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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

2012120820121209 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

2013120720131208 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

2014010420140105 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

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A Us Marine’s Iraq War Diary2013032320130324 (WS)

Tim McLaughlin's writings about the 2003 invasion of Iraq anchor a New York exhibit.

A US Marine's Iraq war diary goes on display in New York City; why there are more international journalists covering the Bradley Manning whistle-blower trial than Americans; Muscovites give American action film star Steven Seagal a big Russian welcome and marrying by proxy.

(Image: An armed US Marine with night vision goggles, in silhouette on night patrol in Iraq. Credit: Getty Images)

A Us Retailer Fights Off A Canadian Pirate2013062220130624 (WS)

A small shop in Canada is reselling goods from popular US store in, Trader Joe's

Aleppo's Ancient Souk20121014

Aleppo’s ancient souk, a Norwegian statesman's rock ballad and brave New York foodies.

This week, we tour Aleppo’s ancient souk.

Also, Norwegian statesman Jan Egeland gets his own rock ballad.

Plus, some Bostonians try to lift Indian kids out of poverty.

And we have the story of some New Yorkers who will tuck into any type of food - even duck embryo.

(Image: Shops are shuttered in the souk in the old city of Aleppo. Credit: MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

America’s Domestic Drones2013012620130127 (WS)

How unmanned aerial vehicles used for overseas missions are watching Americans at home

How unmanned aerial vehicles used for overseas missions are also tracking Americans at home.

Also, immigrant rights campaigners in Texas see an opportunity in President Obama's second term. And help comes to domestic abuse victims in California's South-Asian community.

(Image: A drone, Credit: Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

America's Reliance On Drone Warfare2013050420130506 (WS)

US Senators meet a Yemeni man whose village was targeted by a drone

Yemenis question America's reliance on drone warfare: US Senators meet a Yemeni man whose village was targeted by a drone, and a made-up drone strike in Massachusetts goes viral in Pakistan.

Also, a reluctant fundamentalist jumps from book form to the big screen, and helping Mexican entrepreneurs get a leg up in the US market.

(Image: Air hangar and a drone, Credit: Getty Images)

An Iraqi-american Family’s Sanctions Nightmare2013010520130106 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Between 'immigrant' And 'citizen'2013112320131124 (WS)

A play about illegal immigrants in the US tries to humanise the immigration reform debate

How a play about the struggles of illegal immigrant youths in the United States is trying to humanise the national debate over immigration reform. We hear from the author of Citizenship: American Identity after Globalization about how the value placed on US citizenship has changed through the years.

Also, how Filipinos in the US who already send a lot of aid back home are trying to do more in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. An American architect’s ambitious vision for a new public park in Russia’s capital moves ahead. And, what Fidel Castro said when he heard that President John F Kennedy had been shot in Dallas 50 years ago this week.

(Picture: The play Just Like Us follows four young immigrants from Mexico and looks at how their legal status impacts their futures, Credit: Jennifer M Koskinen, all rights reserved by Denver Center Theater Company)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Border Patrol2013092120130923 (WS)

A cat-and-mouse game intensifies with US Border Patrol as illegal crossings rise in Texas

Boston Marathon Bombing2013042020130421 (WS)

Views on the Boston Marathon bombings from some of the race's international runners, as well (should probably just be "and") war correspondents compare the scene in Boston to some of the worst they've witnessed. Also on the programme, praising tourniquets and an amputee marathon competitor offers hope to those injured in the attack.

(Image: A Boston police officer and floral tributes, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

Boston Uncommon2014041920140420 (WS)

It’s been a year since the Boston Marathon bombings. As the city gears up for this year’s race, we hear from some of the people who’ll be on the course. One - an experienced runner and trauma surgeon - treated victims in last year’s blast. The second is an Iraqi diplomat who’ll be running to show solidarity with terrorism victims the world over.

Also in this edition, how the adopted hometown of the alleged bombing suspects is coming to terms with the events of last April. And the new generation of robots that are being deployed to protect high-profile sporting events like the Boston Marathon.

Picture: A man observes the Dear Boston exhibit at the Boston Public Library. The exhibit pays homage to the victims of last year’s Boston Marathon bombing, the survivors, and the resilience of Boston and the world of runners who consider this city their home, too.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Chinese Characters2014042620140427 (WS)

Why workers who make American-brand footwear in China have walked off the job

We hear why some Chinese factory workers who make American-brand footwear are demanding more money and better treatment by their bosses. And, how American-style graffiti is allowed to thrive on the concrete walls of Beijing. Plus, what China can learn from America when it comes to building skyscrapers. The Chinese-American re-enactor taking on the British at the Battle of Lexington. We meet an American man who goes hunting for a Chinese name, and learn why more and more Chinese are adopting American-sounding names like 'Tom' and 'Cinderella'.

(Photo: Nike shoes displayed at an outlet in Jakarta. Credit: Adek Berry/AFP/Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

'closed Until Further Notice'2013100520131007 (WS)

Both tourists and refugees in the US are feeling the impact of the government shutdown

Parts of the US government closed down this week when Congress failed to pass a new budget. We find out how the closures are affecting both tourists and refugees in the US. We also hear from a long-time American correspondent in East Asia who returns home to find the air cleaner and the crowds smaller than what she had grown accustomed to. Also, America’s relationship with Brazil takes a turn for the worse. And, how some immigrant actors in the US find that their accents have become assets when pursuing certain roles.

(Photo: The USS Constitution in Boston closed until further notice. Credit: Emily Files)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Collective Action2014092720140928 (WS)

The Russian punk rock collective Pussy Riot comes to Boston

The Russian punk performance art activists Pussy Riot comes to Boston. We chat with two of its members about Vladimir Putin, prison, and fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden. Plus, we learn why the United States and Europe are so far apart on climate policy. And, we meet two young Central American migrants who are facing a new challenge—starting school in the US. Also on this edition, we look at the push to get Muslim holidays on the school calendar in New York City. We hear from the American puppeteers who received a standing ovation in Tehran. And, we have a review the Ig Nobel Cookbook, Volume I.

(Photo: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left) and Maria Alyokhina. Courtesy of Pussy Riot)

Coming To Terms2014101120141012 (WS)

The first person to be diagnosed with Ebola in the United States has died. Now, at least one African immigrant is finding herself on the defensive. We meet the young Liberian-American, and learn how she is trying to remain focused on the crisis back home.

Also on this edition, another immigrant recalls some early fashion lessons from her teenage class-mates. And, we hear from our listeners about whether the world is actually becoming a more peaceful place. Plus, a trip to Alcatraz Island to tour an unprecedented new exhibit by the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei. We learn how English became the language of science. And, from the Beyonce horse fly to the George Bush beetle, we find out how new species get their familiar names.

(Photo: Congregants at the Friends in Jesus African International Church, Sacramento, California. The church caters to the city's large Liberian-American community. Credit: Joe Rubin)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Confronting A Sexual Harasser2013111620131117 (WS)

An American reporter living in Egypt says that after being sexually harassed on the streets of Cairo day after day, she’d had enough. Find out what happens when she asks one of her harassers for an interview. Also, Marvel Comics unveils its first Muslim superhero – the Pakistani-American Miss Marvel. A tech support worker in the Philippines who answers help requests from abroad finds something to laugh about in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan. A young, Asian-American woman embraces the cultural tradition of multi-generational living. And, tragedy strikes the members of an Iranian rock band in New York City.

An American reporter living in Egypt turns her microphone on a man who calls her 'Sugar'

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Detroit: Our Problem, Your Problem2013101220131014 (WS)

European banks dig in their heels over the largest municipal bankruptcy in US history

Detroit made history in July when it became the largest US city ever to declare bankruptcy. We hear why some European banks are now digging in their heels over the city’s drive to solvency. Also, we find out about the hardships faced by some migrants who sneak across the US/Mexico border after being picked up by the US border patrol. We meet a Somali-American imam in Minnesota who is determined to counter any extremist views being perpetuated in his community. And, words of warning for Americans who like to help those who are less fortunate - you may be doing more harm than good.

(Photo: The word 'Bankruptcy' is painted on the side of a vacant building on Grand River Avenue in Detroit, by street artists as a statement on the financial affairs of the city. Credit: Reuters)

Fish, France And Forgeries2014012520140126 (WS)

Fears that radiation-contaminated fish from Fukushima is turning up in US markets

Some Americans on the Pacific Coast are worried that radiation-contaminated water from the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan is tainting fish being sold in local markets. Scientists, though, say they need not worry. Also, why some Boston area students are so angry with the French Consulate, and why so many French technical innovators are heading to California’s Silicon Valley. We meet one of the world’s top legal counterfeiters of precious gems. And, we find out about the trousers worn by Norway’s National Curling team that are generating so much attention.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Follow The Money2014052420140525 (WS)

A new online tool tracks the millions of dollars spent by foreign lobbyists in the US

We hear about a new online tool that helps track the millions of dollars spent by foreign lobbyists in Washington. Also in the show, the California community that Toyota built and what might become of it when the car company pulls out. A new photo exhibit in Moscow offers an intimate portrait of New Orleans. What makes Americana so big in Japan? The tale of an American man who came to embrace his Ukrainian roots through his love of music. And a music student from Argentina who’d been studying in Boston nails Stairway to Heaven on graduation day.

(Photo: Man holding US 100 dollar bank notes. Credit: Corbis)

Girl's Ballet School In Syria2013011920130120 (WS)

How life goes on for young ballerinas in a suburb of Damascus

How life goes on for young ballerinas in a suburb of Damascus. A young Haitian woman rebuilds her life in New York after fleeing the 2010 earthquake in her homeland. We’ll also hear about Hollywood’s decades-old relationship with America’s top spy agency, the CIA.

(Image: Young ballerinas at their ballet class, Credit: Emma LeBlanc)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

India’s Gender Troubles2013011220130113 (WS)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Iraq: 'like A Bad Relationship'2014062120140622 (WS)

With parts of Iraq that US troops once fought to defend now in the hands of Islamist militants, one US soldier who saw combat there tells us what he thinks America’s responsibility is now. We hear what's behind America’s longstanding suspicion of beards, how a tiny wasp from Pakistan might be able to save the US citrus industry and how group prenatal care is becoming more popular across America, leading to healthier babies.

Also, we hear why Americans call football soccer and we find out why legendary Top 40 DJ Casey Kasem is also a hero for Arab-Americans.

Image: Getty

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Joseph Kony’s War € In Graphic Novel Form2013040620130408 (WS)

A new graphic novel about the Ugandan warlord wanted by the International Criminal Court

A new graphic novel, Army of God Joseph Kony's War in Central Africa, shines a light on the Ugandan warlord wanted by the International Criminal Court.

Also on the programme: Guantanamo detainees go on a hunger strike; the troubles facing Boston's immigrant taxi drivers; Mayan baseball; and author Gish Jen discusses writing from a Chinese-American perspective.

Image: The cover for the book Army of God. Copyright: PublicAffairs

Learning English In The Workplace2013061520130617 (WS)

Businesses in the US are helping their immigrant workers to learn to speak English

Businesses in the US are seeing the benefits of helping their immigrant workers to learn to speak English and are teaching them language skills.

Also on the programme: some European universities go English-only in the classroom. And, in light of the US government surveillance scandal, we ask if we’re living in the future as predicted by George Orwell in his novel 1984.

(Image: Learning English in the workplace)

Learning To Succeed In South Africa2013122820131229 (WS)

The high school in a South African township that's lifting families out of poverty

Meet the students of Cape Town's Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT), a magnet school that serves the low-income township of Khayelitsha. We look at their challenges and successes over the past year. The school motto is “No Excuses, Just Success?, but one 17-year-old student faces a big hurdle when his mother dies and he finds himself as the head of the household, just before he is due to sit an exam. We also join the students as they celebrate Nelson Mandela’s 95th birthday and attend the annual school prom. And finally, there is some good news for that 17-year-old student.

(Photo: Students of Cape Town's Centre of Science and Technology (COSAT), courtesy of COSAT)

Let’s Go Viral2014111520141116 (WS)

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone on social media’s role in social movements

On the theme of global connectedness in the age of social media, we hear from Biz Stone, the co-founder of Twitter, on social media’s role in social movements around the world. Plus, we talk Twitter diplomacy and 21st Century statecraft. And, the origins of Nerd Nite, a monthly lecture series uniting the brainy and the boozy.

Also, the new hotline that fights Ebola-related stigma against African immigrants in the US. Boston Calling listeners from around the globe share their superstitions. And, a behind-the-scenes look at OK Go’s latest viral sensation—a drone-assisted music video shot in Japan.

Look Closer2014100420141005 (WS)

Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker argues that violence is actually decreasing globally

It has been a season of upheaval and bloodshed around the world. But Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker argues that deadly violence is actually decreasing globally, and that it has been for decades.

Also on this edition, we hear about the new propaganda wing of the militant group that calls itself Islamic State. We visit a community in California that is grappling with the Ebola crisis from afar. And, we take a deep dive into the largest marine sanctuary in the world. Plus, an American photographer documents life in the Fukushima exclusion zone. And the legacy of 1940s social clubs for Japanese-Americans.

Meaningful Words2014031520140316 (WS)

How President Ronald Reagan learned the valuable Russian proverb, 'Trust, but verify'

We hear from the historian who taught US President Ronald Reagan the Russian proverb, “Trust, but verify,? and about the role it played in helping to end the Cold War. Also on the program, why Russians can’t give a simple response to the question, “How are you?? How China’s “Green Fence? is cleaning up America’s dirty recycling. We meet the New York man who’s searching for the perfect pizza box. Europeans respond to a controversial American luxury car advertisement that mocks their work ethic. And, we explore Crimea’s rich cultural and historic beauty.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

New York Icons Remade2013110220131103 (WS)

America’s oldest licenced pizzeria thrives a year after super storm Sandy floods

One year ago this week, Super Storm Sandy ravaged New York City. The building housing the oldest licensed pizzeria in the United States was among those flooded in the storm. The granddaughter of the original proprietor, who reportedly introduced Neapolitan-style pizza to the US, talks about her hopes for the business going forward.

Also, a Syrian immigrant to the US recalls his amusing first days in America. How high tech workers from India are transforming California’s Silicon Valley. And how Orson Welles’s panic-inducing 1938 US radio drama, War of the Worlds, inspired copycat broadcasts around the world - with similar effects.

Picture: Totonno's Pizzeria in Coney Island, Brooklyn, Credit: roboppy/Flickr

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

New York Sikhs Organise Help For Sandy Victims2012112420121125 (WS)

New York’s Indian Sikh community has been providing free bowls of steaming lentils, rice and vegetables to some of those hardest hit by last month's Hurricane Sandy. What is has the response been so far?

Also, the growing need among emergency responders in the US for interpreters. And the Chinese girls adopted into American families who are asking: "Who are we and where do we come from?"

(Image: Sikh men walk between two yellow taxis, Credit: Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

No Man Left Behind2014060720140608 (WS)

US Army sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was set free by his Taliban captors last weekend. Since then, a debate has been raging in the US over whether he deserted his outpost in Afghanistan when he went missing five years ago, or if he had been taken prisoner against his will, or if it was a bit of both? We hear how it is not the first time the US military has faced this conundrum. Bergdahl was released in exchange for five Taliban prisoners being held at Guantanamo. We get an update on some other detainees at the controversial US military prison in Cuba. Also, we meet a singer who was homeless in Nashville before making it big in Sweden. And we hear how cocktails get such memorable names.

(Photo: Signs of support with images of US Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl. Credit: Reuters)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

No Place Like Home2014082320140824 (WS)

A Yazidi community in America tries desperately to help friends and family in Iraq

Iraq’s Yazidis are on the run from militants of the Islamic State, and the threat of further violence looms large. We’ll hear how a Yazidi community in Nebraska is dealing with their group’s dramatic plight.

Also on the programme, we’ll visit ‘Little Kurdistan’, where we head out on patrol with the city’s only Kurdish-American cop. And, we’ll find out how protestors in Ferguson, Missouri connected with residents of the West Bank. Also in this edition, we’ll ask why the US refused to pay ransom demands for slain American journalist James Foley. We’ll learn the reasons an escalating number of migrants are being tried as criminals in US courts. And, we’ll listen to an avant folk-rock band that’s fusing Chinese and American sounds.

Picture: An Iraqi Yazidi woman and her baby, who fled their home when IS militants attacked the town of Sinjar, Credit: AFP/Getty Images

Paying Tribute To President Barack Obama In Pastry2012102720121028 (WS)

We gauge President Obama's popularity through a sticky Turkish treat.

In this week's show, we gauge President Barack Obama's popularity based on a sticky Turkish treat. We also fact-check the phrase "horses and bayonets" from the final US presidential debate and ask what foreign policy issues the candidates are overlooking. Also, Mexico's Mormons.

(Image: A portrait of Barack Obama in pastry. Credit: Matthew Brunwasser, PRI's The World)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Red Lines And Tipping Points2013083120130902 (WS)

The US role in chemical attacks during the Iran-Iraq War

According to US President Barack Obama, Syria’s alleged use of chemical weapons earlier this month crossed a red line. But a report in Foreign Policy magazine says the US actually helped Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein use chemical weapons against Iran in the ‘80s. We hear from one of the report’s authors.

We also remember Martin Luther King's "I have a dream" speech and the historic civil rights march on Washington DC 50 years ago this week.

And call centre workers in the Philippines who live on “American time?; and we speak to one of the photographers behind a new show at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts depicting the bedrooms of teenagers in the US and Middle East.

Picture: Soldier in a gas mask, Credit: Pascal Guyot/AFP/Getty Images

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Russian Departures2014030120140302 (WS)

A gay Russian who fears persecution at home seeks asylum - and a new life - in the US

The story of a gay Russian man who fears persecution at home and heads to the US seeking asylum - and a new life.

Also on the programme, the out-going US ambassador to Russia reminisces about his time in Moscow and the active social media presence he nurtured while serving there. We also explore the Russian aversion to putting ice cubes in drinking glasses. And, we learn about a programme that teaches people how to prepare authentic ethnic cuisine in New York's immigrant kitchens. Plus, the challenges of keeping America’s ageing immigrant population connected to their communities.

Picture: Demonstrators wearing President Putin masks kiss as they take part in a rally, Credit: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

Same Sex Marriage2013033020130331 (WS)

Immigrants offer their views on a contentious issue now before the US Supreme Court.

Immigrant views on America's same sex marriage debate now before the US Supreme Court; undocumented immigrants in New York City get their tax paperwork in order; Texas border residents argue against more security; an Iranian basketball sensation and yoga for military veterans.

(Image: Same-sex marriage ceremony. Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Sequester: 'the United States Of Austerity'2013030220130303 (WS)

Americans and foreign visitors react to massive US government spending cuts.

The US government faces tens of billions of dollars in federal spending cuts. Ethiopia's economy benefits from its returning diaspora. An American journalist celebrates tweeting and photo-sharing from inside North Korea. And, the joys of a Mediterranean diet. (Image: US dollars. Credit: AFP:Getty)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Shutdown Resolution And Reverberations2013101920131021 (WS)

The US budget standoff is over, but memories of the weeks’ long impasse linger

The budget standoff that shut down much of the US government is over, but memories of the weeks’ long impasse will likely linger. We hear how one business - Interpreting Services - that does a lot of government contract work plans to scale back that part of its operations out of fear of future shutdowns.

Also, how history will view this ugly display of US government malfunction? We’ll also speak with an American reporter in Burma who got caught up in a mysterious bombing this past week, we’ll meet an Iranian-American woman who plays a serious game of dodgeball, and we’ll learn about a scientist who had a breakthrough moment when he got a tick stuck up his nose.

Picture: Antonio Guerra, Cetra's Director of Interpreting Services with his team of interpreters

Sliver Of Hope2014072620140727 (WS)

An American doctor on the frontlines of the Ebola crisis in West Africa

When an American doctor in west Africa encounters a nine-year-old boy with Ebola, he doesn’t give up hope that the child can be treated - but the odds are not in his favour. And, an Indian immigrant to the US laments the difficulty of finding a Hindi book in India. We find out why a Chinese game called Nine-Man is taking off in America. Also, we learn why the liquor baijiu has yet to catch on with American drinkers. We hear how a Russian writer got a street named after him in New York. And, we meet a classical music composer whose latest chart-topping album is inspired by climate change.

(Photo: Dr William Fischer wearing protective medical gear, courtesy of Dr. William Fischer)

So Long, America2014071220140713 (WS)

The US government warns against travel to more than one-third of Africa

The United States government is advising its citizens to “strongly consider not going? to more than one-third of Africa.

Also on the programme, the border-crossing Americans taking Mexican football by storm; the former Harvard footballer fighting for gender equality in Brazil; the man behind the steroid scandal that rocked American baseball and the men who make up an unlikely union of cabbies fighting discrimination in Washington DC.

And, we talk about French sweets - so unforgettable that they stir and soothe the soul.

Photo: An international air traveller at Los Angeles International Airport pulling her handluggage, Credit: Getty Images

So Many Questions2014051020140511 (WS)

We hear from a Ugandan man who is seeking asylum in the US. He says that his work as a gay rights activist has made him a target back home.

Also in the programme, we meet a group of Filipino-Americans in Southern California who come together over their shared love of guns. We connect the dots between New York comedians and jokes from Odessa. Why an Indian business model stumps a professor from one of America’s top business schools. An international circus performer talks about the perils and pleasures of her craft. And, the story of a letter from a Chinese prison that turned up in a New York shopping bag.

(Photo: Gay rights advocate John Abdallah Wambere says his life has been threatened in Uganda. He's now seeking asylum in the US)

The gay rights activist from Uganda who found himself the subject of a witch hunt

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Summer In America2014083020140831 (WS)

Two young boys embark on a 4,000-mile journey to reunite with their parents in the US

We’ll hear the gripping tale of two young brothers’ 4,000-mile journey to reunite with their parents in America.

Also on the programme: we’ll find out how a Catholic church in Texas is helping Central American migrants during their first few minutes on US soil. Plus, we’ll meet the man who visited 30 different American mosques in a month, and we’ll ask what he learned during his Ramadan road trip. Also in this edition, we’ll find out what’s behind the magic of a deceptive illusionist named Honesty. We’ll meet a Vietnam veteran fighting to memorialize his lost comrades. And we’ll learn what’s so special about the rum called rhum.

Supreme Decisions2013062920130701 (WS)

What the US Supreme Court ruling in favour of gay rights means for other countries

The US Supreme Court backed gay rights this week. We explore how other countries deal with issues such as gay rights and same-sex marriage. Also, President Obama jumps into the climate change conversation by calling for cuts to US greenhouse gas emissions.

We go on board the world’s largest solar-powered vehicle while it’s docked in Boston. And, we talk to a disabled American who is making a documentary film about limited accessibility in Europe. Plus, we hear about cutting edge origami techniques from an origami master living in California.

(Image: Rainbow flags waving in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington DC. Credit: AFP/Getty images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Syria Waits While America Debates2013090720130909 (WS)

Sadness, madness and the new normal; a Syrian in the US reflects on life in his birthplace

The debate over whether to take military against the Syrian regime for its alleged use of chemical weapons has been echoing around the hallways of Capitol Hill this week - and across the nation. We hear from a Syrian-born man who now lives in Massachusetts about why he opposes the Syrian rebels.

Also, two US military veterans of the war in Iraq take opposing views on potential US military intervention. We have a conversation with the American reporter who tracked down members of the Syrian Electronic Army which is waging war on some Western media. And while President Obama has promised no US boots on the ground in Syria, we’ll find out how, nevertheless, the US army is trying to build a better boot for its soldiers.

Picture: People demonstrate against a US-led strike on Syria in downtown Los Angeles, Credit: Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the.

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The Globalization Edition2013072020130722 (WS)

US law allowing citizens to defend themselves with deadly force attracts attention abroad

A controversial US law that allows citizens the option of defending themselves with deadly force has attracted attention abroad, since a high-profile court case in Florida where George Zimmerman was acquitted after shooting and killing an unarmed African-American teenager, Trayvon Martin.

We’ll also hear about the southern California city that’s ground zero in America’s war on methamphetamines. We’ll learn about what Spain is doing about dog owners who don’t clean up after their pets. Also, how Yiddish words like mazzel and mashuga went global. And a group of Indian-Americans in New York City take us on a hunt for the perfect dosa, that lentil-rice pancake that’s a favourite in South India.

Picture: A man holds a flyer that reads 'Justice for Trayvon', Credit: Getty Images

The Obamacare Learning Curve2013110920131110 (WS)

Efforts to help immigrants sign up for a new affordable healthcare plan in the US

Affordable healthcare has long been out of reach for many Americans. The Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law by President Obama, is designed to change that. But despite the publicity surrounding the recent roll-out of “Obamacare", many immigrants remain unaware of the new programme. We hear how outreach workers in some immigrant communities are trying to change that.

We also hear about why some Mexicans living along the Mexican side of the US border want to secede, sample a new documentary on the history of film that doesn’t focus on Hollywood, and get a first-hand account of pop artist Andy Warhol’s 1976 visit to Tehran.

(Photo: Riffat Rahman, a healthcare advocate, conducts outreach about the Affordable Care Act in a Los Angeles neighborhood called Little Bangladesh. Credit: South Asian Network)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

The President Pivots2013091420130916 (WS)

George Packer’s déjà-vu: The American writer speaks about September 11th, Iraq and Syria

The Resilient Spirit2014030820140309 (WS)

The new film exploring Afghanistan's post-Taliban photo revolution

Banned in Afghanistan under the Taliban, photography has enjoyed a second life there after the 2001 US invasion. A new documentary film explores the hopes and fears of four Afghan photojournalists as the US prepares to pull out of the country at the end of this year. Also on the program, how cadaver sniffing dogs from the US are bringing relief to typhoon-ravaged Filipinos. We hear about an American scholar who set out to save Tibetan literature, and we discover why cinnamon rolls are so hot in Libya. Plus, American-style hip hop artist J-Me, celebrates the end of censorship in his native Burma.

(Photo: Najibullah Musafar, courtesy of Frame by Frame)

Then And Now2014080920140810 (WS)

The American Jewish community is split along generational lines over the conflict in Gaza

A generational divide in the US Jewish community has emerged over the last few years. We learn how the latest conflict in Gaza has really laid bare the split.

Also, we listen to a new hit song in Central America called La Bestia and we find out what compelled the US Border Patrol to produce it. We get a rare tour of the Texas detention centres that are housing migrant children at the US-Mexico border.

Also in this edition, we visit a vintage clothing shop in New York that sells castoffs from the American working poor, and we take a trip to Mars—on the volcanic slopes of Hawaii. Plus, the lavender’s in full bloom on a farm on Long Island in New York, and we hear why it’s such a hit with Asian tourists.

Image: A pro-Israel rally outside the UN building in New York in July. Credit: Getty

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Things Not Forgotten2014053120140601 (WS)

A US Army veteran too busy trying to stay out of jail to think about Afghanistan’s future

A US veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Matt Farwell, is “apathetic? about the presidential race there. He says he’s too busy trying to keep himself out of jail – or a psychiatric hospital – to focus on it.

We also hear about an American doctor working in Malawi who may have solved a lingering malaria mystery. Why talking about the events surrounding Tiananmen Square on 4 June, 1989, remain difficult for Chinese people, both at home and abroad. We visit a button shop in New York’s Chinatown that enjoys a double life.

Now cruising Boston’s streets, what might just be the world’s first Uighur food truck! And a cheese cake recipe that you don’t want to try at home.

Picture: Former US Army Sgt. Matt Farwell served 16 months in Afghanistan's eastern Paktika province in 2006 and 2007, Credit: Matt Farwell.

Thirty-five Years For Bradley Manning20130824

US military veterans react to the sentencing of Private Bradley Manning in WikiLeaks case

US Army Private Bradley Manning gets 35 years in prison for leaking classified documents to WikiLeaks. We get reaction from US military veterans.

We also hear from Egyptians living in the US about the violent events unfolding in their homeland… and about a grand scheme for Egypt’s Nile Delta.

Also, a Balkan music summer camp in New York State; the woman who catalogued a treasure trove of old photos depicting novelist Ernest Hemingway’s book The Dangerous Summer; and an American man adopted as a baby from Korea meets his birth family.

(Photo: Getty Images)

War Left Behind2014080220140803 (WS)

Iraqi Christians in California fear for family members back home

Iraqi refugees gather at a California coffee shop to discuss the decaying state of their home country. We hear about a US TV documentary that has traced Iraq’s current crisis back to the early days of the American-led invasion. Also, we meet an Israeli military reservist and a Palestinian peace activist living side-by-side in Washington, DC. And, we hear the story of a boy who fled violence in the Middle East, only to find a different kind of conflict in the American mid-west. Also, we learn about the linen armour that once protected ancient Greek warriors. And, we hear about one man’s career change, from military analyst to cheesemonger.

Was Hurricane Sandy A Climate Change Wake-up Call For America?2012120120121202 (WS)

This week, is the US finally ready to act on climate change? We'll hear from a reporter in Egypt about the challenges she faces there, and how the conflict in Mali is making it hard for that country's musicians to keep playing. Also, we tour Skyfall's "Ghost Island".

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

What’s Going On With America’s Military Generals?2012111720121118 (WS)

Americans appear to have lost interest in the war in Afghanistan, despite there being some 68,000 US troops still deployed there. That conflict came roaring back into the headlines this week, though not for the reasons anyone could have anticipated. The top US commander in Afghanistan John R Allen and his predecessor, the highly respected General David Petraeus - now retired and serving as CIA director - are each embroiled in a scandal involving an extramarital affair, flirtatious emails and possible national security leaks. But what do people in Afghanistan think of the scandals?

Also on the programme: what happens when Americans loose interest in a war they’re still fighting? And a US woman who's embraced Thailand's national sport.

(Image: General David Petraeus (left) inspecting troops, Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.

Who Wants To Be American?2013102620131027 (WS)

Becoming an American, from background checks to citizenship tests

Becoming an American citizen should be a straightforward process, but often it’s not. We hear about Tarek Hamdi, a legal resident from Egypt, who fought for 11 years to become a US citizen. We also meet an undocumented immigrant from Taiwan who’s leaning toward applying for her citizenship, but remains undecided. She tells us why. And, we explore ideas for a better citizenship test for would-be Americans.

We’ll also hear about a break in the case of the mystery graffiti artist who was terrorizing African refugees in a New England city… and the story behind a spicy Asian condiment that’s become ubiquitous on American tables.

Picture: Tarek Hamdi, from Egypt, received his US naturalization certificate in 2012. He first applied for citizenship in 2001 but faced more than a decade of delays and denials until he won his case, Credit: Tarek Hamdi

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the...

How the world looks through American eyes, and the myriad and unexpected ways that the world influences the United States.