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)
Full episode - May 21, 2016
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)
Full episode - May 14, 2016
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)
Full episode - May 07, 2016
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)