The World

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  • Hosted by Marco Werman

PRI’s The World pioneered the new global journalism in America. Its unique editorial voice combines coverage of the day’s news, worldwide, with interviews and sound-rich features that examine the lives of people around the globe, and their connections to life in the U.S., giving listeners a global context for understanding America’s day.

Conservative Iowa Congressman Steve King took aim at immigrants over the weekend when he tweeted, "We can't restore our civilization with somebody else's babies." But a reporter for Mother Jones magazine says his grandfather was one of those babies.

Six years after the Fukushima Daiichi meltdown, officials are still seeking ways to deal with the huge amount of hazardous waste being generated at the nuclear power plant.

Tokyo-based journalist James Simms has been covering the Fukushima cleanup since shortly after the effort was crippled by a tsunami in March 2011.

He told The World that six years on, there has been some progress toward decommissioning the plant, “but many unforeseen issues may mean that the cleanup and dismantling and decontamination will take longer than previously expected.”

Steven Davy

Every March in Austin, Texas, an explosion of technology entrepreneurs show off their latest ideas and hobnob at parties, tweeting, snapping and gramming epic stories about who they met and what they saw.

South by Southwest — referred to as SXSW — is known for the music and films that premiere here. But the weekend before the music is SXSW Interactive. It’s full of energy and deal-making.

A popular Arab satirist takes on the rise of nationalism

Mar 14, 2017
Dylan Martinez/Reuters

A lot of people scoffed at Samuel Huntington in 1992 when he argued that the world faced a “clash of civilizations.”

In a lecture, the political scientist put forward a hypothesis that cultural and religious identity would be the primary source of conflict in a world just emerging from the ideological struggles of the Cold War.

Deepa Fernandes

When Cuban American Osmel Hernández recently arrived back in Havana after years living in Los Angeles, he was struck by the lack of commercialization. “Everything is virgin here,” he said, referring to the lack of big-box chain stores and fast-food outlets.

“You can tell that today in this country [where] you don’t see a McDonald’s [on] the corner, it’s a virgin country,” Hernández said.

In his new book "How May I Help You? An Immigrant's Journey from MBA to Minimum Wage," Deepak Singh writes about what it was like to arrive in a new country he did not fully understand.

He came to the US from India to join his new wife, an American grad student in Charlottesville, Virginia. Singh arrived armed with an MBA from India, but he couldn’t find a job in his field in the US. He ended up working a minimum-wage job at a mall electronics store. 

Why far-right populism hasn't caught on in Spain

Mar 14, 2017
Jon Nazca/Reuters

Europe’s far-right is on the rise. The trend is nationalist and anti-immigrant. Extremist parties are poised to make gains in elections across the continent, from France to Holland to Germany. 

But in Spain, no such movement has gained traction. And you’d think it would, given years of recession, high unemployment and an influx of foreigners.

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

With US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson headed out on his first trip to Asia, you'd be excused for wondering who will mind the shop at Foggy Bottom while he's away. 

Both deputy-level jobs at the State Department remain unfilled. So do six undersecretary slots and 22 assistant secretary positions.

The vacancies don't appear to be an oversight. Last month, President Donald Trump told Fox & Friends that he had no intention of filling many vacant government slots.

In Canada, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network has been telling stories about Native Canadians for nearly 20 years. Now, its owners want to expand into the United States. If they succeed, they promise to bring some innovative programs to US airwaves.

Why an Italian band heading for SXSW got deported

Mar 13, 2017
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It’s not easy being a foreign musician with an opportunity to play in the United States.

Artists have to know how to navigate a maze of immigration laws and regulations to be able to come here and perform legally. President Donald Trump's executive orders and heated public debate over immigration have in some ways made things even more challenging for many artists.

Kelvin Brown/BBC

The place where the first Soviet atomic bomb was dropped looks like a small natural pond.

The bumpy roads that lead to it course through stark, but picturesque, countryside. The river Irtysh, which flows down from China and on to Russia, divides this northeastern part of Kazakhstan into steppes to the south and forests to the north. 

The beauty hides an ugly history.  

The older people here grew up watching huge clouds mushroom in the sky overhead. Man-made earthquakes regularly shook the ground under their feet.

Courtesy of Laurel Park Yearbook

After the presidential election, posts on Twitter by Gizmodo reporter Rae Paoletta caught my attention. Through her tweets, she was actively documenting hateful acts happening across the country, many committed in Donald Trump's name.

This country doesn't want women to get pregnant until 2018

Mar 13, 2017
Jose Cabezas/Reuters

A number of countries in Latin America and the Caribbean are racing to respond to the rapid spread of the Zika virus. But El Salvador has gone further than its neighbors by advising women across the country to not get pregnant until 2018.

Carolyn Beeler

Cheryll Sumner grew up along the water in Norfolk, Virginia. About 15 years ago she moved back to her childhood home to raise her kids.

“It was wonderful that my kids were able to have the same upbringing that I had,” Sumner said, standing in front of her stately brick home in the Chesterfield Heights neighborhood.

Rising seas series

Josh Smith/Reuters

Rosa Brooks’ new book opens with a striking anecdote from her time working in the Pentagon during the first Obama administration.

Brooks was counselor to Michele Fluornoy, then the under secretary of defense for policy. She recounts attending a briefing on an impending drone strike in 2010, witnessing the careful but bureaucratic machinations that go on as officials review intelligence on the terrorism suspect who is the target. As she sits there, the meeting doesn’t strike her as particularly unusual. If anything, it’s almost humdrum and routine.

Fukushima Leaks Up the Ante for Japanese Government

Mar 13, 2017

Japan's government has announced that it's taking over part of the stabilization effort at the damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant after a string of revelations about leaks of radioactive water there. Host Marco Werman speaks with Jeff Kingston of Temple University Japan about the status of the cleanup, what's at stake for the government, and the government's delicate relationship with TEPCO, the company that owns the plant.

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REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

Not long ago, this would’ve been a remarkable statement from the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency:

“There's tremendous disagreement about the degree of impact [of carbon dioxide], so I would not agree that it's a primary contributor to … global warming.”

But those were indeed the words of new EPA administrator Scott Pruitt, speaking Thursday on the CNBC show Squawk Box.

What the Nike Pro Hijab is really about

Mar 10, 2017

When weightlifter Amna Al Haddad, 27, first trained at the gym near her home in the United Arab Emirates, she says people stared at her. She was a wearing a hijab, a traditional Muslim headscarf.

“Seeing a woman wearing a hijab was very unheard of when I first started sports,” she says. “It was very unusual, and I did get a lot of rejections at first, a lot of stares, a lot of naysayers. Personally, I did not care to hear their opinion, and I did what was right for me.”

Violence against women, as an acceptable practice in some cultures, is hardly a new story to me. For years, I’ve reported in countries across the Middle East and Asia, where women face deep-seated oppression and a lack of basic rights, including the right to pursue justice against domestic violence.

But this was different.

Jason Margolis

America is literally falling apart. The most authoritative report of the country’s infrastructure, released Thursday, gave America's crumbling roads, bridges, dams, schools and other essential underpinnings an overall D+ grade. Not a single element of America’s framework received an A.