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Host Marco Werman and his team of producers bring you the world's most interesting stories that remind us just how small our planet really is.

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Host Marco Werman and his team of producers bring you the world's most interesting stories that remind us just how small our planet really is.

    Madagascar suffers worst drought in decades

    Madagascar suffers worst drought in decades

    The island nation of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean is suffering through its worst drought in four decades. Also, the Kremlin doubles down on its suppression of all-things associated with Alexei Navalny. The opposition politician is already in jail after surviving a poisoning attempt. This week, Moscow blocked nearly 50 websites connected to Navalny. Plus, mermaid classes have become extremely popular in China.

    • 48 min
    Tunisian President Kais Saied seizes power

    Tunisian President Kais Saied seizes power

    Tunisian President Kais Saied fired the country's prime minister and suspended its parliament. Tunisia's main opposition party, Ennahda, called the move a "coup.” And Iraqi Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi and US President Joe Biden will sign an agreement on Monday to officially end US military combat missions in Iraq by the end of 2021. Also, more than half of Australia's population is under lockdown again. Single people are asking for a “singles’ bubble.” And we hear from 24-year-old Mohammed Rezuwan, a Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh who spent the past year recording and translating Rohingya folktales.

    • 47 min
    China's President Xi Jinping visits Tibet

    China's President Xi Jinping visits Tibet

    China's President Xi Jinping has made a surprise visit this week to the contested, autonomous region of Tibet. And, in the tumultuous days since the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moïse, some members of the Haitian diaspora are looking to play a role in shaping Haiti's future. Also, since US President Joe Biden announced the unconditional withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan, the Taliban has continued to take over district after district. How much longer can the Afghan security forces hold the group back from taking over major cities like Kabul? And, on the 10th anniversary of the death of Amy Winehouse, host Marco Werman reflects on the British soul singer’s myriad talents.

    • 47 min
    Canada to reopen land border with the US

    Canada to reopen land border with the US

    On Aug. 9, Canada will reopen its land border to Americans who have been fully vaccinated. But Mexico isn't ready to lift its restrictions on nonessential travelers and neither is the US. And, Americans love ice cream, but in the past five years, the popularity of frozen treats in China has exploded. The country now has the largest ice cream market in the world. Also, while billionaires like Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson have gotten lots of attention for their recent forays into space, there's another space race heating up — in Africa. And, we hear from fencer Aida Mohamed of Hungary, as she takes part in her 7th Olympic Games.

    • 46 min
    Indonesia becomes the world’s latest COVID hot spot

    Indonesia becomes the world’s latest COVID hot spot

    COVID-19 is tearing through Indonesia, where the total case count is nearing 3 million and the infection rates have skyrocketed since mid-May. And today, UNESCO announced it is revoking Liverpool’s World Heritage status, over concerns about the city's waterfront redevelopment plans. Also, a rocket attack in Kabul, near the presidential palace, is yet another reminder of the worsening security situation in Afghanistan, with most US troops having already left. And, Seattle-based artist Dakota Camacho has roots in Guam. By researching the island's history, Camacho developed a unique hip-hop style.

    • 48 min
    Haiti announces new prime minister

    Haiti announces new prime minister

    Following the assassination of Haiti’s president, it remained unclear who would take charge. On Tuesday, Haitian officials announced that interim Prime Minister Claude Joseph is stepping down and making way for Ariel Henry. Last year, many facilities run by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement became COVID-19 hot spots. Now, infections at these facilities are rising again. Also, for decades under the dictatorship of Omar al-Bashir, Sudan’s school curriculum was infused with Islamist ideology. The new government in Sudan set out to change that. And, with surfing making its debut at the Tokyo Olympic Games, some in Hawaii are working to highlight its roots.

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
708 Ratings

708 Ratings

Jay4UT ,

Excellent journalism

The World challenges global assumptions, while examining the world’s most pressing states and issues. Always a privilege to hear from journalist who take a global approach, and spend their time to craft impressive features.

RunWWJD ,

I LOVE The World… but

The World is exactly what I was looking for before I found it. I love the international news from a US perspective. It provides in depth forays into the situation of communities around the world. Perfect

But… there has lately been a sponsored promotion of “Disrupt Talk” - a podcast focused on the success of Israel’s response to the pandemic. But, there is no mention of the deplorable situation of Palestine in regards to the pandemic. And, as the occupying force, they must bear some responsibility. I also cannot find the podcast on apple podcast to listen to see if there is a more nuanced view expressed. But, this caveat to their “success” is so glaring that failing to include it even in the promotional blurb seems irresponsible.

LannsterBobannster ,

Excellent Dose of Global Context

As an American, I find it easy to slip into an information bubble where I focus so heavily on domestic issues and politics in the US that I miss out on what's happening elsewhere. This podcast does an excellent job of informing listeners of major world events all around the globe, and has been invaluable for helping me to broaden my focus. Thank you!

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