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Public Radio International

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29 November 2015

To the World, He's Malaysia's Most Famous Political Prisoner. To His Daughter, He's Simply ‘My Dear Papa’

Nurul Hana Anwar channeled her sadness into a recently published book, "My Dear Papa". The collages inside offer a deeply personal picture of her father Anwar Ibrahim.

28 November 2015

In Malaysia, One Daughter's Long Wait for Her Father’s Return

When the Malaysian government imprisoned Anwar Ibrahim, they did not just take away his political career. They also took away a grandfather, a father and a husband.

23 November 2015

One Woman's Poem for Syrian Refugees—Including Her Cousin, Who Died Crossing the Mediterranean

“If I can create an empathetic bridge for them, through the poem, that that will create a really powerful success story.”

21 November 2015

Death Could Not Stop His Drive to Help Syria's Refugees

After dental student Deah Barakat was shot to death, his friends and family in the US made his dream of a dental clinic for Syrian refugees happen.

17 November 2015

When You're a Single Woman in the Emirates, but You Still Want a Child

“Even the married people, they don’t talk about adoption. I talk about it because I have a message for my society…[adoption] is the most important thing for society to accept.”

16 November 2015

The Two-Country Journey One Student Takes Every Day to Get to School

At one US high school, 70 percent of its students cross the border with Mexico each day to attend classes. It's a commute that is far from routine.

8 November 2015

Music Was the Path to Financial Independence for This Indian Woman

Tritha Sinah fronts the band Tritha Electric. Growing up in Kolkata she says music was her way to financial independence and liberation.

7 November 2015

A Transgender Woman in Aceh, Indonesia Gathers Strength as New Anti-Gay Sex Laws Roll Out

“I believe Islam is very tolerant on these issues,” the LGBT activist says. “I believe in God, and God loves. Those who cast us out aren’t God.”

1 November 2015

A School in the US Teaches Korean Dads ‘How to Hug’

The Duranno Father School is designed to transform stoic Korean dads into more loving and involved parents. The program includes a literal lesson on "how to hug."

31 October 2015

At Japan's Cafe de Monk, Tsunami Survivors Can Get Coffee, Cake and a Sympathetic Ear

Nearly five years after the tsunami and nuclear meltdown in Japan, thousands still suffer the consequences. So a Japanese Buddhist monk developed a pop-up cafe to cater to their needs.

25 October 2015

The Story of an Ethiopian Girl Who Fought Abduction, and the Lawyers Who Saved Her Life

"Difret" means "courage" in the Amharic language. A new film by that name tells the story of an Ethiopian girl who was kidnapped by men to enforce a "traditional" marriage.

24 October 2015

A Canadian First: A Somali Immigrant Wins a Seat in Parliament

From refugee to Parliament Hill: Ahmed Hussen is Canada's first member of parliament of Somali descent.

18 October 2015

He Crossed Nine Countries to Flee War—and He Was Just 12 Years Old

Gulwari Passarlay was only 12 when his mother sent him away from Afghanistan because she feared for his safety in the UK. He's written a book about his journey.

17 October 2015

You May Not Know It—But If You Speak Spanish, You Speak Some Arabic Too

Joy Diaz speaks English and Spanish. When she met her daughter's Arabic-speaking teacher, she realized how many Arabic words she also knows.

11 October 2015

Is Beirut the Codeswitching Capital of the World?

In Beirut, most people don't just speak one language, but a mix of three: English, French and Arabic. It's what many in Beirut call Lebanon's mother tongue.

10 October 2015

A Man Who Travels the World Not to See Things, But Hear Them

Sound artist Jacob Kirkegaard used to be a musician. But he discovered he'd rather find sounds than make them. Now he records what other people barely notice.

9 October 2015

Help! I Can't Communicate With My Mandarin-Speaking Grandpa

The Bridge

US-born Yowei Shaw speaks virtually no Mandarin. Her Taiwanese grandfather speaks virtually no English. She's determined to have proper conversations with Yeye— before it's too late.

4 October 2015

Why Young North Koreans Are Daring to Wear Skinny Jeans

Danbi is part of a generation of North Korean millennials who don't look to the country's leadership to provide for them in the same way their parents did.

28 September 2015

By Land or By Sea? Refugees Trying to Leave Turkey Face Tough Decisions

As Turkey and its neighbors consider how to handle the millions of refugees looking for homes, Iraqi refugee Amer Mohammad camps outside an Istanbul bus station, waiting to travel.

27 September 2015

‘A Syrian Love Story’ Follows One Family's Journey Through War and Exile

“I think the message of hope is in the defiance — the defiance of one family, who have all pulled through.”

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