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A daily public radio broadcast program and podcast from PRX and WGBH, hosted by Marco Werman

Fifty years ago this week, Fidel Castro and his communist regime came to power in Cuba. An ailing Castro has handed over the presidency to his brother Raul. But, Fidel Castro continue to loom large. In this special podcast, The World's Katy Clark speaks with Dan Erikson, author of "The …
In her five-part series The World's Jeb Sharp is looking at how wars end. They don't end quite the way we imagine they do. And sometimes they don't end at all. She looks to the past for some clues.
China is building twenty new cities a year and has been, for two decades. But the massive urbanization is taking its toll on China's environment - and on many of its people who have been pouring into the mega-cities from China's countryside. The United States went through a similar transformation …
China is building twenty new cities a year and has been, for two decades. But the massive urbanization is taking its toll on China's environment - and on many of its people who have been pouring into the mega-cities from China's countryside. The United States went through a similar transformation …
Istanbul is famous for being the city that bridges east and west. The Turkish metropolis sits at the divide between Europe and Asia. But Istanbul faces another divide, too. It's a world city that gazes back on a rich history of lost empires: Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman. It's also the focus …
Part four size acceptance in France, part five obesity and medical research. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with obesity expert Dr. Louis Aronne to answer some of the many questions posed by listeners responding to our week-long series on global obesity.
Part one obesity in South Africa. Part two controlling the nutritional environment. Part three tackling juvenile obesity in Singapore.
China's young generation is like none that has come before in the People's Republic. It's grown up riding the wave of China's growing prosperity, of hi- tech advances and of globalization. And this generation includes more "only children" than anyplace else on earth, probably anytime in human history. About 100 …
China's young generation is like none that has come before in the People's Republic. It's grown up riding the wave of China's growing prosperity, of hi- tech advances and of globalization. And this generation includes more "only children" than anyplace else on earth, probably anytime in human history. About 100 …
Tony Blair's last day as prime minister will be June 27, 2007. Ten years at 10 Downing Street is enough, Blair said, for him and for the country. This special half-hour podcast takes a look at the legacy of Tony Blair, his relationship with George W. Bush and his successor, …
There are a number of countries at the top of America's list of foreign policy concerns. Iraq is obviously one of them. Another one is Iraq's next-door neighbor, Iran. Right now the United States is worried about the possibility that Iran might develop nuclear weapons. But President Bush is just …
One year after Africa's first elected female head of state, President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, started the massive job of rebuilding war-shattered Liberia, her government has made a good start but still faces huge challenges. The World's Jessie Graham traveled to West Africa to report from Liberia.
Nearly 13 years have passed since the genocide in Rwanda. Changes are sweeping the country. President Paul Kagame is pushing an ambitious reform agenda. Signs of development are everywhere. But the country still wrestles with its trauma. Special courts are trying thousands of genocide suspects, prisons are still swollen with …
Favelas - Shanty towns - Squatter camps - Bidonvilles. They go by different names in different places, but the vast slums of the developing world share many traits - grinding poverty, rampant disease, and surprising ingenuity. In this four-part series, we explore the forces that have created these burgeoning informal …
China, the world's largest nation with one of the fastest growing economies, has a world-class pollution problem. In a four-part series, correspondent Mary Kay Magistad examines China's growing environmental crisis and what the country is doing to respond. Part One: Land of Pollution China's staggering growth has come at a …
Elizabeth Ross visits a vintage 1940's recording studio in Havana and Lisa Mullins checks out Cuba's classic cars. Then it's a night at the ballet where Cuban aficionados of the pas-de-deux are just as fanatical as sports fans - or maybe you'd rather spend the evening at the San Carlos …
U.S. relations with Cuba have been strained since Fidel Castro seized control in 1959. For more than 45 years Washington has imposed a trade embargo against Cuba. Lisa Mullins speaks with reporter Stephen Gibbs about the challenges he faces as a journalist in Castro's Cuba. The diplomatic tit-for tat between …
Lisa Mullins visits Finca Vigia, the decaying former estate of writer Ernest Hemingway. The American author spent two decades of his life on this farm just outside of Havana. You can still find folks who remember him. American preservationists have now been given permission by the US government to restore …
The AIDS virus thrives on ignorance and powerlessness. People who don't know how to protect themselves... or don't have the means to do so... often fall victim to HIV. What's true for individuals is also true for nations. And one nation in Southeast Asia provides a lesson in how silence …
We conclude our look at survivors of the atomic bomb blast that destroyed the Japanese city of Hiroshima 60 years ago this week. The World's Patrick Cox travels to Los Angeles to talk to survivors who now live in America. He concludes the series in Hiroshima, exploring the deep and …