York after fleeing the 2010 earthquake in her homeland. We’ll also hear about Hollywood’s decades-old relationship with America’s top spy agency, the CIA.

(Image: Young ballerinas at their ballet class, Credit: Emma LeBlanc)

How life goes on for young ballerinas in a suburb of Damascus. A young Haitian woman rebuilds her life in New York after fleeing the 2010 earthquake in her homeland. We’ll also hear about Hollywood’s decades-old relationship with America’s top spy agency, the CIA.

(Image: Young ballerinas at their ballet class, Credit: Emma LeBlanc)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Global Nation2014071920140720 (WS)

Child migrants crossing the US-Mexico border face deportation and ignite protest

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The humanitarian crisis at the US-Mexico border continues, as child migrants from Central America cross into the United States by the thousands. We ask if US immigration policy is playing a role in enticing these kids to head north, and we meet two young Guatemalans who say they had no choice but to make the dangerous journey. Also, we hear the story of a Salvadoran girl trying to find her way in America. And the tale of a nanny from Paraguay who looks forward to reuniting with her son, but does he share the sentiment? Also, we find out how superhero stories are really about the immigrant experience. And we learn the not-so-obvious difference between ‘hospice’ and ‘hospicio'.

Photo: A rally on immigration reform, Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Global Nation Edition2013051820130519 (WS)

US immigration reform seen through the eyes of an undocumented immigrant

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

America’s immigration reform debate as seen through the eyes of someone who is waiting for citizenship. How the US counts its illegal immigrants, the politician who wants to give non-citizen immigrants the right to vote and a hospital that reflects America’s ethnic diversity.

(Image: Immigrant workers in protest at the United States Department of Homeland Security I-9 audits of their employment eligibility, San Diego. Credit: Reuters)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Go And Do Likewise20160220

From Lesbos to Flint \u2014 an Islamic relief group helps the poor get safe drinking water

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

From Lesbos to Flint, we follow an Islamic relief group helping the poor get safe drinking water. Then, an Evangelical pastor tells us why it's our moral duty to 'take the longer view' on refugees. And: where human life is precarious, Haitians look out for a rare Iguana.

Plus, the woman behind a Liberian bookstore where children can read about themselves. And the Ghanaian reggae star Rocky Dawuni’s quest to bring clean cookstoves back home.

Image: Volunteers from Islamic Relief USA deliver water in Flint, Michigan. (Credit: Ridwan Adhami/Islamic Relief USA)

From Lesbos to Flint, we follow an Islamic relief group helping the poor get safe drinking water. Then, an Evangelical pastor tells us why it's our moral duty to 'take the longer view' on refugees. And: where human life is precarious, Haitians look out for a rare Iguana.

Plus, the woman behind a Liberian bookstore where children can read about themselves. And the Ghanaian reggae star Rocky Dawuni’s quest to bring clean cookstoves back home.

Image: Volunteers from Islamic Relief USA deliver water in Flint, Michigan. (Credit: Ridwan Adhami/Islamic Relief USA)

From Lesbos to Flint — an Islamic relief group helps the poor get safe drinking water

Good Neighbours20160227

The Flint water crisis leaves unauthorised immigrants in the dark in Michigan

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We travel to the Michigan city of Flint and learn why unauthorised immigrants are so imperilled by the city’s lead-contaminated water system. We consider whether a Scandinavian-style welfare state could ever work in America. And, why Canadians want to turn away from the US elections, but just can't help themselves.

Plus, the secret plot to destroy Syria’s weapons of mass destruction. How Russians and Americans have teamed up to rescue Sochi’s stray dogs. And, the soulful songs of a Mexican singer, who muses about the American dream.

(Photo: The City of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on January 23, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Credit: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

We travel to the Michigan city of Flint and learn why unauthorised immigrants are so imperilled by the city’s lead-contaminated water system. We consider whether a Scandinavian-style welfare state could ever work in America. And, why Canadians want to turn away from the US elections, but just can't help themselves.

Plus, the secret plot to destroy Syria’s weapons of mass destruction. How Russians and Americans have teamed up to rescue Sochi’s stray dogs. And, the soulful songs of a Mexican singer, who muses about the American dream.

(Photo: The City of Flint Water Plant is illuminated by moonlight on January 23, 2016 in Flint, Michigan. Credit: Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)

Goods And Services2015020720150208 (WS)

An Iranian-American woman creates an online marketplace for underground Iranian designers

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet Golshid Mola, an Iranian-American businesswoman who is trying not to fall afoul of US sanctions. Plus, the Afghan carpet makers who are weaving images of drones into their rugs. And a New York sommelier who spices up meals with personal stories of the wine he pours.

Also, US basketball teams break out special uniforms for the Chinese New Year. The green tech revolution leaves consumers in the dark. And the Florida auto repair shop specialising in Soviet-era cars.

(Photo: Earring design by one of Golshid Mola’s Iranian vendors. Credit: Liqe/Alangoo.com)

Great Escapes20150509

A former captive of the Taliban calls for an end to US \u2018signature\u2019 drone strikes.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear from David Rohde, an American journalist and former captive of the Taliban, who is calling for a halt to US 'signature' drone strikes. We examine the blurry line between vague and actionable government intelligence information.

Also, we tour the University of Texas at El Paso, a campus that looks just like the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan. The journalist Jonathan Katz tells us how not to report on an earthquake. And, we visit a small town in El Salvador where migrants to the US are hotly debated folk heroes. Plus, a top-selling indigenous artist from Australia does not give interviews, but still wows audiences with his voice.

(Photo: A US Air Force MQ-1 Predator flies near the Southern California Logistics Airport. Credit: Reuters/US Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Effrain Lopez)

Grounded2015032820150329 (WS)

George Brant on turning drones into drama, and confronting the morality of modern warfare

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We talk with the playwright George Brant about his international hit Grounded - a one-woman show about a military fighter pilot sidelined by pregnancy and reassigned to duty as a drone operator. Plus, the story of Kenneth Rowe, a Florida man who in 1953 fled Communist North Korea in a MiG-15 fighter jet. And, why a former US undersecretary of defence and an Afghan doctor are both optimistic about Afghanistan’s future.

Also, we visit America’s first all-female mosque. And we ponder a challenge for young devout Muslims - if dating is not allowed, how are you to find love?

(Photo: Celeste Oliva starred in The Nora Theatre Company's production of Grounded. Courtesy of A.R. Sinclair Photography)

Have Faith2015022820150301 (WS)

Photojournalist Lynsey Addario captures the quiet moments of war.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We go behind the lens and onto the frontlines with war photographer Lynsey Addario. Plus, we learn why German atheists are seeking formal recognition for the 'Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster'. And we visit a museum in New York devoted only to animals mentioned in Hebrew scripture.

Also, the story of a wealthy businessman who has set up the first privately funded search and rescue operation for migrants lost at sea. Why the last remaining matzo factory in New York plans to close shop after 90 years of business. And a world-class bassist replaces frets with flags, and personifies what it means to be an international musician.

(Photo: Two women wait by the roadside for help in Badakhshan Province, Afghanistan. Credit: Lynsey Addario)

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow2015021420150215 (WS)

A New York artist sketches life inside Islamic State-controlled Mosul

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet the New York artist targeting Islamic State with her drawings. The renowned surgeon and writer Atul Gawande reflects on ‘Being Mortal’ and the death of his father. And an American undertaker describes ancient burial rituals and customs from around the world.

Also, we visit a California church trying to preserve the culture of Coptic Christians. Why the Florida cigar industry is looking over its shoulder at Cuba. And how the fruit and vegetable section of the supermarket looks to a migrant farmworker.

(Photo: An artistic rendering of the now destroyed Prophet Jirjis mosque, in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Credit: Molly Crabapple/Vanity Fair)

History In The Making20170114

Obama is the first US president to author an article in Science magazine.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

US President Obama has published three articles in top academic journals in one week. Why?

Also on the programme: we look back on Obama’s complicated legacy in Kenya, the birthplace of his father; we examine some evidence that casts Richard Nixon’s presidential legacy in a different light; we meet one of the first female missileers; and we learn about a long lost musical, commissioned during World War II, by the US Army.

(Image: U.S. President Barack Obama signs bills at his desk in the Oval Office at the White House. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

US President Obama has published three articles in top academic journals in one week. Why?

Also on the programme: we look back on Obama’s complicated legacy in Kenya, the birthplace of his father; we examine some evidence that casts Richard Nixon’s presidential legacy in a different light; we meet one of the first female missileers; and we learn about a long lost musical, commissioned during World War II, by the US Army.

(Image: U.S. President Barack Obama signs bills at his desk in the Oval Office at the White House. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

History Now20150718

Two brothers - one in Iran, one in the US - share their hopes post-nuclear deal

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We talk to two brothers - one in Tehran, the other in California - about what a nuclear deal means for a family separated by sanctions. Then, we head to Mike’s Place for a story about love, blues, and terror in Tel Aviv. And, we drop by Little Saigon to visit the office of the oldest Vietnamese language newspaper in the United States, the Nguoi Viet Daily News.

Also, why generations of Dutch citizens still trek to the graves of US World War Two soldiers. And ‘a man walks into a bar', or is it ‘a man walked into a bar’?

(Photo: Iranians took to the streets of Tehran to celebrate the announcement of a nuclear deal. Credit: AFP)

Hole In The Wall20150905

A border wall to keep migrants out - \u201ca 14th Century solution to a 21st Century problem\u201d

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The US built a huge wall along one-third of its border with Mexico. Now, while Europe debates its own border policies, some US politicians want to seal the entire border. Also, a French chef looks back at what he lost - and gained - after Hurricane Katrina struck. And, we hear how American snack foods are getting a Latin twist.

Guantanamo Bay prison remains open in Cuba, and it has become a matter of life and death for one prisoner from Yemen. Plus, now that US-Cuba relations are warming up, a food critic goes looking for real Cuban cuisine. And, how a Saudi singer left her home country to chase stardom in Los Angeles.

(Photo: A boy in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, clings to the border fence. Credit: Cecilia Ballí)

The US built a huge wall along one-third of its border with Mexico. Now, while Europe debates its own border policies, some US politicians want to seal the entire border. Also, a French chef looks back at what he lost - and gained - after Hurricane Katrina struck. And, we hear how American snack foods are getting a Latin twist.

Guantanamo Bay prison remains open in Cuba, and it has become a matter of life and death for one prisoner from Yemen. Plus, now that US-Cuba relations are warming up, a food critic goes looking for real Cuban cuisine. And, how a Saudi singer left her home country to chase stardom in Los Angeles.

(Photo: A boy in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico, clings to the border fence. Credit: Cecilia Ballí)

A border wall to keep migrants out - “a 14th Century solution to a 21st Century problem?

Home From Home20151003

A Yemeni student in America urges US officials to end support for Saudi-led airstrikes.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Shireen Al-Adeimi, a doctoral student at Harvard University, channels the voice of her fellow Yemenis and calls for the US government to end support for Saudi-led airstrikes. Then, we hear how one refugee family from Syria is starting over in California. And, as part of our First Days series, an Israeli teenager tells us what it was like to move to Massachusetts.

Also: the story of a Honduran family divided between home and New Orleans. How a proper Englishman caught gold fever in the American 'Wild West'. And Omar Offendum, a Syrian-American rapper, offers up a sharp lament for his homeland.

Picture: Shireen Al-Adeimi, a doctoral student at Harvard University who has launched a petition calling on the US government to end American support for Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen. (Credit: PRI’s The World)

Shireen Al-Adeimi, a doctoral student at Harvard University, channels the voice of her fellow Yemenis and calls for the US government to end support for Saudi-led airstrikes. Then, we hear how one refugee family from Syria is starting over in California. And, as part of our First Days series, an Israeli teenager tells us what it was like to move to Massachusetts.

Also: the story of a Honduran family divided between home and New Orleans. How a proper Englishman caught gold fever in the American 'Wild West'. And Omar Offendum, a Syrian-American rapper, offers up a sharp lament for his homeland.

Picture: Shireen Al-Adeimi, a doctoral student at Harvard University who has launched a petition calling on the US government to end American support for Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen. (Credit: PRI’s The World)

Humanitarian Instinct2015012420150125 (WS)

A Syrian aid worker remains steadfast in her efforts, despite threats to her family

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet an activist-turned-aid worker from Homs, and learn about the perils of doing humanitarian work in Syria. And, we visit a US-funded housing development in Haiti called Village la Difference.

Plus, language barriers in Kenya and the effort by Translators without Borders to break those barriers down. Meals on wheels in India versus Meals on Wheels in America. And grabbing a latte at Meow Parlour, New York City’s very first cat café.

(Photo: A Syrian aid worker who asked that her identity not be revealed. Credit: PRI’s The World)

I\u2019m On Your Team2017070820170709 (WS)
20170710 (WS)

The US might never have gained its independence without help from Russia.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Russia, it turns out, accidentally helped the US win its independence.

Also: we meet two sisters who will go to the Olympics together but on competing teams; we remember when North and South Korea teamed up to beat China at table tennis; we go a few rounds with a boxer who’s inspiring young women in Jordan; we learn why an all-girl robotics team from Afghanistan is going to be competing virtually in a US competition; and we get the backstory to a popular baseball podcast hosted by three fans of the sport who also happen to be blind.

(Image: People watch fireworks as they celebrate US Independence Day on July 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty

I’m On Your Team20170710

The US might never have gained its independence without help from Russia.

Russia, it turns out, accidentally helped the US win its independence.

Also: we meet two sisters who will go to the Olympics together but on competing teams; we remember when North and South Korea teamed up to beat China at table tennis; we go a few rounds with a boxer who’s inspiring young women in Jordan; we learn why an all-girl robotics team from Afghanistan is going to be competing virtually in a US competition; and we get the backstory to a popular baseball podcast hosted by three fans of the sport who also happen to be blind.

(Image: People watch fireworks as they celebrate US Independence Day on July 4, 2017 in Washington, DC. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty

Icons And Artefacts2013121420131215 (WS)

When President Obama shook President Castro\u2019s hand was it premeditated, or just polite?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

As President Obama arrived to deliver his eulogy at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service he shook the hand of the Cuban President, Raul Castro. The controversial moment threatened to overshadow coverage of the day in the US media. Was the seemingly friendly greeting between long-time foes premeditated, or was Mr Obama just being polite?

Also, we find out why the iconic American muscle car, the Ford Mustang, is going to be appearing in showrooms around the world and hear how iconic 20th Century American poet Robert Frost, came to fame while on a trip to Britain. And, we look at some other iconic artefacts: a set of Native American sacred face masks that are being returned to the Hopi tribe, thanks to some generous auction bidders, the Cyrus Cylinder which is wowing Iranian-Americans in California, and a rug woven by Armenian orphans that is too controversial to see, which is locked up in the White House.

(Photo: US President Barack Obama (L) shakes hands with Cuban President Raul Castro during the official memorial service for former South African President Nelson Mandela. Credit: Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Identity Crisis20150822

A Mexican immigrant who works in a Trump hotel calls out \u2018The Donald\u2019.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has laid out a controversial immigration plan that includes a call to end the principle that babies born in the US automatically qualify as citizens. We examine the origins and the effects of this principle, and we speak with Ricardo Aca— a Mexican immigrant who works at a Trump hotel.

Then, two Pakistani-American brothers from Minnesota explain why they created ‘Noor Kids’, a series of children's books intended for Muslim youth. The reporter Akiko Fujita retraces her grandfather’s uniquely Japanese-American past. And we mark the 100th anniversary of the US occupation of Haiti. Plus: Lipa Schmeltzer, the ‘Hasidic Lady Gaga’.

(Photo: Mexican football fans hold signs alluding to a June comment made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He said: ‘When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best... They’re sending people that have lots of problems…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people’. Credit: Ricardo Aca)

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has laid out a controversial immigration plan that includes a call to end the principle that babies born in the US automatically qualify as citizens. We examine the origins and the effects of this principle, and we speak with Ricardo Aca— a Mexican immigrant who works at a Trump hotel.

Then, two Pakistani-American brothers from Minnesota explain why they created ‘Noor Kids’, a series of children's books intended for Muslim youth. The reporter Akiko Fujita retraces her grandfather’s uniquely Japanese-American past. And we mark the 100th anniversary of the US occupation of Haiti. Plus: Lipa Schmeltzer, the ‘Hasidic Lady Gaga’.

(Photo: Mexican football fans hold signs alluding to a June comment made by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. He said: ‘When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best... They’re sending people that have lots of problems…They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people’. Credit: Ricardo Aca)

A Mexican immigrant who works in a Trump hotel calls out ‘The Donald’.

Immigrant Faces2014020120140202 (WS)

Why foreign video-gamers now have the same rights as professional athletes in the US

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Customs officials grant foreign video gamers the same rights to live and work in the United States as professional athletes from other countries. Meanwhile, the governor of the US state of Michigan tries to recruit 50,000 talented immigrants in an effort to boost the economy. An American man who fled civil war in Sudan as a child tells how he was transported back to that nightmare when he returned to South Sudan recently. And, the first Hmong-American to become a judge describes how he used to tell people he was Chinese because he was ashamed of his background. Plus, the California artist highlighting America’s unskilled immigrant work force.

(Photo: Kim Dong Hwan, a South Korean professional StarCraft2 gamer who goes by 'viOLet' in the gaming community wins first place at the Intel Extreme Masters 2012 gaming competition in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Credit: Electronic Sports League)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Immigration Crisis2014070520140706 (WS)

Central American exodus, as desperate parents send their children across the US border

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

An immigration crisis in the United States, as child migrants from Central America flood to the US-Mexico border. We look at why so many kids are making the perilous journey, and why their parents are staying behind. And, we hear what happens when a small US church offers sanctuary to undocumented immigrants. Also in this edition, we get reactions to a court ruling in Chile implicating US intelligence services in the 1973 murder of American journalist Charles Horman. And we consider a Scottish chef’s case for Americans to reconsider haggis.

(Photo: An advertisement from the government of El Salvador. It states "They say there are not that many people on the train with you." The country is working with the United Nation's Population Fund to create a campaign to encourage Salvadorians, especially youths, to be conscious of the dangers of migrating to the US.)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

In A Day\u2019s Work2016062520160626 (WS)

Puerto Rico may be in debt, but Puerto Ricans don't want to give up their independence.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We visit San Juan, where one man thinks that the plan proposed by US Congress to address the debt crisis, “treats Puerto Rico like a colony.”

Then, we go to Lebanon where a Syrian refugee teaches Arabic over the internet. And we hear from an Arabic student who's been studying the language for 25 years.

Plus, we meet a Yemeni beekeeper preserving his country's traditions, an artist who enlisted in the Marines to make better art, and an Egyptian jukebox repairman boogying to Elvis Presley.

Image: The central market in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan is a popular gathering spot for people to talk about politics after work. (Credit: PRI’s The World)

In A Day’s Work2016062520160626 (WS)
20160627 (WS)

We visit San Juan, where one man thinks that the plan proposed by US Congress to address the debt crisis, “treats Puerto Rico like a colony.?

Then, we go to Lebanon where a Syrian refugee teaches Arabic over the internet. And we hear from an Arabic student who's been studying the language for 25 years.

Plus, we meet a Yemeni beekeeper preserving his country's traditions, an artist who enlisted in the Marines to make better art, and an Egyptian jukebox repairman boogying to Elvis Presley.

Image: The central market in the Santurce neighborhood of San Juan is a popular gathering spot for people to talk about politics after work. (Credit: PRI’s The World)

Puerto Rico may be in debt, but Puerto Ricans don't want to give up their independence.

In Limbo2017090920170910 (WS)
20170911 (WS)

The US is the only home they\u2019ve ever known. But now the \u2018Dreamers\u2019 fear being deported.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

President Trump is scrapping a programme that protects hundreds of thousands of young unauthorised immigrants. We hear two different perspectives on this decision.

Plus; we meet an immigrant from Northern Ireland whose troubled past is haunting his future; we learn why some evangelical Christians are speaking out against the President; we find out about a proposal from Canadian Senator Ratna Omidvar for Canada to open its doors to DACA recipients; plus we visit Quebec where immigrants fearing Trump are pouring in.

(Image: Julio Ramos is a medical school student and a DACA recipient in New York City. Credit: Reynaldo Leanos Jr.)

In Limbo20170911

The US is the only home they’ve ever known. But now the ‘Dreamers’ fear being deported.

President Trump is scrapping a programme that protects hundreds of thousands of young unauthorised immigrants. We hear two different perspectives on this decision.

Plus; we meet an immigrant from Northern Ireland whose troubled past is haunting his future; we learn why some evangelical Christians are speaking out against the President; we find out about a proposal from Canadian Senator Ratna Omidvar for Canada to open its doors to DACA recipients; plus we visit Quebec where immigrants fearing Trump are pouring in.

(Image: Julio Ramos is a medical school student and a DACA recipient in New York City. Credit: Reynaldo Leanos Jr.)

In Other Words2014122720141228 (WS)

How the Nuremberg Trials changed interpretation forever

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We find out what it takes to be a simultaneous interpreter. A foreign correspondent and his translator tell us how their relationship is about more than words. And the people who write film subtitles reveal the challenges of their craft.

Also, the linguist Dan Jarafsky tells us why American restaurants call a main course ‘the entrée’. And we leaf through the pages of the Dictionary of Untranslatables.

In Search Of Solutions20150411

The city of Boston reacts to the conviction of Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear reflections on the Boston Marathon bombing verdict from Juliette Kayyem, a Boston resident and former assistant secretary of homeland security. Then, a Somali-American activist tells us the tragic tale of his nephew - a 17-year-old honours student who left his Minnesota home to join al-Shabab. Also, we meet ‘Average Mohamed’, a petrol station manager who is using cartoons to fight Islamic State recruitment.

Plus, the US Secretary of Energy tells us about something he has in common with his Iranian counterpart and its role in securing the Iranian nuclear deal. We hear about the plot to overthrow North Korea’s leadership, one American sitcom at a time. And, we find out what happens when North Korean students watch ‘Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban’.

(Photo: A courtroom sketch shows prosecutor Aloke Chakravarty addressing the Boston Marathon bombing jury as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev sits nearby. Credit: Reuters/ Jane Flavell Collins)

In Times Of Crisis2014091320140914 (WS)

Assessing American leadership in a troubled world

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

It is all crisis for US foreign policy right now. We find out how the United States is doing in these troubled times. Also, we learn why friends of executed journalist Steven Sotloff worked hard to scrub any mention of his Jewish identity from the web. And, we learn how polices in a post-9/11 America gave rise to the militarisation of US police forces. Also in this edition, we hear the remarkable story of a California rancher who hopes to provide sanctuary for an Eritrean torture survivor she read about online. Plus, we meet the African immigrants stepping into the political spotlight in the state of Colorado. And, we listen to the rhymes of an Afro-Latin hip hop duo gaining popularity here in the States.

(Photo: President Barack Obama delivers a prime time address vowing to target the Islamic State with air strikes. Credit:Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

India\u2019s Gender Troubles2013011220130113 (WS)

Indian-Americans on the treatment of women, welcoming Chinese tourists, and \u201cwar dogs\u201d

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

How the recent gang rape and murder of a young woman in India is resonating with Indian-Americans in the US.

Also, American businesses try to attract more Chinese tourists with a bigger welcome mat, and we hear about the special bond between military dogs and their handlers in war zones.

Image: A protest about women's rights in India in London

India’s Gender Troubles2013011220130113 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Inside The Box20180505
Inside The Box2018050520180506 (WS)

Braces from home: The next stage in global dental care?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

As traditional business models continue to break down, entrepreneurs have their sights on one more area to disrupt: traditional orthodontics.

Also: biodegradable six-pack holders finally go on the market; a former ambassador tells us what's in a diplomatic pouch; the French consider adopting 'le doggy bag' for restaurant leftovers; we ride along with 23 greyhounds across the US/Mexico border; and composer Idan Raichel performs a song for us using an assortment of improvised musical instruments.

(Image: Candid Co. sends customers a kit to take impressions of their teeth from home. An orthodontist then remotely comes up with a treatment plan. Credit: Candid Co.)

Iraq: 'like A Bad Relationship'2014062120140622 (WS)

An American soldier who fought in Iraq wonders what his efforts mean now

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

With parts of Iraq that US troops once fought to defend now in the hands of Islamist militants, one US soldier who saw combat there tells us what he thinks America’s responsibility is now. We hear what's behind America’s longstanding suspicion of beards, how a tiny wasp from Pakistan might be able to save the US citrus industry and how group prenatal care is becoming more popular across America, leading to healthier babies.

Also, we hear why Americans call football soccer and we find out why legendary Top 40 DJ Casey Kasem is also a hero for Arab-Americans.

Image: Getty

With parts of Iraq that US troops once fought to defend now in the hands of Islamist militants, one US soldier who saw combat there tells us what he thinks America’s responsibility is now. We hear what's behind America’s longstanding suspicion of beards, how a tiny wasp from Pakistan might be able to save the US citrus industry and how group prenatal care is becoming more popular across America, leading to healthier babies.

Also, we hear why Americans call football soccer and we find out why legendary Top 40 DJ Casey Kasem is also a hero for Arab-Americans.

Image: Getty

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Is It Safe?2017071520170716 (WS)
20170717 (WS)

An American relief worker brings his wife and children to Mosul.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

David Eubank, an American relief worker, decides to bring his whole family with him to Mosul.

Also: Choi Seong-guk, a North Korean refugee, draws a popular online comic strip series about his defection; presenter Marco Werman joins the US Coast Guard on patrol; scientist Milo Nordyke remembers a time when the US government tried to use a nuclear bomb as a bulldozer; and Mexican-American musician Lila Downs dedicates her latest album to “dangerous’’ women.

(Image: Smoke plumes billow in Mosul on July 10, 2017. Credit: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)

Is It Safe?20170717

An American relief worker brings his wife and children to Mosul.

David Eubank, an American relief worker, decides to bring his whole family with him to Mosul.

Also: Choi Seong-guk, a North Korean refugee, draws a popular online comic strip series about his defection; presenter Marco Werman joins the US Coast Guard on patrol; scientist Milo Nordyke remembers a time when the US government tried to use a nuclear bomb as a bulldozer; and Mexican-American musician Lila Downs dedicates her latest album to “dangerous’’ women.

(Image: Smoke plumes billow in Mosul on July 10, 2017. Credit: Fadel Senna/AFP/Getty Images)

Is There An App For That?2017061020170611 (WS)
20170612 (WS)

How secure is Donald Trump\u2019s mobile phone? (Hint: not very)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Trump still uses his personal mobile phone. Security experts are baffled.

Also: A lack of immigrant labour in the US has some farmers planning for robots to pick produce; a Dutch teenager came up with a plan to clean up the world’s oceans and now he’s got funding for it, but at least one expert does not think it will work; fake turtle eggs get fitted with GPS trackers to catch poachers; plus we meet a Yoruba priest who also makes hypnotic electronic music.

(Image: Donald Trump speaks on his mobile phone in in Potomac Falls, Virginia, U.S., on Thursday, April 30, 2009. Credit: Mannie Garcia/ Getty Images)

Is There An App For That?20170612

How secure is Donald Trump’s mobile phone? (Hint: not very)

Trump still uses his personal mobile phone. Security experts are baffled.

Also: A lack of immigrant labour in the US has some farmers planning for robots to pick produce; a Dutch teenager came up with a plan to clean up the world’s oceans and now he’s got funding for it, but at least one expert does not think it will work; fake turtle eggs get fitted with GPS trackers to catch poachers; plus we meet a Yoruba priest who also makes hypnotic electronic music.

(Image: Donald Trump speaks on his mobile phone in in Potomac Falls, Virginia, U.S., on Thursday, April 30, 2009. Credit: Mannie Garcia/ Getty Images)

It Is All Words2017052020170521 (WS)
20170522 (WS)

What did the phrase 'America First' mean in the 1700s?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

As Trump embarks on his first foreign trip, his administration tries to cast ‘America First’ in a different light.

Also, helpful definitions of the words ‘autocrat’, ‘fascist’, and ‘demagogue’; why Trump's name sign is causing controversy in the American Sign Language community; a history of the word 'hack' that goes back further than you might expect; what happened to the first people to be called refugees; plus some new music from one of Marco Werman's favourite bands, Forro in the Dark.

(Photo: Copies of U.S. President Donald Trump's fiscal 2018 budget request sit on display for sale in Washington, D.C. Credit: Andrew Harrer/Getty Images)

It Is All Words20170522

What did the phrase 'America First' mean in the 1700s?

It\u2019s Getting Hot In Here2017040820170409 (WS)
20170410 (WS)

Two US coal miners, two different perspectives on the future of coal.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

One current and one former coal miner have very different reactions to President Trump’s energy order.

Also: Christiana Figueres, one of the main architects of the Paris Climate Agreement, tells us why she thinks relaxing environmental regulations is bad for the US economy; a formerly rich city comes up with a unique plan to regain its former glory; beer brewers and hop growers adapt to climate change; and Siervas, a band of rocking nuns from Peru, closes out the show.

(Image: Nick Mullins, a former coal miner, says “Some days… mining could be really enjoyable...but I know the costs in the long run, and I know that the good times never lasted.” Credit: Courtesy of Nick Mullins)

It\u2019s Not Easy Being...2018031720180318 (WS)

Greenbacks, green energy and Green Day. A take on a colour with shades of meaning.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The American economy may be strong, but the wage gap remains a huge concern.

Also: solar panel tariffs could be a boon for US producers; residents in small coastal community in Florida prepare for climate change, mostly alone; a seed company connects Japanese-Americans with their roots; smoking pot could get you deported; and Green Day shatters a myth.

(Image: Personal care workers Marilyn Sorensen (left) and Candice Bateman in Denver, Colorado. Wages for American workers are ticking upwards, but the US remains one of the world’s most inequitable nations. (Photo: Jason Margolis)

It\u2019s Symbolic2017042920170430 (WS)
20170501 (WS)

Detained Americans, fears of a nuclear threat and Trump's call for economic sanctions.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The rhetoric and actions displayed by both North Korea and the United States continue to escalate.

Also: flipping your baseball bat in South Korea is not an insult; ghosts in Thailand drink Fanta; designs for Trump’s border wall mean different things to different people; butterfly stickers on a college campus lets students know they’re safe; and three countries come together to make a bid and to host the World Cup in 2026.

(Image: People walk by flags set up to mark the 85th anniversary of the founding of North Korea’s armed forces, April 25, 2017. (Photo: Kyodo News via Getty Images)

It\u2019s The Law2018062320180624 (WS)

Inside one of the busiest immigration courts in the US.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

There is nothing special about the building at 606 South Olive Street in Los Angeles. But if you're an immigrant fighting deportation, what happens inside is all-important.

Also: we hear about a child who was separated from his family and put in US immigration detention… in 1930; we meet a feisty Peruvian potato farmer facing down an American mining company; we learn about a proposal to legalise divorce in the Philippines; and we rock out to an Arabic remix of the Beatles song “Drive My Car”, to mark the end of the women's driving ban in Saudi Arabia.

(Image: The building that houses the US immigration court in Los Angeles, one of 57 such courthouses in the country. Credit: Saul Gonzalez)

It’s Getting Hot In Here2017040820170409 (WS)
20170410 (WS)

Two US coal miners, two different perspectives on the future of coal.

One current and one former coal miner have very different reactions to President Trump’s energy order.

Also: Christiana Figueres, one of the main architects of the Paris Climate Agreement, tells us why she thinks relaxing environmental regulations is bad for the US economy; a formerly rich city comes up with a unique plan to regain its former glory; beer brewers and hop growers adapt to climate change; and Siervas, a band of rocking nuns from Peru, closes out the show.

(Image: Nick Mullins, a former coal miner, says “Some days… mining could be really enjoyable...but I know the costs in the long run, and I know that the good times never lasted.? Credit: Courtesy of Nick Mullins)

It’s Symbolic20170501

Detained Americans, fears of a nuclear threat and Trump's call for economic sanctions.

Je Suis Not American2014050320140504 (WS)

A journalist narrowly escapes a kidnapping in eastern Ukraine by being very Canadian

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A Canadian journalist explains how he narrowly escaped being kidnapped by angry pro-Russia activists in eastern Ukraine by taking a uniquely Canadian approach. Also in the program, we hear why the vaunted U-2 spy plane is under the budget axe in Washington. We learn about the surprising link between Crimea and Mississippi Delta Blues. A Somali teen fashion designer in the US talks about her love for animal print hijabs. We remember a late American scholar who dreamt of being buried in Iran. And, old Atari game cartridges uncovered in a desert landfill in the American south-west.

(Photo: Pro-Russian separatists guards a checkpoint near the town of Slaviansk in eastern Ukraine May 2, 2014. Credit: Reuters)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Jenni Rivera\u2019s Unique Appeal2012121520121216 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Jenni Rivera\u2019s Unique Appeal20121216

Why was Latin music star Jenni Rivera - who died in a plane crash this week - so popular?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Latin music star Jenni Rivera died in a plane crash this week. We learn why she was so popular. We also learn about how we may soon be able to eat the containers our food comes in. And a web site that brings history to life by blending old photos with new ones.

(Image: A photo of Jenni Rivera, candles and flowers, Credit: Getty Images)

Joseph Kony\u2019s War In Graphic Novel Form2013040620130408 (WS)

A new graphic novel about the Ugandan warlord wanted by the International Criminal Court.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A new graphic novel, Army Of God: Joseph Kony's War In Central Africa, shines a light on the Ugandan warlord wanted by the International Criminal Court. Also on the programme: Guantanamo detainees go on a hunger strike; the troubles facing Boston's immigrant taxi drivers; Mayan baseball and author Gish Jen discusses writing from a Chinese-American perspective.

Image: The cover for the book Army of God. Copyright: PublicAffairs.

Joseph Kony’s War € In Graphic Novel Form2013040620130408 (WS)

A new graphic novel about the Ugandan warlord wanted by the International Criminal Court

A new graphic novel, Army of God Joseph Kony's War in Central Africa, shines a light on the Ugandan warlord wanted by the International Criminal Court.

Also on the programme: Guantanamo detainees go on a hunger strike; the troubles facing Boston's immigrant taxi drivers; Mayan baseball; and author Gish Jen discusses writing from a Chinese-American perspective.

Image: The cover for the book Army of God. Copyright: PublicAffairs

Judgment2015030720150308 (WS)

Practising Islam in short shorts. An on-line essay provokes passionate debate

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet Thanaa El-Naggar, a young Muslim woman who penned a viral essay called Practising Islam in Short Shorts. And, we hear from a fellow Muslim who responds to the essay and urges El-Naggar to stop living a 'dual life'.

Also, how Mexico's 'hints of homophobia' make living there a challenge for one gay man who grew up in the US. The business sector where cheap Chinese imports are failing to have an impact. The mystery surrounding Hart Island, a cemetery where one million New Yorkers are buried in mass graves. And, the story of an American chef who set out to make a better pizza than all of Italy.

(Photo: Usra Ghazi (left) and Thanaa El-Naggar (right) discuss issues that divide some women in the Muslim community. Credit: Marco Werman/ sketch courtesy of Thanaa El-Naggar)

Learning Curve20150725

What became of the US project to build schools in Afghanistan?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The US spent hundreds of millions of dollars to build schools in Afghanistan. We find out what became of that project and hear why it might not have been money well spent. Then, no matter what the overall state of Afghan schools, there are individual success stories - we hear one of them.

Also, a shortage of bilingual teachers in America has some school districts recruiting across the border. A former US Army pilot who was brought up Christian picks up a Koran. The residents of Canada’s Okanagan Indian Reservation get help from Texas A&M University to clear their land of mortars. And, the American culinary writer, Steven Raichlen, tells us the real recipe for Four and Twenty Blackbirds Baked in a Pie.

(Photo: The ruins of Nahre Karez Primary School. Credit: BuzzFeed News)

Learning English In The Workplace2013061520130617 (WS)

Businesses in the US are helping their immigrant workers to learn to speak English

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Businesses in the US are seeing the benefits of helping their immigrant workers to learn to speak English and are teaching them language skills.

Also on the programme: some European universities go English-only in the classroom. And, in light of the US government surveillance scandal, we ask if we’re living in the future as predicted by George Orwell in his novel 1984.

(Image: Learning English in the workplace)

Businesses in the US are seeing the benefits of helping their immigrant workers to learn to speak English and are teaching them language skills.

Also on the programme: some European universities go English-only in the classroom. And, in light of the US government surveillance scandal, we ask if we’re living in the future as predicted by George Orwell in his novel 1984.

(Image: Learning English in the workplace)

Learning To Succeed In South Africa2013122820131229 (WS)

The high school in a South African township that's lifting families out of poverty

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Meet the students of Cape Town's Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT), a magnet school that serves the low-income township of Khayelitsha. We look at their challenges and successes over the past year. The school motto is “No Excuses, Just Success”, but one 17-year-old student faces a big hurdle when his mother dies and he finds himself as the head of the household, just before he is due to sit an exam. We also join the students as they celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday and attend the annual school prom. And finally, there is some good news for that 17-year-old student.

(Photo: Students of Cape Town's Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT), courtesy of COSAT)

Meet the students of Cape Town's Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT), a magnet school that serves the low-income township of Khayelitsha. We look at their challenges and successes over the past year. The school motto is “No Excuses, Just Success?, but one 17-year-old student faces a big hurdle when his mother dies and he finds himself as the head of the household, just before he is due to sit an exam. We also join the students as they celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday and attend the annual school prom. And finally, there is some good news for that 17-year-old student.

(Photo: Students of Cape Town's Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT), courtesy of COSAT)

Let\u2019s Go Viral2014111520141116 (WS)

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on social media\u2019s role in social movements

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

On the theme of global connectedness in the age of social media, we hear from Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, on social media’s role in social movements around the world. Plus, we talk Twitter diplomacy and 21st Century statecraft. And, the origins of Nerd Nite, a monthly lecture series uniting the brainy and the boozy.

Also, the new hotline that fights Ebola-related stigma against African immigrants in the US. Boston Calling listeners from around the globe share their superstitions. And, a behind-the-scenes look at OK Go’s latest viral sensation—a drone-assisted music video shot in Japan.

Let’s Go Viral2014111520141116 (WS)

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on social media’s role in social movements

On the theme of global connectedness in the age of social media, we hear from Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, on social media’s role in social movements around the world. Plus, we talk Twitter diplomacy and 21st Century statecraft. And, the origins of Nerd Nite, a monthly lecture series uniting the brainy and the boozy.

Also, the new hotline that fights Ebola-related stigma against African immigrants in the US. Boston Calling listeners from around the globe share their superstitions. And, a behind-the-scenes look at OK Go’s latest viral sensation—a drone-assisted music video shot in Japan.

Loaded Language20150815

Iranian hardliners chant \u2018Death to America\u2019 - but these days many Iranians wonder why.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Iranian hardliners have long chanted "Death to America" at Friday prayers and government rallies. But in the wake of a nuclear agreement, are the slogan's days numbered? Then, how a project to translate Henry David Thoreau’s Walden into Farsi became a global cultural exchange. And, are we witnessing the death of "uh"? Um, maybe — and not just in English.

Also, Trevor Noah's South African fans have advice for Americans who find some of his jokes offensive, New York's Metropolitan Opera announces its ‘Otello’ tenor will no longer wear "blackface", and Krussia may be the best Russian rapper in New York - but why isn’t he known back home?

(Photo: Iranian protesters burn an American flag during a rally in Tehran in 2013. Credit: AP)

Iranian hardliners have long chanted "Death to America" at Friday prayers and government rallies. But in the wake of a nuclear agreement, are the slogan's days numbered? Then, how a project to translate Henry David Thoreau’s Walden into Farsi became a global cultural exchange. And, are we witnessing the death of "uh"? Um, maybe — and not just in English.

Also, Trevor Noah's South African fans have advice for Americans who find some of his jokes offensive, New York's Metropolitan Opera announces its ‘Otello’ tenor will no longer wear "blackface", and Krussia may be the best Russian rapper in New York - but why isn’t he known back home?

(Photo: Iranian protesters burn an American flag during a rally in Tehran in 2013. Credit: AP)

Iranian hardliners chant ‘Death to America’ - but these days many Iranians wonder why.

Look Closer2014100420141005 (WS)

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker argues that violence is actually decreasing globally

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

It has been a season of upheaval and bloodshed around the world. But Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker argues that deadly violence is actually decreasing globally, and that it has been for decades.

Also on this edition, we hear about the new propaganda wing of the militant group that calls itself Islamic State. We visit a community in California that is grappling with the Ebola crisis from afar. And, we take a deep dive into the largest marine sanctuary in the world. Plus, an American photographer documents life in the Fukushima exclusion zone. And the legacy of 1940s social clubs for Japanese-Americans.

(Photo: Harvard University professor Steven Pinker. Credit: Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff)

It has been a season of upheaval and bloodshed around the world. But Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker argues that deadly violence is actually decreasing globally, and that it has been for decades.

Also on this edition, we hear about the new propaganda wing of the militant group that calls itself Islamic State. We visit a community in California that is grappling with the Ebola crisis from afar. And, we take a deep dive into the largest marine sanctuary in the world. Plus, an American photographer documents life in the Fukushima exclusion zone. And the legacy of 1940s social clubs for Japanese-Americans.

Look Closer2017060320170604 (WS)
20170605 (WS)

What really happened in that clash between Turkish security personnel and DC protesters?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Citizen journalists try to figure out what’s going on in those videos of the Turkish president’s bodyguards clashing with protesters in Washington, DC.

Also: female war veterans tell their stories through comics; Kathy Eldon, the mother of slain photographer Dan Eldon, turns his life into a film; we visit an exhibit of the photos of Henryk Ross, official photographer of the Lodz ghetto; we learn about Stanley Greene, the African-American war photographer celebrated in Europe. Plus, Lilly Singh, an internet star, says she’s ready for her close up.

(Image: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Washington, D.C on Monday, May 16, 2017. Credit: Cheriss May/Getty Images)

Look Closer20170605

What really happened in that clash between Turkish security personnel and DC protesters?

Citizen journalists try to figure out what’s going on in those videos of the Turkish president’s bodyguards clashing with protesters in Washington, DC.

Also: female war veterans tell their stories through comics; Kathy Eldon, the mother of slain photographer Dan Eldon, turns his life into a film; we visit an exhibit of the photos of Henryk Ross, official photographer of the Lodz ghetto; we learn about Stanley Greene, the African-American war photographer celebrated in Europe. Plus, Lilly Singh, an internet star, says she’s ready for her close up.

(Image: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited Washington, D.C on Monday, May 16, 2017. Credit: Cheriss May/Getty Images)

Love And War20160102

Why is it so hard for a Sikh to serve in the US military?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The first observant Sikh of his generation to join the US military tells us why he’s campaigning against the Pentagon’s dress code. Then, a World War Two tale of a Jewish couple who survived the Holocaust by hiding behind a church organ. And, a Vietnam War-era love story that starts with nothing more than a discarded scrap of paper and a stranger’s address.

(Photo: Army Maj. Kamal Singh Kalsi testifies before the US Commission on Civil Rights in May 2013. Credit: Sikh Coalition)

The first observant Sikh of his generation to join the US military tells us why he’s campaigning against the Pentagon’s dress code. Then, a World War Two tale of a Jewish couple who survived the Holocaust by hiding behind a church organ. And, a Vietnam War-era love story that starts with nothing more than a discarded scrap of paper and a stranger’s address.

(Photo: Army Maj. Kamal Singh Kalsi testifies before the US Commission on Civil Rights in May 2013. Credit: Sikh Coalition)

Making Waves20150404

A US news agency finds fishermen held as slaves in Southeast Asia.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear how hundreds of men from Myanmar and other South-East Asian countries are being used as slaves to catch fish that end up on American dinner tables. Then, we find out why Americans are being urged to be better informed about the seafood they eat.

Also, we witness a scientist unlocking one of the great mysteries of Arctic ice melt. Japanese artists remember the Fukushima disaster through their photography. And we learn about the ‘Texas Miracle’ that’s fuelling huge economic growth— and the climate change that may end it. Plus, how musicians in the Nile River basin are helping their region tackle its drought problem.

(Photo: Thai and Burmese fishing boat workers sit behind bars inside a cell at the compound of a fishing company in Benjina, Indonesia. Credit: AP Photo/Dita Alangkara)

Meaningful Words2014031520140316 (WS)

How President Ronald Reagan learned the valuable Russian proverb, 'Trust, but verify'

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear from the historian who taught US President Ronald Reagan the Russian proverb, “Trust, but verify,” and about the role it played in helping to end the Cold War. Also on the program, why Russians can’t give a simple response to the question, “How are you?” How China’s “Green Fence” is cleaning up America’s dirty recycling. We meet the New York man who’s searching for the perfect pizza box. Europeans respond to a controversial American luxury car advertisement that mocks their work ethic. And, we explore Crimea’s rich cultural and historic beauty.

We hear from the historian who taught US President Ronald Reagan the Russian proverb, “Trust, but verify,? and about the role it played in helping to end the Cold War. Also on the program, why Russians can’t give a simple response to the question, “How are you?? How China’s “Green Fence? is cleaning up America’s dirty recycling. We meet the New York man who’s searching for the perfect pizza box. Europeans respond to a controversial American luxury car advertisement that mocks their work ethic. And, we explore Crimea’s rich cultural and historic beauty.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Memory Keepers20150808

After the A-bomb survivors die, who will be Hiroshima's memory keepers?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Seventy years after the atomic bomb, a chance encounter in Hiroshima’s Peace Memorial Park gives an 87-year-old survivor hope that his memory will live on. Meanwhile in Latin America, journalists struggle with escalating threats to press freedom. And: can the US decrease gun violence by treating it like an infectious disease? Gary Slutkin, a Chicago-based epidemiologist, certainly thinks so. Plus, a look back at the Attack on Orleans— the first and only time that World War I reached America’s shores.

Picture: Masaaki Murakami, a volunteer guide at Hiroshima's Peace Memorial Park, listens to 87-year-old atomic bomb survivor Noriho Azuma. Credit: PRI’s The World

Military (in)justice2014032220140323 (WS)

What matters more to the US military: protecting its image, or preventing sexual assault?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A high-profile case has been playing out in the US involving an army general charged with sexually assaulting and threatening a subordinate. He recently cut a deal that allowed him to plead guilty to significantly reduced charges.

We hear from a former service member who was a victim of sexual assault herself. She tells us that the case is a sign that the military is more concerned with protecting its image than stamping out the growing problem of sexual assault within its ranks.

Also in the programme, how the 1970s Arab oil embargo influenced American driving habits… why Americans should eat more Asian Carp… and the Finnish-American answer to Saint Patrick’s Day.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Military Manoeuvres20150530

An American convert to Islam explains why he was drawn to violent extremism.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We’ll meet Michael Muhammed Knight, an American convert to Islam who explains why he was drawn to violent extremism— and how he came to ultimately reject it. We’ll also hear how former US soldiers use body art to mark their service and share experiences that are often hard to put into words. And, the grandson of General George S. Patton tells us why he makes films, not war.

Plus: memories of fleeing Vietnam, landing in Idaho and asking people for candy. Why anti-communist Vietnamese refugees in New Orleans signed up for a cooperative farm. And we’ll meet David Radzynski, Israel's newest concertmaster, who’s leading a youth movement at the country's premier orchestra.

Image: Michael Muhammed Knight, an American convert to Islam who very nearly joined the ranks of Islamic fighters in Chechnya. Credit: Barbara Muerdter/ www.popkontext.de

Mirror, Mirror2016100820161009 (WS)

The US ambassador to Denmark is now a reality TV star

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Rufus Gifford, the US ambassador to Denmark, is not your typical diplomat. He is the star of a popular TV reality show.

Also, how the TV show Master of None inspired one Chinese-American to learn about her family; how being a “third culture kid” may have influenced President Obama; and how the US presidential election looks from abroad. Plus, what is the secret ingredient in Ethiopian cooking? Finally, we hear Soy Yo a power anthem for Latina girls everywhere from the band Bomba Estereo.

Mitt Romney, The American Civil War And Cars In Kosovo2012092220120923 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Mitt Romney, The American Civil War And Cars In Kosovo20120923

Why did chuckles proceed when Mitt Romney listed his favourite fruit?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Boston Calling reflects how the world looks through American eyes and explores the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States. It is produced by the Boston-based team responsible for the weekday US public radio news magazine, PRI's The World.

In the first edition, we bring you the story of how a Twitter hashtag backfired badly.

Also, the role of the US Peace Corps in the life and career of the late US Ambassador Chris Stevens and the little-known story of the many immigrants who fought in the American Civil War.

And what’s up with all those American muscle cars on the roads of Kosovo?

(Image: US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Money Talks - And Bears, Too2013081020130812 (WS)

Prudence Bushnell, US Ambassador to Kenya during the \u201898 embassy bombing on security fears

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Former US Ambassador to Kenya, Prudence Bushnell, survived the 1998 attack on the American embassy in Nairobi. She comments on the unprecedented closings this week of US diplomatic posts in the Middle East and Africa. Also, an American businessman living and working in Russia says some of the current rhetoric coming out of Washington - and directed at Moscow - can sound 'silly' from where he sits. Which cities are the most expensive for Americans to live in abroad? A talking Teddy Bear who makes both kids and adults smile. And a stand-up comedian from China wins over US audiences in English and Mandarin.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Motivations And Murder2014032920140330 (WS)

Could solving a triple murder case have prevented last year\u2019s Boston Marathon bombings?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

New evidence implicates one of the alleged Boston Marathon bombers in a triple homicide in 2011. A reporter investigating the murders thinks the marathon bombings might have been prevented if police had pursued the murder investigation more thoroughly. Also in the program, what motivates a Mexican drug smuggler? We also hear about the globe-trotting American basketball players in Libya, and learn why French is making a comeback in one US state bordering Canada. Plus, Iranian-American comedian K-von Moezzi, tells us how he learned about being Persian when he started doing stand-up.

(Photo: A pair of running shoes and flowers at a makeshift memorial for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing April 15 2013. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Neighbours20170225

Millions fear deportation under new rules unveiled by the Trump administration.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

“There’s nothing wrong with any country insisting that their laws be followed.’’

A US sheriff explains why he supports Trump’s crackdown on unauthorised immigrants; immigrants at a “day labour” centre consider “self-deporting”; a city debates offering “sanctuary” to undocumented immigrants and things get ugly; Chandran Kukathas, a political science professor, asks why we even need borders; a businessman spends $1 million of his own money to help settle Syrian refugees; and a Swedish director learns that you can't direct a cat.

(Image: Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, of Bristol County Massachusetts, opens a door in his jail. Credit: Bristol County Sheriff’s Office)

New York Cabbies, Drones And Kevin Costner20120930

What advice do New York City's opinionated cab drivers have for world leaders at the UN?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

New York's cabbies will happily give you an earful about the globe's most pressing issues.

Also, the US military's use of drones in places such as Pakistan has been controversial, but some drones aren't just used for air strikes.

And you'll hear why American actor Kevin Costner loves shooting films in the Romanian countryside.

(Image: A New York City taxicab drives through Times Square in New York. Credit: REUTERS/Brendan McDermid)

New York Icons Remade2013110220131103 (WS)

America\u2019s oldest licenced pizzeria thrives a year after super storm Sandy floods

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

One year ago this week, Super Storm Sandy ravaged New York City. The building housing the oldest licensed pizzeria in the United States was among those flooded in the storm. The granddaughter of the original proprietor, who reportedly introduced Neapolitan-style pizza to the US, talks about her hopes for the business going forward.

Also, a Syrian immigrant to the US recalls his amusing first days in America. How high tech workers from India are transforming California’s Silicon Valley. And how Orson Welles’s panic-inducing 1938 US radio drama, War of the Worlds, inspired copycat broadcasts around the world - with similar effects.

Picture: Totonno's Pizzeria in Coney Island, Brooklyn, Credit: roboppy/Flickr

America’s oldest licenced pizzeria thrives a year after super storm Sandy floods

One year ago this week, Super Storm Sandy ravaged New York City. The building housing the oldest licensed pizzeria in the United States was among those flooded in the storm. The granddaughter of the original proprietor, who reportedly introduced Neapolitan-style pizza to the US, talks about her hopes for the business going forward.

Also, a Syrian immigrant to the US recalls his amusing first days in America. How high tech workers from India are transforming California’s Silicon Valley. And how Orson Welles’s panic-inducing 1938 US radio drama, War of the Worlds, inspired copycat broadcasts around the world - with similar effects.

Picture: Totonno's Pizzeria in Coney Island, Brooklyn, Credit: roboppy/Flickr

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

New York Sikhs Organise Help For Sandy Victims2012112420121125 (WS)

New York’s Indian Sikh community has been providing free bowls of steaming lentils, rice and vegetables to some of those hardest hit by last month's Hurricane Sandy. What is has the response been so far?

Also, the growing need among emergency responders in the US for interpreters. And the Chinese girls adopted into American families who are asking: "Who are we and where do we come from?"

(Image: Sikh men walk between two yellow taxis, Credit: Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

New York Sikhs Organise Help For Sandy Victims20121125

The community providing hot meals to those hardest hit by last month's Hurricane Sandy.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

New York’s Indian Sikh community has been providing free bowls of steaming lentils, rice and vegetables to some of those hardest hit by last month's Hurricane Sandy. What is has the response been so far?

Also, the growing need among emergency responders in the US for interpreters. And the Chinese girls adopted into American families who are asking: "Who are we and where do we come from?"

(Image: Sikh men walk between two yellow taxis, Credit: Getty Images)

Newsmakers2013080320130805 (WS)

P.J. Crowley, who resigned in 2011 over Bradley Manning\u2019s treatment, calls verdict 'right'

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

P.J. Crowley was the spokesman for the US State Department when Private Bradley Manning was charged with the largest leak of classified information in America’s history. Crowley resigned in 2011 after publicly criticising the way Manning was being treated in detention. Crowley calls this week’s verdict in the Manning case 'right'.

Also, a university rower from the US is bringing competitive boating to Afghanistan. Plus, the American engineer who is working on a new type of fertiliser that can’t be used to build bombs. And, how having a Coke and a smile became a global experience.

(Image: Private Bradley Manning is escorted from court on July 25, 2013 in Fort Meade, Maryland. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

No Going Back20161119

Hate crimes in the US have spiked since the election. What if they continue?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

“It’s indisputable that we are seeing a big rash of hate crimes that are directly related to the election of Donald Trump.’’

In this episode: a researcher collects some hard data on hate crimes; a writer looks into what the alt-right movement really is; and a conservative Christian explains why he backed Trump. Plus, a woman who grew up in America gets stuck in South Korea; comedian Trevor Noah gets personal about his childhood; and American disco gets a South African twist.

(Image: People march in protest of Republican Donald Trump in Los Angeles, California. Credit: David McNew/Getty Images)

No Joke20170218

How do you make people laugh in Trump's America?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Cartoonists around the world have been poking fun at the US.

Also: An Iranian in a detention camp posts illustrations of his plight onto Instagram; a journalist thinks nonfiction comics can be a ‘gateway drug’ to learning about tough issues; two Somali brothers cope with the news of Trump’s travel ban in very different ways; cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz explains why drawing Latino characters is important to him; plus Russian musician, Pavel Lion, is on a mission to make you laugh.

(Image: Vladimir Putin and President Trump react to the resignation of Michael Flynn as National Security adviser. Credit: Marian Kamensky, Slovakia)

Cartoonists around the world have been poking fun at the US.

Also: An Iranian in a detention camp posts illustrations of his plight onto Instagram; a journalist thinks nonfiction comics can be a ‘gateway drug’ to learning about tough issues; two Somali brothers cope with the news of Trump’s travel ban in very different ways; cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz explains why drawing Latino characters is important to him; plus Russian musician, Pavel Lion, is on a mission to make you laugh.

(Image: Vladimir Putin and President Trump react to the resignation of Michael Flynn as National Security adviser. Credit: Marian Kamensky, Slovakia)

No Man Left Behind2014060720140608 (WS)

Deserter or prisoner of war? That's the debate now over US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was set free by his Taliban captors last weekend. Since then, a debate has been raging in the US over whether he deserted his outpost in Afghanistan when he went missing five years ago, or if he had been taken prisoner against his will, or if it was a bit of both? We hear how it is not the first time the US military has faced this conundrum. Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners being held at Guantanamo. We get an update on some other detainees at the controversial US military prison in Cuba. Also, we meet a singer who was homeless in Nashville before making it big in Sweden. And we hear how cocktails get such memorable names.

(Photo: Signs of support with images of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Credit: Reuters)

US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was set free by his Taliban captors last weekend. Since then, a debate has been raging in the US over whether he deserted his outpost in Afghanistan when he went missing five years ago, or if he had been taken prisoner against his will, or if it was a bit of both? We hear how it is not the first time the US military has faced this conundrum. Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners being held at Guantanamo. We get an update on some other detainees at the controversial US military prison in Cuba. Also, we meet a singer who was homeless in Nashville before making it big in Sweden. And we hear how cocktails get such memorable names.

(Photo: Signs of support with images of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Credit: Reuters)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

No Place Like Home2014082320140824 (WS)

A Yazidi community in America tries desperately to help friends and family in Iraq

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Iraq’s Yazidis are on the run from militants of the Islamic State, and the threat of further violence looms large. We’ll hear how a Yazidi community in Nebraska is dealing with their group’s dramatic plight.

Also on the programme, we’ll visit ‘Little Kurdistan’, where we head out on patrol with the city’s only Kurdish-American cop. And, we’ll find out how protestors in Ferguson, Missouri connected with residents of the West Bank. Also in this edition, we’ll ask why the US refused to pay ransom demands for slain American journalist James Foley. We’ll learn the reasons an escalating number of migrants are being tried as criminals in US courts. And, we’ll listen to an avant folk-rock band that’s fusing Chinese and American sounds.

Picture: An Iraqi Yazidi woman and her baby, who fled their home when IS militants attacked the town of Sinjar, Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Iraq’s Yazidis are on the run from militants of the Islamic State, and the threat of further violence looms large. We’ll hear how a Yazidi community in Nebraska is dealing with their group’s dramatic plight.

Also on the programme, we’ll visit ‘Little Kurdistan’, where we head out on patrol with the city’s only Kurdish-American cop. And, we’ll find out how protestors in Ferguson, Missouri connected with residents of the West Bank. Also in this edition, we’ll ask why the US refused to pay ransom demands for slain American journalist James Foley. We’ll learn the reasons an escalating number of migrants are being tried as criminals in US courts. And, we’ll listen to an avant folk-rock band that’s fusing Chinese and American sounds.

Picture: An Iraqi Yazidi woman and her baby, who fled their home when IS militants attacked the town of Sinjar, Credit: AFP/Getty Images

No Place Like Home2018081820180819 (WS)

Karolina Chorvath discovered her identity as a third culture kid. But what is a TCK?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Karolina Chorvath grew up caught between different countries and languages. She’s a third culture kid, which can mean lots of things; some are the children of mixed marriages, some are refugees or the children of immigrants. One thing they have in common, is that they tend to feel like they don’t fully belong anywhere.

No Place Like Home20180818

Karolina Chorvath discovered her identity as a third culture kid. But what is a TCK?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Karolina Chorvath grew up caught between different countries and languages. She’s a third culture kid, which can mean lots of things; some are the children of mixed marriages, some are refugees or the children of immigrants. One thing they have in common, is that they tend to feel like they don’t fully belong anywhere.

North Korea Crisis2013041320130415 (WS)

As Pyongyang ramps up threats directed at the US, Americans try to read between the lines.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The United States tries to make sense of North Korea's increasingly threatening rhetoric; the Associated Press news organisation bans the term "illegal" from its lexicon; improving health through ethnic pride and Sudanese women pursue a new, more western-style of beauty.

(Image: Missiles are displayed during a military parade to mark 100 years since the birth of the country's founder Kim Il-Sung in Pyongyang, North Korea. Credit: PEDRO UGARTE/AFP/Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Northern Neighbours2018090120180902 (WS)

Many US asylum seekers are now fleeing to Canada

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

As a result of President Trump's immigration crackdown, many migrants are seeking a warmer welcome in Canada. Since 2017, 33 thousand people have crossed -- outside of formal border crossings -- to make asylum claims in Canada. Now, the cost of feeding and housing those asylum seekers is pitting the city of Toronto against Canada's federal government.

Also: Kenneth Jackson from the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network in Ottawa looks into the plight of first Nation children in the Canadian foster care system; we find out how climate change is spurring a debate over the the legal status of the Northwest passage; a big name in Canadian beer enters the cannabis drink business; and Canada’s minimum price for beer drops to 1 dollar, but what will this mean for microbrewers?

(The Nav Centre in Cornwall, Ontario awaits the next wave of refugees. Thousands of refugees have been streaming across the Canada/US border over the past year. Credit: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

Northern Neighbours20180901

Many US asylum seekers are now fleeing to Canada

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

As a result of President Trump's immigration crackdown, many migrants are seeking a warmer welcome in Canada. Since 2017, 33 thousand people have crossed -- outside of formal border crossings -- to make asylum claims in Canada. Now, the cost of feeding and housing those asylum seekers is pitting the city of Toronto against Canada's federal government.

Also: Kenneth Jackson from the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network in Ottawa looks into the plight of first Nation children in the Canadian foster care system; we find out how climate change is spurring a debate over the the legal status of the Northwest passage; a big name in Canadian beer enters the cannabis drink business; and Canada’s minimum price for beer drops to 1 dollar, but what will this mean for microbrewers?

(The Nav Centre in Cornwall, Ontario awaits the next wave of refugees. Thousands of refugees have been streaming across the Canada/US border over the past year. Credit: Geoff Robins/AFP/Getty Images)

Not The History Hour20150425

How the Mexican artist Diego Rivera captured the soul of Detroit, one mural at a time

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear how the Mexican muralist Diego Rivera and his wife, the artist Frida Kahlo, captured the soul of Detroit when they turned the American city into their canvas in the early 1930s. And, we find out why the US Department of Defence plans to exhume the remains of sailors and Marines who died during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Plus, Boston residents reflect on the Armenian massacre, one hundred years later.

Also, we head to the US-Mexico border and find a Chinese food scene like none other. We meet the backcountry cook who is a legend at California’s Yosemite National Park. And we learn about NASA’s musical wake-up calls for sleepy astronauts.

(Photo: Detail from Diego Rivera’s Detroit Industry murals. Credit: Detroit Institute of Arts)

Occupational Hazards2015011720150118 (WS)

An American clergywoman in Paris promotes the healing power of silence

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet the Rev. Mary E. Haddad, an American priest who comforted New Yorkers after 9/11 and now is comforting Parisians after the Charlie Hebdo attacks. Plus, the story behind the New Yorker magazine’s bloody tribute cover to the murdered cartoonists. And an Indian-American writer wonders how much his lighter-skinned daughter understands about race.

The US Army gets serious about cyberwarfare. And the film ‘The Interview’ gets plenty right about North Korea. And the hackers behind CryptoWall 2.0 get greedy about ransoms.

(Photo: Mary E. Haddad, interim priest at the American Cathedral of Paris. Credit: PRI’s The World.)

On A Mission2016043020160501 (WS)
20160502 (WS)

The story of a 20-something CIA officer who took on the Taliban.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A former CIA agent discusses his days undercover in Afghanistan and Syria, and the demons those days left behind. Then, we visit the spectacle that is Laredo -- a members-only Wild West town tucked away in the English countryside. And, America’s trucking industry faces a shortage -- we meet the immigrants helping fill the gap.

Plus, why Polish activists are borrowing images from the US in a push for a total abortion ban. And the Detroit watch company bringing its message of the gritty underdog to Europe.

Image: The CIA symbol is shown on the floor of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

A former CIA agent discusses his days undercover in Afghanistan and Syria, and the demons those days left behind. Then, we visit the spectacle that is Laredo -- a members-only Wild West town tucked away in the English countryside. And, America’s trucking industry faces a shortage -- we meet the immigrants helping fill the gap.

Plus, why Polish activists are borrowing images from the US in a push for a total abortion ban. And the Detroit watch company bringing its message of the gritty underdog to Europe.

Image: The CIA symbol is shown on the floor of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

On The Move2015011020150111 (WS)

A new California law gives immigrants who do not have visas the right to drive

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Immigrants without visas in California now have the right to do something that they could not do before the start of 2015 - they can apply for a driving licence. We hear what this new rule means for immigrant communities, and California more generally. Plus, a woman from New York gets the right to drive as well, after leaving her ultra-Orthodox Hasidic community. And, how a radio DJ in the Mexican border town of Ciudad Juarez helps weary migrants in a rather unexpected way.

Also, Boston Calling listeners give us their definitions of the word ‘soul’. A sister and brother from Guam plan to open a vegan butcher shop in Minnesota. And a Canadian puppet troupe puts on a deathly funny show about mortality.

(Photo: Cars in a dealership in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

On The Move20180428
On The Move2018042820180429 (WS)

How Alabama is becoming the auto capital of the South

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Alabama used to be known for its textile industry. Now, it’s becoming the automotive hub of the South.

Also: we find out what it’s like to fly on Air Koryo, North Korea’s national airline; we meet Dean Huang, a Taiwanese-born immigrant who was living his dream life in the US when he got a letter from Taiwan’s military that changed everything; plus director Miao Wang tells us about her documentary Maineland, which follows the lives of two teens from China studying at a boarding school in Maine.

(Image: Hyundai cars roll down an assembly line during the grand opening ceremony of the South Korean auto manufacturing plant in 2005 in Montgomery, Alabama. Credit: Robert Sullivan/Getty Images)

On The Road2017042220170423 (WS)
20170424 (WS)

Will the cars of the future be shaped like fish?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Will self-driving cars help or hurt the environment? The data seems to say it could go either way.

Also: A researcher discovers he can hack a car with his smartphone; a cyclist wants to teach Americans a safer way to open their car doors; the world’s largest buyer of natural rubber pledges to go green; the mayor of Carmel, Indiana, explains why he has installed more than 100 roundabouts in his city; and singer Emily Scott Robinson serenades us with her new song “Traveling Mercies”.

(Image: Members of media take picture of Karl Iagnemma, chief executive of nuTonomy, and Grab Singapore head Kell Jay Lim as they ride inside a self-driving car. Credit: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

Will self-driving cars help or hurt the environment? The data seems to say it could go either way.

Also: A researcher discovers he can hack a car with his smartphone; a cyclist wants to teach Americans a safer way to open their car doors; the world’s largest buyer of natural rubber pledges to go green; the mayor of Carmel, Indiana, explains why he has installed more than 100 roundabouts in his city; and singer Emily Scott Robinson serenades us with her new song “Traveling Mercies?

(Image: Members of media take picture of Karl Iagnemma, chief executive of nuTonomy, and Grab Singapore head Kell Jay Lim as they ride inside a self-driving car. Credit: Roslan Rahman/AFP/Getty Images)

On The Waterfront2018020320180204 (WS)

Life along the coast is changing. Are people adapting fast enough?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Levi Draheim, 10, is suing the US government over climate change with 20 other young people.

Also: fishermen in Greenland are doing better than ever, and that’s in part thanks to climate change; instead of fighting global competition, Alaska's wild salmon industry (reluctantly) embraces it; a researcher imagines what the US would look like if sea levels were to rise by two meters; solar power entrepreneurs come to Puerto Rico; plus what it’s like to fly in a plane when most of the passengers are pets.

(Image: Levi Draheim, 10, lives in Satellite Beach, Florida. Credit: PRI’s The World)

On Trump\u2019s Orders20170128

Is Donald Trump \u201cunfit\u201d to be Commander in Chief?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Former Secretary of Defence Robert Gates has some advice for Donald Trump about national security.

Also on the programme: we hear from ranchers and sheriffs about what life is like on the US/Mexico border; we meet two Americans, who voted differently in the US election but still get along; and we learn why American business leaders want Trump to fight climate change. Plus, whatever happened to all those Americans who said they would move abroad if Trump became President?

(Image: Former Secretary of Defence Robert Gates (centre) arrives at Trump Tower, December 1, 2016 in New York City. (Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Only In Texas20160312

Why a Nicaraguan immigrant in Florida supports Donald Trump\u2019s tough immigration policies

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet a Nicaraguan immigrant to the US whose choice of president might surprise you. Then, workers in Mexico’s border factories are seizing an opportunity to unionise. And, the Texas city of Houston has become a premier tourist destination for Chinese travellers thanks to cowboys and basketball, of course.

Plus, the US Supreme Court hears arguments in what is being called one of the most important reproductive rights cases in a generation. The odd connection between America’s highest court and a secretive aristocratic hunting society. And, why if you ever find yourself in the Texas city of Killeen — you had better try the kimchee or bibimbap.

Image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump exits his plane during a trip to the US-Mexico border on July 23, 2015 in Laredo, Texas. (Credit: Matthew Busch/Getty Images

Why a Nicaraguan immigrant in Florida supports Donald Trump’s tough immigration policies

We meet a Nicaraguan immigrant to the US whose choice of president might surprise you. Then, workers in Mexico’s border factories are seizing an opportunity to unionise. And, the Texas city of Houston has become a premier tourist destination for Chinese travellers thanks to cowboys and basketball, of course.

Plus, the US Supreme Court hears arguments in what is being called one of the most important reproductive rights cases in a generation. The odd connection between America’s highest court and a secretive aristocratic hunting society. And, why if you ever find yourself in the Texas city of Killeen — you had better try the kimchee or bibimbap.

Image: Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump exits his plane during a trip to the US-Mexico border on July 23, 2015 in Laredo, Texas. (Credit: Matthew Busch/Getty Images

Oscar Pistorius's Impact On Disabled Sports2013022320130224 (WS)

A Paralympian praises Pistorius; a soldier's tie to his interpreter and meteor hunting.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

An American Paralympian who will never forget Oscar Pistorius's impact on disabled sports; a US soldier's quest to save the family of his Iraqi interpreter; the Indiana Jones of meteorites; the story behind how the UN found a home in New York and the beauty of maps.

(Image: Oscar Pistorius. Credit: ANTONIN THUILLIER/AFP/GettyImages)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Out Of The Box20150613

An architect campaigns to end construction of prisons with solitary confinement cells

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We talk solitary confinement in America, and hear from an architect who is urging colleagues to stop designing facilities with long-term isolation units. Then, we hear about the sketchy world that US prisons enter to obtain drugs for lethal injections. And, why just being labelled a ‘gangster’ could lengthen your sentence in an American jail.

Also, the story of an HIV survivor who scientists are hoping will help reveal some of the virus’s secrets. The essayist Deepak Singh muses on the sweet smell of traffic. And believe it or not, the best performers in the New York City subway actually audition for their spots.

(Photo: A man in solitary confinement. Credit: Getty Images)

Outside Looking In20160319

A Republican and a Democrat share their thoughts about watching the election from abroad

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Two expat voters – a Republican in London and a Democrat in Stockholm – share their thoughts about watching the US election from abroad. Then: experts who study America's extremist white supremacist groups say there's clear evidence that many of them are supporting Donald Trump's candidacy for president.

Plus, why Cuban Americans are in such stark disagreement over President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba. And: there are more than 20 towns in the US called Moscow – why is that?

Image: An Alabama resident urges townspeople to vote. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Two expat voters – a Republican in London and a Democrat in Stockholm – share their thoughts about watching the US election from abroad. Then: experts who study America's extremist white supremacist groups say there's clear evidence that many of them are supporting Donald Trump's candidacy for president.

Plus, why Cuban Americans are in such stark disagreement over President Obama’s historic trip to Cuba. And: there are more than 20 towns in the US called Moscow – why is that?

Image: An Alabama resident urges townspeople to vote. (Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Outsider20160206

Is the city of St. Cloud \u2018the worst place in Minnesota to be Somali\u2019?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We find out why St. Cloud has been called the worst place in the midwestern state of Minnesota to be Somali, and we head to the New England state of Maine where Somali youths are learning to navigate several cultures.

Then: a conversation with the smooth-jazz-new-age maestro, Yanni; a French chef’s love letter to Brittany; a transgender Cuban woman’s vow to never return home; and DJ Michael Brun’s new hit song from Haiti, ‘Wherever I Go’.

Image: Lul Hersi has lived in the Minnesota city of St. Cloud for 14 years, and told the newspaper City Pages that she often faces discrimination. Credit: Galen Fletcher

We find out why St. Cloud has been called the worst place in the midwestern state of Minnesota to be Somali, and we head to the New England state of Maine where Somali youths are learning to navigate several cultures.

Then: a conversation with the smooth-jazz-new-age maestro, Yanni; a French chef’s love letter to Brittany; a transgender Cuban woman’s vow to never return home; and DJ Michael Brun’s new hit song from Haiti, ‘Wherever I Go’.

Image: Lul Hersi has lived in the Minnesota city of St. Cloud for 14 years, and told the newspaper City Pages that she often faces discrimination. Credit: Galen Fletcher

Is the city of St. Cloud ‘the worst place in Minnesota to be Somali’?

Paying Tribute To President Barack Obama In Pastry2012102720121028 (WS)

We gauge President Obama's popularity through a sticky Turkish treat.

In this week's show, we gauge President Barack Obama's popularity based on a sticky Turkish treat. We also fact-check the phrase "horses and bayonets" from the final US presidential debate and ask what foreign policy issues the candidates are overlooking. Also, Mexico's Mormons.

(Image: A portrait of Barack Obama in pastry. Credit: Matthew Brunwasser, PRI's The World)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Paying Tribute To President Barack Obama In Pastry20121028

We gauge President Obama's popularity through a sticky Turkish treat.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

In this week's show, we gauge President Barack Obama's popularity based on a sticky Turkish treat. We also fact-check the phrase "horses and bayonets" from the final US presidential debate and ask what foreign policy issues the candidates are overlooking. Also, Mexico's Mormons.

(Image: A portrait of Barack Obama in pastry. Credit: Matthew Brunwasser, PRI's The World)

'pen And Ink'2014062820140629 (WS)

The elite autograph hunters who chase the most elusive and notorious leaders in the world

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

To get the world’s rarest autographs, America’s top autograph hunters go to extraordinary lengths to make friends in high places. We hear about the ways spies have used invisible ink over the years. The British cartoonist Ralph Steadman tells us about his fascination for US politics and the American cartoonist Box Brown gives us some tips on how to draw a giant. Also in this edition, we try to find new images to represent Africa and Chilean-born author, Marjorie Agosin, tells us about her first days in the US.

(Photo: Randy Kaplan's collection of customized baseball bats signed by US presidents and high-ranking officials. Courtesy of Randy Kaplan)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Picture This2014090620140907 (WS)

We\u2019ll keep reporting: A journalist\u2019s reaction to the killing of a colleague

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Newsweek's Janine di Giovanni tells us about her friend Steven Sotloff - the American journalist beheaded by Islamic militants. We ask what his death means for journalists trying to cover Syria and Iraq. Also, we find out how smartphone videos are helping to heal post-revolutionary Libyans suffering from PTSD. And, we meet a doctor who wants to record everything that happens when a patient goes under the knife. Also in this edition, a longtime photojournalist who has travelled the world tells us why he is now taking photos of everyday America. Another American photographer shares his experience chronicling the Ebola crisis in Africa. And we hear part two of our story about two young boys from El Salvador and their journey to the US in the hands of smugglers.

(Image: A man takes pictures with film on his camera lens. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Places In Between2014101820141019 (WS)

The professional football player who plans to #KickEbolaIntheButt

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Crowds chant ‘Ebola, Ebola’ at them; teams forfeit matches against them. But that has not stopped the Sierra Leone national football team. We meet one of the squad’s stars and learn about his campaign #KickEbolaInTheButt.

Also on this edition, the harrowing story of a Salvadoran teenager seeking asylum in the United States. An Afghan student recounts his first days in the US, and his bewilderment at the American chicken sandwich. And, a war correspondent awards ceremony brings hope and comfort to the family of slain American journalist James Foley. Plus, we visit a pop-up shop in New York dedicated to Russian President Vladimir Putin. And, we drop by NYC’s tiniest museum, where everyday objects take centre stage.

(Photo: A participant in the #KickEbolaInTheButt campaign, at Temple University in Philadelphia. Courtesy of #KickEbolaInTheButt)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Planes, Trains And Automobiles20161203

A photographer from Lebanon plans to visit every town called Lebanon in the US.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Fadi BouKaram is a photographer from Lebanon. Now, he’s on a road trip across the US visiting towns called Lebanon.

Also, a scientist from the United Arab Emirates is on a mission to get to Mars; A new Superman makes his official debut; a researcher discovers which countries are best at navigation; a businessman hopes to make 3-hour trips from New York to London a reality; and Cuban musician, Harold Lopez-Nussa, tells us what his song “El Viaje” or “The Journey” means to him.

(Image: Lebanon, Nebraska, has a population of 70. Credit: Fadi BouKaram)

Presidential Debating Styles, A Vietnam War Diary And The Earth's Security Blanket20121007

Sacre bleu! How the French debating style differs from Romney versus Obama.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We compare and contrast presidential debating styles in America and France.

Also, an Afghanistan war veteran takes aim at both US political parties.

Plus, the story of a diary from the Vietnam War that found its way home almost 50 years later.

And the sound of the Earth's security blanket.

(Image: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) and US President Barack Obama (L) greet one another. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Questions Of Identity2014081620140817 (WS)

The aftermath of an American drone strike in Yemen

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

In December 2013, a US drone strike in Yemen killed 12 men. We’ll revisit the attack and examine its shadowy aftermath.

Also on the programme, we’ll hear how one Muslim American fought prejudice by running for political office in small town USA. We'll meet the American scientist helping grandmothers in Argentina find their stolen grandchildren. And a veteran of the Iraq War describes how he feels when he sees the embattled country unravelling again. Plus, we’ll hear from a California-based rapper giving voice to young Iraqis abroad. And we’ll learn about the latest trend in tourism that has travellers exploring the darker, dirtier corners of the world.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Questions Of Trust2016040920160410 (WS)
20160411 (WS)

A young Yemeni man wants you to know how war changed his life

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A young university student in Yemen describes losing his best friend in the country’s civil war. Then, we learn all about America's role in the fast-deteriorating conflict.

Also: Why a US health clinic suggests Cambodian treatments for everyday maladies. How Donald Trump is fuelling a citizenship drive among immigrants in the States. And, the story of two distant stepsisters who fled violence in their homeland, and discovered a new found kinship along the way. Plus: the 'Tex-Mex, Gringa' musician proudly flaunting her heritage.

Image: Ahmed Algohbary (right) and his best friend, Bilal. (Courtesy of Ahmed Algohbary)

A young university student in Yemen describes losing his best friend in the country’s civil war. Then, we learn all about America's role in the fast-deteriorating conflict.

Also: Why a US health clinic suggests Cambodian treatments for everyday maladies. How Donald Trump is fuelling a citizenship drive among immigrants in the States. And, the story of two distant stepsisters who fled violence in their homeland, and discovered a new found kinship along the way. Plus: the 'Tex-Mex, Gringa' musician proudly flaunting her heritage.

Image: Ahmed Algohbary (right) and his best friend, Bilal. (Courtesy of Ahmed Algohbary)

Raising The Bar20160130

What an American doctor learned when he visited a Syrian refugee camp

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear what an American doctor learned when he visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, and what a baker from Boston saw when she volunteered at a refugee transit camp in Macedonia.

Then, we find out how a school in San Diego is using hands-on and high-energy learning to help its low income students succeed. We step inside the fine Persian rug shop in LA that’s ready to profit from better Iran-US relations. And we learn how Cuba finally won control over the trademark, 'Havana Club' rum. Plus: a look at Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons' new show exploring Cuba's sugar trade and her own exile.

Image: Dr. Omar Lattouf’s daughter, Zeena, with a child called Samir at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. (Courtesy of Omar Lattouf)

We hear what an American doctor learned when he visited a Syrian refugee camp in Jordan, and what a baker from Boston saw when she volunteered at a refugee transit camp in Macedonia.

Then, we find out how a school in San Diego is using hands-on and high-energy learning to help its low income students succeed. We step inside the fine Persian rug shop in LA that’s ready to profit from better Iran-US relations. And we learn how Cuba finally won control over the trademark, 'Havana Club' rum. Plus: a look at Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons' new show exploring Cuba's sugar trade and her own exile.

Image: Dr. Omar Lattouf’s daughter, Zeena, with a child called Samir at the Al-Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. (Courtesy of Omar Lattouf)

Recycle This2018080420180805 (WS)

China warns the US: \u2018Clean your recycling, or we won\u2019t take it.\u2019

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

One of America's biggest exports to china is its recycling. But in recent months, China has been refusing shipments because so much US recycling is contaminated with food and other waste. That's forcing communities across the US to clean up their acts.

Also: Burberry sends its unsold fashion up in smoke; H&M attempts to market itself as a greener company; a climate scientist in California changes his lifestyle to reduce his carbon footprint; a travel writer grapples with the ethics of visiting Antarctica; plus music from the Small Island, Big Song project.

(Image: Cody Marshall, with The Recycling Partnership, looks through a recycling bin in Lynn, Massachusetts. His organization is working with cities across the US, helping them educate residents on how to recycle better. Credit: Jason Margolis/PRI’s The World)

Recycle This20180804

China warns the US: \u2018Clean your recycling, or we won\u2019t take it.\u2019

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

One of America's biggest exports to china is its recycling. But in recent months, China has been refusing shipments because so much US recycling is contaminated with food and other waste. That's forcing communities across the US to clean up their acts.

Also: Burberry sends its unsold fashion up in smoke; H&M attempts to market itself as a greener company; a climate scientist in California changes his lifestyle to reduce his carbon footprint; a travel writer grapples with the ethics of visiting Antarctica; plus music from the Small Island, Big Song project.

(Image: Cody Marshall, with The Recycling Partnership, looks through a recycling bin in Lynn, Massachusetts. His organization is working with cities across the US, helping them educate residents on how to recycle better. Credit: Jason Margolis/PRI’s The World)

Red Lines And Tipping Points2013083120130902 (WS)

The US role in chemical attacks during the Iran-Iraq War

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

According to US President Barack Obama, Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons earlier this month crossed a red line. But a report in Foreign Policy magazine says the US actually helped Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein use chemical weapons against Iran in the ‘80s. We hear from one of the report’s authors.

We also remember Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech and the historic civil rights march on Washington DC 50 years ago this week.

And call centre workers in the Philippines who live on “American time”; and we speak to one of the photographers behind a new show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts depicting the bedrooms of teenagers in the US and Middle East.

Picture: Soldier in a gas mask, Credit: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images

According to US President Barack Obama, Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons earlier this month crossed a red line. But a report in Foreign Policy magazine says the US actually helped Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein use chemical weapons against Iran in the ‘80s. We hear from one of the report’s authors.

We also remember Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech and the historic civil rights march on Washington DC 50 years ago this week.

And call centre workers in the Philippines who live on “American time?; and we speak to one of the photographers behind a new show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts depicting the bedrooms of teenagers in the US and Middle East.

Picture: Soldier in a gas mask, Credit: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the.

Remembering Orlando2016061820160619 (WS)
20160620 (WS)

After the mass shooting, a community activist counsels the victims' families

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We speak to an activist in Orlando helping her city to recover, after last week's mass shooting. Then, a gay Muslim tells us how it feels to belong to the community of the perpetrator, and of the victims.

Plus, the world's reaction to Orlando. A survivor of the Paris attacks notes similarities. A gay couple in Russia gets arrested, paying tribute to the victims. And a journalist in a favela in Rio de Janeiro says she'd never want to come to America.

Lastly, a reflection from Marco Werman on gun control.

Image: People hold up candles during a vigil for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida. June 13, 2016. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

We speak to an activist in Orlando helping her city to recover, after last week's mass shooting. Then, a gay Muslim tells us how it feels to belong to the community of the perpetrator, and of the victims.

Plus, the world's reaction to Orlando. A survivor of the Paris attacks notes similarities. A gay couple in Russia gets arrested, paying tribute to the victims. And a journalist in a favela in Rio de Janeiro says she'd never want to come to America.

Lastly, a reflection from Marco Werman on gun control.

Image: People hold up candles during a vigil for the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts in Orlando, Florida. June 13, 2016. (Credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Rerouted2016051420160515 (WS)
20160516 (WS)

The Migration Project helps Guatemalan families find missing loved ones.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear how the Migration Project is giving hope to the families of Guatemalan migrants who have gone missing en route to the United States. Then, how young migrant students from all across Central America are getting shut out of US schools. And, the Cuban Americans spending their own money to send others to Cuba.

Plus, we meet two Hmong American filmmakers who are shaking up Hollywood. We travel 8,000 miles in search of a Thai dish so delicious, it might be deadly. And an Indian writer living in the US curses his American doughnut habit.

Image: Indigenous family members walk into Mexico after illegally crossing the border from Guatemala on August 1, 2013. (Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

We hear how the Migration Project is giving hope to the families of Guatemalan migrants who have gone missing en route to the United States. Then, how young migrant students from all across Central America are getting shut out of US schools. And, the Cuban Americans spending their own money to send others to Cuba.

Plus, we meet two Hmong American filmmakers who are shaking up Hollywood. We travel 8,000 miles in search of a Thai dish so delicious, it might be deadly. And an Indian writer living in the US curses his American doughnut habit.

Image: Indigenous family members walk into Mexico after illegally crossing the border from Guatemala on August 1, 2013. (Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Reunited

As Trump ends Obama-era protections for Salvadorans; a family in Minnesota has few good options to stay together.

Also on the program: An American family finds their way in Mexico after deportation; a group of indigenous people from South West Africa visit a museum in New York City to view the remains of their ancestors; A Korean adoptee meets his birth mother and winds up moving in with her; plus why 'Arirang' is the perfect song for a divided Korea.

(Image: David, who came to the US from El Salvador without papers, has three children who were born in the US. Credit: PRI’s The World)

Reunited2018031020180311 (WS)

After 15 years, a family reunited in the US. New immigration policy could split them up.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

As Trump ends Obama-era protections for Salvadorans; a family in Minnesota has few good options to stay together.

Also on the program: An American family finds their way in Mexico after deportation; a group of indigenous people from South West Africa visit a museum in New York City to view the remains of their ancestors; A Korean adoptee meets his birth mother and winds up moving in with her; plus why 'Arirang' is the perfect song for a divided Korea.

(Image: David, who came to the US from El Salvador without papers, has three children who were born in the US. Credit: PRI’s The World)

Right To Bear Arms?

Former homeland security adviser Fran Townsend says we need new methods of addressing gun violence.

Also: we learn how the gun lobby brought gun violence research to a halt in one US agency; a constitutional scholar puts America’s right to bear arms in a global context; Russian bots seize on the Parkland shooting to amplify divisions; gun rights supporters say Israel could serve as a model for the US but some Israelis disagree; and what does a year of mass shootings sound like... in piano notes? Listen here.

(Image: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez speaks at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 17, 2018. Credit: Rhona Wise/Getty Images)

Right To Bear Arms?2018022420180225 (WS)

A former US homeland security adviser says we need to address gun violence.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Former homeland security adviser Fran Townsend says we need new methods of addressing gun violence.

Also: we learn how the gun lobby brought gun violence research to a halt in one US agency; a constitutional scholar puts America’s right to bear arms in a global context; Russian bots seize on the Parkland shooting to amplify divisions; gun rights supporters say Israel could serve as a model for the US but some Israelis disagree; and what does a year of mass shootings sound like... in piano notes? Listen here.

(Image: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez speaks at a rally for gun control at the Broward County Federal Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on February 17, 2018. Credit: Rhona Wise/Getty Images)

Rising To The Challenge20150620

Maj Gen Gale Pollock, a trailblazer for women in the US army reflects on a 36-year-career

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet Maj Gen Gale Pollock, who helped break the glass ceiling in the US Army. Then, the story of 'Ashley’s War'. And, the Yellowstone firing range that is catering to Chinese tourists. Plus, the next female MacGyver, a bagel renaissance in Lithuania, and the rise of the Filipino-American DJ.

(Photo: A 2011 photo of first Lt Emille Prosko, of the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team. Credit: US Army/ Master Sgt Bob Hyatt)

Roots

"I got out of the car and I looked at the people and they all looked like me… and at that moment I realised where I came from."

On the programme: A fourth-generation Chinese American travels to his ancestral village in China; two Chinese adoptees return to their orphanage to help those left behind; Reem Kassis hopes her cookbook 'The Palestinian Table' will help her kids connect to their heritage; some residents of New Mexico have received surprising news about their ancestry; plus a man in California embarks on a dangerous quest to revive Yemeni coffee.

(Image: After a long search, 64-year-old Russell Low (left) visited his great-grandfather's ancestral home in Guangdong Province in southern China in May 2016. Credit: Ariana Lai)

Roots2018021720180218 (WS)

Years after an immigration policy separated his family; a man finds his ancestral village.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

"I got out of the car and I looked at the people and they all looked like me… and at that moment I realised where I came from."

On the programme: A fourth-generation Chinese American travels to his ancestral village in China; two Chinese adoptees return to their orphanage to help those left behind; Reem Kassis hopes her cookbook 'The Palestinian Table' will help her kids connect to their heritage; some residents of New Mexico have received surprising news about their ancestry; plus a man in California embarks on a dangerous quest to revive Yemeni coffee.

(Image: After a long search, 64-year-old Russell Low (left) visited his great-grandfather's ancestral home in Guangdong Province in southern China in May 2016. Credit: Ariana Lai)

Roundabout20160305

Former CIA and NSA director General Michael Hayden criticises both Clinton and Trump

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

On ‘Super Tuesday,’ Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stood out as clear front-runners in the US presidential election. We hear from a former director of the CIA and NSA, General Michael Hayden, who shares his concerns about both Trump and Clinton. Next, a reporter from Ghana describes African attitudes to America’s elections. Then, we head to Sweden, where innovations in urban planning have become as a model for cities across the globe.

Also, a reporter discovers that Catholic priests accused of molesting children in the US are still Church leaders in South America. A newspaper correspondent who made fun of the war in Afghanistan becomes the heroine of a bleak Hollywood comedy. And publishers of photo books face stiff competition from photographers who make their own books.

Picture: The headquarters of the US National Security Agency on the grounds of Fort Meade, Maryland.

On ‘Super Tuesday,’ Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stood out as clear front-runners in the US presidential election. We hear from a former director of the CIA and NSA, General Michael Hayden, who shares his concerns about both Trump and Clinton. Next, a reporter from Ghana describes African attitudes to America’s elections. Then, we head to Sweden, where innovations in urban planning have become as a model for cities across the globe.

Also, a reporter discovers that Catholic priests accused of molesting children in the US are still Church leaders in South America. A newspaper correspondent who made fun of the war in Afghanistan becomes the heroine of a bleak Hollywood comedy. And publishers of photo books face stiff competition from photographers who make their own books.

Picture: The headquarters of the US National Security Agency on the grounds of Fort Meade, Maryland.

Russian Departures2014030120140302 (WS)

A gay Russian who fears persecution at home seeks asylum - and a new life - in the US

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The story of a gay Russian man who fears persecution at home and heads to the US seeking asylum - and a new life.

Also on the programme, the out-going US ambassador to Russia reminisces about his time in Moscow and the active social media presence he nurtured while serving there. We also explore the Russian aversion to putting ice cubes in drinking glasses. And, we learn about a programme that teaches people how to prepare authentic ethnic cuisine in New York's immigrant kitchens. Plus, the challenges of keeping America’s ageing immigrant population connected to their communities.

Picture: Demonstrators wearing President Putin masks kiss as they take part in a rally, Credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

The story of a gay Russian man who fears persecution at home and heads to the US seeking asylum - and a new life.

Also on the programme, the out-going US ambassador to Russia reminisces about his time in Moscow and the active social media presence he nurtured while serving there. We also explore the Russian aversion to putting ice cubes in drinking glasses. And, we learn about a programme that teaches people how to prepare authentic ethnic cuisine in New York's immigrant kitchens. Plus, the challenges of keeping America’s ageing immigrant population connected to their communities.

Picture: Demonstrators wearing President Putin masks kiss as they take part in a rally, Credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Sacred Things2017041520170416 (WS)
20170417 (WS)

Protecting refugees in holy places goes back to the dawn of time.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Where does the word “sanctuary’’ come from? Think Latin and sacred space.

Also, sharing the Seder during Passover with a family of Syrian refugees; Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism, but in Israel, converting is not that simple; Evangelical Christians speak Christianese to one another; and a Syrian-American soul singer takes his music to Trump country.

(Image: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Klezmer band members play instruments next to the walls of Jerusalem’s old city. Credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Where does the word “sanctuary’’ come from? Think Latin and sacred space.

Also, sharing the Seder during Passover with a family of Syrian refugees; Ivanka Trump converted to Judaism, but in Israel, converting is not that simple; Evangelical Christians speak Christianese to one another; and a Syrian-American soul singer takes his music to Trump country.

(Image: Ultra-Orthodox Jewish Klezmer band members play instruments next to the walls of Jerusalem’s old city. Credit: Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images)

Sacred Things20170417

Protecting refugees in holy places goes back to the dawn of time.

Safe Mode2014110120141102 (WS)

The Delaware mother behind the I am a Liberian, Not a Virus online campaign

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

On the theme of safety and personal security, we meet Shoana Solomon, a mother from Liberia who moved her kids to the US to get away from Ebola, only for her children to run into new problems in their American classroom. Plus, wedding gown designer Jill Andrews shares how she became involved in an effort to create a better Ebola hazmat suit.

Also in this edition, we find out why canals could be the solution to Boston’s climate change challenge. We hear how images of death and torture in Syria, taken by photographer Caesar, are echoing past horrors at the US Holocaust Museum. And, we meet Laura Poitras - the documentary film-maker who was there when fugitive intelligence analyst Edward Snowden first started to talk. Plus, the man who claimed to be a whaler, and other online dating adventures of Anya Ulinich.

(Photo: Shoana Solomon holds up a sign I am Liberian, Not a Virus, courtesy of Shoana Solomon)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Same Sex Marriage2013033020130331 (WS)

Immigrants offer their views on a contentious issue now before the US Supreme Court.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Immigrant views on America's same sex marriage debate now before the US Supreme Court; undocumented immigrants in New York City get their tax paperwork in order; Texas border residents argue against more security; an Iranian basketball sensation and yoga for military veterans.

(Image: Same-sex marriage ceremony. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Immigrant views on America's same sex marriage debate now before the US Supreme Court; undocumented immigrants in New York City get their tax paperwork in order; Texas border residents argue against more security; an Iranian basketball sensation and yoga for military veterans.

(Image: Same-sex marriage ceremony. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sandy New York Reaction2012110320121104 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Sandy New York Reaction20121104

Many of New York's residents were born overseas. How did they react to Hurricane Sandy?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

More than a third of the residents of New York City were born overseas. When Hurricane Sandy struck this past week, they had their unique ways of coping.

Also on the programme, can electric currents applied to the brain to help children learn mathematics? Plus, a journalist who discovers a culture by sharing meals with strangers.

(Image: Satellite image of Hurricane Sandy over the East Coast of the United States, Credit: Getty Images)

Scene Change20150704

US Navy medics train for war in a Los Angeles emergency room

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear how US Navy medics prepare for war by treating victims of shootouts and car crashes at a Los Angeles hospital. Also, how the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus found pride and prejudice in the Middle East. And, ‘halal barbecue' for iftar, deep in the heart of Texas.

Also, Mexico is playing a crucial role in stopping Central American migrants from reaching the US border. How returning home to the Yucatán Peninsula gets complicated after years in the US. And we meet three young sisters from Monterrey who give Metallica a run for their money.

(Photo: Trainees work on a dummy body at LAC+USC Medical Centre in Los Angeles. Credit: Evan George/KCRW)

Sea Change20150606

Washington lifts its ban on ferry service between the US and Cuba.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

For the first time in decades, Washington has approved ferry service between the US and Cuba. We hear from one Cuban exile who’s now expecting nautical traffic jams in the Florida Straits. Also: Does an octopus have a soul? We explore that and other octopus-related questions. And the New York restaurateur Ratha Chaupoly tells us how he learned his culinary craft by buying and selling sea urchin.

Plus, the Irish writer Ethel Rohan describes her first days in America. How a New York school is using football to help integrate immigrant kids into student life. And the White House plan to give pollinators their own protected corridor, stretching from Canada to Mexico.
Image: A ferry leaves the Florida city of Key West on a trip to Cuba in October 1954. (Courtesy of the Monroe County Library Collection)

Seeking Sanctuary2016032620160327 (WS)
20160328 (WS)

The sanctuary church movement is on the rise again in California

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We step inside a California church that’s asking unauthorised immigrants to seek shelter from the law amid its pews. Then, we head to Kansas and meet a high school student from Guatemala who says he’s drowning in the debt he owes to smugglers who got him into the US.

Plus, how a helmet equipped with an ultrasound camera is demystifying the sounds of the Irish language. And, a young Syrian refugee tells us about her remarkable short film, ‘The Girl Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon’, which combines magical imagery and gritty reality.

Image: Beatriz Orduña Abarca at the United Methodist Church in North Hills in Los Angeles. (Credit: PRI’s The World)

We step inside a California church that’s asking unauthorised immigrants to seek shelter from the law amid its pews. Then, we head to Kansas and meet a high school student from Guatemala who says he’s drowning in the debt he owes to smugglers who got him into the US.

Plus, how a helmet equipped with an ultrasound camera is demystifying the sounds of the Irish language. And, a young Syrian refugee tells us about her remarkable short film, ‘The Girl Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon’, which combines magical imagery and gritty reality.

Image: Beatriz Orduña Abarca at the United Methodist Church in North Hills in Los Angeles. (Credit: PRI’s The World)

Seeking Sanctuary2016040220160403 (WS)
20160404 (WS)

The sanctuary church movement is on the rise again in California

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We step inside a California church that’s asking unauthorised immigrants to seek shelter from the law amid its pews. Then, we head to Kansas and meet a high school student from Guatemala who says he’s drowning in the debt he owes to smugglers who got him into the US.

Plus, how a helmet equipped with an ultrasound camera is demystifying the sounds of the Irish language. And, a young Syrian refugee tells us about her remarkable short film, ‘The Girl Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon’, which combines magical imagery and gritty reality.

Image: Beatriz Orduña Abarca at the United Methodist Church in North Hills in Los Angeles. (Credit: PRI’s The World)

Please note that due to a technical problem this episode is a repeat of the programme broadcast on the 26th/27th March. The correct episode for the 2/3 April is broadcast on the following weekend - 9/10 April.

The download file on this page is the file for the programme that will be broadcast on 9/10 April - Questions of Trust

We step inside a California church that’s asking unauthorised immigrants to seek shelter from the law amid its pews. Then, we head to Kansas and meet a high school student from Guatemala who says he’s drowning in the debt he owes to smugglers who got him into the US.

Plus, how a helmet equipped with an ultrasound camera is demystifying the sounds of the Irish language. And, a young Syrian refugee tells us about her remarkable short film, ‘The Girl Whose Shadow Reflects the Moon’, which combines magical imagery and gritty reality.

Image: Beatriz Orduña Abarca at the United Methodist Church in North Hills in Los Angeles. (Credit: PRI’s The World)

Please note that due to a technical problem this episode is a repeat of the programme broadcast on the 26th/27th March. The correct episode for the 2/3 April is broadcast on the following weekend - 9/10 April.

The download file on this page is the file for the programme that will be broadcast on 9/10 April - Questions of Trust

Sensory Overload2014051720140518 (WS)

A new film follows the risky routes many migrants take to cross into the US from Mexico

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A new film - Who is Dayani Cristal - traces the steps of immigrants entering the US illegally from Mexico after the body of an unidentified immigrant is found in the hostile desert of the American Southwest.

We also meet a graphic designer who maps cities by using her nose to sniff out the smells of that particular place. Sudanese immigrant women in California describe how they go to great lengths to enjoy their cherished smoke bath – or dukhan. Also, America’s love of Japanese ramen soup is on display at a massive food festival in Los Angeles. And Merrill Garbus of the American band, Tune –Yards, explains her eclectic global musical influences.

(Picture: A scene from Who is Dayani Cristal, which follows the journey a migrant's body undergoes once it's found along the US-Mexico border, Credit: Marc Silver)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Sequester: 'the United States Of Austerity'2013030220130303 (WS)

Americans and foreign visitors react to massive US government spending cuts.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The US government faces tens of billions of dollars in federal spending cuts. Ethiopia's economy benefits from its returning diaspora. An American journalist celebrates tweeting and photo-sharing from inside North Korea. And, the joys of a Mediterranean diet. (Image: US dollars. Credit: AFP:Getty)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the.

Shutdown Resolution And Reverberations2013101920131021 (WS)

The US budget standoff is over, but memories of the weeks\u2019 long impasse linger

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The budget standoff that shut down much of the US government is over, but memories of the weeks’ long impasse will likely linger. We hear how one business - Interpreting Services - that does a lot of government contract work plans to scale back that part of its operations out of fear of future shutdowns.

Also, how history will view this ugly display of US government malfunction? We’ll also speak with an American reporter in Burma who got caught up in a mysterious bombing this past week, we’ll meet an Iranian-American woman who plays a serious game of dodgeball, and we’ll learn about a scientist who had a breakthrough moment when he got a tick stuck up his nose.

Picture: Antonio Guerra, Cetra's Director of Interpreting Services with his team of interpreters

The US budget standoff is over, but memories of the weeks’ long impasse linger

The budget standoff that shut down much of the US government is over, but memories of the weeks’ long impasse will likely linger. We hear how one business - Interpreting Services - that does a lot of government contract work plans to scale back that part of its operations out of fear of future shutdowns.

Also, how history will view this ugly display of US government malfunction? We’ll also speak with an American reporter in Burma who got caught up in a mysterious bombing this past week, we’ll meet an Iranian-American woman who plays a serious game of dodgeball, and we’ll learn about a scientist who had a breakthrough moment when he got a tick stuck up his nose.

Picture: Antonio Guerra, Cetra's Director of Interpreting Services with his team of interpreters

Signed, Sealed, And Delivered2017101420171015 (WS)
20171016 (WS)

One Boston family's wish to get a letter to their grandmother in Puerto Rico

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Two journalists set off on a quest to hand deliver a letter to a grandmother in Puerto Rico from her family on the mainland of the United States.

Also: we learn why Che Guevara is being honoured on a postage stamp in Ireland; we admire the art of Martin Ramirez which has been featured on postage stamps in the US; plus we read one of the most timeless job application letters in history, sent by a copywriter, Robert Pirosh, to studio directors in Hollywood, in 1934.

(Image: Janet Franceschini Colon (left), Jennifer Santos Franceschini (middle), Jenelyn Santos (right) and Jennifer's two daughters are pictured. Credit: PRI’s The World)

Signed, Sealed, And Delivered20171016
Sliver Of Hope2014072620140727 (WS)

An American doctor on the frontlines of the Ebola crisis in West Africa

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

When an American doctor in west Africa encounters a nine-year-old boy with Ebola, he doesn’t give up hope that the child can be treated - but the odds are not in his favour. And, an Indian immigrant to the US laments the difficulty of finding a Hindi book in India. We find out why a Chinese game called Nine-Man is taking off in America. Also, we learn why the liquor baijiu has yet to catch on with American drinkers. We hear how a Russian writer got a street named after him in New York. And, we meet a classical music composer whose latest chart-topping album is inspired by climate change.

(Photo: Dr William Fischer wearing protective medical gear, courtesy of Dr. William Fischer)

When an American doctor in west Africa encounters a nine-year-old boy with Ebola, he doesn’t give up hope that the child can be treated - but the odds are not in his favour. And, an Indian immigrant to the US laments the difficulty of finding a Hindi book in India. We find out why a Chinese game called Nine-Man is taking off in America. Also, we learn why the liquor baijiu has yet to catch on with American drinkers. We hear how a Russian writer got a street named after him in New York. And, we meet a classical music composer whose latest chart-topping album is inspired by climate change.

(Photo: Dr William Fischer wearing protective medical gear, courtesy of Dr. William Fischer)

Snow, Slaves, Shoes And Gary Shteyngart2014020820140209 (WS)

How climate change might make it harder to find future Winter Olympics host cities

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We look at the findings of a new report suggesting that climate change might make it increasingly difficult in the decades ahead to find a city suitable for hosting the Winter Olympics. We also hear how American evangelists and missionaries are whipping up anti-gay sentiment in Russia and elsewhere overseas. A young woman who escaped domestic servitude discusses America’s modern-day slavery problem. The story of how a photo-journalist got her editors in the US to pay attention to refugees from South Sudan by focusing her lens on the refugees’ shoes. And novelist Gary Shteyngart on growing up as an émigré from Soviet Russia in 1980s America.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

So Long, America2014071220140713 (WS)

The US government warns against travel to more than one-third of Africa

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The United States government is advising its citizens to “strongly consider not going” to more than one-third of Africa.

Also on the programme, the border-crossing Americans taking Mexican football by storm; the former Harvard footballer fighting for gender equality in Brazil; the man behind the steroid scandal that rocked American baseball and the men who make up an unlikely union of cabbies fighting discrimination in Washington DC.

And, we talk about French sweets - so unforgettable that they stir and soothe the soul.

Photo: An international air traveller at Los Angeles International Airport pulling her handluggage, Credit: Getty Images

The United States government is advising its citizens to “strongly consider not going? to more than one-third of Africa.

Also on the programme, the border-crossing Americans taking Mexican football by storm; the former Harvard footballer fighting for gender equality in Brazil; the man behind the steroid scandal that rocked American baseball and the men who make up an unlikely union of cabbies fighting discrimination in Washington DC.

And, we talk about French sweets - so unforgettable that they stir and soothe the soul.

Photo: An international air traveller at Los Angeles International Airport pulling her handluggage, Credit: Getty Images

So Many Questions2014051020140511 (WS)

The gay rights activist from Uganda who found himself the subject of a witch hunt

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear from a Ugandan man who is seeking asylum in the US. He says that his work as a gay rights activist has made him a target back home.

Also in the programme, we meet a group of Filipino-Americans in Southern California who come together over their shared love of guns. We connect the dots between New York comedians and jokes from Odessa. Why an Indian business model stumps a professor from one of America’s top business schools. An international circus performer talks about the perils and pleasures of her craft. And, the story of a letter from a Chinese prison that turned up in a New York shopping bag.

(Photo: Gay rights advocate John Abdallah Wambere says his life has been threatened in Uganda. He's now seeking asylum in the US)

We hear from a Ugandan man who is seeking asylum in the US. He says that his work as a gay rights activist has made him a target back home.

Also in the programme, we meet a group of Filipino-Americans in Southern California who come together over their shared love of guns. We connect the dots between New York comedians and jokes from Odessa. Why an Indian business model stumps a professor from one of America’s top business schools. An international circus performer talks about the perils and pleasures of her craft. And, the story of a letter from a Chinese prison that turned up in a New York shopping bag.

(Photo: Gay rights advocate John Abdallah Wambere says his life has been threatened in Uganda. He's now seeking asylum in the US)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Speak Out2017102820171029 (WS)

Sexual harassment at work is a global problem. Now, the world is talking about it.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Thousands of French women post the name of their sexual harasser on Twitter, using the hashtag, "Squeal on Your Pig".

Plus: we meet a woman helping undocumented immigrants in the US experiencing sexual harassment; we find out why the reaction to the Harvey Weinstein scandal in Russia is the opposite of the reaction in America; we learn about a burgeoning feminist movement in China; we hear about efforts to combat sexual harassment at work in Nigeria; and we close with the song "Come with Me" by Nneka.

(Image: Attorney Gloria Allred (L) and her client Heather Kerr speak during a press conference regarding the sexual assault allegations that have been brought against Harvey Weinstein on October 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Credit: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images)

Stars And Stripes2016070220160703 (WS)
20160704 (WS)

In the US, gun culture permeates even everyday language

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

An anthropologist explains why Americans “stick to their guns” when it comes to the expressions and idioms they favour. And a South African actress struggles to learn how to speak with an American accent.

Plus, we learn where the hot dog got its name from, get a taste of Peking duck pizza at China’s first Disney theme park, and witness what may have been the world’s largest square dance.

Finally, we end with the story of how a British patriotic song became wildly popular in the US.

Image: American Revolutionary war re-enactor (and BBC producer) Chris Woolf, musket in hand. Credit: John Buckingham

An anthropologist explains why Americans “stick to their guns? when it comes to the expressions and idioms they favour. And a South African actress struggles to learn how to speak with an American accent.

Plus, we learn where the hot dog got its name from, get a taste of Peking duck pizza at China’s first Disney theme park, and witness what may have been the world’s largest square dance.

Finally, we end with the story of how a British patriotic song became wildly popular in the US.

Image: American Revolutionary war re-enactor (and BBC producer) Chris Woolf, musket in hand. Credit: John Buckingham

Starting Over20150919

She fled Saudi Arabia after family threats but can US immigration laws protect her?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

There is a new kind of asylum seeker fighting for refugee status in the United States - women fleeing their home countries because of violence from their own families. We meet a woman who felt her brothers’ beatings, only to find her case stuck in the American legal system. Then, we hear from a German journalist who left her home - reflecting on the way her country is accepting Syrians who left their homes.

We visit a Vietnamese engineer who was forced to start from scratch in the United States. Now he is reconnecting with his homeland through one of America’s favorite seafoods - shrimp. Also, the story of a poem that bears the name of a female Chinese poet, even though it was written by a white American man. Plus, an American baseball player explains how he helped make Haruki Murakami one of the most famous Japanese writers in history.

Photo: Many women like ‘Nina’, fled from Saudi Arabia after facing threats from her family. Credit: Alison Yin)

There is a new kind of asylum seeker fighting for refugee status in the United States - women fleeing their home countries because of violence from their own families. We meet a woman who felt her brothers’ beatings, only to find her case stuck in the American legal system. Then, we hear from a German journalist who left her home - reflecting on the way her country is accepting Syrians who left their homes.

We visit a Vietnamese engineer who was forced to start from scratch in the United States. Now he is reconnecting with his homeland through one of America’s favorite seafoods - shrimp. Also, the story of a poem that bears the name of a female Chinese poet, even though it was written by a white American man. Plus, an American baseball player explains how he helped make Haruki Murakami one of the most famous Japanese writers in history.

Photo: Many women like ‘Nina’, fled from Saudi Arabia after facing threats from her family. Credit: Alison Yin)

Summer In America2014083020140831 (WS)

Two young boys embark on a 4,000-mile journey to reunite with their parents in the US

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We’ll hear the gripping tale of two young brothers’ 4,000-mile journey to reunite with their parents in America.

Also on the programme: we’ll find out how a Catholic church in Texas is helping Central American migrants during their first few minutes on US soil. Plus, we’ll meet the man who visited 30 different American mosques in a month, and we’ll ask what he learned during his Ramadan road trip. Also in this edition, we’ll find out what’s behind the magic of a deceptive illusionist named Honesty. We’ll meet a Vietnam veteran fighting to memorialize his lost comrades. And we’ll learn what’s so special about the rum called rhum.

We’ll hear the gripping tale of two young brothers’ 4,000-mile journey to reunite with their parents in America.

Also on the programme: we’ll find out how a Catholic church in Texas is helping Central American migrants during their first few minutes on US soil. Plus, we’ll meet the man who visited 30 different American mosques in a month, and we’ll ask what he learned during his Ramadan road trip. Also in this edition, we’ll find out what’s behind the magic of a deceptive illusionist named Honesty. We’ll meet a Vietnam veteran fighting to memorialize his lost comrades. And we’ll learn what’s so special about the rum called rhum.

Super Powers2016102220161023 (WS)

Why is it so hard to end the violence in Syria?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The war in Syria is well into its fifth year, why can’t it be stopped? We meet "Madaya Mom" a new Marvel comics superhero inspired by a real-life mother from a besieged Syrian town. A Californian explains how he became the "coffee king" of Serbia. And we learn where the term "gaslighting," which has been tossed around a lot this US election season, came from. Plus, singer-songwriter Gaby Moreno shares a story about the time she met her superhero Ricky Martin.

(Smoke rises from buildings in the Syrian city of Aleppo on October 20, 2016. Credit: George Ourfalian/AFP/Getty).

Supreme Decisions2013062920130701 (WS)

What the US Supreme Court ruling in favour of gay rights means for other countries

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The US Supreme Court backed gay rights this week. We explore how other countries deal with issues such as gay rights and same-sex marriage. Also, President Obama jumps into the climate change conversation by calling for cuts to US greenhouse gas emissions.

We go on board the world’s largest solar-powered vehicle while it’s docked in Boston. And, we talk to a disabled American who is making a documentary film about limited accessibility in Europe. Plus, we hear about cutting edge origami techniques from an origami master living in California.

(Image: Rainbow flags waving in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC. Credit: AFP/Getty images)

The US Supreme Court backed gay rights this week. We explore how other countries deal with issues such as gay rights and same-sex marriage. Also, President Obama jumps into the climate change conversation by calling for cuts to US greenhouse gas emissions.

We go on board the world’s largest solar-powered vehicle while it’s docked in Boston. And, we talk to a disabled American who is making a documentary film about limited accessibility in Europe. Plus, we hear about cutting edge origami techniques from an origami master living in California.

(Image: Rainbow flags waving in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC. Credit: AFP/Getty images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Syria Waits While America Debates2013090720130909 (WS)

Sadness, madness and the new normal; a Syrian in the US reflects on life in his birthplace

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The debate over whether to take military against the Syrian regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons has been echoing around the hallways of Capitol Hill this week - and across the nation. We hear from a Syrian-born man who now lives in Massachusetts about why he opposes the Syrian rebels.

Also, two US military veterans of the war in Iraq take opposing views on potential US military intervention. We have a conversation with the American reporter who tracked down members of the Syrian Electronic Army which is waging war on some Western media. And while President Obama has promised no US boots on the ground in Syria, we’ll find out how, nevertheless, the US army is trying to build a better boot for its soldiers.

Picture: People demonstrate against a US-led strike on Syria in downtown Los Angeles, Credit: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

Taco Trucks2016091020160911 (WS)
20160912 (WS)

"You\u2019re going to have taco trucks on every corner" Marco Gutierrez of Latinos for Trump

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

“My culture is a very dominant culture. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.” Marco Gutierrez, one of the founders of Latinos for Trump, explains what he means by that statement.

Also, we get the most recent migration numbers, visit a mariachi summer camp, check-in with two first generation college students, and meet a Mexican immigrant who works at a Trump hotel. Plus, music legend Herb Alpert tells us where he found his signature sound.

“My culture is a very dominant culture. If you don’t do something about it, you’re going to have taco trucks on every corner.? Marco Gutierrez, one of the founders of Latinos for Trump, explains what he means by that statement.

Also, we get the most recent migration numbers, visit a mariachi summer camp, check-in with two first generation college students, and meet a Mexican immigrant who works at a Trump hotel. Plus, music legend Herb Alpert tells us where he found his signature sound.

"You’re going to have taco trucks on every corner" Marco Gutierrez of Latinos for Trump

Taking A Stand2016050720160508 (WS)
20160509 (WS)

In Boston, Latinos push back against Donald Trump supporters in their neighbourhood.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Trump or Clinton? That's the question du jour in the US, so we have two stories on the leading presidential candidates. First, we head to East Boston, where Latino immigrants are pushing back against Donald Trump supporters in their neighbourhood. Then, we hear about the disconnect between the Hillary Clinton foreigners see, and the one Americans see.

Also, why novelist Ayelet Waldman is sending writers to the West Bank; the effort to keep Syrian refugees out of the midwestern state of Kansas; and how the cellist Leyla McCalla connects history, identity and song on her latest album. Plus: hundreds of thousands marched in the US for immigrants’ rights a decade ago. What's happened since?

Image: Latinos and European Americans live together in East Boston. But the politics of Donald Trump is resurrecting old racial wounds. (Credit: Phillip Martin/WGBH)

Trump or Clinton? That's the question du jour in the US, so we have two stories on the leading presidential candidates. First, we head to East Boston, where Latino immigrants are pushing back against Donald Trump supporters in their neighbourhood. Then, we hear about the disconnect between the Hillary Clinton foreigners see, and the one Americans see.

Also, why novelist Ayelet Waldman is sending writers to the West Bank; the effort to keep Syrian refugees out of the midwestern state of Kansas; and how the cellist Leyla McCalla connects history, identity and song on her latest album. Plus: hundreds of thousands marched in the US for immigrants’ rights a decade ago. What's happened since?

Image: Latinos and European Americans live together in East Boston. But the politics of Donald Trump is resurrecting old racial wounds. (Credit: Phillip Martin/WGBH)

Tales Of New York2014010420140105 (WS)

The long-standing rivalry between Boston and New York. Is baseball to blame?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Boston and New York, both world class cities in the northeastern United States, enjoy a rivalry that by some accounts predates the American Revolution. We hear why the rivalry is most apparent on the baseball diamond when the New York Yankees take on the Boston Red Sox.

In this special New York edition of Boston Calling we’ll also meet the man who makes those souvenir “Lady of Liberty” statues that are so common in New York tourist shops. We’ll also find out how creative some Muslim taxi drivers in New York can get when they hear the call to prayer. Also, Persian comfort food that’s being cooked up in the corner of a New York pizza parlour… and a classic Peruvian cocktail wins over a food writer from Queens.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Talk The Talk2016052820160529 (WS)
20160530 (WS)

A US military chaplain resigns in protest against deadly drone strikes

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We speak to Reverend Chris Antal who resigned from the US Army in protest against drone warfare. We also hear from a former gang member who is now a Muslim leader. We visit two schools that serve immigrants in the US - one where immigrants are kept separate from US-born students, and another where children study Somali.

Plus, Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani talks about why Middle-Eastern actors often end up playing villains on TV. And, why do Hollywood film-makers keep going back to Morocco for films set in the Middle East?

(Photo: A pilot conducts a pre-flight check of a MQ-1B Predator, a type of unmanned aerial vehicle that the US military uses for attacks on Islamic State and the Taliban. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

We speak to Reverend Chris Antal who resigned from the US Army in protest against drone warfare. We also hear from a former gang member who is now a Muslim leader. We visit two schools that serve immigrants in the US - one where immigrants are kept separate from US-born students, and another where children study Somali.

Plus, Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani talks about why Middle-Eastern actors often end up playing villains on TV. And, why do Hollywood film-makers keep going back to Morocco for films set in the Middle East?

(Photo: A pilot conducts a pre-flight check of a MQ-1B Predator, a type of unmanned aerial vehicle that the US military uses for attacks on Islamic State and the Taliban. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

Talk to Me2018070720180708 (WS)

\u201cI personally consider Russia to be a threat to many American national interests.\u201d

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, gives his take on the upcoming Trump-Putin summit.

Also: we meet indigenous language interpreters helping migrants detained on the US-Mexico border make their cases for asylum; we look at global projects to combat loneliness, from dance parties in the Netherlands, to a newspaper for people cut off from society in Japan, to new research being conducted in Utah. We close out with a love song composed by a whale. Yes, for real.

(Image: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and US President Donald Trump in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. Credit: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/Handout/Getty Images)

Talk to Me20180707

\u201cI personally consider Russia to be a threat to many American national interests.\u201d

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Michael McFaul, a former US ambassador to Russia, gives his take on the upcoming Trump-Putin summit.

Also: we meet indigenous language interpreters helping migrants detained on the US-Mexico border make their cases for asylum; we look at global projects to combat loneliness, from dance parties in the Netherlands, to a newspaper for people cut off from society in Japan, to new research being conducted in Utah. We close out with a love song composed by a whale. Yes, for real.

(Image: Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L) and US President Donald Trump in Vietnam on November 11, 2017. Credit: Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/Handout/Getty Images)

Tech\u2019d Off2018082520180826 (WS)

Microsoft detects attacks by Russian hackers. What\u2019s the state of US digital security?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

This week, Microsoft announced that it detected and stopped attacks on US institutions by Russian hackers linked to the Kremlin. The attacks involved setting up fake websites that mimicked the sites of conservative think tanks that have been critical of President Trump. Zeynep Tufekci studies the intersection of technology and society and she says that foreign hacking and meddling exposes real weaknesses in America's digital security and politics.

Also: New York Times technology reporter, Sheera Frenkel, explains what tech companies are doing to get rid of fake news, deception and hate speech; a master of movie special effects recounts working on a little film called Star Wars; a new internet health study has us asking if the internet make our lives better or worse; and one of the bigger Instagram trends of the summer can be summed up in two words: sunflower selfies.

(The Microsoft Moscow headquarters at night. Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko\Getty Images)

Tech\u2019d Off20180825

Microsoft detects attacks by Russian hackers. What\u2019s the state of US digital security?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

This week, Microsoft announced that it detected and stopped attacks on US institutions by Russian hackers linked to the Kremlin. The attacks involved setting up fake websites that mimicked the sites of conservative think tanks that have been critical of President Trump. Zeynep Tufekci studies the intersection of technology and society and she says that foreign hacking and meddling exposes real weaknesses in America's digital security and politics.

Also: New York Times technology reporter, Sheera Frenkel, explains what tech companies are doing to get rid of fake news, deception and hate speech; a master of movie special effects recounts working on a little film called Star Wars; a new internet health study has us asking if the internet make our lives better or worse; and one of the bigger Instagram trends of the summer can be summed up in two words: sunflower selfies.

(The Microsoft Moscow headquarters at night. Credit: Mikhail Tereshchenko\Getty Images)

Thanksgiving 201620161126

When this family got their deportation papers, a small town banded together to save them.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

When Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s parents received deportation papers in the mail, her hometown banded together to save them.

Also, we visit a restaurant that only serves food from countries “in conflict” with the US, we sample a dessert inspired by early Mesopotamia andwe learn about one of the latest food fads in Las Vegas. We end with the story of a Chinese seamstress who started a famous Midwestern chain restaurant.

(Image: Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s family gathers around the dinner table. Courtesy: Grace K. Lee)

When Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s parents received deportation papers in the mail, her hometown banded together to save them.

Also, we visit a restaurant that only serves food from countries “in conflict? with the US, we sample a dessert inspired by early Mesopotamia andwe learn about one of the latest food fads in Las Vegas. We end with the story of a Chinese seamstress who started a famous Midwestern chain restaurant.

(Image: Marie Myung-Ok Lee’s family gathers around the dinner table. Courtesy: Grace K. Lee)

The Adoption Edition20150912

Twins separated at birth reunite in the documentary film Twinsters

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

What if one day you found out you had an identical twin you never knew about? Well, it happened to two young women born in South Korea and we have their story. Plus, we dig deeper into the Cold War origins of international adoption.

Also, how volunteers in the US city of Seattle are helping Syrian migrants. The Pope’s plan to canonise Junípero Serra is met with protest in California. And, the story of Timur, a glam-rock opera singer from Kazakhstan who got his start in Kansas.

(Photo: Long-lost twins Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier in London at their first reunion, May 2013. Credit: Ryan Miyamoto/Small Package Films)

What if one day you found out you had an identical twin you never knew about? Well, it happened to two young women born in South Korea and we have their story. Plus, we dig deeper into the Cold War origins of international adoption.

Also, how volunteers in the US city of Seattle are helping Syrian migrants. The Pope’s plan to canonise Junípero Serra is met with protest in California. And, the story of Timur, a glam-rock opera singer from Kazakhstan who got his start in Kansas.

(Photo: Long-lost twins Samantha Futerman and Anaïs Bordier in London at their first reunion, May 2013. Credit: Ryan Miyamoto/Small Package Films)

The Automated Edition2018060220180603 (WS)

Bananas and foreign travel: What it means to be a computer hacker in North Korea.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Bananas and foreign travel: What it means to be a computer hacker in North Korea.

In North Korea’s spy agency, operatives aren’t just trained to gather intel. They also hack banks. We hear from a couple of North defectors about what it’s actually like to be a government hacker.

Also on the programme: we meet a robot assistant breaking down gender stereotypes; we get to the bottom of a robocall scam; we check our own voicemail box for messages from our listeners; and we visit a restaurant where the chefs are robots.

(Image: North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un waves from a car on April 27, 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The Automated Edition20180602

Bananas and foreign travel: What it means to be a computer hacker in North Korea.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Bananas and foreign travel: What it means to be a computer hacker in North Korea.

In North Korea’s spy agency, operatives aren’t just trained to gather intel. They also hack banks. We hear from a couple of North defectors about what it’s actually like to be a government hacker.

Also on the programme: we meet a robot assistant breaking down gender stereotypes; we get to the bottom of a robocall scam; we check our own voicemail box for messages from our listeners; and we visit a restaurant where the chefs are robots.

(Image: North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un waves from a car on April 27, 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The Automated Edition2018060220180603 (WS)

Bananas and foreign travel: What it means to be a computer hacker in North Korea.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Bananas and foreign travel: What it means to be a computer hacker in North Korea.

In North Korea’s spy agency, operatives aren’t just trained to gather intel. They also hack banks. We hear from a couple of North defectors about what it’s actually like to be a government hacker.

Also on the programme: we meet a robot assistant breaking down gender stereotypes; we get to the bottom of a robocall scam; we check our own voicemail box for messages from our listeners; and we visit a restaurant where the chefs are robots.

(Image: North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un waves from a car on April 27, 2018. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The Backstory2017052720170528 (WS)
20170529 (WS)

Donald Trump\u2019s merchandising man, Dave McNeer, explains how he got his job

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Trump supporter, Dave McNeer, thinks the President is making ‘America Great Again’.

Also: Why digital maps should not be used to resolve border disputes; why the US military turned to camels, in the 1800s, to map out land in the American West; we get to see the insides of the disappearing colourful taxi cabs of Mumbai; ice cream shop owners fret about an increase in the price of vanilla; and Italian musician, Zucchero, recounts some memorable advice he got from Miles Davis.

(Image: Donald Trump themed merchandise is sold outside before a rally for the Republican Presidential nominee on November 4, 2016, in Pennsylvania. Credit: Mark Makela/Getty Images)

The Backstory20170529

Donald Trump’s merchandising man, Dave McNeer, explains how he got his job

The Bite-size Edition20151128

The (not so) secret lives of America\u2019s wild mushroom hunters

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

To mark Thanksgiving in the US, we go wild mushroom hunting on Cape Cod; learn about an 18th century drink making a 21st century comeback; and hear why the next big thing in protein may make you squirm.

Plus: an American home baker goes in search of the perfect French baguette. We meet the pastrami taco king of New York. And we find out how to balance sugar and spice in a Sri Lankan love cake.

Image: Paul Sadowski of the New York Mycological Society helps fellow mushroom hunters identify their finds in the woods of Piermont, New York. (Credit: Alina Simone)

To mark Thanksgiving in the US, we go wild mushroom hunting on Cape Cod; learn about an 18th century drink making a 21st century comeback; and hear why the next big thing in protein may make you squirm.

Plus: an American home baker goes in search of the perfect French baguette. We meet the pastrami taco king of New York. And we find out how to balance sugar and spice in a Sri Lankan love cake.

Image: Paul Sadowski of the New York Mycological Society helps fellow mushroom hunters identify their finds in the woods of Piermont, New York. (Credit: Alina Simone)

The (not so) secret lives of America’s wild mushroom hunters

The Blockbuster Edition2018090820180909 (WS)

Crazy Rich Asians isn\u2019t just a summer blockbuster, it\u2019s a cultural phenomenon

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Crazy Rich Asians is one of the top box office hits of the summer. The film’s plot may just sound like your typical romantic comedy, except it's set in Singapore and it's the first Hollywood film to feature a majority East Asian cast in 25 years. Cast member, Pierre Png, tells us what the film means to him.

Also: Germany’s long history of dubbing movies; a linguist who specializes in creating fake movie languages; an American army strategist studies Star Wars to better understand modern military conflict; plus a profile of the Afghan Charlie Chaplin.

(Actor Henry Golding arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Crazy Rich Asians' Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

The Blockbuster Edition20180908

Crazy Rich Asians isn\u2019t just a summer blockbuster, it\u2019s a cultural phenomenon

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Crazy Rich Asians is one of the top box office hits of the summer. The film’s plot may just sound like your typical romantic comedy, except it's set in Singapore and it's the first Hollywood film to feature a majority East Asian cast in 25 years. Cast member, Pierre Png, tells us what the film means to him.

Also: Germany’s long history of dubbing movies; a linguist who specializes in creating fake movie languages; an American army strategist studies Star Wars to better understand modern military conflict; plus a profile of the Afghan Charlie Chaplin.

(Actor Henry Golding arrives at Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Crazy Rich Asians' Premiere at TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California. Credit: Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

The Breakthrough Edition2018012720180128 (WS)

The \u201ca-ha\u2019\u2019 moment and what happened next.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Fewer international students are coming to the US for post-graduate degrees in science and engineering. We look into why.

Also: Cuba has a lung cancer vaccine but many US patients can’t get it without breaking the law; a tech start-up synthesizes Marco Werman’s voice; tomato pickers in Florida work together to stop sexual abuse; a bioengineer has a plan to defeat disease-bearing mosquitoes with mobile phones; plus the band Mosquitos releases their first album in 10 years and the buzz is that it’s great.

(Image: Stanford bioengineer Haripriya Mukundarajan, center, began the Abuzz project after contracting malaria while she was in college. Credit: Kurt Hickman)

The “a-ha’’ moment and what happened next.

The Case Of The Stolen Fortune Cookie Fortunes2017122320171224 (WS)

In the US every Chinese meal comes with fortune cookies. Their story is full of intrigue.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

"Some men dream of fortunes. Others dream of cookies." This is a real fortune cookie fortune. It would be a prescient fortune for Yongsik Lee. He invented the fully automatic fortune cookie machine in the early 1980s and built a business on his invention. The Korean immigrant sold fortune cookie machines and fortunes to companies all over the US. It was a good business until one day, one of his employees stole his fortunes and his customers. We get to the bottom of a theft that forever changed Yongsik Lee's life.

(Image: Fortune cookies on display at The Ritz Carlton in Miami Beach, Florida. Credit: Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

The Deadline Edition20180519
The Deadline Edition2018051920180520 (WS)

As NAFTA talks grind on, thousands of skilled workers wonder if they will keep their jobs.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

As NAFTA talks grind on, thousands of skilled workers wonder if they will keep their jobs.

A Trade NAFTA or "T-N visa” allows citizens of Canada and Mexico to work in the US in a range of job categories. It could now be in jeopardy as the Trump administration seeks to renegotiate the trade agreement by the end of the year.

Also: There is a shortage of summer workers in Cape Cod, partly due to changes to a temporary worker visa program; as the US and China talk trade and tariffs, some in Shanghai wonder what it will mean for them; the end of Temporary Protected Status for some immigrants has an unexpected impact on US labour unions; plus we find out how TV reporter Lisa Howard changed the course of the Cold War.

(Image: Mexican Economy Minister Ildefonso Guajardo gives a message to the media during the seventh round of NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement) talks in Mexico City, on March 5, 2018. Credit: Ronaldo Schemidt/Getty Images)

The Design Edition2016092420160925 (WS)
20160926 (WS)

An Afghan refugee is using drones to save other refugees' lives

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A former refugee remembers his sea crossing. Now he wants to help others, by making a drone that collects life-saving information about migrant boats.

Also, we learn how a brewery converts waste into clean energy, and about the impact bike sharing programs have on their cities. Plus, Roberi Parra, a designer from Venezuela, tells us what it’s like to be on Project Runway, a reality TV show set in the US. And muralist Mona Caro tells us why we should pay attention to all plants, even weeds.

(Refugees and migrants arrive on a rubber boat on the Greek island of Lesbos. Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

A former refugee remembers his sea crossing. Now he wants to help others, by making a drone that collects life-saving information about migrant boats.

Also, we learn how a brewery converts waste into clean energy, and about the impact bike sharing programs have on their cities. Plus, Roberi Parra, a designer from Venezuela, tells us what it’s like to be on Project Runway, a reality TV show set in the US. And muralist Mona Caro tells us why we should pay attention to all plants, even weeds.

(Refugees and migrants arrive on a rubber boat on the Greek island of Lesbos. Credit: Dimitar Dilkoff/AFP/Getty Images)

The Drug Store Edition20151024

How the opium trade fuels militant extremism in Afghanistan

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A former US Drug Enforcement Administration official discusses how to stymie the opium trade in Afghanistan. Then, why officials in Honduras have turned to community policing to counteract their drug and gang violence. And why the US has decided to withhold millions of dollars in anti-drug aid to Mexico.

Plus: Los Angeles tests new ways to keep unauthorised immigrants healthy. An American surgeon overwhelmed by the high rate of infant hydrocephalus in Uganda develops a life-saving technique that’s now helping kids in the US as well. And the magic of asosi, a ‘go-to cure-all’ medicinal plant that grows wild in Florida.

Image: Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in the Khogyani district of Jalalabad. (Credit: AP)

A former US Drug Enforcement Administration official discusses how to stymie the opium trade in Afghanistan. Then, why officials in Honduras have turned to community policing to counteract their drug and gang violence. And why the US has decided to withhold millions of dollars in anti-drug aid to Mexico.

Plus: Los Angeles tests new ways to keep unauthorised immigrants healthy. An American surgeon overwhelmed by the high rate of infant hydrocephalus in Uganda develops a life-saving technique that’s now helping kids in the US as well. And the magic of asosi, a ‘go-to cure-all’ medicinal plant that grows wild in Florida.

Image: Afghan farmers collect raw opium as they work in a poppy field in the Khogyani district of Jalalabad. (Credit: AP)

The Eclipse Edition2017081920170820 (WS)
20170821 (WS)

We could see the largest single movement of humans across US territory

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

On Monday, a total solar eclipse will cross 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina. We find out people all across the country are preparing.

Also: we meet an eclipse chaser traveling to the US from Australia; we speak to a cloistered nun who has been getting calls from concerned Catholics worried about the end of times; we learn what solar eclipses have revealed to us about our universe throughout the ages; plus how a new technology can help blind people experience the coming eclipse as well.

(Image: Solar Eclipse related items are offered for sale in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Hopkinsville is located near the point of greatest totality for the August 21 eclipse. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Eclipse Edition20170821

We could see the largest single movement of humans across US territory

On Monday, a total solar eclipse will cross 14 states from Oregon to South Carolina. We find out people all across the country are preparing.

Also: we meet an eclipse chaser traveling to the US from Australia; we speak to a cloistered nun who has been getting calls from concerned Catholics worried about the end of times; we learn what solar eclipses have revealed to us about our universe throughout the ages; plus how a new technology can help blind people experience the coming eclipse as well.

(Image: Solar Eclipse related items are offered for sale in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. Hopkinsville is located near the point of greatest totality for the August 21 eclipse. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The Father\u2019s Day Edition2018061620180617 (WS)

\u201cWhat I remember about my dad is that he had this penetrating smile.\u201d

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

“What I remember about my dad is that he had this penetrating smile.”

We recall the life of Tony Acevedo; from child of unauthorised immigrants from Mexico, to US soldier in WWII, to concentration camp survivor, to inspirational father.

Also: the daughter of an American spy reveals secrets about her childhood; a father remembers telling his children that he was going to be deported; Vincenzo Bruno, an activist in Costa Rica, comes out as transgender to his son; and Tami Neilson closes out the programme with her song “The First Man.’’

(Image: Tony Acevedo at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's 20th Anniversary Tribute event in Los Angeles, February 2013. Credit: Courtesy of The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum)

The Future Is Now2017111120171112 (WS)

Are Facebook, Twitter and Google learning from their mistakes?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Selina Wang, a tech reporter for Bloomberg News, says that Twitter could still do more to stop Russian and Ukrainian spam accounts from spreading misinformation on the platform.

Also: people on social media keep blaming “Sam Hyde’’ for mass shootings, even though he's innocent, and we finally find out why; Facebook saves a dying mill town in the Pacific Northwest; Uber meets its match in Lebanon; a robot becomes a Saudi citizen; and a couple of amateur astro-explorers plan a trip to Mars.

Image: Colin Stretch, general counsel at Facebook, Sean Edgett, acting general counsel at Twitter, and Richard Salgado, director of law enforcement and information security at Google, testify before Congress on October 31, 2017 in Washington, DC. Credit: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

The Global Mall2013092820130930 (WS)

How al-Shabab recruits in one of the largest Somali communities in the United States

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

With the Somalia-based al-Shabab militant group claiming responsibility for an assault on a Kenyan shopping mall, we hear how the large Somali community in the American twin cities of Minneapolis-Saint Paul is feeling pressure from al-Shabab recruiters there.

We also look at how the American concept of indoor shopping malls has found fans around the world. How delegates to the United Nations General Assembly let their hair down after hours. A Muslim fraternity takes root in Texas. And, American craft beers spark a global brewing revolution.

(Picture: Kenyan soldiers move in formation at Westgate Mall, Kenya, Credit: Carl De Souza/AFP/Getty Images)

The Globalization Edition2013072020130722 (WS)

US law allowing citizens to defend themselves with deadly force attracts attention abroad

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A controversial US law that allows citizens the option of defending themselves with deadly force has attracted attention abroad, since a high-profile court case in Florida where George Zimmerman was acquitted after shooting and killing an unarmed African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin.

We’ll also hear about the southern California city that’s ground zero in America’s war on methamphetamines. We’ll learn about what Spain is doing about dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets. Also, how Yiddish words like mazzel and mashuga went global. And a group of Indian-Americans in New York City take us on a hunt for the perfect dosa, that lentil-rice pancake that’s a favourite in South India.

Picture: A man holds a flyer that reads 'Justice for Trayvon', Credit: Getty Images

A controversial US law that allows citizens the option of defending themselves with deadly force has attracted attention abroad, since a high-profile court case in Florida where George Zimmerman was acquitted after shooting and killing an unarmed African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin.

We’ll also hear about the southern California city that’s ground zero in America’s war on methamphetamines. We’ll learn about what Spain is doing about dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets. Also, how Yiddish words like mazzel and mashuga went global. And a group of Indian-Americans in New York City take us on a hunt for the perfect dosa, that lentil-rice pancake that’s a favourite in South India.

Picture: A man holds a flyer that reads 'Justice for Trayvon', Credit: Getty Images

The Great Escape2017061720170618 (WS)
20170619 (WS)

Could a massive refugee programme offer relief to besieged Syrians?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Sam Heller, an expert on Syria, thinks that the US should evacuate the country’s residents.

Also: a physicist who always dreamed of working in the US says it’s no longer the ‘global centre of science’; we revisit Orlando, Florida, one year after the Pulse nightclub shooting; a grandmother from Queens, New York, shares a shocking personal secret; and an orchestra conductor turns the fence on the US-Mexico border into a musical instrument.

(Image: Idleb is a city in north western Syria. Credit: Omar Haj Kadour/Getty Images)

The Great Escape20170619

Could a massive refugee programme offer relief to besieged Syrians?

Sam Heller, an expert on Syria, thinks that the US should evacuate the country’s residents.

Also: a physicist who always dreamed of working in the US says it’s no longer the ‘global centre of science’; we revisit Orlando, Florida, one year after the Pulse nightclub shooting; a grandmother from Queens, New York, shares a shocking personal secret; and an orchestra conductor turns the fence on the US-Mexico border into a musical instrument.

(Image: Idleb is a city in north western Syria. Credit: Omar Haj Kadour/Getty Images)

The Heist Edition2018052620180527 (WS)

How North Korean hackers became the world\u2019s greatest bank robbers

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

North Korea’s cyber-hackers have raked in millions of dollars.

Also: US border agents on the search for illegal animals; the cheese smugglers of Canada; and we dip into our inbox to find out where you’re listening from.

(Image: Students at Mangyongdae Revolutionary School, a prestigious academy in Pyongyang. Credit: KCNA)

The Import Export Edition2016082020160821 (WS)
20160822 (WS)

Activists in France draw strength from the Black Lives Matter movement in America

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

“My brother was killed. He died in atrocious conditions, alone, without us.” In France, the death of Adama Traore, a young black man, while he was in police custody sets off protests.

Also, the Maker Movement, which began in California, comes to China; subway cars, made in China, come here to Boston; and an ultra-popular Norwegian TV show, about knitting, comes to Netflix. Plus, the US gets its first offshore wind farm. Etienne Charles, a Trinidad jazz trumpeter, closes out the show.

Picture: People hold a banner reading 'Justice for Adama' as they attend a march organised in tribute to Adama Traore in Beaumont-sur-Oise, Credit: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

“My brother was killed. He died in atrocious conditions, alone, without us.? In France, the death of Adama Traore, a young black man, while he was in police custody sets off protests.

Also, the Maker Movement, which began in California, comes to China; subway cars, made in China, come here to Boston; and an ultra-popular Norwegian TV show, about knitting, comes to Netflix. Plus, the US gets its first offshore wind farm. Etienne Charles, a Trinidad jazz trumpeter, closes out the show.

Picture: People hold a banner reading 'Justice for Adama' as they attend a march organised in tribute to Adama Traore in Beaumont-sur-Oise, Credit: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images

The Incredible Journey2018040720180408 (WS)

How Summer and Muntaser got married as bombs fell in Yemen

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

In 2015, Summer Nasser traveled from her home in New York City to marry Muntaser Yaghnam in his home country, Yemen. Then, civil war broke out. They tell us about what it was like to get married amid airstrikes and their long wait to travel back to the US.

Also on the programme: US car companies scramble to figure out how to market their cars to Saudi women; a high-tech video portal offers one Milwaukee neighborhood a global perspective; plus we create the perfect playlist for your next journey, with jams by Cosmo Pyke and Frank Ulwenya.

(Image: Muntaser Yaghnam and Summer Nasser at home in New York. Credit: PRI’s The World)

The Labels Edition20161105

Arab-Americans are divided over the consequences of a new US census category.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

There may soon be a new ethnicity box to check on the US Census form. It’s for people of Middle Eastern and North African descent. But not everyone's sure it’s a good idea.

Also: From surgeon to hot dog vendor, the identity journey of one Iraqi refugee. Latinx writer Jack Qu’emi struggles to explain their gender identity to their mom. Plus, one woman’s struggle to put a name on a map. We end with music from Cuban pianist, Harold López-Nussa, who recently signed to an American record label.

(Image: A patriotic t-shirt hangs in front of Arabic signs at a strip mall in Dearborn, Michigan. Dearborn is home to one of the largest Arab communities in the US. Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images.)

There may soon be a new ethnicity box to check on the US Census form. It’s for people of Middle Eastern and North African descent. But not everyone's sure it’s a good idea.

Also: From surgeon to hot dog vendor, the identity journey of one Iraqi refugee. Latinx writer Jack Qu’emi struggles to explain their gender identity to their mom. Plus, one woman’s struggle to put a name on a map. We end with music from Cuban pianist, Harold López-Nussa, who recently signed to an American record label.

(Image: A patriotic t-shirt hangs in front of Arabic signs at a strip mall in Dearborn, Michigan. Dearborn is home to one of the largest Arab communities in the US. Credit: Bill Pugliano/Getty Images.)

The Language Of Phishing2013060120130603 (WS)

How international cyber criminals are using better English to lure their prey

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

The Local Edition2018021020180211 (WS)

What global stories can we find without leaving Boston?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Six stories that all take place within greater Boston.

#MeToo echoes through a play about Nigeria; a black church provides sanctuary to an unauthorised immigrant from El Salvador; two Rohingya refugees start a new life; a chef brings back lessons from a three-star restaurant in Paris; a university student prepares to be the first black ice hockey player to skate for team USA in the Olympics; and a preview of a show by The James Hunter Six coming to Boston soon.

(Image: A rainbow arcs over the skyline of Boston University in Boston, MA. Credit: Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

The Long View2016041620160417 (WS)
20160418 (WS)

Two young film-makers grapple with their childhood memories of the Boston Marathon bomber

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet two young film-makers who grapple with their high school memories of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a new short film called ‘Jahar’. Then, how a two-time Boston Marathon champion is inspiring young Ethiopian runners at a Massachusetts school. Plus, the remarkable story of Sueko Hada, a Hiroshima survivor whose family now includes American in-laws.

(Photo: ‘Jahar’ is a film about three friends grappling with their high school memories of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Courtesy of Henry Hayes)

We meet two young film-makers who grapple with their high school memories of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a new short film called ‘Jahar’. Then, how a two-time Boston Marathon champion is inspiring young Ethiopian runners at a Massachusetts school. Plus, the remarkable story of Sueko Hada, a Hiroshima survivor whose family now includes American in-laws.

(Photo: ‘Jahar’ is a film about three friends grappling with their high school memories of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Courtesy of Henry Hayes)

The Long View20180512
The Long View2018051220180513 (WS)

President Trump has announced that he's pulling out of the Iran deal. What comes next?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

President Trump has announced that he's pulling out of the Iran deal. What comes next?

Nahal Toosi, a foreign affairs correspondent for Politico, explains what comes next now that the US has pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal.

Also: we learn how US involvement in Central America help set up today's immigration patterns; we travel deep into the Amazon to find out about a new theory of the origin of language; we speak to Jimmy Carter about keeping faith in hard times; and we listen to two musical appreciations of ritual: a recording of the Sufi ceremony of Zikr from Xinjiang, China and the song “Conselho do Bom Senso” by the Brazilian band Tuyo.

(Image: President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran on May 8, 2018 in Washington, DC. Credit: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The Mystery Edition2017100720171008 (WS)
20171009 (WS)

A retired FBI agent launches a probe to discover who betrayed Anne Frank.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

“There is no statute of limitations on the truth.” Vince Pankoke, a former FBI agent, has launched a probe into who betrayed Anne Frank.

Also: we investigate why American diplomats in Cuba have mysteriously fallen ill; we learn the backstory of the two women accused of assassinating Kim Jong-nam; we meet the disgraced real-life French diplomat who inspired the play, “M. Butterfly,’’ plus we find out why talks between North Korea and South Korea may hinge on a group of twelve singing waitresses.

(Image: Anne Frank's facsimile diaries on display in the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam on November 1, 2009. Credit: Ade Johnson/AFP/Getty Images)

The Mystery Edition20171009

A retired FBI agent launches a probe to discover who betrayed Anne Frank.

“There is no statute of limitations on the truth.” Vince Pankoke, a former FBI agent, has launched a probe into who betrayed Anne Frank.

Also: we investigate why American diplomats in Cuba have mysteriously fallen ill; we learn the backstory of the two women accused of assassinating Kim Jong-nam; we meet the disgraced real-life French diplomat who inspired the play, “M. Butterfly,’’ plus we find out why talks between North Korea and South Korea may hinge on a group of twelve singing waitresses.

(Image: Anne Frank's facsimile diaries on display in the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam on November 1, 2009. Credit: Ade Johnson/AFP/Getty Images)

“There is no statute of limitations on the truth.? Vince Pankoke, a former FBI agent, has launched a probe into who betrayed Anne Frank.

Also: we investigate why American diplomats in Cuba have mysteriously fallen ill; we learn the backstory of the two women accused of assassinating Kim Jong-nam; we meet the disgraced real-life French diplomat who inspired the play, “M. Butterfly,’’ plus we find out why talks between North Korea and South Korea may hinge on a group of twelve singing waitresses.

(Image: Anne Frank's facsimile diaries on display in the Anne Frank museum in Amsterdam on November 1, 2009. Credit: Ade Johnson/AFP/Getty Images)

The New Normal2018092220180923 (WS)

The destruction caused by Hurricane Maria didn\u2019t stop this student from returning home

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, scores of colleges and universities in Puerto Rico had to close because of all the damage. Schools on the US mainland, from New York to Florida, wanted to do something to help. So they opened their doors and offered free or discounted tuition to those students from Puerto Rico whose home institutions were closed. One of the first students to take them up on that offer was Rosamari Palerm. She enrolled at St. Thomas University in Miami in late September 2017. But even after a comfortable year in Miami, Rosamari felt homesick and was ready to go back to Puerto Rico.

Also: A study from George Washington University reveals new death toll numbers from Hurricane Maria; A year after Hurricane Harvey, some families in Houston, Texas are still recovering; After Hurricane Maria swept through their hometown, a group of women started cooking meals together for people who didn’t have access to food.

(A man bicycles in an area without grid power or running water about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The New Normal20180922

The destruction caused by Hurricane Maria didn\u2019t stop this student from returning home

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, scores of colleges and universities in Puerto Rico had to close because of all the damage. Schools on the US mainland, from New York to Florida, wanted to do something to help. So they opened their doors and offered free or discounted tuition to those students from Puerto Rico whose home institutions were closed. One of the first students to take them up on that offer was Rosamari Palerm. She enrolled at St. Thomas University in Miami in late September 2017. But even after a comfortable year in Miami, Rosamari felt homesick and was ready to go back to Puerto Rico.

Also: A study from George Washington University reveals new death toll numbers from Hurricane Maria; A year after Hurricane Harvey, some families in Houston, Texas are still recovering; After Hurricane Maria swept through their hometown, a group of women started cooking meals together for people who didn’t have access to food.

(A man bicycles in an area without grid power or running water about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The New Normal2018092220180923 (WS)

The destruction caused by Hurricane Maria didn\u2019t stop this student from returning home

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, scores of colleges and universities in Puerto Rico had to close because of all the damage. Schools on the US mainland, from New York to Florida, wanted to do something to help. So they opened their doors and offered free or discounted tuition to those students from Puerto Rico whose home institutions were closed. One of the first students to take them up on that offer was Rosamari Palerm. She enrolled at St. Thomas University in Miami in late September 2017. But even after a comfortable year in Miami, Rosamari felt homesick and was ready to go back to Puerto Rico.

Also: A study from George Washington University reveals new death toll numbers from Hurricane Maria; A year after Hurricane Harvey, some families in Houston, Texas are still recovering; After Hurricane Maria swept through their hometown, a group of women started cooking meals together for people who didn’t have access to food.

(A man bicycles in an area without grid power or running water about two weeks after Hurricane Maria swept through the island. Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The Next Big Thing2016073020160731 (WS)
20160801 (WS)

Victor Kruglov is a Russian agent in Hollywood. But he is no secret.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Everyone in Hollywood knows if you need a Russian actor, you call Victor Kruglov. We meet the man who has become a local institution. Also, Hari Kondabolu says he wants to be a “mainstream American” comic; the band Night Lights have to prove they have "exceptional abilities" to stay in the US; we delve into the backstory of Disney’s first Latina princess; and take a taste of a fruit that might save the world. Plus, CoCo Avenue, a stereotype busting K-Pop duo, closes out the show.

(Photo: Victor Kruglov is a talent agent in Hollywood. Credit: Alina Simone)

Everyone in Hollywood knows if you need a Russian actor, you call Victor Kruglov. We meet the man who has become a local institution. Also, Hari Kondabolu says he wants to be a “mainstream American? comic; the band Night Lights have to prove they have "exceptional abilities" to stay in the US; we delve into the backstory of Disney’s first Latina princess; and take a taste of a fruit that might save the world. Plus, CoCo Avenue, a stereotype busting K-Pop duo, closes out the show.

(Photo: Victor Kruglov is a talent agent in Hollywood. Credit: Alina Simone)

The Obamacare Learning Curve2013110920131110 (WS)

Efforts to help immigrants sign up for a new affordable healthcare plan in the US

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Affordable healthcare has long been out of reach for many Americans. The Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama, is designed to change that. But despite the publicity surrounding the recent roll-out of “Obamacare", many immigrants remain unaware of the new programme. We hear how outreach workers in some immigrant communities are trying to change that.

We also hear about why some Mexicans living along the Mexican side of the US border want to secede, sample a new documentary on the history of film that doesn’t focus on Hollywood, and get a first-hand account of pop artist Andy Warhol’s 1976 visit to Tehran.

(Photo: Riffat Rahman, a healthcare advocate, conducts outreach about the Affordable Care Act in a Los Angeles neighborhood called Little Bangladesh. Credit: South Asian Network)

Affordable healthcare has long been out of reach for many Americans. The Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama, is designed to change that. But despite the publicity surrounding the recent roll-out of “Obamacare", many immigrants remain unaware of the new programme. We hear how outreach workers in some immigrant communities are trying to change that.

We also hear about why some Mexicans living along the Mexican side of the US border want to secede, sample a new documentary on the history of film that doesn’t focus on Hollywood, and get a first-hand account of pop artist Andy Warhol’s 1976 visit to Tehran.

(Photo: Riffat Rahman, a healthcare advocate, conducts outreach about the Affordable Care Act in a Los Angeles neighborhood called Little Bangladesh. Credit: South Asian Network)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

The Paris Connection20151121

US governors vow to bar Syrian migrants from resettling in their states

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, more than half of America's governors have publicly vowed to block the entry of Syrian migrants into their states. We hear from one Syrian immigrant in Boston who calls this move ‘reactionary’ at best, victim-blaming at worst. Then: Deah Barakat may be gone, but his dream to build a dental clinic for Syrian migrants in Turkey lives on. And, we take a visit to an Ohio supermarket where immigrants get a surprising crash course on the American pharmacy.

Plus: how the current concern over Syrians coming to the US echoes similar concerns over Jewish refugees during World War II. An American professional basketball player tells us why he refused to play a game in France. And we listen back to a legendary show at the Bataclan concert hall— a 1972 performance by The Velvet Underground.

In the wake of the attacks in Paris, more than half of America's governors have publicly vowed to block the entry of Syrian migrants into their states. We hear from one Syrian immigrant in Boston who calls this move ‘reactionary’ at best, victim-blaming at worst. Then: Deah Barakat may be gone, but his dream to build a dental clinic for Syrian migrants in Turkey lives on. And, we take a visit to an Ohio supermarket where immigrants get a surprising crash course on the American pharmacy.

Plus: how the current concern over Syrians coming to the US echoes similar concerns over Jewish refugees during World War II. An American professional basketball player tells us why he refused to play a game in France. And we listen back to a legendary show at the Bataclan concert hall— a 1972 performance by The Velvet Underground.

The Pop Culture Edition2017040120170402 (WS)
20170403 (WS)

Who is afraid of big bad Russia?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

America -- once again -- seems scared of Russia. But is it real, or just hype?

Also: Native Americans might soon get their own TV channel in the US; a real-life lawyer who used to hate ‘Homeland’ ends up inspiring a new character on the show; Carimi, the first Haitian boy band, announces their breakup; 20 years on the biopic Selena is as relevant as ever; and what’s the hardest part of being a kpop star? For some... it’s learning Korean.

(Image: A woman poses with a box of anti-Communist chewing gum labelled 'Red Menace' in 1951. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The President Pivots2013091420130916 (WS)

George Packer\u2019s d\u00e9j\u00e0-vu: The American writer speaks about September 11th, Iraq and Syria

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

George Packer, author of The Assassins’ Gate: America in Iraq, hears echoes of Iraq in the most recent debate over whether the US should intervene in Syria. He assesses President Obama’s handling of the situation.

We also dig into the audio archives to hear how some past US presidents made their case to the American public for military intervention abroad. Immigrants speak about their difficult - and sometimes funny - first days in the US. What happens when you put spy gear on a pet? And a Syrian musician in New York City plays an ode to his homeland.

Picture: A woman holds a sign outside the White House 'Killing to prevent killing?', Credit: Nicholas Kamm AFP Getty Images

The Protest Edition2018012020180121 (WS)

Six stories about people finding all sorts of ways to take a stand.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Jasiel López never expected to be an activist. Then he learned that the DACA programme, which allows him to stay in the US, could be rescinded.

Also: why the jarana, a guitar-like instrument from Mexico, is showing up at protests in the US; women veterans want their voices to be heard in the #MeToo movement; we remember Mathilde Krim, who played a pivotal right in the fight against AIDS; and we speak to the authors of a biography of Josephine Baker, singer, dancer, and civil rights activist.

(Image: Jasiel López is a student at Florida International University in Miami. Credit: PRI’s The World )

The Red Line2018072120180722 (WS)

\u201cWhat the president did is embarrassing, it's unprecedented, it's a diplomatic disaster.\u201d

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Did Donald Trump commit treason in Helsinki? Legal experts weigh in on the “T” word.

Also: we learn all about Russia’s GRU, the country’s largest military intelligence agency; we remember Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 four years after it was shot down over eastern Ukraine; we meet Crimean families who have been displaced after Russia’s annexation of the peninsula; and finally Alina Simone, a Russian immigrant living in New York, explains why she has given up on teaching her daughter Russian.

(Image: US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference in Helsinki. Credit: Getty Images)

The Red Line20180721

\u201cWhat the president did is embarrassing, it's unprecedented, it's a diplomatic disaster.\u201d

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Did Donald Trump commit treason in Helsinki? Legal experts weigh in on the “T” word.

Also: we learn all about Russia’s GRU, the country’s largest military intelligence agency; we remember Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 four years after it was shot down over eastern Ukraine; we meet Crimean families who have been displaced after Russia’s annexation of the peninsula; and finally Alina Simone, a Russian immigrant living in New York, explains why she has given up on teaching her daughter Russian.

(Image: US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference in Helsinki. Credit: Getty Images)

The Red Line2018072120180722 (WS)

\u201cWhat the president did is embarrassing, it's unprecedented, it's a diplomatic disaster.\u201d

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Did Donald Trump commit treason in Helsinki? Legal experts weigh in on the “T” word.

Also: we learn all about Russia’s GRU, the country’s largest military intelligence agency; we remember Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 four years after it was shot down over eastern Ukraine; we meet Crimean families who have been displaced after Russia’s annexation of the peninsula; and finally Alina Simone, a Russian immigrant living in New York, explains why she has given up on teaching her daughter Russian.

(Image: US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference in Helsinki. Credit: Getty Images)

\u201cWhat the president did is embarrassing, it's unprecedented, it's a diplomatic disaster.\u201d

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Did Donald Trump commit treason in Helsinki? Legal experts weigh in on the “T” word.

Also: we learn all about Russia’s GRU, the country’s largest military intelligence agency; we remember Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 four years after it was shot down over eastern Ukraine; we meet Crimean families who have been displaced after Russia’s annexation of the peninsula; and finally Alina Simone, a Russian immigrant living in New York, explains why she has given up on teaching her daughter Russian.

(Image: US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference in Helsinki. Credit: Getty Images)

The Resilience Edition20150926

The big story behind a tiny object Marco Werman found in tsunami-ravaged Japan.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

After the triple disaster hit Japan in 2011, Marco Werman went to the city of Ishinomaki to report on the recovery efforts. While there, he found a tiny object in the wreckage that he decided to hold on to— a ‘hanko’, or a rubber stamp engraved with a name on it. Four and a half years later, we track down the stamp’s owner—and hear what else the tsunami took from him. Then, the parallels between the disaster in Japan and Hurricane Katrina, which hit the US Gulf coast in 2005. And, we talk resilient cities and the role of a ‘Chief Resilience Officer’.

Also: Sudanese American parents look at ‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed Mohamed and think of their own kids. And we revisit the story of Sonita Alizadeh, a young Afghan rapper who’s building a new life in America.

(Photo: Stamp found by Marco Werman in the Japanese city of Ishinomaki, following the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. Credit: PRI’s The World)

After the triple disaster hit Japan in 2011, Marco Werman went to the city of Ishinomaki to report on the recovery efforts. While there, he found a tiny object in the wreckage that he decided to hold on to— a ‘hanko’, or a rubber stamp engraved with a name on it. Four and a half years later, we track down the stamp’s owner—and hear what else the tsunami took from him. Then, the parallels between the disaster in Japan and Hurricane Katrina, which hit the US Gulf coast in 2005. And, we talk resilient cities and the role of a ‘Chief Resilience Officer’.

Also: Sudanese American parents look at ‘Clock Boy’ Ahmed Mohamed and think of their own kids. And we revisit the story of Sonita Alizadeh, a young Afghan rapper who’s building a new life in America.

(Photo: Stamp found by Marco Werman in the Japanese city of Ishinomaki, following the earthquake and tsunami of March 2011. Credit: PRI’s The World)

The Resilient Spirit2014030820140309 (WS)

The new film exploring Afghanistan's post-Taliban photo revolution

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Banned in Afghanistan under the Taliban, photography has enjoyed a second life there after the 2001 US invasion. A new documentary film explores the hopes and fears of four Afghan photojournalists as the US prepares to pull out of the country at the end of this year. Also on the program, how cadaver sniffing dogs from the US are bringing relief to typhoon-ravaged Filipinos. We hear about an American scholar who set out to save Tibetan literature, and we discover why cinnamon rolls are so hot in Libya. Plus, American-style hip hop artist J-Me, celebrates the end of censorship in his native Burma.

(Photo: Najibullah Musafar, courtesy of Frame by Frame)

Banned in Afghanistan under the Taliban, photography has enjoyed a second life there after the 2001 US invasion. A new documentary film explores the hopes and fears of four Afghan photojournalists as the US prepares to pull out of the country at the end of this year. Also on the program, how cadaver sniffing dogs from the US are bringing relief to typhoon-ravaged Filipinos. We hear about an American scholar who set out to save Tibetan literature, and we discover why cinnamon rolls are so hot in Libya. Plus, American-style hip hop artist J-Me, celebrates the end of censorship in his native Burma.

(Photo: Najibullah Musafar, courtesy of Frame by Frame)

The Right Choice2016100120161002 (WS)
20161003 (WS)

Who would you want as your platoon sergeant, Clinton or Trump?

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

In the US, historically the military vote has gone Republican. But this election, many historical patterns have not held true.

Also, a Sikh American speaks with the man who killed his brother for wearing a turban, and two Honduran brothers face a shared problem, but make opposite choices. Plus, we try a new veggie burger on the market, and learn why a college professor in the US joined a rebel army in the Horn of Africa. Lastly, a taxi driver in Washington DC releases music he recorded almost 40 years ago in Addis Ababa.

(Photo: People wait for Donald Trump to speak on veteran's issues during a campaign stop. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

In the US, historically the military vote has gone Republican. But this election, many historical patterns have not held true.

Also, a Sikh American speaks with the man who killed his brother for wearing a turban, and two Honduran brothers face a shared problem, but make opposite choices. Plus, we try a new veggie burger on the market, and learn why a college professor in the US joined a rebel army in the Horn of Africa. Lastly, a taxi driver in Washington DC releases music he recorded almost 40 years ago in Addis Ababa.

(Photo: People wait for Donald Trump to speak on veteran's issues during a campaign stop. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Ripple Effect2017121620171217 (WS)

A hurricane in Puerto Rico leads to a shortage of IV fluid bags on the US mainland.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Edmaris Carazo, a blogger in San Juan, adjusts to life in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

Also: the destruction in Puerto Rico has a ripple effect on hospitals on the US mainland; reporter Jason Margolis investigates where trickle-down tax policies have been tried and worked outside of America; Jamaica tries to get in on the marijuana market but some farmers worry about being left behind; a conversation with Rainer Weiss, the Nobel Laureate, who detected ripples in the fabric of space and time.

(Image: Hospitals in the US mainland are facing shortages of IV fluids and medicine because of Hurricane Maria's damage to Puerto Rico. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

The Scientific Edition2017110420171105 (WS)

Victoria Barrett aged 18 years is suing the Trump administration over climate change

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Victoria Barrett, a college student in Wisconsin, aged 18, is suing the Trump administration over climate change.

Plus: we meet one of the first meteorologists to talk about climate change on TV in the US; we learn the history of the design of nuclear fallout shelter signs made during the Cold War; we visit the laboratory of a “wood detective” in Germany; we hear the “voice" of an iceberg and it’s pretty eerie; and we dance to some “ye-ye” music sung by a NASA scientist in California.

(Image: Victoria Barrett is a freshman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Credit: Courtesy of Victoria Barrett)

The Second Amendment2017120220171203 (WS)

The US has the highest firearm ownership rate in the world. By far.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

"Every time you hear a piano note, that's another mass shooting." A new way to hear the stark numbers on gun violence.

Also: Adam Lankford, a criminology professor, turns to data to explain why the US has more mass shootings than any other country; Susan Cruz, a Salvadoran-American, remembers holding a gun at the age of six; two sisters with different opinions on guns go to a shooting range; we learn about the origins of the Second Amendment; plus we hear from faith leaders all over the US.

(Image: Visitors view gun displays at a National Rifle Association outdoor sports trade show on February 10, 2017 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Credit: Dominick Reuter/Getty Images)

The Secret\u2019s Out2017051320170514 (WS)
20170515 (WS)

Some American farmers are hacking into their tractors, with software from Eastern Europe

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Why are American farmers turning to hackers from Eastern Europe to fix their tractors?

Also on the programme; a visit to the secret city that the US government built for nuclear scientists; a look at the underground railroad that took American slaves to freedom...in Mexico; the story of how Fadi BouKaram, a Lebanese photographer, got his camper van back; plus, we discover the secret venue where Portuguese Fado singers perform when they want to escape the tourists.

(Image: A farmer operates a John Deere and Co. tractor. Credit: Eddie Seal/Getty Images)

The Secret’s Out20170515

Some American farmers are hacking into their tractors, with software from Eastern Europe

The Survivor Edition2018081120180812 (WS)

In northern Mexico a plane crashed just after takeoff and all 103 passengers survived

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Dorelia Rivera and her daughter were onboard the Aeromexico jet when it crashed at the end of the runway and burst into flames. Dozens of people were injured but miraculously all 103 passengers survived.

Also: A survivor from Hiroshima devotes his life to telling the stories of the American victims of the atom bomb dropped on the city; teams from Australia and New Zealand are coming to the US to help fight wildfires; a researcher uses a leaf-blower to learn how some lizards survived hurricanes Irma and Maria, while others didn’t.

(Image: Smoke billowing from the wreckage of a plane that crashed with 97 passengers and four crew on board at the airport of Durango, in northern Mexico. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The Survivor Edition20180811

In northern Mexico a plane crashed just after takeoff and all 103 passengers survived

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Dorelia Rivera and her daughter were onboard the Aeromexico jet when it crashed at the end of the runway and burst into flames. Dozens of people were injured but miraculously all 103 passengers survived.

Also: A survivor from Hiroshima devotes his life to telling the stories of the American victims of the atom bomb dropped on the city; teams from Australia and New Zealand are coming to the US to help fight wildfires; a researcher uses a leaf-blower to learn how some lizards survived hurricanes Irma and Maria, while others didn’t.

(Image: Smoke billowing from the wreckage of a plane that crashed with 97 passengers and four crew on board at the airport of Durango, in northern Mexico. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

The Taste Of Victory2017111820171119 (WS)

The new mayor of Helena in Montana has made history \u2014 and now just wants to get to work

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Wilmot Collins came to Helena as a refugee. Now he’s been elected as the city’s mayor.

Also: Abdi Nor Iftin tells us what it feels like to win the green card lottery; we find out what award-winning olive oil tastes like (it’s kind of peppery); the Boston Red Sox get their first Latino manager; beauty contestants in Peru stage a protest against gender-based violence that goes viral; and a blind man, hoping to kayak across the Bosphorus Strait, turns to mythology for inspiration.

(Image: For Maddie, left, and Wilmot Collins, coming to the US wasn't easy. In their first few months in Montana, their home was graffitied with "Go back to Africa" and "KKK." But they stayed. Credit: Courtesy of Wilmot Collins)

The new mayor of Helena in Montana has made history — and now just wants to get to work

The Travel Ban20170204

A Trump voter is stunned to find her Syrian relatives deported

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A Syrian-American Trump supporter had her family turned away from the US. Now, she has a message for the President.

Also: Iranian scientists in the US consider leaving the country; Julius Krein launches a new political magazine to define the ideology of the Trump era, two Iranian brothers say Trump reminds them of their former leader, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. We end with a song composed by Syrian musician Kinan Azmeh, back in 2005, while in detention in a New York city airport.

(Image: Several hundred demonstrators protest President Donald Trump's travel ban on February 1, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. Credit: Scott Olson/Getty Image)

The Unforgettable Edition2018060920180610 (WS)

Young Navajo in the southwest grapple with a traumatic chapter in US history.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

): Young Navajo in the southwest grapple with a traumatic chapter in US history.

''Nobody shares these stories with me, and I don’t understand why I feel the way I feel. I want to know what happened.''

We learn how the story of the 1864 Long Walk slipped from US history; we dig into the legacy of the Chinese Exclusion Act; a House for Sale sign appears in France and brings back a flood of memories for a New Jersey real estate agent; a museum holds writing workshops for Holocaust survivors; and jazz musician Guillermo Nojechowicz sets his family’s immigrant story to music.

(Image: “The Long Walk was a huge initiative undertaken by Kit Carson and his team of various military branches,” Vanessa Roanhorse explains, “to round up as many Navajos as they could, and force them on this walk.” Credit: Warren Montoya)

The Unleashed Edition20170304

Stories of encounters between humans and animals

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

“I like one poet... He writes about life and hummingbirds.” An unauthorized immigrant in New York loves her library card and hopes it won’t get taken away.

Also: we visit the one corner of the world where war elephants still persist; a zookeeper tries to bring out the “wild’’ in zoo animals; an actor devotes six years waiting for a part that he doesn’t get; ranchers and wolves work out their differences; and we learn what type of music dogs like best.

(Image: A hummingbird flies on a garden of Mexico City. Credit: Omar Torres/AFP/Getty Images)

The Us Military\u2019s Sexual Assault Crisis2013052520130527 (WS)

Reducing the staggering number of assaults in the US military gets top priority

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The Walls We Don't See20180304 ()

We explore the barriers that immigrants face in the United States.

The Walls We Don't See20180303

We explore the barriers that immigrants face in the United States.

The World In Words20151226

The language barrier that separates elderly immigrants in the US from their grandchildren.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A language special for you this week: Yowei Shaw gives herself a radio reporting assignment to try to have a meaningful conversation with her Mandarin-speaking grandparents. Let’s just say, it did not go as planned. Then, we’ll hear what a nineteenth century Scottish adventurer had to do with the birth of Spanglish, the English-Spanish hybrid language now common in parts of Southern California.

And, Alina Simone tells us the strange history of Siberians in Hawaii. Plus: Patrick Cox and Nina Porzucki highlight some of their favourite language stories of the year.

Image: Yowei Shaw and her grandfather. (Credit: Chris Shaw)

A language special for you this week: Yowei Shaw gives herself a radio reporting assignment to try to have a meaningful conversation with her Mandarin-speaking grandparents. Let’s just say, it did not go as planned. Then, we’ll hear what a nineteenth century Scottish adventurer had to do with the birth of Spanglish, the English-Spanish hybrid language now common in parts of Southern California.

And, Alina Simone tells us the strange history of Siberians in Hawaii. Plus: Patrick Cox and Nina Porzucki highlight some of their favourite language stories of the year.

Image: Yowei Shaw and her grandfather. (Credit: Chris Shaw)

Their Music Lives On20161231

We remember those artists who may no longer be with us but will always be a part of us.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

"She never gave up, she didn’t know how to." Documentary filmmaker Matt Rogers spent 15 years documenting the life of the late soul singer Sharon Jones from her lean days to her storybook success.

Plus, Kenyan electro-funk man Blinky Bill remembers Phife Dawg of a Tribe Called Quest; how Juan Gabriel “the king of Latin pop” is now remembered in Mexico; why Maurice White, of Earth, Wind and Fire, was obsessed with ancient Egypt; and what Prince meant to one gay Muslim kid growing up in England.

(Image: People take part in New Year celebrations at Times Square in New York City. Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images )

"She never gave up, she didn’t know how to." Documentary filmmaker Matt Rogers spent 15 years documenting the life of the late soul singer Sharon Jones from her lean days to her storybook success.

Plus, Kenyan electro-funk man Blinky Bill remembers Phife Dawg of a Tribe Called Quest; how Juan Gabriel “the king of Latin pop? is now remembered in Mexico; why Maurice White, of Earth, Wind and Fire, was obsessed with ancient Egypt; and what Prince meant to one gay Muslim kid growing up in England.

(Image: People take part in New Year celebrations at Times Square in New York City. Credit: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images )

Then And Now2014080920140810 (WS)

The American Jewish community is split along generational lines over the conflict in Gaza

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A generational divide in the US Jewish community has emerged over the last few years. We learn how the latest conflict in Gaza has really laid bare the split.

Also, we listen to a new hit song in Central America called La Bestia and we find out what compelled the US Border Patrol to produce it. We get a rare tour of the Texas detention centres that are housing migrant children at the US-Mexico border.

Also in this edition, we visit a vintage clothing shop in New York that sells castoffs from the American working poor, and we take a trip to Mars—on the volcanic slopes of Hawaii. Plus, the lavender’s in full bloom on a farm on Long Island in New York, and we hear why it’s such a hit with Asian tourists.

Image: A pro-Israel rally outside the UN building in New York in July. Credit: Getty

A generational divide in the US Jewish community has emerged over the last few years. We learn how the latest conflict in Gaza has really laid bare the split.

Also, we listen to a new hit song in Central America called La Bestia and we find out what compelled the US Border Patrol to produce it. We get a rare tour of the Texas detention centres that are housing migrant children at the US-Mexico border.

Also in this edition, we visit a vintage clothing shop in New York that sells castoffs from the American working poor, and we take a trip to Mars—on the volcanic slopes of Hawaii. Plus, the lavender’s in full bloom on a farm on Long Island in New York, and we hear why it’s such a hit with Asian tourists.

Image: A pro-Israel rally outside the UN building in New York in July. Credit: Getty

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

There\u2019s No Place Like Home2016082720160828 (WS)

In Canada, US war resisters are currently in limbo

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Is Canada a safe haven for conscientious objectors from the US? It’s not yet clear.

Also, a group of Haitian soccer players pack for college. An Indian engineer, raised in the US, goes back and meets a stranger with a life lesson. And a reporter moves back to her hometown in France where medieval bells still dictate the pace of life. Plus, we meet a woman who has made the entire world her home. We end with a conversation about race, music, and homesickness with writer Teju Cole.

Picture: People in Canada stand in solidarity with US war resisters, Credit: War Resisters Support Campaign

There’s No Place Like Home2016082720160828 (WS)
20160829 (WS)

Is Canada a safe haven for conscientious objectors from the US? It’s not yet clear.

Also, a group of Haitian soccer players pack for college. An Indian engineer, raised in the US, goes back and meets a stranger with a life lesson. And a reporter moves back to her hometown in France where medieval bells still dictate the pace of life. Plus, we meet a woman who has made the entire world her home. We end with a conversation about race, music, and homesickness with writer Teju Cole.

Picture: People in Canada stand in solidarity with US war resisters, Credit: War Resisters Support Campaign

In Canada, US war resisters are currently in limbo

Things Not Forgotten2014053120140601 (WS)

A US Army veteran too busy trying to stay out of jail to think about Afghanistan\u2019s future

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A US veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Matt Farwell, is “apathetic” about the presidential race there. He says he’s too busy trying to keep himself out of jail – or a psychiatric hospital – to focus on it.

We also hear about an American doctor working in Malawi who may have solved a lingering malaria mystery. Why talking about the events surrounding Tiananmen Square on 4 June, 1989, remain difficult for Chinese people, both at home and abroad. We visit a button shop in New York’s Chinatown that enjoys a double life.

Now cruising Boston’s streets, what might just be the world’s first Uighur food truck! And a cheese cake recipe that you don’t want to try at home.

Picture: Former US Army Sgt. Matt Farwell served 16 months in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province in 2006 and 2007, Credit: Matt Farwell.

A US veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Matt Farwell, is “apathetic? about the presidential race there. He says he’s too busy trying to keep himself out of jail – or a psychiatric hospital – to focus on it.

We also hear about an American doctor working in Malawi who may have solved a lingering malaria mystery. Why talking about the events surrounding Tiananmen Square on 4 June, 1989, remain difficult for Chinese people, both at home and abroad. We visit a button shop in New York’s Chinatown that enjoys a double life.

Now cruising Boston’s streets, what might just be the world’s first Uighur food truck! And a cheese cake recipe that you don’t want to try at home.

Picture: Former US Army Sgt. Matt Farwell served 16 months in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province in 2006 and 2007, Credit: Matt Farwell.

A US Army veteran too busy trying to stay out of jail to think about Afghanistan’s future

Thirty-five Years For Bradley Manning2013082420130826 (WS)

US military veterans react to the sentencing of Private Bradley Manning in WikiLeaks case

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

US Army Private Bradley Manning gets 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. We get reaction from US military veterans.

We also hear from Egyptians living in the US about the violent events unfolding in their homeland… and about a grand scheme for Egypt’s Nile Delta.

Also, a Balkan music summer camp in New York State; the woman who catalogued a treasure trove of old photos depicting novelist Ernest Hemingway’s book The Dangerous Summer; and an American man adopted as a baby from Korea meets his birth family.

(Photo: Getty Images)

US Army Private Bradley Manning gets 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. We get reaction from US military veterans.

We also hear from Egyptians living in the US about the violent events unfolding in their homeland… and about a grand scheme for Egypt’s Nile Delta.

Also, a Balkan music summer camp in New York State; the woman who catalogued a treasure trove of old photos depicting novelist Ernest Hemingway’s book The Dangerous Summer; and an American man adopted as a baby from Korea meets his birth family.

(Photo: Getty Images)

Time Served20181020

The US is one of just a few Western democracies that prevent felons from voting

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Time Served2018102020181021 (WS)

The US is one of just a few Western democracies that prevent felons from voting

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Tip Of The Iceberg2016042320160424 (WS)
20160425 (WS)

Don't let Antarctica's size fool you. It's melting fast

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Scientists recently issued a dire new warning about global sea-level rise tied to the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. We hear from a longtime NASA researcher, who takes us on an audio journey there. Then, we head to southern Florida, where rising seas are driving a wedge between Republican mayors and their national party. And we stay in the Sunshine State to learn about the murky link between a former Brazilian football official and a multi-million dollar Florida home.

Plus: the many uses of the word ‘inshallah’; a California dreamer’s plan for a feminist paradise in South America; and the piano man of Mexico’s famed Copper Canyon.

Image: An iceberg in the western Antarctic peninsula on March 04, 2016. (Credit: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images

Scientists recently issued a dire new warning about global sea-level rise tied to the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. We hear from a longtime NASA researcher, who takes us on an audio journey there. Then, we head to southern Florida, where rising seas are driving a wedge between Republican mayors and their national party. And we stay in the Sunshine State to learn about the murky link between a former Brazilian football official and a multi-million dollar Florida home.

Plus: the many uses of the word ‘inshallah’; a California dreamer’s plan for a feminist paradise in South America; and the piano man of Mexico’s famed Copper Canyon.

Image: An iceberg in the western Antarctic peninsula on March 04, 2016. (Credit: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images

To Everywhere And Nowhere20151107

The Syrian diaspora now counts three families in the US state of Vermont

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The Obama administration has promised to admit 10,000 Syrian migrants over the next year. We head to the tiny New England state of Vermont to get some idea of what that might look like. Then, New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi has another migrant story to tell— her own. And, we learn why easy access to ‘community college’ is a boon to migrant students starting out in America.

Plus: why the US is sending students to Tajikistan to learn Farsi. And the three languages where ‘Texas’ has a new meaning.

Image: Anwar Diab Agha, a Syrian migrant living in the US state of Vermont, was a highly-regarded violinist and composer in Damascus. Credit: PRI’s The World

The Obama administration has promised to admit 10,000 Syrian migrants over the next year. We head to the tiny New England state of Vermont to get some idea of what that might look like. Then, New York Times correspondent Rukmini Callimachi has another migrant story to tell— her own. And, we learn why easy access to ‘community college’ is a boon to migrant students starting out in America.

Plus: why the US is sending students to Tajikistan to learn Farsi. And the three languages where ‘Texas’ has a new meaning.

Image: Anwar Diab Agha, a Syrian migrant living in the US state of Vermont, was a highly-regarded violinist and composer in Damascus. Credit: PRI’s The World

To Stay Or Leave2014092020140921 (WS)

An American doctor says racism is to blame for the slow response to the Ebola outbreak

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The Ebola outbreak in west Africa has killed more than 2400 people, and the World Health Organization has called the crisis “unparalleled in modern times.” We ask why the United States is only now ramping up its efforts to combat the disease. And, we look at the incredible challenges facing healthcare workers in this fight.

Also in this edition, we investigate why a teen from the American heartland disappeared, only to resurface in Syria. We get an update on a story from a few months ago about a gay rights activist from Uganda who was seeking asylum in the US. And, we meet Russia’s unlikely poster boy for its embargo on Western goods. Plus, how a private collection of family photos—from the 1970s—are now telling a remarkable story of American assimilation and Chinese-American life.

(Photo: Dr William Fischer of Chapel Hill, in North Carolina, wearing protective clothing to treat Ebola patients. Courtesy of Dr William Fischer)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Top Of The Class2016061120160612 (WS)
20160613 (WS)

She doesn\u2019t have immigration papers\u2014but that didn\u2019t stop her from earning a PhD

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We hear from people who were put to the test. A student who excelled in school and earned a PhD, despite not being a legal resident. A teenager who secretly drew portraits of all 411 of his classmates as a parting gift on graduation day. And the Iranian-American comic, Negin Farsad, who struggled to fit in.

Then, we visit an international school in Texas where dozens of languages are spoken. Plus, we find out how much a vote costs a political campaign. And the celebrated Cuban trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval, recounts his hair-raising defection to the United States.

Image: Yuriana Aguilar is a researcher in a biomedical laboratory at the University of California, Merced. (Credit: Sasha Khokha)

We hear from people who were put to the test. A student who excelled in school and earned a PhD, despite not being a legal resident. A teenager who secretly drew portraits of all 411 of his classmates as a parting gift on graduation day. And the Iranian-American comic, Negin Farsad, who struggled to fit in.

Then, we visit an international school in Texas where dozens of languages are spoken. Plus, we find out how much a vote costs a political campaign. And the celebrated Cuban trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval, recounts his hair-raising defection to the United States.

Image: Yuriana Aguilar is a researcher in a biomedical laboratory at the University of California, Merced. (Credit: Sasha Khokha)

She doesn’t have immigration papers—but that didn’t stop her from earning a PhD

Trade and Tariffs20181006

The US, Canada and Mexico have signed a new trade deal, but the trade war is not over yet

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Trade and Tariffs2018100620181007 (WS)

The US, Canada and Mexico have signed a new trade deal, but the trade war is not over yet

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Trade And Tariffs2018100620181007 (WS)

The US, Canada and Mexico have signed a new trade deal, but the trade war is not over yet

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The US, Canada and Mexico have signed a new trade deal, but the trade war is not over yet

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Trading Places20151205

How the Iraq war caused a rift between Khadija Ouannane and her 'American family'

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Aida Alami's mother, Khadija Ouannane, was a Moroccan exchange student in the midwestern state of Wisconsin in 1969. It was a life-changing year for Khadija, and she kept in touch with her American family for many years. But that all fell apart after the attacks of September 11th. Aida picks up the story from there, and tries to piece together her mother's past. Then, we check in with a Syrian refugee family who've resettled in California and are feeling a post-Paris chill. Plus: a brief history of America's hostility to a previous generation of Mediterranean migrants— Italians.

Also: a father and son find a way to compromise in real life and in the new Pixar short, 'Sanjay's Super Team'. And the story of Vahagni— a Los Angeles-based Armenian flamenco guitarist.

Image: A school yearbook photo of Khadija Ouannane and her American host family in Wisconsin. (Courtesy of Aida Alami)

Aida Alami's mother, Khadija Ouannane, was a Moroccan exchange student in the midwestern state of Wisconsin in 1969. It was a life-changing year for Khadija, and she kept in touch with her American family for many years. But that all fell apart after the attacks of September 11th. Aida picks up the story from there, and tries to piece together her mother's past. Then, we check in with a Syrian refugee family who've resettled in California and are feeling a post-Paris chill. Plus: a brief history of America's hostility to a previous generation of Mediterranean migrants— Italians.

Also: a father and son find a way to compromise in real life and in the new Pixar short, 'Sanjay's Super Team'. And the story of Vahagni— a Los Angeles-based Armenian flamenco guitarist.

Image: A school yearbook photo of Khadija Ouannane and her American host family in Wisconsin. (Courtesy of Aida Alami)

Tragedy And Taboos20130713

Asiana airline crash victims were headed to summer camp in the US to improve their English

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The victims in last week’s Asiana airline crash in San Francisco were Chinese teens heading to summer camp in the US. We’ll hear why thousands of Chinese students spend their summers in America each year, and about some of the skills they take home. We’ll also discuss two taboos among Jewish and Muslim immigrants in the US: homosexuality and alcoholism. And this year’s winner of the “Caine Prize for African Writing” is awarded to an African writer living in the US.

Picture: Asiana airplane crash site, Credit: Getty Images

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the.

Travel Light2014120620141207 (WS)

Two Afghan interpreters, targeted for helping the US military, finally make it to America

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet Ajmal Faqiri and Janis Shinwari, who worked as interpreters for US troops in Afghanistan, and we speak with the former American soldier who is helping them start new lives in America. Plus, how to walk on ice and other essential winter survival tips for newly-arrived refugees in the States.

Also, a Cambodian immigrant finds peace in the mountains of New England. An American journalist on a seven-year trek meets a shepherd who is bidding farewell to an ancient ruin about to be flooded by a dam. And, a composer is inspired by his own fear of flight to write music to help other nervous flyers relax.

(Photo: Two men walking under the sun in eastern Turkey. Credit: Paul Salopek/outofedenwalk.nationalgeographic.com)

Travellers' Tales2013070620130708 (WS)

Outrage in Europe at revelations that US spies have been eavesdropping on diplomats

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Revelations that US spies have been eavesdropping on European diplomats shocks politicians there. Listeners tell us their grim experiences of the transit lounge at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport, where fugitive security consultant Edward Snowden is believed to be hiding. Also on the programme, one of Kenya’s top doctors remembers his earliest science lesson taught by an American volunteer; restaurants and hotels in Miami tell us what they’re doing to get around currency restrictions imposed on Argentine tourists; and we celebrate American independence by learning how to grill ice cream.

Picture: Surveillance camera, Credit: Getty Images

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Turning Point20160123

French comedian Gad Elmaleh leaves fame, fortune and French behind

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

If you live in the French-speaking world, you've probably heard of Gad Elmaleh. He's a Moroccan-French comedian whose sell-out shows fill arena-sized venues. But Elmaleh recently left all that behind to pursue a stand-up career in the US. He tells us about the jokes that got lost in translation. Then: the famed Ringling Brothers circus will be phasing out the use of elephants in its shows. We find out why and hear how the move might reverberate around the globe.

Also: a transgender US soldier tells us why her superiors insist she is called ‘Sir’. We learn about a medical breakthrough that could be key to stopping one of the planet’s deadliest infections: cryptococcal meningitis. And, we have look at the alarmingly high rate of infant mortality in the United States. Plus, three Mexican women blazing a trail in the red-hot mezcal industry.

Image: The comedian and actor Gad Elmaleh. (Credit: Caroline Lessire)

If you live in the French-speaking world, you've probably heard of Gad Elmaleh. He's a Moroccan-French comedian whose sell-out shows fill arena-sized venues. But Elmaleh recently left all that behind to pursue a stand-up career in the US. He tells us about the jokes that got lost in translation. Then: the famed Ringling Brothers circus will be phasing out the use of elephants in its shows. We find out why and hear how the move might reverberate around the globe.

Also: a transgender US soldier tells us why her superiors insist she is called ‘Sir’. We learn about a medical breakthrough that could be key to stopping one of the planet’s deadliest infections: cryptococcal meningitis. And, we have look at the alarmingly high rate of infant mortality in the United States. Plus, three Mexican women blazing a trail in the red-hot mezcal industry.

Image: The comedian and actor Gad Elmaleh. (Credit: Caroline Lessire)

Unchained20150627

A US woman who escaped an abusive arranged marriage now helps others do the same

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet Fraidy Reiss, a New York woman who escaped from an abusive arranged marriage and is now helping others do the same thing. Then, we head to Texas for Ramadan Open House night, an event where local Muslims educate their neighbours about Islam. And we visit Americana, the Brazilian community that proudly waves the Confederate flag.

Plus, the author Cyrus Copeland delves into Iranian allegations that his father was a CIA spy. And. chef Jehangir Mehta tells us all about Graffiti.

(Photo: Supporters of the group Unchained At Last demonstrate in New York City. Credit: Susan Landmann)

Uncharted Waters2017050620170507 (WS)
20170508 (WS)

To understand climate change, look at it from a mussel's perspective

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

If mussels could talk they might tell you that they are concerned about climate change.

Also on the programme: The average fish, served to diners in American restaurants, has travelled 5,000 miles before ending up on a plate; Coke and Pepsi bury the hatchet to work together in Mexico -- planting trees; some schools in the US adopt a new, more accurate world map; presenter Marco Werman says goodbye to his car mechanic; plus we jam out to some Astro-Atlantic Hypnotica from the Cape Verde islands.

(Image: A man inspects a mussel as part of the first harvest of the year in the Netherlands, July 8, 2015. Credit: Robin Van Lonkhuijsen/AFP/Getty Images

Uncharted Waters20170508

To understand climate change, look at it from a mussel's perspective

Under Construction2017081220170813 (WS)
20170814 (WS)

The most \u2018broken\u2019 town in America is back on its feet

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Maytag built washing machines in Newton, Iowa, for more than a century. The company left in 2007, and the town collapsed. Now, it's rising again.

Also: why are people from Australia selling houses in Detroit; what the closure of a coal fired power plant will mean for one Navajo family; Montreal welcomes refugees coming from the US; will a new Canadian pipeline be the next Standing Rock; plus we remember Haruo Nakajima, the man inside the original Godzilla suit.

(Image: Frank Liebl, executive director of the Newton Development Corporation, is pictured in front of the old Maytag headquarters. Credit: Jason Margolis)

Under Construction20170814

The most ‘broken’ town in America is back on its feet

Maytag built washing machines in Newton, Iowa, for more than a century. The company left in 2007, and the town collapsed. Now, it's rising again.

Also: why are people from Australia selling houses in Detroit; what the closure of a coal fired power plant will mean for one Navajo family; Montreal welcomes refugees coming from the US; will a new Canadian pipeline be the next Standing Rock; plus we remember Haruo Nakajima, the man inside the original Godzilla suit.

(Image: Frank Liebl, executive director of the Newton Development Corporation, is pictured in front of the old Maytag headquarters. Credit: Jason Margolis)

Undercover2018032420180325 (WS)

A young Russian journalist accidentally gets a job in a fake news factory.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Vitaly Bespalov wrote fake news at a Russian troll farm. He tells us the real story of what he found.

Also: Boston author, Louie Cronin, on how she lost her Boston accent; we meet a professional accent coach who can teach you to impersonate anybody; we find out why the US military tried to erase the story of Donald Nichols, an Air Force officer who played an outsize role in the Korean War; plus we remember World War II spy hero Jeannie Rousseau de Clarens.

(Image: The Internet Research Agency, or IRA, in St. Petersburg, Russia. Credit: PRI’s The World)

Undocumented And Unaccompanied2014061420140615 (WS)

Record numbers of unaccompanied children enter the US illegally and land in court

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Children are crossing the US border with Mexico in record numbers - without the proper paper work, and without their parents. We find out what happens when they wind up facing deportation. We also hear how California is helping illegal immigrants get their driving licenses. We trace the roots of modern Mexican cuisine and meet the Wisconsinite who was once crowned Miss Tibet. Also in this edition, Americans who love football discuss who they are backing in the World Cup.

(Photo: A migrant teenage girl waits by the train tracks as she makes her way to the US. The girl had travelled with two men, but says that they abandoned her near the southern Mexican border when she became tired during an all-night walk.)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Unforeseen Circumstances20160116

How unauthorised immigrants in the US might prepare for deportation.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The new year has ushered in new fears for unauthorised immigrants in the US, as the Obama administration kicked off 2016 with a new round of deportation raids. The journalist and immigration activist Sonia Nazario tells us why she believes these efforts are counterproductive, and then we hear how some immigrants prepare their children for the day that Mummy and Daddy don’t come home.

Plus: how a quirk in US law led to thousands of international adoptees becoming stateless. The wild tale of a US Hellfire missile that wound up in Cuba. The reasons you should think twice before bringing an avocado into the United States. And the massive global effort to supply rock salt to blizzard-prone Boston.

Image: A group of Guatemalans deported from the United States arrive at an air force base in Guatemala City on January 6, 2016. (Credit: Orlando Estrada/AFP/Getty Images)

The new year has ushered in new fears for unauthorised immigrants in the US, as the Obama administration kicked off 2016 with a new round of deportation raids. The journalist and immigration activist Sonia Nazario tells us why she believes these efforts are counterproductive, and then we hear how some immigrants prepare their children for the day that Mummy and Daddy don’t come home.

Plus: how a quirk in US law led to thousands of international adoptees becoming stateless. The wild tale of a US Hellfire missile that wound up in Cuba. The reasons you should think twice before bringing an avocado into the United States. And the massive global effort to supply rock salt to blizzard-prone Boston.

Image: A group of Guatemalans deported from the United States arrive at an air force base in Guatemala City on January 6, 2016. (Credit: Orlando Estrada/AFP/Getty Images)

Unlikely Friends20170325

An Iraqi doctor finds acceptance in Trump country

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Chalak Berzingi fled Iraq and landed in Trump country. He learned to love his town and the town learned to love him.

Also, a Holocaust survivor and the grandchild of Nazis share a home in California; author Deepak Singh runs into somebody who reminds him eerily of... himself; the grandson of the man who helped drop atomic bombs on Japan wants to tell the victim’s stories; a scientist shares a bond with a shark named Lydia; and children in Texas play a game of tug of war with children in Mexico.

(Image: Chalak Berzingi poses with his wife, Mayada Issa, and his daughter, Seher Berzingi. Credit: Courtesy of Chalak Berzingi)

Chalak Berzingi fled Iraq and landed in Trump country. He learned to love his town and the town learned to love him.

Also, a Holocaust survivor and the grandchild of Nazis share a home in California; author Deepak Singh runs into somebody who reminds him eerily of... himself; the grandson of the man who helped drop atomic bombs on Japan wants to tell the victim’s stories; a scientist shares a bond with a shark named Lydia; and children in Texas play a game of tug of war with children in Mexico.

(Image: Chalak Berzingi poses with his wife, Mayada Issa, and his daughter, Seher Berzingi. Credit: Courtesy of Chalak Berzingi)

Unsung Heroes2017093020171001 (WS)
20171002 (WS)

She inspired the DREAM Act. Some say that makes her the first \u201cDreamer\u201d.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Tereza Lee, the woman sometimes referred to as the first “Dreamer,” has been fighting for immigrant rights for nearly two decades.

Also: the turbulent history of the US Virgin Islands; a remembrance for a little-known Soviet colonel who probably averted a nuclear war; a look at how Tiki bars inspired Star Wars creator George Lucas; a progress report on a project to digitize the notebooks of Harvard’s female astronomers; plus a folk song dedicated to a modern hero: the street cart vendor.

(Image: Protestors gathered at the US Capitol on September 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Unsung Heroes20171002

She inspired the DREAM Act. Some say that makes her the first “Dreamer?

Tereza Lee, the woman sometimes referred to as the first “Dreamer,? has been fighting for immigrant rights for nearly two decades.

Also: the turbulent history of the US Virgin Islands; a remembrance for a little-known Soviet colonel who probably averted a nuclear war; a look at how Tiki bars inspired Star Wars creator George Lucas; a progress report on a project to digitize the notebooks of Harvard’s female astronomers; plus a folk song dedicated to a modern hero: the street cart vendor.

(Image: Protestors gathered at the US Capitol on September 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Untold Afghanistan2018091520180916 (WS)

The American University in Kabul was under attack, but that\u2019s not stopping these student

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

In the early 2000’s the US helped fund Afghanistan's first private university. It was part of an effort to help rebuild Afghanistan's education system. Over time, the American University of Afghanistan has become a symbol of hope for many young Afghan men and women who dream about higher education. But that very hope has also made those students, and their campus in Kabul, targets for extremists.

Also: First Lieutenant, Erica MacSwan, prepares for her deployment to Afghanistan; Lt. MacSwan recalls her family’s personal experience with the 9/11 attacks; and we step inside a fashion boutique in the heart of Kabul.

(Two years after the attack on the American University in Kabul, school officials have stepped up security. That means the campus has the look and feel of a military compound. Credit: Farzanah Wahidy/PRI)

Untold Afghanistan20180915

The American University in Kabul was under attack, but that\u2019s not stopping these student

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

In the early 2000’s the US helped fund Afghanistan's first private university. It was part of an effort to help rebuild Afghanistan's education system. Over time, the American University of Afghanistan has become a symbol of hope for many young Afghan men and women who dream about higher education. But that very hope has also made those students, and their campus in Kabul, targets for extremists.

Also: First Lieutenant, Erica MacSwan, prepares for her deployment to Afghanistan; Lt. MacSwan recalls her family’s personal experience with the 9/11 attacks; and we step inside a fashion boutique in the heart of Kabul.

(Two years after the attack on the American University in Kabul, school officials have stepped up security. That means the campus has the look and feel of a military compound. Credit: Farzanah Wahidy/PRI)

Unusual Things, Unlikely Places2014011820140119 (WS)

Islam gains a foothold in traditionally Catholic Latino communities in the US

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

America’s Latino population is predominantly Catholic, but Islam is gaining converts. We hear why Latinos aren’t just turning away from the Catholic Church, but being pulled toward Islam.

Also, how antique American DC-3 airplanes serve as a life-line for remote communities in Colombia. A little-known American mystery writer can’t understand why he’s getting the star treatment in Japan. American Trappist monks try their hand at brewing Belgian beer. Two New York chefs rave about Japanese curry, which they describe as Japanese “soul” food. And a Kenyan named “Elvis” dreams of making it big as an American-style Country music singer.

Picture: Latino converts to Islam, Jaime Mujahid Fletcher (left) and Daniel Abdullah Hernandez at a mosque in Egypt, Credit: Sakinah Gutierrez

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Us Diplomacy: 21st Century Style2013030920130310 (WS)

A new US diplomacy, Venezuelan-American views on Chavez and Lincoln's foot doctor.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

How US diplomacy is changing with the times, Hugo Chavez's death resonates among Venezuelan-Americans, an Egyptian-American marathon man's message of peace, the impact of American budget cuts abroad and rediscovering Abraham Lincoln's foot doctor.

(Image: The Brigade Against Anti-Black Racism conducts street outreach in Paris, France. The group is part of a larger effort in France known as the Collective Against Racial Profiling, an initiative that emerged from a U.S. State Department-funded trip. Credit: Amy Bracken)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Us Election 2012: President Obama Wins Second Term But Does It Really Matter?\u201d2012111020121111 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Us Election 2012: President Obama Wins Second Term But Does It Really Matter?\u201d20121111

A global take on the US presidency from writers, economists, environmentalists, comics.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

On Boston Calling this week, an international look at the US presidency. School kids discuss what they'd do if they were president. Also, in 2012 does it really matter who's in charge in Washington? We put that question to writers, business people, and a comedian, among others.

(Image: Photo showing Barack Obama's victory tweet. Credit: GABRIEL BOUYS/AFP/Getty Images)

Us Gun Violence20121222
Us Gun Violence20121223

America\u2019s 'out of control' gun culture in the wake Newtown's horrific shooting spree

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

After Newtown: Rethinking a nation’s love for guns. Looking at America’s 'out of control' gun culture in the wake Newtown's horrific shooting spree.

Also on the programme: gun violence in the US as a public health crisis; how to best treat trauma in kids. And we remember Hawaii's Daniel Inouye, the highest-ranking Asian-American in the US Senate.

(Image: Paper angels and toys commemorate the children killed in Newtown, Credit: Getty Images)

Us Immigration Reform2013020220130203 (WS)

How amnesty gave a 100-year-old Mexican woman a new life in the United States

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

How amnesty gave a 100-year-old Mexican woman a new life in the United States. Also on the programme: overhauling the U-S immigration system from the perspective of Asian-Americans and trying to identify the remains of the hundreds of migrants who die each year while crossing into the United States through Mexico.

(Image: Rosaura Pinera's identity card)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Us-russian Adoptions2012122920121230 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Us-russian Adoptions20121230

A Russian adoptee living in Texas takes on Vladimir Putin over a new adoption ban

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Why are Canada and Mexico sweating the looming U-S fiscal cliff? Also, NAFTA’s impact on Michigan’s auto industry. Better ways to provide emergency medical relief. And a Russian adoptee living in Texas takes on Vladimir Putin over a new adoption ban.

(Image: A man protests about US-Russian adoptions, Credit: Getty Images)

Visa Required20170318

Visas are running out for the US military's Afghan interpreters

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Afghan interpreters risked their lives to work with the US military. Now a special visa program designed to give them sanctuary in the US is running out of visas.

Also: why one Syrian refugee gave up on his dream of ever coming to America; how one of the oldest restaurants in the US became the place to go for Thai visas; a trio of Italian indie rock musicians get a lesson in US immigration law; and Bassel Almadani shares a song dedicated to his cousin, Aya, who was killed in Syria.

(Image: US Immigration inspectors check passports at Miami International Airport in Miami, Florida, 2002. Credit: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Visa Retrogression2013021620130217 (WS)

How undocumented immigrants to the US have been placed behind those who got there legally

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

How undocumented immigrants to the US have been placed at 'the back of the line' behind those who got there legally.

Also on the programme: 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appears in a US military court in Guantanamo, while a former detainee builds a new life in Albania. Also, 'Where Chefs Eat'.

Image: San Diego immigration attorney Lilia Velasquez explains how the visa backlog triggers what is called visa retrogression, Credit: John Rosman

How undocumented immigrants to the US have been placed at 'the back of the line' behind those who got there legally.

Also on the programme: 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed appears in a US military court in Guantanamo, while a former detainee builds a new life in Albania. Also, 'Where Chefs Eat'.

Image: San Diego immigration attorney Lilia Velasquez explains how the visa backlog triggers what is called visa retrogression, Credit: John Rosman

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Vital Signs2016080620160807 (WS)
20160808 (WS)

A Chicago surgeon recounts a nightmarish journey through Aleppo

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

A volunteer surgeon remembers running from one person to the next in the hospitals of rebel-held Syria. Also, two friends in New York, preparing to visit the Dominican Republic, study up on Zika; a man in Boston attempts to get insulin to his brother in Venezuela; a woman looks through a telescope and sees something that looks a lot like a UFO, and a former prisoner plans to open his own eye glass shop.

Plus, we hear from two winners of First Lady Michelle Obama’s kids only Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

(Photo: Syrians evacuate an injured man following an air strike on the rebel held neighbourhood of al-Qatarji, Aleppo. Credit: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images)

A volunteer surgeon remembers running from one person to the next in the hospitals of rebel-held Syria. Also, two friends in New York, preparing to visit the Dominican Republic, study up on Zika; a man in Boston attempts to get insulin to his brother in Venezuela; a woman looks through a telescope and sees something that looks a lot like a UFO, and a former prisoner plans to open his own eye glass shop.

Plus, we hear from two winners of First Lady Michelle Obama’s kids only Healthy Lunchtime Challenge.

(Photo: Syrians evacuate an injured man following an air strike on the rebel held neighbourhood of al-Qatarji, Aleppo. Credit: Ameer Alhalbi/AFP/Getty Images)

Walls We Don\u2019t See2018030320180304 (WS)

There are all sorts of barriers keeping people from coming into the US.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

It’s not just the wall. There are lots of invisible barriers keeping immigrants from coming into the US. On this edition we explore some of those barriers.

We meet a three-year-old on Canada’s no-fly list; we speak to a student from India who grew up in the United States yet his visa expires as soon as he turns 21; we find out how much it costs to smuggle someone across the border and the lasting impact that debt can have on a family; and lastly we get a little loopy with musician Joe Kye.

(Image: A border patrol officer stands guard along the U.S.-Mexico border February 7, 2018 in San Ysidro, California. Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

Walls We Don’t See
Walls We Don’t See20180303

It’s not just the wall. There are lots of invisible barriers keeping immigrants from coming into the US. On this edition we explore some of those barriers.

We meet a three-year-old on Canada’s no-fly list; we speak to a student from India who grew up in the United States yet his visa expires as soon as he turns 21; we find out how much it costs to smuggle someone across the border and the lasting impact that debt can have on a family; and lastly we get a little loopy with musician Joe Kye.

(Image: A border patrol officer stands guard along the U.S.-Mexico border February 7, 2018 in San Ysidro, California. Credit: Sandy Huffaker/Getty Images)

War Cabinet2013020920130210 (WS)

How Vietnam War experience shaped the view of Secretary of Defense nominee Chuck Hagel

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Chuck Hagel and John Kerry are both decorated Vietnam war veterans. Both have been named as nominees for top posts in Barack Obama's new administration (Hagel for Secretary of Defense and John Kerry for Secretary of State). How has that combat experience shaped their views on using force?

Also on the programme, the work of Arab Spring photographer Remi Ochlik, 'drone fashion' for the fashionably paranoid and up close with ants.

(Image: Chuck Hagel, Credit: Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

War Left Behind2014080220140803 (WS)

Iraqi Christians in California fear for family members back home

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Iraqi refugees gather at a California coffee shop to discuss the decaying state of their home country. We hear about a US TV documentary that has traced Iraq’s current crisis back to the early days of the American-led invasion. Also, we meet an Israeli military reservist and a Palestinian peace activist living side-by-side in Washington, DC. And, we hear the story of a boy who fled violence in the Middle East, only to find a different kind of conflict in the American mid-west. Also, we learn about the linen armour that once protected ancient Greek warriors. And, we hear about one man’s career change, from military analyst to cheesemonger.

Iraqi refugees gather at a California coffee shop to discuss the decaying state of their home country. We hear about a US TV documentary that has traced Iraq’s current crisis back to the early days of the American-led invasion. Also, we meet an Israeli military reservist and a Palestinian peace activist living side-by-side in Washington, DC. And, we hear the story of a boy who fled violence in the Middle East, only to find a different kind of conflict in the American mid-west. Also, we learn about the linen armour that once protected ancient Greek warriors. And, we hear about one man’s career change, from military analyst to cheesemonger.

Was Hurricane Sandy A Climate Change Wake-up Call For America?2012120120121202 (WS)

This week, is the US finally ready to act on climate change? We'll hear from a reporter in Egypt about the challenges she faces there, and how the conflict in Mali is making it hard for that country's musicians to keep playing. Also, we tour Skyfall's "Ghost Island".

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Was Hurricane Sandy A Climate Change Wake-up Call For America?20121202

Why some New Yorkers left homeless by the hurricane still aren't sure the dangers are real

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Water, Water, Everywhere2017090220170903 (WS)
20170904 (WS)

After Harvey, hundreds find refuge in Houston-area mosques

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

M.J. Khan, the president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, who spent a sleepless night monitoring relief efforts, tells us what Houston’s residents are doing to help each other.

Also: experts weigh in on how Houston can plan for future flooding events; a brewer in Amsterdam turns rain into beer; an activist vows to keep the Marshall Islands from disappearing beneath rising seas; we learn if climate change is behind extreme hurricanes; plus a port city in Maine revitalizes its economy by shipping pregnant cows to Turkey
.
(Image: A flooded road is seen during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Water, Water, Everywhere20170904

After Harvey, hundreds find refuge in Houston-area mosques

M.J. Khan, the president of the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, who spent a sleepless night monitoring relief efforts, tells us what Houston’s residents are doing to help each other.

Also: experts weigh in on how Houston can plan for future flooding events; a brewer in Amsterdam turns rain into beer; an activist vows to keep the Marshall Islands from disappearing beneath rising seas; we learn if climate change is behind extreme hurricanes; plus a port city in Maine revitalizes its economy by shipping pregnant cows to Turkey
.
(Image: A flooded road is seen during the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey on August 30, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Credit: Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images)

Well Read20180929

John Kerry has a simple message for Americans who think politics is broken: vote

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Well Read2018092920180930 (WS)

John Kerry has a simple message for Americans who think politics is broken: vote

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

What Comes Next20161112

Donald Trump\u2019s victory left half the nation cheering, and half the nation in tears

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

This week, some Americans woke up to a country they didn’t recognize. Donald Trump’s victory left half the nation cheering, and half the nation in tears. Now everyone has to figure out how to move on.

Also on the programme, a Latino voter explains why he voted for Trump; unauthorized immigrants wonder what this election will mean for them in the future; and we spend a day in the life of a woman living in immigration limbo. Plus, will Trump bring a U-turn on climate policy? We end with a musician’s view of growing up on the US-Mexico border.

(Image: The White House is seen at dusk. Credit: Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

This week, some Americans woke up to a country they didn’t recognize. Donald Trump’s victory left half the nation cheering, and half the nation in tears. Now everyone has to figure out how to move on.

Also on the programme, a Latino voter explains why he voted for Trump; unauthorized immigrants wonder what this election will mean for them in the future; and we spend a day in the life of a woman living in immigration limbo. Plus, will Trump bring a U-turn on climate policy? We end with a musician’s view of growing up on the US-Mexico border.

(Image: The White House is seen at dusk. Credit: Saul Loeb/Getty Images)

Donald Trump’s victory left half the nation cheering, and half the nation in tears

What\u2019s Going On With America\u2019s Military Generals?20121117
What\u2019s Going On With America\u2019s Military Generals?20121118

Generals David Petraeus and John R Allen are each embroiled in a scandal.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Americans appear to have lost interest in the war in Afghanistan, despite there being some 68,000 US troops still deployed there. That conflict came roaring back into the headlines this week, though not for the reasons anyone could have anticipated. The top US commander in Afghanistan John R Allen and his predecessor, the highly respected General David Petraeus - now retired and serving as CIA director - are each embroiled in a scandal involving an extramarital affair, flirtatious emails and possible national security leaks. But what do people in Afghanistan think of the scandals?

Also on the programme: what happens when Americans loose interest in a war they’re still fighting? And a US woman who's embraced Thailand's national sport.

(Image: General David Petraeus (left) inspecting troops, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

What\u2019s In A Name?20161224

The story behind America\u2019s 26 towns called Moscow

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Many of the places called Moscow in the US are tiny and with no apparent connection to Russia. So how did they get their name? Plus why residents of Berlin, New Hampshire don’t pronounce Berlin like the rest of us. And a failed socialist colony is commemorated in a Dallas skyscraper.

Image: A road sign in Moscow, Ohio in 1987. Credit: Ren Vasilyev

What\u2019s The Big Idea?20170311

A programmer is working on an app to warn unauthorised immigrants of likely raids

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Want to avoid immigration raids? There may soon be an app for that.

Also: how Donald Trump’s election has boosted California’s independence movement; how the late Miriam Colon converted an old fire station into New York’s first Hispanic theatre; a Silicon Valley engineer has an ingenious plan to cut our electricity use without us noticing, and we learn about a terrible marketing campaign for Barbie typewriters. Plus, some party music from the alt-Latino band Chicano Batman.

(Image: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents detain an immigrant on October 14, 2015 in California. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

What’s Going On With America’s Military Generals?2012111720121118 (WS)

Americans appear to have lost interest in the war in Afghanistan, despite there being some 68,000 US troops still deployed there. That conflict came roaring back into the headlines this week, though not for the reasons anyone could have anticipated. The top US commander in Afghanistan John R Allen and his predecessor, the highly respected General David Petraeus - now retired and serving as CIA director - are each embroiled in a scandal involving an extramarital affair, flirtatious emails and possible national security leaks. But what do people in Afghanistan think of the scandals?

Also on the programme: what happens when Americans loose interest in a war they’re still fighting? And a US woman who's embraced Thailand's national sport.

(Image: General David Petraeus (left) inspecting troops, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

What’s The Big Idea?20170311

Want to avoid immigration raids? There may soon be an app for that.

Also: how Donald Trump’s election has boosted California’s independence movement; how the late Miriam Colon converted an old fire station into New York’s first Hispanic theatre; a Silicon Valley engineer has an ingenious plan to cut our electricity use without us noticing, and we learn about a terrible marketing campaign for Barbie typewriters. Plus, some party music from the alt-Latino band Chicano Batman.

(Image: Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), agents detain an immigrant on October 14, 2015 in California. Credit: John Moore/Getty Images)

A programmer is working on an app to warn unauthorised immigrants of likely raids

Who Wants To Be American?2013102620131027 (WS)

Becoming an American, from background checks to citizenship tests

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Becoming an American citizen should be a straightforward process, but often it’s not. We hear about Tarek Hamdi, a legal resident from Egypt, who fought for 11 years to become a US citizen. We also meet an undocumented immigrant from Taiwan who’s leaning toward applying for her citizenship, but remains undecided. She tells us why. And, we explore ideas for a better citizenship test for would-be Americans.

We’ll also hear about a break in the case of the mystery graffiti artist who was terrorizing African refugees in a New England city… and the story behind a spicy Asian condiment that’s become ubiquitous on American tables.

Picture: Tarek Hamdi, from Egypt, received his US naturalization certificate in 2012. He first applied for citizenship in 2001 but faced more than a decade of delays and denials until he won his case, Credit: Tarek Hamdi

Becoming an American citizen should be a straightforward process, but often it’s not. We hear about Tarek Hamdi, a legal resident from Egypt, who fought for 11 years to become a US citizen. We also meet an undocumented immigrant from Taiwan who’s leaning toward applying for her citizenship, but remains undecided. She tells us why. And, we explore ideas for a better citizenship test for would-be Americans.

We’ll also hear about a break in the case of the mystery graffiti artist who was terrorizing African refugees in a New England city… and the story behind a spicy Asian condiment that’s become ubiquitous on American tables.

Picture: Tarek Hamdi, from Egypt, received his US naturalization certificate in 2012. He first applied for citizenship in 2001 but faced more than a decade of delays and denials until he won his case, Credit: Tarek Hamdi

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

Words Of Wisdom20160109

The US Library of Congress calls on a graphic novelist to encourage children to read

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The guy chosen by the US Library of Congress as the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature? He writes comic books. The graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang tells us why comics matter and why superheroes are just the beginning. Then: how a man who once fled Nazi Germany wound up discovering Adolf Hitler’s long-forgotten second book. And, a small-town obituary writer in Alaska shares the life lessons she’s learned on the job.

Plus: why loosened US marijuana laws have sent Mexican weed prices plunging. The two-country journey one student takes every day to get to school. And a champion of bilingual education remembers her mother's stories of being paddled in school for speaking Spanish.

Image: Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang at the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony. (Credit: Kendall Whitehouse)

The guy chosen by the US Library of Congress as the new National Ambassador for Young People's Literature? He writes comic books. The graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang tells us why comics matter and why superheroes are just the beginning. Then: how a man who once fled Nazi Germany wound up discovering Adolf Hitler’s long-forgotten second book. And, a small-town obituary writer in Alaska shares the life lessons she’s learned on the job.

Plus: why loosened US marijuana laws have sent Mexican weed prices plunging. The two-country journey one student takes every day to get to school. And a champion of bilingual education remembers her mother's stories of being paddled in school for speaking Spanish.

Image: Graphic novelist Gene Luen Yang at the 2015 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards ceremony. (Credit: Kendall Whitehouse)

Worlds Apart20150502

Meet the Pakistani activist fighting the Taliban, and igniting Pakistani students abroad

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We meet Jibran Nasir, a 28-year-old lawyer and civil rights activist from Pakistan, who is touring the United States to promote his message of anti-extremism. Then, we enter the world of high fantasy and talk with the author of a new book that creates an imaginary world to address the realities of our own world. And, we visit the Conjuring Arts Research Centre, a midtown Manhattan library for the wizards of New York.

Also, Americans weigh the merits of police body cameras. We look back at the fall of Saigon, 40 years ago. And, a brother and sister recall their abrupt start to a new life in America after they fled collapsing South Vietnam.

(Photo: Mohammad Jibran Nasir, a 28-year-old Pakistani lawyer turned civil rights activist. Courtesy of Mohammad Jibran Nasir)

Yesterday Once More2015013120150201 (WS)

How the chill in US-Russian relations puts nuclear security co-operation on ice

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

We find out why Russia has signalled an end to nuclear co-operation with the US. And Cuban migrants fear an end to America’s ‘wet foot, dry foot’ policy as relations with the island improve.

Plus, a devout Hindu mum squares off with a cheeky atheist dad. What it is like to drive Saudi Arabian princesses around Los Angeles. A Honduran woman feels the tug of ancestral ties as she considers seeking opportunity in the US. And a punk rocker from DC preserves the lost sounds of Syria.

(Photo: A January 1989 image of Soviet inspectors and their American escorts standing among several dismantled Pershing II missiles. Credit: US Department of Defence)