Full episode - November 14, 2015
The journalist Gary Younge tells us how his exposure to racism in the US changed his view on the world. Then we hear why activists for India's Dalits are taking cues from the Black Lives Matter movement. And the essayist Deepak Singh recalls the excruciating moments watching TV with his family in India when a condom ad would come on the screen. Also: how a Latina with red hair and a Jewish last name challenges ideas about identity. We ask whether Orthodox Jewish women can become rabbis. And we meet a rising star on the Mexican music scene— El Compa Negro. (Photo: Protesters gather at Union Square in New York City on April 2015. Credit: Getty Images)
Full episode - December 05, 2015
Aida Alami's mother, Khadija Ouannane, was a Moroccan exchange student in the midwestern state of Wisconsin in 1969. It was a life-changing year for Khadija, and she kept in touch with her American family for many years. But that all fell apart after the attacks of September 11th. Aida picks up the story from there, and tries to piece together her mother's past. Then, we check in with a Syrian refugee family who've resettled in California and are feeling a post-Paris chill. Plus: a brief history of America's hostility to a previous generation of Mediterranean migrants— Italians. Also: a father and son find a way to compromise in real life and in the new Pixar short, 'Sanjay's Super Team'. And the story of Vahagni— a Los Angeles-based Armenian flamenco guitarist. Image: A school yearbook photo of Khadija Ouannane and her American host family in Wisconsin. (Courtesy of Aida Alami)
Full episode - November 21, 2015
In the wake of the attacks in Paris, more than half of America's governors have publicly vowed to block the entry of Syrian migrants into their states. We hear from one Syrian immigrant in Boston who calls this move ‘reactionary’ at best, victim-blaming at worst. Then: Deah Barakat may be gone, but his dream to build a dental clinic for Syrian migrants in Turkey lives on. And, we take a visit to an Ohio supermarket where immigrants get a surprising crash course on the American pharmacy. Plus: how the current concern over Syrians coming to the US echoes similar concerns over Jewish refugees during World War II. An American professional basketball player tells us why he refused to play a game in France. And we listen back to a legendary show at the Bataclan concert hall— a 1972 performance by The Velvet Underground.
Full story - July 03, 2015
Three sisters form the band The Warning
One week, one theme: A gay men's chorus tried to join a Pride march in Istanbul. Halal BBQ explodes in Houston. Heavy-metal teen sisters move Metallica northward from Monterrey. These stories from PRI's The World show a world on the move.
Full story - May 16, 2015
Ai Weiwei’s project, titled “Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads" being installed in Jackson, Wyoming.
We've put together six stories about identity for your weekend: Choose from the Chinese activist Ai Weiwei and his Zodiac Heads exhibit, a young Afghan musician who fought an arranged marriage on the mic and the world of artisanal perfume.