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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 our echo chambers, Rough Translation takes you pla…

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    • Jul 10, 2021 LATEST EPISODE
    • every other week NEW EPISODES
    • 32m AVG DURATION
    • 67 EPISODES

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    Home/Front: Marla's List

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2021 49:00

    Marla kept a detailed account of Iraqi civilians harmed by war. How did she recruit people in the U.S. military to help them? And what toll did it take on her? Part 2 of the story of Marla Ruzicka. You can find Part 1 here.

    Home/Front: Marla's War

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 30, 2021 34:34

    Marla Ruzicka didn't belong in a war zone. Nobody in Afghanistan knew what to make of her. Until Marla started to solve a problem that no one thought could be solved.

    Home/Front: Rebels In The Valley

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 23, 2021 29:29

    Two worlds: dress uniforms and foosball tables. The military and Silicon Valley used to work hand in hand. Now, why won't big tech build them a new gonculator?

    Home/Front: Battle Borne

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 16, 2021 40:20

    Alicia's situation raises questions about the VA's caregiver program. And a new diagnosis changes everything for Matt. How will Alicia and Matt start healing their respective wounds, borne out of different battles? Find part 2, Battle Lines, here. And part 1, Battle Rattle, here.

    Home/Front: Battle Lines

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 9, 2021 39:43

    Alicia Lammers takes on the twin roles of wife and caregiver to her veteran husband. What happens when your husband becomes your official duty? Part 2 of the story of Matt and Alicia Lammers. You can find Part 1, Battle Rattle, here.

    Home/Front: Battle Rattle

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 2, 2021 40:20

    He's a veteran looking for love. She's a civilian who learns more about war than she ever imagined. Part 1 of the story of Matt and Alicia Lammers.

    New Season: Home/Front

    Play Episode Listen Later May 26, 2021 23:40

    In the first episode of our new season, we hear from people on two sides of an invisible divide.

    War Poems Revisited

    Play Episode Listen Later May 5, 2021 47:01

    As the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan, we look back at a time when Taliban poetry and a local cooking show became part of the war. And the U.S. had the perfect person to fight on that front.

    How To Speak Bad English

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 21, 2021 34:51

    Heather Hansen used to teach people to speak "perfect" English. Until she realized that so-called "bad English" might be a better way to communicate.

    Liberté, Égalité, French Fries... And Couscous

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 7, 2021 49:55

    Our favorite McDonald's in Marseille, France has reached its afterlife. It took court cases, spray paint, and the slogan you know turned upside down (literally) to get there.

    "We Already Belong": A Conversation With R.O. Kwon

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 26, 2021 26:43

    In the wake of the shootings in Atlanta, a Korean-American writer reconnects with her own family.

    Welcome To The Vaccination Club

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 10, 2021 21:47

    Two very different approaches to wooing vaccine skeptics. And how a little FOMO can go a long way.

    Rewriting The Travel Guidebook With Nanjala Nyabola

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 25, 2021 27:15

    What happens when your guidebook isn't written with you in mind? Nanjala Nyabola on her new book: Travelling While Black.

    Boxing Back

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 10, 2021 28:10

    Your stories and creative solutions to not quite fitting in.

    Our Boxes, Ourselves

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 27, 2021 27:20

    From Montréal to Edinburgh, and from São Paulo to Taipei: your stories about belonging, or longing to just be.

    We (Still) Don't Say That

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 16, 2020 50:38

    France is the place where for decades you weren't supposed to talk about someone's blackness, unless you said it in English. Today, we're going to meet the people who took a very French approach to change that.

    Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': White Supremacy And Its Online Reach

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 9, 2020 29:25

    For close to a year, Talia Lavin went undercover in white supremacist online communities, creating fake personas that would gain her access to the dark reaches of the internet normally off-limits to her, a Jewish woman. That research laid the groundwork for her book, Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy. Lavin talks to It's Been A Minute host Sam Sanders about what it was like to infiltrate those online spaces, what she learned, and how white supremacy cannot exist without anti-Semitism.

    Welcome To The New World

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 25, 2020 33:26

    What can a young refugee who's survived a war teach a novelist about writing young adult adventure?

    All Eyes On US

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 12, 2020 39:09

    Just because you can't vote, doesn't mean you're not watching. We crisscross the globe to understand how people see their fates and fortunes in the aftermath of the 2020 U.S. election.

    Presenting 'Louder Than A Riot': Lyrics On Trial

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 6, 2020 34:00

    On this bonus drop, we feature an episode from the NPR podcast Louder Than A Riot called "Lyrics on Trial."

    Radical Rudeness

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 28, 2020 46:07

    After a Ugandan scholar is suspended from her university job, she discovers a new tool for resistance: extreme public rudeness. Will it work against a strongman president?

    The Loneliness Of The Climate Change Christian

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 14, 2020 36:52

    What if more evangelical Christians in the United States fought climate change with the same spirit they bring to the issue of abortion? We go back to a surprisingly recent period when that happened.

    How To Be An Anti-Casteist

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 30, 2020 34:07

    How does India's caste system play out in the hiring practices of Silicon Valley? And what happens when dominant caste people in the U.S. grapple with their own inherited privilege for the first time?

    Dream Boy And The Poison Fans

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 16, 2020 36:59

    A Chinese idol had millions of fans who adored him for his kindness and good looks. Then, this February, one group of fans accused another of violating their image of him. What happens is a lesson in morality and revenge, love and hate, and how these feelings are weaponized on the internet.

    New Season: School of Scandal... Coming Sept. 16

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 9, 2020 1:39

    We're back with a special series, Rough Translation's "School of Scandal," stories about people around the world calling each other out and taking each other down to change the status quo.

    El Hilo: Walking To Venezuela

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 22, 2020 30:59

    One man's mission to get hundreds of his fellow Venezuelans back home from Ecuador in a pandemic, even if it means walking all 1,300 miles. This story was originally reported for El Hilo, a new podcast from the makers of NPR's Radio Ambulante.

    The Global Legacy of George Floyd

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 10, 2020 29:32

    Five personal stories from five continents on the global impact of George Floyd.

    From Niqab To N95

    Play Episode Listen Later May 27, 2020 20:44

    The French republic "lives with her face uncovered," say the posters. But now face masks are mandatory. We look back at why covering your face in France used to be a sign of bad citizenship, until it wasn't.

    Hotel Corona

    Play Episode Listen Later May 13, 2020 34:26

    One hundred and eighty recovering COVID-19 patients. One Jerusalem hotel. Secular, religious, Arabs, Jews, old, young. Their phones are out, they're recording. And the rest of Israel is... tuning in.

    American Surrogate: 30 Months Later

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 29, 2020 47:31

    Back in 2017, we brought you the story of a Chinese mom who hired an American surrogate to carry her baby. Each needed something from the other that was hard to admit. Their relationship became a crash course in transcontinental communication and the meaning of family. Now, in the middle of a pandemic, we check in with them.

    The Coronavirus Guilt Trip

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 17, 2020 26:37

    Public shame is a powerful tool. But how useful is it when trying to curb a global pandemic? Shaming stories from South Korean chat rooms, a Pakistani street corner, and a Brooklyn grocery store.

    WeChats From The Future

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 1, 2020 17:53

    She felt the urgency before her husband did. A story about the time lag between the arrival of the coronavirus in two different nations, and how that played out in a marriage

    How Covid-19 Is Challenging Cultures

    Play Episode Listen Later Mar 18, 2020 22:20

    This week on Rough Translation, we check in with NPR international correspondents in China, Germany and Greece about the ways that culture shapes—and is reshaped by—responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The Original Sin Of Li Jiabao

    Play Episode Listen Later Feb 26, 2020 25:16

    A young Chinese exchange student in Taiwan with no history of activism posts a video criticizing China's president Xi Jinping on Twitter, then asks for asylum. His request for protection fuels a larger discussion about Taiwan's role as a haven for Chinese dissidents, and also raises questions about who he is as an individual and his motivations. Who is he, and can he be trusted?

    Rough Translation Presents: Throughline

    Play Episode Listen Later Jan 29, 2020 52:38

    This week, we present the latest episode of NPR's Throughline, a look at the life and complicated legacy of the assassinated Iranian military leader, Qassem Soleimani.

    Whose Ukraine Is It Anyway?

    Play Episode Listen Later Dec 4, 2019 28:27

    Please, take our survey! At a Ukrainian comedy competition founded by President Volodymyr Zelensky, can humor unite a divided country?

    Ukraine: Race Against The Machine

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 20, 2019 18:48

    In the country on the other side of the impeachment hearings... A comedian runs for president of Ukraine and wins in a landslide, with a parliamentary majority to pass any law he wants. So now what? Our host, Gregory Warner, reports from Kyiv.

    Preview: Rough Translation In Ukraine

    Play Episode Listen Later Nov 13, 2019 1:21

    Listen to hear a preview of a special two-part episode about Ukraine, reported by Gregory Warner.

    Mom In Translation

    Play Episode Listen Later Oct 2, 2019 28:31

    For our season finale, a listener's story: When a six-year-old boy adopts Tokyo as his new home, his American mom has to figure out where she belongs in her son's new life.If you want to share your story, email roughtranslation@npr.org

    Liberté, Égalité and French Fries

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 18, 2019 45:06

    What happens when the employees of a French McDonald's take the corporate philosophy so deeply to heart, that it actually becomes a problem for the company? To listen to more Rough Translation, check out our previous episodes.

    When We Talk About Love

    Play Episode Listen Later Sep 4, 2019 39:49

    We visit a storytelling podcast from China that slips under the radar of China's government censors, and other international podcast stories about the search for love.

    Brazil In Black And White: Update

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 21, 2019 32:44

    Two radically different ways of seeing race come into conflict in Brazil, provoking a national conversation about who is Black? And who is not Black enough? We revisit our first ever Rough Translation episode, with an update on how the election of an anti-affirmative action president is affecting the debate. If you want to see a photo of the medical school students: npr.org/roughtranslation

    The Mind Of The Mark

    Play Episode Listen Later Aug 6, 2019 36:13

    If you're the kind of person who thinks you can't be conned, that assumption may make it harder for you to recognize when you actually are being scammed. We speak with professional poker player and author Maria Konnikova about how con-artists get inside the stories we all tell ourselves, about ourselves. Then we go to an international multimillion dollar scam in Costa Rica, where a master of the con meets his match... the IT guy.

    What Would Jesus Drive?

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 24, 2019 36:21

    What if more evangelical Christians in the United States fought climate change with the same spirit they bring to the issue of abortion? In this episode, we go back to a surprisingly recent period when that nearly happened. We meet two evangelicals who made it their mission to bridge the divide between Christians and environmentalists. What happened, and why they say the best way to start conversations about the planet is with readings of the bible.For photos and links: www.npr.org/roughtranslationFollow us: twitter.com/roughly

    When Failure Is A 4-Letter Word

    Play Episode Listen Later Jul 10, 2019 30:00

    On today's episode, entrepreneurs around the world are trying to redefine how their societies perceive failure, by doing the scariest thing possible: standing up in public and admitting their mistakes. Links to more stories: http://npr.org/roughtranslationTell us your story: #ShareYourFailure (http://bit.ly/ShareYourFailure)

    The Search: Part 2

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 19, 2019 46:38

    A fragile alliance begins to fracture, as a romantic photo of Kamaran resurfaces. Ahmed confronts his family. And Sebastian meets with ISIS. * Note: This story contains strong language and sounds of war.

    The Search: Part 1

    Play Episode Listen Later Jun 11, 2019 41:48

    When a journalist goes missing in Iraq, his friends and family have to figure out a rescue plan. * Note: This story contains strong language and sounds of war.

    The Man Who Sedated Eichmann

    Play Episode Listen Later May 29, 2019 31:34

    The capture of Nazi officer Adolf Eichmann was one of Israel's proudest moments. But the doctor at the center of the spy operation refused to talk about his role — even with his family. Today, his children ask why.

    How to Speak Addiction

    Play Episode Listen Later May 14, 2019 34:13

    A daughter — and reporter — discovers an uncomfortable truth about her mother's alcoholism. She travels to the other side of the world to find out if there's a better way to treat addiction.

    We Don't Say That

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 30, 2019 43:52

    France is the place where for decades you weren't supposed to talk about someone's blackness, unless you said it in English. Today, we're going to meet the people who took a very French approach to change that. (Note: This story contains strong language in English and French.)

    D.I.Y. Mosul

    Play Episode Listen Later Apr 16, 2019 39:46

    Fed up with government inaction, young people start rebuilding Mosul on their own. But in post-ISIS Iraq, volunteering can quickly become an act of rebellion.

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