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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.

How good is H&M’s clothing recycling program?

Dec 8, 2017
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Regis Duvignau/Reuters

The clothes we wear come with their own environmental baggage.

Consider that a cotton T-shirt requires roughly 700 gallons of water to produce. Each year, the production of polyester emits roughly 1.5 trillion pounds of greenhouse gases.

As the fashion industry faces more scrutiny for the environmental impact of its operations, some fashion brands are trying to be more sustainable — and are advertising that to their customers.

Chief among them is global fast-fashion giant H&M, which is aggressively positioning itself as a leader in sustainability.

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Khaled Abdullah/Reuters

You must listen to this: A first-person account by a young woman living under lockdown conditions in Sanaa, the capital of Yemen.

Yemenis were in shock on Dec. 4, when they learned that their longtime leader, Ali Abdullah Saleh, had been assassinated. Saleh had been a moderating influence on the Houthi rebels who control Sanaa. Now that Saleh's gone, Yemenis fear for their personal safety, their liberty and their country's future.

Overcrowding at a refugee camp on the Greek island of Lesbos is causing an increase in illness among children living there, say aid workers.

Doctors working at Moria camp have seen a rise in upper respiratory tract infections, colds, coughs, diarrhea and other illnesses associated with cramped and unsanitary conditions.

Telmary Díaz is a Cuban rapper in the US right now. She's on a very short tour, and you would think that as a musician with dates lined up months in advance, she would have had an easy time getting here.

That wasn't the case. It was a challenge to get here. Some of her band members couldn't get their visas in time, in part because the US Embassy in Havana is partially closed.

If you have watched the Netflix hit series "The Crown," you may remember its opening credits. It’s visually riveting, as we see tendrils of liquid gold solidifying and forming parts of a crown. The mood is bolstered by a captivating melody that builds into a grand overture.

Keeping the peace on the Israel-Lebanon border

Dec 8, 2017

On a ridge above a shallow valley in southernmost Lebanon, Lt. Alejandro Colado Corzo looks out across the troublesome border that he is supposed to monitor. 

“Everything behind that little hill is Israel,” says the Spanish UN peacekeeper during a brief stop on an armed patrol. “We will wait and see if we can watch some strange movements.”

His job is made all the more difficult by the fact that the border doesn’t really exist. 

More than 100,000 tons of rubber tires are disposed of every year in Argentina. The majority of them are burned, contributing to the country’s already huge air pollution problem. So, when Alejandro Malgor and two of his friends, Ezequiel Gatti and Nazareno El Hom, realized they wanted to start a business, they decided to focus on tackling the problem — and make shoes from the discarded tire scraps.

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Sometimes, Rongmala Begum wonders who wears the sweaters she makes. 

There isn’t a lot of time to stop and think about this when Begum is at the garment factory where she works in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Too many needles and scissors and glue guns around — not exactly conducive to looking up and pondering the irony of global capitalism: that a woman in a subtropical country would spend her days and nights making sweaters. She earns about $70 a month. But Begum says, on occasion, she looks at the sweaters and thinks, who is going to wear this?

Russia wants to build a 'parallel internet' in 2018

Dec 7, 2017
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Steve Marcus/Reuters

Every time you visit a website, you're using the Domain Name System, or DNS.

Think of it as the internet’s directory. Each website has an easily readable host and domain name (PRI.org, for example) that the DNS converts into a unique, numerical Internet Protocol address so you can load the page you're looking for.

The DNS is used around the world, but Russia wants to build an alternative in 2018.

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Deepa Fernandes

You’d be hard-pressed to find a community on Florida’s east coast without at least one hotel. After all, this is the state where visitors flock to long beaches and warm weather, and where hotels eager to put them up blanket the landscape.

But Satellite Beach prides itself on being a little bit different.

“The vibe here is really for the most part long-term residents,” says John Stone, a building official in the small city just south of Cape Canaveral. “[It’s] what we call a bedroom community.”

If someone in Germany calls you a “raven mother,” it's not a compliment. Rabenmutter is a women-only put-down, a reference to the bird notorious for shoving her babies out of the nest.

“This word exists only in Germany, and it means ... no good mother leaves her child very early alone,” says Elke Holst, research director for gender studies at the German Institute for Economic Research (DIW) in Berlin.

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Some of the facts of the shooting death of Kathryn Steinle are clear: On July 1, 2015, 32-year-old Steinle was shot in the back while walking with her father on a popular San Francisco pier. The man who had the gun was José Inés García Zárate.

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What if she hadn’t lost her shoe that day? Arati Baladas wonders about this sometimes.

Baladas is 20, and she sometimes replays in her mind that moment on April 24, 2013,  when she scrambled to find her missing sandal, as the walls and the ceiling around her crumbled.

She was working at her sewing machine when she heard a loud bang. She says the building “shivered.” Her supervisor told everyone to run.

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Gary Hershorn/Reuters

The clock is counting down: Now that tax reform bills have made their way through the House and Senate, Republicans in both chambers are working to iron out the differences between the two bills — with a goal of overhauling the US tax system by December 22.

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Alvin Baez/Reuters

Everyday life in Puerto Rico these days — in the still-ragged aftermath of Hurricane Maria, two months ago — is a test of patience, even for the middle class. 

Few traffic lights function and that slows commutes to a crawl. Electricity is sporadic, so stocking the fridge remains a risky proposition. 

Many young girls take fashion cues from their Barbie dolls, and I suppose I was no different. OK, I was pretty different. I have spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, and when I was about 10, someone gave me a Share-a-Smile Becky.

Past presidents talked about it. But Donald Trump did it. 

“My announcement today marks the beginning of a new approach to conflict between Israel and the Palestinians,” Trump said on Wednesday during a speech at the White House. 

“It is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel,” Trump said from a podium flanked by two decorated Christmas trees. 

“While previous presidents have made this a major campaign promise, they failed to deliver. Today, I am delivering.” 

It took him 32 years, but scientist Sam Hudson and a team of other researchers have found a way to produce silk without silkworms. 

Unlike fabrics such as polyester or nylon, there’s no petroleum-based plastic. Unlike rayon, there’s no toxic chemicals or deforestation involved. 

It’s a yeast that when you add sugar and vitamins, it grows — secretes, to be precise — a spider silk. 

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Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

While Puerto Rico slowly recovers from the destruction of Hurricane Maria in September, hospitals on the mainland are dealing with some of the side effects of that destruction. They're struggling with a shortage of intravenous fluids directly linked the hurricane damage. 

How a sweatshop raid in an LA suburb changed the American garment industry

Dec 5, 2017
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Phillip Bonner, former Special Agent of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement/PRI

When Rotchana Sussman arrived in Los Angeles in 1994, she thought she was about to start a new, well-paying job as a garment worker.

She had worked in a factory in her native country, Thailand. She’d heard that work in Los Angeles paid three times as much. But when Sussman, then 24, arrived at Los Angeles International airport in early 1994, she was taken directly to the small suburb of El Monte. It’s a low-income community about 22 miles from the Hollywood Hills. The housing complex where Sussman was taken was encircled by barbed wire.

And it had 24-hour armed security.

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