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Each weekday, The World guides listeners through major issues and stories, linking global events directly to the American agenda. The result is an award-winning hour of breaking news, in-depth features, hard-hitting commentaries and thought-provoking interviews found nowhere else in U.S. news coverage. The World is international news for an American audience.

PRI's The World: 08/28/2015

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We hear exactly how smugglers are trafficking migrants through Europe. One reporter was interviewing a Syrian family in Serbia when a smuggler named Alex walked up to them and started negotiating. We'll hear some of that recorded conversation. Also, the majority of medical school students in Pakistan are female, but the majority of practicing doctors are male. Why do so few women who graduate from med school end up practicing their profession? Plus, we speak with one of the twins at the heart of the documentary, "Twinsters."

PRI's The World: 08/27/2015

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In the wake of the televised killing of two journalists in Virginia yesterday, and the spread of the grisly images via social media, we turn to someone who studies the role of the Internet in society and the similarities with the way ISIS militants have used video and social media. We also hear why news sites in China went big with the Virginia shooting story. Plus, a toucan in Brazil gets a replacement beak — using a 3D printer.

PRI's The World: 08/26/2015

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Donald Trump and Univision's Jorge Ramos had a heated exchange about immigration during a live press conference. Also, a shrinking Chinese economy is bad news for the US auto industry. Plus, forget cows and pigs, farmers in California want you to eat crickets.

PRI's The World: 08/25/2015

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Investors at a trading house in Beijing are in shock after losing a lot of money as their stocks plunged in value in recent days. Meanwhile, the Chinese economic collapse is also reverberating in Brazil, a country that depends heavily on exports of raw materials. Plus, why are so many foods we buy here in the US suddenly flavored with lime? Hint: it has to do with the ever-growing purchasing power of Latino consumers.

PRI's The World: 08/24/2015

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Three Americans are being hailed as heroes in France, but what's the lesson? One of the Americans who helped stop a terrorist attack aboard a Paris-bound train has said that for him the lesson is that everyone should be prepared — just in case. A counter-terrorism expert isn't so sure. Plus, we check in with what's happening to stock markets around the world. Also, we hear about an attempt to raise a storied ship from beneath the sea using large balloons.

PRI's The World: 08/21/2015

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Who doesn't love a good spy story? We have a tale of Cold War espionage involving a British agent spying for the Soviets in New York. Also, the prime minister in Greece resigned Thursday and called for new elections. Now the opposition says they will attempt to form a new coalition government to avoid a vote. Plus, what does Francis Ford Coppola's 1979 film "Apocalypse Now" have to do with the start of surfing in the Philippines?

PRI's The World: 08/20/2015

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Today, we're talking about transportation. One expert describes our passenger rail network and what we can learn from other countries to make it better. Later, we move to pedal power and a problem in Amsterdam where abandoned bikes litter city streets. One college kid thinks he's found the solution, and if you live in Minneapolis, or Boston, or even New York, it might be familiar to you. Plus, we take a culinary tour of Cuba.

PRI's The World: 08/19/2015

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Would you take on the guy whose name is on the building where you work? Ricardo Aca did. He buses tables at the Koi Restaurant in the Trump Soho Hotel, and he's in a new video criticizing Donald Trump's comments on Mexican immigrants. Also, we travel with an aid convoy from England to France. Volunteers are taking much needed supplies to a camp in Calais, where the residents are refugees and migrants from the Middle East and Africa. Plus, we remember a Syrian archaeologist who devoted his life to caring for the ancient ruins of Palmyra. Syrian officials say ISIS militants have publicly beheaded him.

PRI's The World: 08/18/2015

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It's eerily reminiscent of the Boston marathon bombing — grainy video footage of a young man with a backpack followed by a huge explosion. This time it's in Bangkok at a Hindu shrine popular with tourists. There are several groups who could be behind Monday's attack in the Thai capital, but so far none of the theories quite add up. Crime writer John Burdett knows a thing or two about Bangkok; it's both the setting for his novels and a place he calls home. He'll tell us what he makes of the unfolding events. Plus, we hear what people on the streets of Tehran make of their country's nuclear deal with the West.

PRI's The World: 08/17/2015

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One of the best-known shrines in the Thai capital, Bangkok, has been hit by a large explosion. More than 19 people have been killed and many more injured. The Erawan Shrine is both meaningful to Hindus and popular with tourists. Also, we'll visit a hotel in suburban Jerusalem that celebrates star-crossed lovers, including the couple who once owned the home, a Palestinian Christian and his Jewish Israeli wife. Plus, if you want to learn about plant breeding then you ought to begin by studying Renaissance paintings.