The World

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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.

Migrant or Refugee? Don't shrug. These words matter.

Sep 8, 2015
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As I write this now, there are hundreds, maybe thousands of people trying to make their way into Europe.

I say people because PRI has been struggling for a while over what to call them — migrants or refugees. This isn't a just semantic debate.

"It actually matters quite a bit," says Somini Sengupta of the New York Times. She explains why nuance matters in this question-and-answer story

Below, a very condensed version, based on her interview Tuesday with PRI's The World:

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There's a long history of authors using pseudonyms to give them a perceived advantage in publishing.

Mary Ann Evans went by George Eliot, Joanne Rowling used the gender neutral J.K.

But poet Yi-Fen Chou recently lit the literary world on fire when people discovered the author's real name is Michael Derrick Hudson, a white man from Indiana.

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For a few politicians and celebrities, the refugee crisis just got personal.

While citizens are calling on their governments to make decisions about what to do with the hundreds of thousands of refugees streaming over borders in Europe, a few big names have stepped up and offered their own homes.

Gimmick or not, these public figures have opened their own doors. We’ll see if any of them get taken up on their offer.

Is America’s new saint more of a sinner?

Sep 8, 2015
Monica Campbell

Some call him the Father of California.

“He was 5-foot-2 with eyes of blue,” says Andrew Galvan, the curator at Mission Dolores in San Francisco’s Mission District, looking at a statue of Rev. Junípero Serra. “He’s wearing the Franciscan robe, with the Franciscan cord and a rosary, with sandals on his feet.”

If one song served to unite two waves of ska music, it is "A Message To You, Rudy."

And there was one constant from its 1967 origins to its revival as part of British 2-Tone punk-ska movement: its trombonist, Rico Rodriguez.

Liz Jones

Over Labor Day weekend, a grassroots community meeting in Seattle quickly came together. The topic: how to help and resettle Syrian refugees in Washington state. 

Devin Browne

A few years ago, MTV Tres, the branch of MTV targeting Latino viewers, aired an episode of their popular reality show Quiero Mis Quinces that featured a bubbly, Lady-Gaga-loving girl named Jackeye, from East Los Angeles. Jackeye tells her mom one day while they’re shopping that she has an idea of how she can celebrate her quince, or 15th birthday, and celebrate her heritage all at once.

“We’re Mexican,” she says, “and I’m having a traditional quinceañera. And what better way to show my roots than to do a baile Azteca [for my] grand entrance?”

India is gripped by a celebrity murder case

Sep 8, 2015

A media frenzy is engulfing India, over a sensational celebrity murder case.

The victim is a young woman whose body was found, strangled and badly burned, in a forested area near Mumbai in 2012. Police now believe the victim is socialite Sheena Bora.

Last week, police made three arrests, including Indrani Mukherjea, one of her ex-husbands and their driver. Mukherjea is the wife of media mogul Peter Mukherjea. He’s the former CEO of a Fox-owned TV network, Star India, and has appeared regularly in lists of the most powerful people in India.


Beijing is getting ready to put on a massive military parade. 

The Chinese Communist Party has done these types of processions before. After all, that’s sort of the purpose of the grand plaza of central Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. 

But Thursday will be the first time the Chinese government pulls out all the stops to mark the end of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance Against Japan. 

In the West, we call it World War II. 

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In Britain, as in many countries, there is a growing demand for sperm donors from couples who are unable to conceive on their own. Increasingly, demand is outstripping supply.

Last year, the British government came up with a solution: Set up a national sperm bank to make it easier for couples to get access to medically checked sperm. 

Anne Bailey

Ponnipa Chanpeng says she didn't have any other options. When she was 22, both her parents died, leaving her to take care of a younger brother — and her father's debt. Family couldn't help. Creditors harassed her daily. Banks wouldn't give her a loan. So she made a desperate choice. One that landed her in prison.

Nazi gold train fever is spreading across Poland

Sep 8, 2015
Kacper Pempel/Reuters

There's a case of gold fever in Poland. A pair of treasure hunters reportedly located a Nazi-era train filled with gold — and it's causing quite a stir.

But when sorting fact from fiction in this story, the BBC’s Adam Easton says there’s not a scrap of documentary evidence that this train actually exists. But the legend does have longevity, dating back to the end of World War II.

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Tequila can have a pretty rough reputation as far as spirits go. But have you ever had really good tequila? Perhaps an organic brand?

Mexican tequila producers are hoping their high-end products will appeal to Chinese consumers with a strong desire for Western luxury items. The Mexican government recently negotiated an end to Beijing's ban on the liquor. (China had longed tried to protect its sprits, but has now lifted its ban on tequila.) Soon, China could become the second-largest export market for Mexican tequila, behind only the US.

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Donald Trump's vision for US foreign policy is pretty straightforward: Trump will make America great again, and the rest of the world just needs to deal with it.

The candidate explained why the central theme of his campaign is resonating with voters during a recent interview with David Rennie, Washington bureau chief for The Economist.

What exactly is going on in Syria?

Sep 7, 2015
Rodi Said/Reuters

The position of Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad is getting weaker, analysts say.

His regime has been battling a rebellion that began in the spring of 2011, as unrest spread across the Arab world.

Meet Scotland's first Scriever, Hamish MacDonald

Sep 7, 2015
National Library of Scotland

Scotland has its first national Scots Scriever — author and playwright Hamish MacDonald.

“I am delighted tae be offered the new an vitally important role as Scots Scriever wae the National Library o Scotland. I luik forwart tae workin wae communities throughoot Scotland in gie’in voice tae this vibrant language which, whether spoken or written, deserves tae be celebrated everywhere,” said MacDonald, in Scots of course.

The Hughes Glomar Explorer was more than just a giant ship — it was a giant secret, possibly the biggest and strangest covert operation the CIA pulled off during the Cold War. But now, 40 years after its original mission, it’s finally headed to the scrapyard.

Alison Yin

Put yourself in a place where, if you face danger, it comes down to two decisions: stay or go. That’s what happened to Nina, and the danger came from her own family. It had to do with the man she loves. They met in Saudi Arabia, through a friend.

“He was nice, normal,” Nina says (she asks that we not use her real name, for her safety). “He was from Yemen too,” and, as she puts it, “he seemed like a man of good deeds."

Even as tourists continue to descend upon Paris this summer, parts of the city have been transformed by the European migrant crisis.

The neighborhood of La Chapelle, located a mile east of the famed Sacre Coeur, became the site of an outdoor encampment of migrants from Sudan, Eritrea and elsewhere in Africa. For weeks, as many as 130 men slept on mattresses on the sidewalk, and relied on local residents for periodic access to private bathrooms. The one public bathroom was suddenly locked.

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