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)
Full episode - April 30, 2016
A former CIA agent discusses his days undercover in Afghanistan and Syria, and the demons those days left behind. Then, we visit the spectacle that is Laredo -- a members-only Wild West town tucked away in the English countryside. And, America’s trucking industry faces a shortage -- we meet the immigrants helping fill the gap. Plus, why Polish activists are borrowing images from the US in a push for a total abortion ban. And the Detroit watch company bringing its message of the gritty underdog to Europe. Image: The CIA symbol is shown on the floor of CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. (Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
Full episode - April 23, 2016
Scientists recently issued a dire new warning about global sea-level rise tied to the melting of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet. We hear from a longtime NASA researcher, who takes us on an audio journey there. Then, we head to southern Florida, where rising seas are driving a wedge between Republican mayors and their national party. And we stay in the Sunshine State to learn about the murky link between a former Brazilian football official and a multi-million dollar Florida home. Plus: the many uses of the word ‘inshallah’; a California dreamer’s plan for a feminist paradise in South America; and the piano man of Mexico’s famed Copper Canyon. Image: An iceberg in the western Antarctic peninsula on March 04, 2016. (Credit: Eitan Abramovich/AFP/Getty Images
Full episode - April 16, 2016
We meet two young film-makers who grapple with their high school memories of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in a new short film called ‘Jahar’. Then, how a two-time Boston Marathon champion is inspiring young Ethiopian runners at a Massachusetts school. Plus, the remarkable story of Sueko Hada, a Hiroshima survivor whose family now includes American in-laws. (Photo: ‘Jahar’ is a film about three friends grappling with their high school memories of convicted Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. Courtesy of Henry Hayes)
Full episode - April 02, 2016
A young university student in Yemen describes losing his best friend in the country’s civil war. Then, we learn all about America's role in the fast-deteriorating conflict. Also: Why a US health clinic suggests Cambodian treatments for everyday maladies. How Donald Trump is fuelling a citizenship drive among immigrants in the States. And, the story of two distant stepsisters who fled violence in their homeland, and discovered a new found kinship along the way. Plus: the 'Tex-Mex, Gringa' musician proudly flaunting her heritage. Image: Ahmed Algohbary (right) and his best friend, Bilal. (Courtesy of Ahmed Algohbary)