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At Public Radio International, we believe sharing powerful stories, encouraging exploration, and connecting people and cultures will effect positive change in the world. By building a deeper awareness and understanding of the world's peoples, conditions, issues and events, we enable others to form their own opinions, share their knowledge and creativity, and take informed actions on issues that matter to them.

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Latest posts by Public Radio International

31 August 2015

One Syrian Refugee's Long and Dangerous Journey to Europe

Before the war began, Thair Orfahli studied law in Lebanon and regularly visited his family in Syria. But as the violence intensified, he decided he had to leave.

30 August 2015

Lebanese-French Trumpeter Reimagines ‘Alice in Wonderland’ as a Hip-Hop Opera

A rabbit hole worth heading down? Ibrahim Maalouf has reworked the Lewis Carroll classic, setting it in modern France with a Malian beat.

23 August 2015

Listen to the Haunting, Galactic Sounds of the Yaybahar Acoustic Instrument

Turkish musician Gorkem Sen created the Yaybahar about six years ago as a mix of all sorts of instruments, including the Australian didgeridoo, the Turkish Ney and the thunder drum.

22 August 2015

This Doctor Has Written Thousands of Postcards to Get Health Advice to India's Poor

He spent his career trying to deliver health care outside of expensive hospitals. Now, he's sick — but he doesn't want to get treatment.

2 August 2015

To Ethiopian-American Singer Meklit Hadero, ‘Home Is Always in Flux’

Ethiopian-American musician Meklit Hadero talks about landing in US state of Iowa, an ode to the Afro, and how her music is not so easily defined.

1 August 2015

How a Kazakh Boy Grew Up to Be a Glam-Rock Opera Singer in the US

Timur Bekbosunov is a glam-rock opera singer from Kazakhstan, but he got his start in the US state of Kansas.

26 July 2015

Reality TV's New Stars Are Tanzanian Farmers

"Female Food Heroes" is a Tanzanian TV show produced by Oxfam that aims to empower and educate rural women who feed most of the families in the African nation.

25 July 2015

The 20-Year-Old Activist Who Died Trying to Help Rebuild a City

Most of the 32 people killed in a bombing in Turkey were university students and activists. Hatice Ezgi Sadet, a 20-year-old from Istanbul, was among them.

19 July 2015

In Nepal, One Problem Is the Earthquake Didn't Knock Down Enough Houses

The massive earthquake damaged hundreds of thousands of buildings, but it didn't knock them all down. The focus now is building temporary shelter, mostly using whatever materials are on hand.

18 July 2015

You Can't Read These Books, But Your Great-Great-Grandchildren Can

A thousand trees have been planted in a forest in Norway, which will supply paper for a special anthology of books to be printed a century from now.

12 July 2015

Hit TV Show ‘Fauda’ Highlights the Chaos of the Israeli-Palestinian Divide

The show "Fauda" — "chaos" in Arabic — has finished its first season and both Israelis and Palestinians are anxiously awaiting more.

11 July 2015

How the Cash Crisis in Greece Is Affecting Ordinary People

Greece is more dependent on its cash economy than almost anywhere in Europe. So the bank shutdown there is already negatively impacting thousands of small businesses and their customers.

5 July 2015

In the World's Most Violent City, Graffiti Artists Use Their ‘Weapons’ for Good

San Pedro Sula, Honduras, has earned the bloody title of world's deadliest city four years in a row. Graffiti artists hope to change that with some spray paint and imagination.

4 July 2015

Iran's Version of The Muppets Makes a Comeback

Kolah Germezi (or "Red Hat") is a beloved Iranian TV program featuring a collection of skits and musical numbers. Its producer says the program officially has 35 million viewers.

28 June 2015

Go Behind the Scenes With Chumel Torres, Mexico’s Answer to John Oliver

His viewership on YouTube continues to grow by attracting mostly young Mexicans, hungry for a breakdown of the news with some comedy.

27 June 2015

As a US State Deals With Its Confederate Flag, One Town in Brazil Flies It With Pride

After the American Civil War ended in 1865, members of the Confederacy fled to Brazil. Their ancestors still live in the region and continue to fly the Confederate flag.

21 June 2015

This Nigerian Singer Has a Message for Boko Haram

Nigerian singer Nneka tells members of Boko Haram and other extremists that she'll "Pray For You" in a song off her latest album.

20 June 2015

India's Newest Superhero: None Other Than Boxing Champion Mary Kom

There's a new animated superhero coming soon to TV screens in India. Not Spiderman. Not the Indredible Hulk. It's India's Olympic champion boxer, Mary Kom.

14 June 2015

Journalism Professor Elaine Diaz Is Testing the Limits of Media Freedom in Fast-Changing Cuba

Cuba's constitution outlaws independent media. But University of Havana professor and GV author Elaine Diaz is taking a risk to try to roll back those restrictions.

13 June 2015

Zanzibar's ‘Solar Mamas’ Flip the Switch on Rural Homes and Gender Roles

Hundreds of households on the Tanzanian island without access to the electrical grid are getting low cost solar power for the first time, from a group of local female engineers.

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