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Rough Translation

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.

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Ukraine vs. Fake News

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

29mins

21 Aug 2017

Rank #1

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Anna In Somalia

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.

31mins

12 Sep 2017

Rank #2

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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

22mins

2 Apr 2020

Rank #3

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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.

52mins

29 Jan 2020

Rank #4

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Ukraine: Race Against The Machine

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.

18mins

20 Nov 2019

Rank #5

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We (Still) Don't Say That

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.

50mins

16 Dec 2020

Rank #6

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Austenistan

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.)

47mins

11 Jul 2018

Rank #7

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The Apology Broker

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.

41mins

13 Jun 2018

Rank #8

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War Poems

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

47mins

3 Jul 2018

Rank #9

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The Loneliness Of The Climate Change Christian

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.

36mins

14 Oct 2020

Rank #10

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Radical Rudeness

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?

46mins

28 Oct 2020

Rank #11

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The Search: Part 2

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.

46mins

20 Jun 2019

Rank #12

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Welcome To The New World

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

33mins

25 Nov 2020

Rank #13

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When We Talk About Love

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.

39mins

4 Sep 2019

Rank #14

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Dream Boy And The Poison Fans

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.

36mins

16 Sep 2020

Rank #15

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How to Speak Addiction

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.

34mins

15 May 2019

Rank #16

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El Hilo: Walking To Venezuela

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.

30mins

22 Jul 2020

Rank #17

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Whose Ukraine Is It Anyway?

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

28mins

4 Dec 2019

Rank #18

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The Man Who Sedated Eichmann

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.

31mins

29 May 2019

Rank #19

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We Don't Say That

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.)

43mins

1 May 2019

Rank #20