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Latest posts by Public Radio International

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.”

21 September 2015

Most Bangladeshi Garment Workers Are Women, But Their Union Leaders Weren't—Until Now

Recent disasters in Bangladesh's garment industry have left hundreds of workers dead or injured. Women workers are taking more of a leadership role in the struggle to unionize.

19 September 2015

Brewing Sake in Japan Is Becoming a Woman's Game—Again

In ancient times, it's said that brewing sake was a women's craft. But for the past few hundred years women have been forbidden from brewing. That's changing in big ways.

13 September 2015

The Promise of Justice Is Receding, Nicaraguan Women Say

Nicaragua passed Law 779 three years ago to protect domestic violence victims. But women say the law since has been watered down, and courts lack the resources to investigate complaints.

12 September 2015

In Northern Thailand, Massage Training Gives Female Prisoners a Second Chance

Every day, a line of customers wait patiently to book massage appointments at the Vocational Training Center. Slots fill up quickly, and many people are told to try again tomorrow.

8 September 2015

A Poster Show That Links Havana, Tehran and Seattle

The curators have jokingly titled the collection the “SHT show” because, they write, when the get together it’s fun. "No politics, no prejudices—just an appreciation of our common interests."

7 September 2015

For Animals and Their Humans, Love Speeds the Post-Quake Recovery in Nepal

From the outside, it’s easy to reduce livestock to economics, and that’s certainly one aspect of their existence. But they’re also members of the family.

31 August 2015

One Syrian Refugee's Long and Dangerous Journey to Europe

Before the war began, Thair Orfahli studied law in Lebanon and regularly visited his family in Syria. But as the violence intensified, he decided he had to leave.

30 August 2015

Lebanese-French Trumpeter Reimagines ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a Hip-Hop Opera

A rabbit hole worth heading down? Ibrahim Maalouf has reworked the Lewis Carroll classic, setting it in modern France with a Malian beat.

23 August 2015

Listen to the Haunting, Galactic Sounds of the Yaybahar Acoustic Instrument

Turkish musician Gorkem Sen created the Yaybahar about six years ago as a mix of all sorts of instruments, including the Australian didgeridoo, the Turkish Ney and the thunder drum.

22 August 2015

This Doctor Has Written Thousands of Postcards to Get Health Advice to India's Poor

He spent his career trying to deliver health care outside of expensive hospitals. Now, he's sick — but he doesn't want to get treatment.

2 August 2015

To Ethiopian-American Singer Meklit Hadero, ‘Home Is Always in Flux’

Ethiopian-American musician Meklit Hadero talks about landing in US state of Iowa, an ode to the Afro, and how her music is not so easily defined.

1 August 2015

How a Kazakh Boy Grew Up to Be a Glam-Rock Opera Singer in the US

Timur Bekbosunov is a glam-rock opera singer from Kazakhstan, but he got his start in the US state of Kansas.

26 July 2015

Reality TV's New Stars Are Tanzanian Farmers

"Female Food Heroes" is a Tanzanian TV show produced by Oxfam that aims to empower and educate rural women who feed most of the families in the African nation.

25 July 2015

The 20-Year-Old Activist Who Died Trying to Help Rebuild a City

Most of the 32 people killed in a bombing in Turkey were university students and activists. Hatice Ezgi Sadet, a 20-year-old from Istanbul, was among them.

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