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The World

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The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. It airs at 2 p.m. weekdays on KERA 90.1 FM. 

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Music heard on the air for November 21, 2014

Nov 21, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for November 21, 2014 include:

    SONG: Heaven
    ARTIST: Ebo Taylor
    CD TITLE: 25 Years of Mr. Bongo 1989-2014
    LABEL: Mr. Bongo


Music heard on the air for November 20, 2014

Nov 21, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for November 20, 2014 include:

The protests rumbling across Mexico's major cities are at least partly about the case of 43 students missing in the state of Guerrero since September. But the demonstrations, according to at least one activist, have become about even bigger issues. 

Obama's executive order could spare more than 3 million people from deportation

Nov 20, 2014
Lucy Nicholson/Reuters

It was an emotional night for many undocumented immigrants who have lived in fear of deportation. President Barack Obama announced he would use his executive authority to expand programs that offer undocumented immigrants temporary relief from deportation and the chance to work legally in the US.

Darren Whiteside/Reuters

Indonesia is trying to double the number of women in its national police force, but female applicants are forced to undergo the humiliating and degrading experience of a virginity test as part of their training.

"The young women are led into an examination hall, 20 to a group, where they're asked to strip down to their bra and underwear," explains Andreas Harsono, an Indonesian journalist and researcher who reported on the practice for Human Rights Watch.

Lunar Mission One

There's a new mission to the moon that's just getting off the ground in Britain, but it has a twist: You pay for it.

The British scientists behind the venture, called Lunar Mission One,  want to raise a million dollars to send a robotic probe to the lunar South Pole, and they're relying on crowdfunding to get there.

Denis Balibouse/Reuters

The United Nations passed its toughest resolution yet on North Korea’s dismal human rights violations on Tuesday. Some 119 nations approved a recommendation for the UN Security Council to consider sending North Korea's leaders to trial at the International Criminal Court.

Christopher Livesay

Following several cases of Austrian teens joining ISIS, middle schools and high schools have become the front lines in Vienna’s battle against terrorism.

At the start of the school day, hundreds of students file into the capital’s higher commercial vocational school. Most wear sneakers and hoodies. Some wear headscarves, which isn’t unusual for a student body with a large Muslim minority.

Rhitu Chatterjee

Shambhu, the young man who sells vegetables from a cart near my home, is probably my neighborhood’s most popular person. Most residents, especially older ones, have his cell phone number and often order their produce by phone. For the rest, mornings usually begin with a stop at Shambhu’s cart.

That's the way it is in most neighborhoods in Delhi. Each area has at least one vegetable vendor; the same goes for fruit vendors, too, although there are usually a few more of them walking through neighborhoods with their carts.

Courtesy of Dianne Guerrero/Facebook

Prison life is tough for Maritza, Diane Guerrero's inmate character on the Netflix hit "Orange is the New Black." But real life has dealt Guerrero some serious problems, too.

She's the daughter of Colombian immigrants who were living in the United States illegally. When Guerrero was just 14, she returned from school one day to find her family had vanished.

Thomas Walden Levy

In the neighborhood that surrounds the corner of 11th Avenue and East 19th Street in Oakland, California, deep potholes and trash mark the roads. But right at the intersection, there's an unxpected sight: a perfectly manicured shrine of Buddha. 

It’s an elaborate structure, decked out with flags, flowers and wall hangings. And this is where Vietnamese immigrants in the community pray every day.  

Kieran Doherty/Reuters

In December last year, Moazzam Begg, a former detainee at Guantanamo Bay prison, received a message from aid workers in Syria. They told him a British colleague named Alan Henning had been kidnapped by ISIS — and they wanted Begg to help negotiate his release.

Begg is British-Pakistani, but has lived in Syria and says he has strong connections there. He also speaks fluent Arabic. "I spoke to former hostage negotiators here [UK], I got messages to prominent scholars ... and I wrote a letter to the Caliph of the Islamic State, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi," Begg says.

Music heard on the air for November 19, 2014

Nov 19, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for November 19, 2014 include:

    SONG: Long Road
    ARTIST: Christos DC
    CD TITLE: Long Road
    LABEL: Honest Music


Steven Davy

Three years ago, smartphones and social media fueled the revolutions of the Arab Spring in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya. Now, nine Libyan activists and former combatants are learning to use smartphone videos to heal the emotional and psychological fallout from their own revolution.

Mark Blinch/Reuters

Temporary foreign workers are the backbone of many resort towns, from spots like Cape Cod — to Banff in Alberta, Canada.

There you're likely to hear accents from places like eastern Europe and the Caribbean, since many of the seasonal workers come from abroad. But a recent federal clampdown on Canada's temporary foreign worker program has the town nervous and upset.

The program itself allows both skilled and unskilled workers into the country, but the clampdown is targeted especially at unskilled jobs, the ones that comprise the bulk of seasonal work.

When you think of great cigars, you probably think of Cuba. And great whisky is probably from Scotland — right?

In Gaelic, whisky means "water of life," after all.

But as of last year, Scotland has been beaten out of the top world whisky ranks by another, unexpected country. Can you guess it?

From PRI's The World ©2014 Public Radio International

Music heard on the air for November 18, 2014

Nov 18, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for November 18, 2014 include:

    SONG: Tequila Death
    ARTIST: Troker
    CD TITLE: Crimen Sonoro
    LABEL: Troker


Music heard on the air for November 14, 2014

Nov 14, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for Friday, November 14, 2014 include:

    SONG: Arsenic Lips
    ARTIST: Troker
    CD TITLE: Crimen Sonoro
    LABEL: Troker


Music heard on the air for November 13, 2014

Nov 13, 2014

The tunes played between segments on The World for Thursday, November 13, 2014 include:

    SONG: Cicada
    ARTIST: Captain Planet
    CD TITLE: Esperanto Slang
    LABEL: Bastard Jazz