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)
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 episode - November 28, 2015
To mark Thanksgiving in the US, we go wild mushroom hunting on Cape Cod; learn about an 18th century drink making a 21st century comeback; and hear why the next big thing in protein may make you squirm. Plus: an American home baker goes in search of the perfect French baguette. We meet the pastrami taco king of New York. And we find out how to balance sugar and spice in a Sri Lankan love cake. Image: Paul Sadowski of the New York Mycological Society helps fellow mushroom hunters identify their finds in the woods of Piermont, New York. (Credit: Alina Simone)
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 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.