The World

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A one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe.

Naomi Gingold

Usually, when we talk about Japanese prison camps during World War II, the story centers around Japanese Americans. But there was actually another group whose story intertwines with the Japanese Americans' during the war.

Ron Moore knows this firsthand.

At the age of 11, he moved with his family to Poston, Arizona in 1949.  “We moved into one of the barracks,” he says.  

Those barracks were at the Colorado River Relocation Center, which is known as the Poston internment camp.

Unpredictable winds continue to fan the fires engulfing huge swaths of land in northern California Thursday. Authorities say more than two dozen people have died and hundreds are still missing, as of Thursday afternoon.

Evacuations in Napa and Sonoma counties have put some 25,000 people out of their homes. Many of these residents only speak Spanish, but most emergency information is delivered in English.

Jasmine Garsd/PRI 

The heat in Puerto Rico right now, it’s like it flattens you out. The temperature has soared as high as 112 degrees in the last few weeks. And pretty much the entire island has been left without electricity, so there are no air conditioners, no fans — and little water.

The city of San Juan smells like the inside of a diesel engine. Generators have become the status symbol here. If you have one — you have power. Literally. But the diesel fumes fill the air at night. And coat your throat in the morning.

Juweon Kim and Kenneth Park have a lot in common.

They grew up in the United States: Kim in Texas and Park in Los Angeles. They are the children of Korean immigrants. Their parents also worked, a lot. And that meant that when it came to making dinner, they were often on their own.  

When you would open up the fridge at his childhood home, Kim says, “there’s usually some sort of a protein, a bulgogi or a galbi or a type of barbeque meat.”

Jason Margolis

America's most diverse neighborhood is in Anchorage, Alaska.

Sociologist Chad Farrell at the University of Alaska, Anchorage spent five years wading through US Census data from more than 72,000 neighborhoods to come to that revelation. To evaluate each and every neighborhood’s “ethnoracial” diversity, he used a scale.

As some Puerto Ricans fill flights to Miami, we asked a handful of people in San Juan their thoughts about leaving their homes for the mainland US. About 3.4 million people live in Puerto Rico, and some will choose to leave the island behind and move permanently.

The House passed a $36.5 billion aid package last week and on Sunday, Puerto Rico Gov. Ricard Rosselló said he expected power to be restored to 95 percent of the island’s electric grid by Dec. 15. Currently, 85 percent of the island is still without electricity.

National Archives/Reuters

A few weeks ago, while mowing the lawn, Clifton Daniel began to recite a monologue in character as Harry S. Truman.

“Which is weird,” he admitted recently, in between bites of a Whole Foods wrap. Truman hated mowing the lawn. “My neighbors probably think I’ve lost my mind.”

Why people stay friends with their rapists

Oct 16, 2017
Kevork Djansezian

Since The New York Times reported about how Harvey Weinstein has been paying off accusations of sexual harassment for decades, more and more women have been coming forward to report abuse, in some cases from years ago.

Writer, journalist and playwright, Natalia Antonova, thinks she understands why some have kept silent for so long.

Raheb Homavandi/Reuters

In the US there's YouTube, Groupon and Uber. In Iran there's Aparat, Takhfifan and Snapp.

"A couple years ago the tech community in Tehran was just really a handful of [venture capitalists] and a [few] young entrepeneuers," said Aki Ito, Bloomberg's tech editor and co-host of the podcast Decrypted.

But the country's tech sector flourished after sanctions were lifted as part of the Barack Obama-era nuclear deal.

Acid attack victims reverse expectations on the runway

Oct 13, 2017

It's a fashion show to make a difference.

Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

The Republic of Ireland marked the 50th anniversary of the death of Che Guevara, on Oct. 9, with a commemorative postage stamp. It’s become hugely popular, but it’s also causing quite a stink.

Ernesto “Che” Guevara helped lead the communist revolution in Cuba, in the 1950s, but was later captured and executed for trying to launch a revolution in Bolivia.

He was chosen for the stamp, because — to quote the Irish postal service — Che is the “quintessential left-wing revolutionary.” He’s also of partial Irish descent.

Beck Diefenbach/Reuters

US-based tech companies are stepping up efforts to restore connectivity in hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico.

Editor's note: A previous version of this article was criticized for its tone and substance, including its lack of representation of Japanese or Japanese American voices. We agree that the story missed the mark in describing this common food as "funny" and in assuming the audience who read it would only have experience with Western pancakes. We have made adjustments to the framing in the text, though the piece still lacks an essential Japanese voice.

Brace yourself America, Charlie Hebdo has arrived

Oct 13, 2017
Carol Hills

Laurent "Riss" Sourisseau, a cartoonist and editor of Charlie Hebdo, arrives for his interview accompanied by bodyguards who hover outside the neutral office location where we talk.

They've been the cartoonist's permanent companions since January 2015, when the Kouachi brothers forced themselves into the offices of the French satirical newspaper and murdered his friends and colleagues in the name of Islam. Riss was injured in the attack. 

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

The US is helping Saudi Arabia wage a war in Yemen, largely in secret. A congressman from California wants to bring it into the open.

Meet the women combing through Puerto Rico, searching for veterans in need

Oct 12, 2017

It’s early in the morning, and the entire city of San Juan, Puerto Rico, seems to be gazing at the sky with concern. It looks like rain but the island just can’t handle any more flooding.

On the highway, under the dark, heavy clouds, a small car makes its way through traffic. In it are four women, Ghislaine Rivera, Mia Lind, Janine Smalley and Katie Blanker, with whom I'm spending the day — it's Oct. 5. 

Our first stop? A school that’s been turned into a hurricane shelter.

 Stephen Lam/Reuters

The law, SB 54 or the California Values Act, aims to severely limit cooperation between Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and local law enforcement agencies. But fierce opposition from police and sheriff groups led lawmakers to negotiate. The result of those talks is a law that limits collaboration between federal immigration agents and local jurisdictions, but also maintains some of those connections.

BeBe Jacobs

Vietnamese American writer Viet Thanh Nguyen describes himself as "numb and shocked" after winning a MacArthur "genius grant."

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of "The Sympathizer," his debut novel, was cited by the MacArthur Foundation for "challenging popular depictions of the Vietnam War and exploring the myriad ways that war lives on for those it displaced."

Phil Noble

Sam Sinai was coming back to the US last month, after visiting family in Iran. When he got to Logan International Airport in Boston, US Customs and Border Protection agents told him he’d been selected for extra screening.

"I was asked for some information about what I did abroad and my address abroad and my address here," he says.

Nothing unusual, he thought. He’d been asked similar questions before. But then the agent said something that made him do a double take.

Ask Dave Rank these days what he does and you’re likely to get an answer at once oblique and revelatory: “Boy, what am I?”

Among other things, he’s a man trying to get used to his new status as an ex-diplomat after 27 years in the foreign service — a tenure that ended when, for the first time, he refused an order from Washington.

Nick Brown/Reuters

Close to 90 percent. That’s roughly how much of Puerto Rico is still without power three weeks after Hurricane Maria slammed into the island.

It’s a major crisis for the US territory, but perhaps an opportunity as well — for the island to start building a more resilient and cleaner power system.

Bobby Yip/Reuters

“Taking a knee” has become part of the cultural zeitgeist in the US.

NFL players protesting police brutality during the national anthem before games have prompted heated national debate — and presidential Twitter storms.

It turns out that sports aren’t immune to being politicized. And that’s true even in China, where soccer is the most popular sport.

Andrea de Silva/Reuters

The United States of America, world superpower and home of amazingly talented athletes, will not be represented in the 2018 FIFA World Cup men’s soccer tournament. Let that sink in for a moment.

Hit the "play" button above to hear us talk about it with Roger Bennett, co-host of the "Men in Blazers" show and podcast for NBC Sports. He's "devastated" by what he calls "US soccer's Red Wedding," a macabre "Game of Thrones" reference. 

Edgard Garrido/Reuters

Migrants trying to slip across the border into the US jettison all sorts of things on their long and difficult trip. 

Photo frames, stuffed animals, bloody socks — at some point they all become too much to carry. 

The items might seem like refuse, but collecting, cataloging and studying them can tell us a lot about the immigrant experience.  So says the University of Michigan's Jason De León, who is using the tools of archaeology and anthropology to analyze the migrants' castoffs.  

Deepa Fernandes

Shuffling through the acres of robust green bushes, plucking off the ripe red coffee beans and filling bucket after bucket was what Miguel Pol Suy did best. He didn't earn much in his rural Guatemalan town, but it was enough to buy maize and oil. He could feed his growing family.

"Before, where we lived we could work and support our families," says Pol Suy.

The Hidden History of Mexican Migrants

Oct 11, 2017

Our guide through the Arizona desert is an archaeologist named Jason de Leon. We're looking for the carcass of a pig that should be in a cage exactly where we're standing, underneath a little desert tree. But it's not.

"So I haven't been out here in a day and a half but something has come and literally pulled her through the cage. I don't even see the head. I mean, it's gone, unbelievable."

Matthew Bell 

First-time visitors to Sunday morning services at Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Boston are met with smiles, handshakes and even hugs. To call it a warm welcome would be an understatement. 

Bethel AME is no stranger to political activism. But the mostly African American congregation has taken up a new mission. In late September, the parish decided to give shelter to a man from El Salvador facing deportation. 

Victoria Meyer was just doing her job at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, when she got a call that would take her job in a completely different direction. 

Producer Andy Paley, who's worked with Brian Wilson and Elton John, was looking for a French speaker to help him with lyrics for French yé-yé songs — a genre of pop music.

Google is the latest tech company that’s found evidence of Russian-bought ads on its platforms.

Facebook recently shared 3,000 ads purchased by Russian operatives with Congress after finding that they were part of a disinformation campaign during the 2016 presidential election. Twitter has also faced scrutiny.

Rafael Marchante/Reuters

The French government said Monday that it would not recognize Catalonia if it declares independence from Spain.

This stance doesn’t surprise Steven Erlanger, the chief diplomatic correspondent for the New York Times. “Regionalism is such a sensitive topic [in Europe] that still so many years after the Kosovo war, five of the 28 members of the European Union still do not recognize Kosovo as an independent country."