Full episode - August 06, 2016
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)
Full episode - July 23, 2016
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)
Full episode - July 16, 2016
"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.
Full episode - July 09, 2016
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)
Full episode - July 02, 2016
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
Full episode - June 25, 2016
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)
Full episode - June 18, 2016
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)
Full episode - June 11, 2016
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)
Full episode - June 04, 2016
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)
Full episode - May 28, 2016
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)