Ashley Cleek is a reporter and producer working on stories about law and immigration. She's reported stories for PRI in Turkey, India, Ukraine and Russia, and across the US. She lives in New York but still calls Alabama home.
Denise Ajiri has legal permanent residence in the US. She cannot go back to Iran because she is a journalist who has worked for US-government backed media.
Souleymane Guengueng, at home in the Bronx, once helped imprison a brutal former president of Chad. Now, he hopes to teach others how he did it.
For a writer from Bangladesh, life in Pittsburgh is safer. But he feels that “I am in exile not just physically, my mind is also in exile.”
Craving some Koobideh from Iran? Arepas from Venezuela? Head to Pittsburgh’s Conflict Kitchen, where a rotating menu features food from countries in conflict with the United States.
Antoinette Martinez grew up in Sunset Park with her extended Puerto Rican family. But with real estate values skyrocketing, there's no way she'll ever be able to get her own place in the neighborhood.
The largest high school in Kansas, Wichita East, has welcomed 58 new refugee students in the past year and a half. Many grew up in refugee camps and have no formal education — perhaps haven't ever learned to hold a pencil. The whole school system is learning to adapt.
"Inja Texas nist" means, "It's not Texas here" in Persian. You say it to someone who is flouting the rules or behaving obnoxiously.
Kolah Germezi, or "Red Hat," is an Iranian Muppet Show-like program, with a collection of skits and musical numbers. Its producer says the program on Iranian state TV officially has 35 million viewers, but he believes it's seen by many more.
Arts, Culture & Media
Artists often become popular outside their hometowns, or even their countries. Like being big in Japan. That's just what happened to a musician in Nashville. Only he got big in Sweden.
Lifestyle & Belief
Russian roofers aren't afraid of heights. And they can't be. They're hobbyists who seek out tall buildings to climb, looking for the perfect picture or perhaps just peace and quiet in the middle of a busy city. While their hobby isn't legal, it is drawing more attention.