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Public Radio International

At Public Radio International, we believe sharing powerful stories, encouraging exploration, and connecting people and cultures will effect positive change in the world. By building a deeper awareness and understanding of the world’s peoples, conditions, issues and events, we enable others to form their own opinions, share their knowledge and creativity, and take informed actions on issues that matter to them.

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Latest posts by Public Radio International

4 February 2018

Decades After US Immigration Policy Separated His Family, a Man Searches for His Ancestral Village in China

“Family members, friends, neighbors have followed each other...since humans started migrating. It's only been recently that the term has become a dirty word promoted by politicians with an agenda."

3 February 2018

A 10-Year-Old Was Already Suing the US Government Over Climate Policy. Then Climate Change Really Hit Home.

“I think climate change is basically like a national disaster, and it’s going to affect everybody."

29 November 2017

‘The Blind Captain’ Aims to Kayak Solo Across the Bosphorus With the Help of New Technology

"...I used to think one day, this strait, Bosphorus, should be more accessible to blind swimmers, blind surfers or sailors...people should be able to see blind people using boats."

27 November 2017

Fashion, Faith and Culture Come Together Through the Global Art of Head Wrapping

“We have to...as a whole say we care about each other's well-being, we love each other, and we are going to have to work through our differences."

15 October 2017

‘When You Write a Song About Racism, It's a Big Deal’

Songs of resistance are at the core of Songhoy Blues' latest album "Résistance." The band hails from Mali and tackles issues like racism and voter apathy.

14 October 2017

Climate Change Is Claiming Aspen Groves—and the History of Basque Immigrants in the US

Basque sheep herders left their mark in remote forests across the American West across nearly a century. Now their words are being lost to climate change.

10 September 2017

An Anonymous Psych Patient Is Now Acclaimed as a Master Artist of the Immigrant Experience

For years, Mexican artist Martín Ramírez was only known as a psychiatric patient who made drawings. That narrative is changing.

20 August 2017

Why French Muslim Comedian Samia Orosemane Says She's Like a UFO

"I try to be as useful as possible. If I can create bridges where there are walls, I’m very happy."

19 August 2017

A New App Wants to Help the Blind ‘See’ the Solar Eclipse

“Nothing is ever just visual, really. And [this] just proves that point again.”

12 August 2017

Music Group Bokanté Serves Up Songs in the Key of Creole

The fusion of West African music, Mississippi Delta blues and Caribbean rhythms are what the band Bokanté is all about.

7 August 2017

A Team of Women Is Unearthing the Forgotten Legacy of Harvard’s Women ‘Computers’

“Yes, look at...modern women who people associate with the space-based sciences, but go back further...They’ve always been there. As long as they could be, they were there.”

23 July 2017

A North Korean Refugee and Cartoonist Draws What Life Is Like for Those Who Escape

As a child, teachers praised Choi Seong-guk for his sketches of American soldiers that he says he made look “as ugly and violent as possible.”

22 July 2017

Mongolian Nomads Say Goodbye to Herding, Hello to Smog

Climate change is forcing many of Mongolia's nomadic herders to abandon their traditional lifestyle and move to Ulaanbaatar. That's making a big smog problem in the city even worse.

8 July 2017

What Happens When Mom and Dad Face Deportation From the US

While their parents fight deportation, these siblings in San Diego have turned to social media to raise money to help shoulder the costs of running the household.

24 June 2017

Meet the Saudi Woman Who Ignited a Firestorm When She Got Behind the Wheel

Challenging prohibitions on driving in Saudi Arabia is no easy task.

11 June 2017

A Physicist Who Always Dreamed of Working in the US Says It’s No Longer the ‘Global Center of Science’

His family zigzagged the globe in pursuit, and defense, of science. Now, he's worried about the future of science in the US.

10 June 2017

With the Ebola Outbreak Over, the US Wants a Group of West African Immigrants to Go Home

They were in the US legally due to a statute offered to people from countries in crisis. Now, their crisis is deemed over, but it's not easy to return home.

4 June 2017

A Ugandan Woman Thought She Was Going to Teach in Kuwait. Instead She Was Trafficked.

When Prudence Nandaula got a new job in Kuwait, she was thrilled. But when she arrived, her passport was taken from her — and she was given a mop.

27 May 2017

In the Age of Trump, Fewer Lenders in the US Want to Provide This Med Student With Student Loans

Just 160 out of 11,300 applicants were accepted to Loyola’s medical school. But that’s not the only hurdle for undocumented students who get a coveted spot.

21 May 2017

First- and Second-Generation Dutch Wonder Whether They'll Ever Be Considered Locals

Identity, integration and Islam were critical issues in the Dutch spring elections in the Netherlands. At the heart of the debate was who belongs in the Netherlands.

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