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How are the things we're talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it's as hard as ever to escape our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you places.

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How are the things we're talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it's as hard as ever to escape our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you places.

    From Niqab To N95

    From Niqab To N95

    The French republic "lives with her face uncovered," say the posters. But now face masks are mandatory. We look back at why covering your face in France used to be a sign of bad citizenship, until it wasn't.

    • 20 min
    Hotel Corona

    Hotel Corona

    One hundred and eighty recovering COVID-19 patients. One Jerusalem hotel. Secular, religious, Arabs, Jews, old, young. Their phones are out, they're recording. And the rest of Israel is... tuning in.

    • 34 min
    American Surrogate: 30 Months Later

    American Surrogate: 30 Months Later

    Back in 2017, we brought you the story of a Chinese mom who hired an American surrogate to carry her baby. Each needed something from the other that was hard to admit. Their relationship became a crash course in transcontinental communication and the meaning of family. Now, in the middle of a pandemic, we check in with them.

    • 47 min
    The Coronavirus Guilt Trip

    The Coronavirus Guilt Trip

    Shame can be a powerful tool, but during a global pandemic? Stories of shame from South Korean chat rooms, a Pakistani street corner, and a Brooklyn grocery store.

    • 26 min
    WeChats From The Future

    WeChats From The Future

    She felt the urgency before her husband did. A story about the time lag between the arrival of the coronavirus in two different nations, and how that played out in a marriage

    • 17 min
    How Covid-19 Is Challenging Cultures

    How Covid-19 Is Challenging Cultures

    On this episode of Rough Translation we talk to NPR international correspondents about the coronavirus (COVID-19). How does culture affect nations' responses to the pandemic?

    • 22 min

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