PRI's The World

What is it like to face climate change where you live? The World spoke to people from all over the globe at the recent Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco to learn how climate change was impacting them, and what they were doing about it.

Puerto Rico’s eroding beaches spell trouble for coastal dwellers

Hurricane Maria’s waves clawed away at the sand, reducing the width of the broad beach by approximately 90 percent. But it wasn’t just that the familiar landscape disappeared — it left La Boca defenseless. 

California emerges as a leader at climate summit

The biggest test of how much a state governor can really lead on a global problem like climate change came this week as Gov. Jerry Brown convened the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco.  California has provided leadership amid the vacuum left when the US federal government reversed course on climate policy. But there are things a state just can’t do.   

Germany's anti-immigrant AfD party looks to make inroads in the country's villages

Her district, Teltow-Flaeming, is home to 165,00 people including about 2,500 refugees and asylum-seekers. The area has been recognized by the American NGO Cultural Vistas for its success in integrating newcomers. Yet, some people here are uneasy with their new neighbors. They say migrants bring crime and have harassed women on the street.


In South Korea’s war panic economy, sales thrive on nuclear angst

In South Korea, when tensions flare in the north, business picks up for those who supply preppers.

Across Women's Lives

Today, women's clothing in Afghanistan includes far more than the blue burqa

Fashion is powerful. It can be used as a political tool. It can be a statement about identity. It can also be healing. In Afghanistan, it is all of that and more.

She saved a pregnant woman’s life. Now, she works to make childbirth safer for all Afghan women.

The Taliban forbids women to leave the house unless they are accompanied by a male relative. Feroza Mushtari, who was a teenager at the time of the Taliban takeover, defied that rule to save a pregnant woman's life.

After surviving an attack on their school in Kabul, these students show that ‘education prevails’

In 2016, students at the American University in Kabul watched as gunmen opened fire on their school. More than a dozen people were killed and many more injured. But the attack didn't stop students from pursuing their dreams.

Scotland tries to combat poverty by providing free menstrual products

Victoria Heaney started the #FreePeriodScotland campaign that caught the attention of the Scottish government and, ultimately, helped spur a conversation across Scotland about the fight against period poverty.

Despite the risks, holdouts refuse to abandon Ukraine's radiation hotspots

Outside of Chernobyl's "exclusion zone," things have never returned to normal. But life goes on.

Global Security

Civilians say 'time to say no for war' after dozens of Yemeni children die in school bus attack

Yemenis mourned the deaths of about 30 children following a Thursday air strike on a busload of school boys.

US risks fallout from UAE's prisoner abuse scandal in Yemen

A new report confirming prisoner abuses in southern Yemen is amping up concern in Washington, DC. "It's just going to further radicalize the Yemeni people," Senator Chris Murphy says.

Global Nation

A year after Maria, Puerto Rican college students find home – on the island and off

Rosamari Palerm transferred to a school in Miami last fall after her school shut down in the wake of Hurricane Maria. She’s returned home to San Juan, but some of her classmates have stayed, making new homes in Miami.

Advocates worry about 'assembly-line justice' as video replaces some court hearings

Their day in court? That is less the case for some detained immigrants in the New York area, at least for those hoping for proceedings conducted in person.

Before hurricane season began, feds moved $10 million from FEMA to ICE

The Department of Homeland Security notified Congress earlier this summer that it was transferring $10 million from FEMA to ICE to pay for the detention and transfer of undocumented immigrants. The World speaks with Mary Small of the nonprofit group, Detention Watch Network.

What happens when you let everyone in the world audition for a Hollywood studio film

Three people who participated in the viral #CrazyRichAsiansCasting campaign earned their first ever parts in a big motion picture. Here’s why director Jon M. Chu thought it was necessary to scour the globe for Asian actors for “Crazy Rich Asians.”

‘We’ve been there’: Native Americans remember their own family separations

It was the mid-1920s when Connie Reitman’s mother heard a knock on the door. A US official was there to inform her family that she would need to go to school hundreds of miles away.

Livable Planet

A Wyoming town looks beyond coal ... to new uses for coal

Coal has driven Wyoming’s economy for decades. The state sits on hundreds of years of coal reserves. But the world is slowly moving away from coal, leaving some towns at a crossroads.

How do we process doom-and-gloom climate news? How should we?

“Climate change has all the hallmarks of an issue which is difficult for people to engage with psychologically,” says an environmental psychologist.

The UK’s move away from coal means they’re burning wood from the US

Europe and the US say wood pellets are a carbon neutral alternative to coal. Many experts say otherwise.

Studio 360

EGOT to have it

What does it take to win entertainment’s grand slam?

Mel Brooks and ‘The 2000 Year Old Man’

How a 1961 comedy routine still holds up today.

The First Lady of the American Theatre

How Helen Hayes promoted a style of performance that still defines American acting today.

Robert Lopez, hit machine

How do you write a hit musical number? And then do it again? And again?

Aha Moment: Whoopi Goldberg

How the hilariously profane comedian inspired a young girl from the Bronx.