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

Boxing Back

2021-02-1028:402

Your stories and creative solutions to not quite fitting in.
Our Boxes, Ourselves

Our Boxes, Ourselves

2021-01-2727:369

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

Welcome To The New World

2020-11-2534:453

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

All Eyes On US

2020-11-1240:175

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.
Radical Rudeness

Radical Rudeness

2020-10-2846:218

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?
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 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?
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.
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.
Hello, Neighbor

Hello, Neighbor

2020-07-0824:157

Ireland's "cocooning" policy during the coronavirus lockdown asked people over age 70 to stay at home and not to leave for any reason. Suddenly, neighbors and strangers leapt to help them with everything — if the cocooners would let them.
So Long, Black Pete

So Long, Black Pete

2020-06-2431:133

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.
Five personal stories from five continents on the global impact of George Floyd.
From Niqab To N95

From Niqab To N95

2020-05-2721:055

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

Hotel Corona

2020-05-1334:5612

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.
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.
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

WeChats From The Future

2020-04-0218:394

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
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.
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Kyomi Paris

12:16 Also, the man who wrote the tweet is referring to muslims as a sort of threat, and the joke goes to show that islamic presence is just... the opposite. socially speaking, peaceful and unobtrusive. What's wrong with washing your hands 5 times a day and covering yourself? (everyone is doing this now!) ... What's wrong with being Muslim?

Feb 6th
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Kyomi Paris

12:16 It clearly demonstrates that now, all are doing the same things (but under different labels: covid 19 safety &/ muslim tradition), and how different are we? i.e We are all ''normal'' people. The only real difference between a Muslim and a non Muslim is religious belief concerning God, and personal practices.

Feb 6th
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mari arana

Sad that this poor man was harassed and brought down by his own chosen religious group who did not act according to what they supposedly believe.

Jan 11th
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it

não é só corrigir, é educar. trés bien!

Dec 29th
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Chanaka Hettige

This was beyond beautiful ❤️

Dec 23rd
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Chanaka Hettige

Thanks for this guys. It was intriguing. And thinking back to my motherland, Sri Lanka, it's not so different from the situation in Pakistan. Luckily, not that worse!

Dec 21st
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Chanaka Hettige

Hey! That sound like our experience in US.! 🤣

Dec 2nd
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Gabriella Arroyo

could they even have gotten a gun if they wanted to?

Nov 26th
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it

very interesting episode! I want a few more minutes so we can hear from the other countries!

Nov 12th
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Chanaka Hettige

What a wonderful story!

Nov 12th
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mari arana

What a fascinating story.

Nov 10th
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mari arana

Such an interesting episode. Love this podcast so much!

Nov 10th
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Chanaka Hettige

This was intriguing!

Nov 8th
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ncooty

The female narrator has an annoying habit of restating the subject with a pronoun. E.g., "This performer, he...," "These people, they..." If language is your vocation, speak well.

Nov 8th
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Paul Rhine

I love the song playing during the intro! :D Does anyone know what it is called?

Nov 2nd
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it

thank you!

Oct 29th
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Svetlana Kagarmanova

Thank you so much for this episode! It made me cry. I've read "Karenina" and "War and Peace" by Tolstoy not long ago and was amazed how skillfully Tolstoy writes about different people's feelings. You literally can get into the minds of book's heros and fully understand them.

Oct 13th
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Yeelun Lai

13 minutes in.. what are you blah blah blahing?

Aug 14th
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ncooty

This is a completely foreseeable outcome of the inherent racism of identity politics. Adherents of the movement recreate the same transgressions that have been historically problematic and reprehensible.

Jul 29th
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ncooty

What a dear, brave woman, abandoned by her country, duped by fake and fickle patriots. The blustery hawks never deserved her service.

Jul 27th
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