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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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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

2020-07-0824:112

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

2020-06-2431:132

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

2020-05-2721:052

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

2020-05-1334:569

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

2020-04-0218:063

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

Mom In Translation

2019-10-0228:261

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
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.
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.
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

The Mind Of The Mark

2019-08-0736:211

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?

What Would Jesus Drive?

2019-07-2436:311

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
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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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ncooty

Why are so many podcasters incapable of speaking English well. This host loves to follow the subject with a pronoun for the same subject. E.g.,"This guy, he ...," "Tim and Lisa, they ...," "The document, it ..." Good grief. You just said the subject; just continue the damned sentence. Is your attention span so short that you have to restart the sentence after merely stating the subject?

Jul 27th
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ncooty

The switch to "prey plume" is wonderful and reasonable. However, the contrived controversy over "black" vs. "noir" sounds like an illogical, childish effort to find a label that allows a group of people to identify with a superficial trait when it suits them and dissociate from it when it doesn't suit them. They are casting themselves as victims (and misrepresenting the French views on equality and unity) in order to gain legitimacy. Moreover, these individuals have appointed themselves as spokespeople for an entire group of people who have only pigmentation in common. It's absurd. If you prefer to be called noir, fine, but don't pretend to speak for every person with darker skin, and don't champion a focus on race today, then tomorrow say it is racist to refer to the category. These arguments and miniature "movements" are brainless, yet are magnified by such coverage.

Jul 27th
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ncooty

It's hard to imagine a more pernicious influence in civil society than religion. The idea of harnessing superstitious tribalism to address--let alone justify--public action is absurd. Progress happens in spite of religion, not because if it. Religions are dragged kicking and screaming into modernity, always clawing back toward the Bronze Age backwaters from which they arose.

Jul 26th
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ncooty

Only 7 years for 1 guy? Did they even confiscate his bank accounts? Did they coordinate with the Costa Rican government to prosecute anyone else? What the hell? If that's all that happened, the Feds really blew it. Felipe did all their work for them, yet they could barely be bothered to punish 1 guy? Good grief. It would've been nice to know if there was more to it.

Jul 26th
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ncooty

@8:01: I guess NPR hosts don't listen to NPR podcasts. NPR has previously debunked the urban legend--spread by McDonald's PR--that LA rioters spared McDonald's franchises because they were embedded, black-owned businesses. Now we hear other NPR podcasts keep spreading the myth. So much for fact-checking, though I'm sure they shirk accountability by saying they only relayed it as an anecdote... much as Trump says, "Lots of people say..." Gag.

Jul 25th
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ncooty

@2:21: You referred to them as machine guns and the audio sounds like full auto, and then @3:03, you called them "semi-automatics". You plainly don't know what any of these words mean. Please stick to words you know or bother to learn the correct terms.

Jul 24th
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Susie

Oh my god, my favorite Chinese podcasts are cross linked!

Jun 27th
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#collectivehealinglove

May 24th
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Nate Medina

Please god no, china is not doing it right. Someone help those poor people!

May 20th
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Carrie Ryuko

I'll be expecting another update in 30 months!!

Apr 30th
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Xin Du

About accent, his accent is totally normal for a guy who comes from Southern China. Dont know why people say that he has Taiwanese accent.

Mar 27th
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Katie P

Thank you for this show! Living in France with my family as an American and I can totally relate to this episode.

Nov 27th
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Mike Alpha

this makes me want to hear more about Japanese parenting.

Oct 11th
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Mike Alpha

loved it.

Oct 11th
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Liam Flow

loved the end bit especially "maybe a couple of years?"

Oct 8th
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Paul Rhine

I would love to see a continuation of this story at some time.

Sep 21st
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Pragadeesh Nagappan

This obsession with light skin fits well with India as well. Though not to the extend of providing reservations in govt jobs.

Aug 27th
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Z T

Updates episode? There was like 15 seconds of new info. New president said he wanted to change the laws, the laws didn't change..

Aug 22nd
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