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How are the things we're talking about being talked about somewhere else in the world? Gregory Warner tells stories that follow familiar conversations into unfamiliar territory. At a time when the world seems small but it's as hard as ever to escape ...Show More

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The Congo We Listen To

41:26 | Aug 28th, 2017

It made headlines worldwide: Hundreds of women raped in one Congolese village. But when one researcher arrives in town, something feels off. (Note: This episode contains descriptions of violence.)

Brazil In Black And White

32:23 | Aug 14th, 2017

Two radically different ways of seeing race come into sudden conflict in Brazil, provoking a national conversation about who is Black? And who is not Black enough?

Ghana's Parent Trap

37:22 | Jun 20th, 2018

Kids are starting school at younger and younger ages. This week, one country's bold experiment to change how it teaches young children. And why it had to hide that change from their parents.

Om Alone In India

32:18 | Sep 18th, 2017

A day of yoga in the US. A yoga war in India. A court case in California and why the Indian government is watching it. A story about the poses that bind us. (Tell us about yourself. Fill out our survey:

Anna In Somalia

31:42 | Sep 12th, 2017

A man is trapped in a remote prison. And he's trapped in his own mind. Until he hears a knock on the wall.... and words from another time and place.


47:55 | Jul 11th, 2018

Two sisters attempt to use a 19th century novelist to outwit modern Pakistani restrictions on women. And a war reporter discovers the power of drawing room comedy to understand her own family. (And warning: This episode has explicit language.)

War Poems

46:10 | Jul 3rd, 2018

Taliban poetry. An Afghan cooking show. The US military needs a better weapon. Up comes the perfect person for the job.


34:00 | Jun 29th, 2018

A trashy daytime talk show in Argentina does the unthinkable. It becomes a forum for feminism. How this happened and what it changed.

Ukraine vs. Fake News

28:17 | Jun 27th, 2018

Today, we revisit an episode from last season. Fake news from Russia helped spark a real war in Ukraine. What can Ukraine's fight against fake news teach the US?

The Apology Broker

41:30 | Jun 13th, 2018

We trace the journey of an apology, from Japan to the U.S., that got an unlikely broker. Along the way, she had to work out: what a sorry is, who it's for, and what makes it stick.

Coming June 13th

02:30 | Jun 5th, 2018

The award-winning podcast returns with five original stories about people trying to cross a bridge from one worldview to another, even when everyone's telling them you can't get there from here

The Refugee's Dating Coach

39:58 | Sep 25th, 2017

A Syrian refugee in Berlin hopes to find love but is stumped by German dating codes and is terrified of crossing the line between flirting and harassing. A professional 'flirt coach' steps in to be his guide. (For photos of Sophia and Aktham: More

American Surrogate

42:37 | Sep 5th, 2017

A Chinese mom hires an American surrogate to carry her baby. Each needs something from the other that is hard to admit. The next 9 months will be a crash course in transcontinental communication. And the meaning of family.

Ukraine vs. Fake News

29:27 | Aug 21st, 2017

Fake news from Russia helped spark a real war in Ukraine. What can Ukraine's fight against fake news teach the US?

Coming August 14th

03:28 | Aug 4th, 2017

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