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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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    • 4.6 • 848 Ratings

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.

    ICJ orders Israel to halt Rafah military offensive

    ICJ orders Israel to halt Rafah military offensive

    The UN's International Court of Justice has ordered Israel to stop its military offensive in the city of Rafah in southern Gaza. It comes as Israel also said it has recovered the bodies of three Israeli hostages from Gaza. Also, a look at the UAE’s support of the Sudanese paramilitary Rapid Support Forces as the war between the RSF and the Sudanese national army reaches a new critical juncture. And, a new book about architecture that was designed but never built. Plus, a look at why we clap, something that researchers say is universal.Listen to today’s Music Heard on Air.

    • 47 min
    Death of Iran's president raises questions about a different succession for the country

    Death of Iran's president raises questions about a different succession for the country

    The death of Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi has raised the question of another succession — that of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Raisi was seen as a strong candidate before his death. Also, Kenya’s president is in the US for a historic state dinner celebrating 60 years of diplomatic relations with the United States. It comes as Kenyan police prepare to arrive in Haiti to lead a controversial multinational UN force backed by Washington there. And, the Biden Administration faces an uphill battle in its efforts to close down the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba. Plus, a look at the legacy of the Latin Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and accordionist from Colombia, Omar Geles, who has died at the age of 57.Listen to today’s Music Heard on Air.

    • 48 min
    Three European nations recognize a Palestinian state

    Three European nations recognize a Palestinian state

    Spain, Ireland and Norway say they will recognize a Palestinian state on May 28. They will join 139 countries who have already taken the step. Also, a court has ruled that greenhouse gasses are a form of marine pollution, laying out legal obligations for governments. And, the Aral Sea, which spans the borders of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan, used to be the fourth largest lake on the planet but changed under Soviet policies. An engineering project turned things around, but the progress is once again on shaky ground. Plus, Jenny Erpenbeck's novel “Kairos” becomes the first translated German work to win the International Booker Prize.

    • 48 min
    NHS blood scandal in the UK

    NHS blood scandal in the UK

    Investigators in Britain have recently released an explosive report detailing how more than 30,000 UK residents contracted HIV or hepatitis from tainted blood products in the 1970s and 1980s. Survivors of the contamination and their families have welcomed new pledges of compensation. And, security forces rescued 350 hostages from Boko Haram captivity in Nigeria on Monday. The hostages had been held in a forest enclave by the militants before they were rescued. Also, who doesn't have a fond childhood memory that's grown hazy with time, especially because there was never a photo to solidify it in the mind's eye? Well, now a Spanish AI company is creating the image on paper based just on the memory. Plus, South Korea bans a North Korean TikTok sensation.

    • 48 min
    Iran: A day after death of its president and foreign minister

    Iran: A day after death of its president and foreign minister

    Iranians woke up on Monday to the news of the death of President Ibraheem Raisi and foreign minister Hossein Amir-Abdollahian. The officials were traveling in a helicopter when it crashed in a mountainous area in the northwest of the country. And naturalists have discovered that there are many species that are now hard to find in the United States, but healthy populations can be found across the border, and now wall, in Mexico. But tagging these species in Mexico can also be a challenge, in part because of risks from cartel activity. Also, the top prosecutor at the International Criminal Court today announced a request for arrest warrants from top leaders from both Hamas and the Israeli government. Karim Khan said that he has reason to believe that Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, along with the Israeli defense minister, and three top leaders from Hamas all "bear criminal responsibility" for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity. Plus, an art portal connecting Dublin to New York City reopens. 

    • 47 min
    Upheaval in New Caledonia

    Upheaval in New Caledonia

    France declared a state of emergency in its Pacific Islands territory of New Caledonia. At least three Indigenous Kanak people and two police officers have been killed in violence that began Monday night over a proposed amendment to the French constitution that expands French citizens’ eligibility to vote in the archipelago's local elections. And, the US military says the first aid shipment has arrived in the Gaza Strip via a floating pier off the coast of the territory. Humanitarian aid officials say basic necessities are desperately needed in Gaza. But the pier is also a sign of a failure in US-Israeli cooperation. Also,  nearly a week after flash floods caused by heavy rain, devastated villages in northern Afghanistan, survivors are struggling with basic needs like shelter and food. The floods left at least 300 dead and many are still missing. Plus, the Vatican adopts new laws to evaluate supernatural phenomena.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
848 Ratings

848 Ratings

Cameroncj ,

My favorite way to humanize the news, for the last 10 years

I’ve been listening to The World regularly for more than 10 years and have been highly impressed with the craftsmanship and quality of content over that time. And in my opinion, it just keeps getting better.

The ability to hear the individuals behind news stories (big and small) is inspiring. I find that taking in the news in this way humanizes it far more than just reading impersonal headlines and articles in a news publication. The World dos a particularly amazing job of balancing the major, headlining negative stories across the world with positive ones that remind us of the power of kindness and that everyone and everything is connected.

Kira Not Here ,

One of my absolute favorite shows/podcasts

I’ve been listening to The World for a long time, both on NPR via terrestrial radio and as a podcast. Everything about this show is good, from Marco Werman to production to the topics covered to the focus on humanity among us all. I always come away from each episode feeling smarter and more aware of just how complex (and altogether too often tragic) the world can be. Many thanks to the entire team of producers, writers, journalists and hosts.

Jarvin20 ,

Favorite global news podcast!

I love listening to The World. Excellent mix of hard news with personal interest stories. I feel smarter after listening.

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