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PRI’s The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. Launched in 1996, PRI’s The World, a co-production of WGBH/Boston, PRI, and the BBC World Service, airs weekdays on over 300 stations across the country.

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An American 'Homebaker' in Paris

1 hour ago
Image by Thierry Delabre, a baker in Paris.

Two weeks ago, attackers in Paris targeted everyday people doing everyday things: watching a soccer game, attending a concert, eating at a restaurant.

And you can bet that on most of those restaurant tables was that iconic staple of French cuisine — bread.

“It represents ideas that are the antithesis of what the terrorists represent. Bread as humanity, bread as sustenance, bread as people coming together,” according to Sam Fromartz, author of In Search of the Perfect Loaf: A Homebaker’s Odyssey.

Daniel Estrin

There's been a lot of coverage of the Belgian connections for the attackers in Paris. But some of the perpetrators were young French nationals from the poor, crime-ridden, immigrant suburbs outside of Paris.

So this past weekend, I joined a middle school teacher on a trip to a Paris suburb to see the recent attacks through the eyes of kids who belong to the same generation, and live in the same suburban area as some of the attackers.

US Army

When you think of war scares back in the Cold War, most people think about the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. But a newly declassified document reveals just how close we came to nuclear Armageddon in the 1980s, under President Ronald Reagan.

In Brussels, Belgium, a kitty is under siege

20 hours ago
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Brussels, Belgium, has been on lockdown the past few days.

During the lockdown, Belgian police have asked locals to refrain from tweeting about any police activity. No tweeting, fine. But what about meowing?

In response to the police request, the world got a taste of the Belgian sense of humor as Belgians flooded twitter with mocking photos of cats.

In South Africa, it's called the Black Tax

20 hours ago
Sarah Birnbaum

Africans have felt a duty to care for extended family forever, but the way the new generation is dealing with this pressure is changing.

Diana Matumba grew up in Limpopo, one of the poorest regions in South Africa. 

There are no paved roads.  It’s a struggle to find a place to make a phone call. 

“Don’t even try finding it on GPS!” Matumba says.

She describes her village as remote, quaint and though she’s loathe to use the term, a little “backwards by advancement standards.” She says most people live in tiny houses.