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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: 12/19/2014

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A man from the generation of Cubans who came of age during the fall of the Soviet Union — and the economic support it provided their nation — tells us how he feels about plans to normalize relations between the US and Cuba. Plus, now that Sony Pictures has pulled Seth Rogen's film, "The Interview," from release no one can see it on the big screen. But we speak to our own Nina Porzucki who caught a sneak preview before Sony pulled the plug. Plus, President Putin outlaws daylight savings in Russia, and Siberians see eternal winter.

PRI's The World: 12/18/2014

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A day after a major shift is announced in US-Cuba relations, there are still a lot of questions about what exactly is changing on a concrete level. Plus, there's a whole rogues' gallery of American fugitives who have been sheltering on the island for years. What does the thaw in relations mean for them? Also, a program at the University of Southern California uses virtual reality to let Americans feel what it's like to live in war-ravaged Syria. And, the catchy songs that ISIS uses to woo recruits.

PRI's The World: 12/17/2014

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The White House announced talks will begin soon to normalize relations between Cuba and the United States. Meanwhile, USAID contractor Alan Gross has been released from a Cuban prison in a swap with three Cuban prisoners in the US. And, we head back to Pakistan a day after a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar left scores of people dead, many of them children. Pakistan-based writer author Bina Shah talks to us about the politics of the attack. Plus, meet a Latvian filmmaker who is simultaneously obsessed with sex and depression.

PRI's The World: 12/16/2014

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A military school in Pakistan came under attack from Taliban forces, leaving more than 120 dead, many of them students. We hear from a resident of the city where today's attack occurred. Plus, the violence comes on a day when human rights groups launched a new project called Safe Schools. We'll speak with Human Rights Watch about the effort to get nations around the world to agree that schools should be off limits when it comes to war and political violence. And, the Russian ruble is tanking, interest rates are through the roof, and Russians are left to deal with it all through dark humor.

PRI's The World: 12/15/2014

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Police storm the chocolate shop where an Iranian-born gunman held dozens of people hostage in Sydney, Australia. We'll have the latest from Sydney and we'll also tell you about a Twitter hashtag that sprang up as the hostage situation unfolded: #illridewithyou. Australians were using the hashtag as a way to reassure Muslims that they wouldn't be harassed on the streets as retaliation for the hostage-taker's actions. Plus, solving the scientific riddle about melting polar ice... And, we end today with a comic-book detective who solves crimes in 1950s America. Blacksad was written by a Spaniard who's never visited the United States and the detective is actually a giant black cat.

PRI's The World: 12/12/2014

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The social media battleground in the battle with ISIS. Also, a former drone operator talks about her trade-off between saving American lives and killing innocent civilians abroad. And what happens when British airspace is shut down, as it was today.

PRI's The World: 12/11/2014

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CIA Director John Brennan answers questions in the wake of the release of the Senate's executive summary on the agency's interrogation practices. A veteran Middle East commentator tells us how some of the most notorious practices have inspired copycats — think orange jumpsuits. Plus, part four of our SafeMode series, our ongoing look at a new generation living on the front lines of technology and security. Today, we look at a "Digital Diplomat" from Kosovo. And a music playlist that honors the 43 missing student-teachers in Mexico.

PRI's The World: 12/10/2014

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Questions about CIA interrogation techniques are on our mind today. And a former US Army interrogator talks about how he did his work in Iraq. We meet a young actor from Lithuania who played the part of a guy who seems a lot like Edward Snowden on Russian TV. And we introduce you to an Iranian whose family fled the country. He's just designed a video game about Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.

PRI's The World: 12/09/2014

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The Senate Intelligence Committee releases a long-awaited report today on the CIA's interrogation techniques post-9/11. Meanwhile, the US government puts embassies around the world on high alert. Plus, part two of our week-long look at how a new generation feels about technology and security. Today we have a portrait of "Meryam," a young digital activist in Turkey. And, an update on Lydia, a shark with a GPS tracker, and a Twitter account.

PRI's The World: 12/08/2014

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It's all about security today — from the botched attempt to rescue hostages in Yemen, to home-grown jihadis in Canada, to how and why prisoners from Guantanamo Bay have ended up in Uruguay. Also, the author of the new book "Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy" talks to us. And a profile of a cyber-sleuth in training at a British university. Plus, an art project that connects residents of New York and Tehran via telephone.