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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 places.

Latest Episodes

So Long, Black Pete

Resolving conflict through consensus is a very Dutch tradition. But how do you compromise when it comes to racism? This week on Rough Translation, the controversial Dutch character Black Pete, and how Black Lives Matter may have helped change the holiday season in the Netherlands forever.

30 MIN1 w ago
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So Long, Black Pete

The Global Legacy of George Floyd

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

29 MIN3 w ago
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The Global Legacy of George Floyd

From Niqab To N95

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.

20 MINMAY 28
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From Niqab To N95

Hotel Corona

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.

34 MINMAY 14
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Hotel Corona

American Surrogate: 30 Months Later

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.

47 MINAPR 30
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American Surrogate: 30 Months Later

The Coronavirus Guilt Trip

Shame can be a powerful tool, but during a global pandemic? Stories of shame from South Korean chat rooms, a Pakistani street corner, and a Brooklyn grocery store.

26 MINAPR 17
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The Coronavirus Guilt Trip

WeChats From The Future

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

17 MINAPR 2
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WeChats From The Future

How Covid-19 Is Challenging Cultures

On this episode of Rough Translation we talk to NPR international correspondents about the coronavirus (COVID-19). How does culture affect nations' responses to the pandemic?

22 MINMAR 19
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How Covid-19 Is Challenging Cultures

The Original Sin Of Li Jiabao

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?

25 MINFEB 27
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The Original Sin Of Li Jiabao

Rough Translation Presents: Throughline

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.

52 MINJAN 30
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Rough Translation Presents: Throughline

Latest Episodes

So Long, Black Pete

Resolving conflict through consensus is a very Dutch tradition. But how do you compromise when it comes to racism? This week on Rough Translation, the controversial Dutch character Black Pete, and how Black Lives Matter may have helped change the holiday season in the Netherlands forever.

30 MIN1 w ago
Comments
So Long, Black Pete

The Global Legacy of George Floyd

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

29 MIN3 w ago
Comments
The Global Legacy of George Floyd

From Niqab To N95

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.

20 MINMAY 28
Comments
From Niqab To N95

Hotel Corona

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.

34 MINMAY 14
Comments
Hotel Corona

American Surrogate: 30 Months Later

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.

47 MINAPR 30
Comments
American Surrogate: 30 Months Later

The Coronavirus Guilt Trip

Shame can be a powerful tool, but during a global pandemic? Stories of shame from South Korean chat rooms, a Pakistani street corner, and a Brooklyn grocery store.

26 MINAPR 17
Comments
The Coronavirus Guilt Trip

WeChats From The Future

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

17 MINAPR 2
Comments
WeChats From The Future

How Covid-19 Is Challenging Cultures

On this episode of Rough Translation we talk to NPR international correspondents about the coronavirus (COVID-19). How does culture affect nations' responses to the pandemic?

22 MINMAR 19
Comments
How Covid-19 Is Challenging Cultures

The Original Sin Of Li Jiabao

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?

25 MINFEB 27
Comments
The Original Sin Of Li Jiabao

Rough Translation Presents: Throughline

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.

52 MINJAN 30
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Rough Translation Presents: Throughline

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