Full episode - February 13, 2016
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)
Full episode - February 06, 2016
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
Full episode - January 30, 2016
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)
Full episode - January 25, 2016
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)
Full episode - January 16, 2016
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)
Full episode - January 09, 2016
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)
Full episode - January 02, 2016
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)
Full episode - December 26, 2015
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)
Full episode - December 19, 2015
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)
Full episode - December 12, 2015
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)