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The World (radio program)

PRI's The World
Genre International news: features, interviews, analysis, podcasts
Running time c. 50 min.
Country United States
Language(s) English
Home station WGBH
Syndicates Public Radio International
Host(s) Marco Werman
Creator(s) Public Radio International
Director(s) April Peavey
Exec. producer(s) Andrew Sussman
Recording studio Boston, Massachusetts
Air dates 1995 to present
Audio format Stereophonic
Website PRI's The World
Podcast Latest edition podcast
The studio where The World is produced (part of the WGBH building in Boston)

PRI's The World is a global news radio, audio and multi-platform program created by Public Radio International based on the program's congruence with PRI's mission, and in order to fulfill the critical need for more original global news created for and provided to Americans. This was partly a response to declining investments by commercial media in international news. The program is co-produced by the BBC World Service of the United Kingdom, and Public Radio International and WGBH of the United States. The program's goal is to bring international journalism/news that illuminates the world specifically for US listeners.

The World was PRI's first co-production—the company now has a number of productions. It was also the first news co-production of the BBC World Service. For the BBC, The World was conceived as stand-alone program and also as a template for future co-productions which might serve to expand the reach of BBC World Service resources. At its launch, it was the first program dedicated to focusing on providing global news and making the global-local connection for Americans on a daily basis.

According to the PRI website/releases, PRI currently distributes the show to more than 280 public radio stations across the United States. The program reaches more than 2.5 million listeners every week in broadcast alone.[1] It is primarily hosted by Marco Werman[2] at WGBH's studios in Boston, but often includes substitute hosts including Carol Hills and Aaron Schachter when Werman is in the field. Werman, who has been with The World since its inception, hosted the program from 2010 to 2011 while then-host Lisa Mullins was on sabbatical.

The World was the first daily nationally syndicated public radio program to begin podcasting some of its content, notably its coverage of technology. This began with its technology podcast, which began on February 11, 2005, hosted by Clark Boyd. Today, numerous podcasts are available by topical area and entire programs are available via podcast.

As of October 2009, the program also now airs on CBC Radio One in Canada from 1 to 2 a.m. weekdays. The theme music is "Diaraby" by Ali Farka Touré.


The World has won over a dozen awards for its programming,[3] including:

  • 2008:
    • National RTNDA/UNITY Award for "ongoing commitment to covering the cultural diversity of the communities they serve."
    • The World won both Asian American Journalists Association awards in radio journalism: the 2008 Unlimited Subject award for the program "Inside North Korea: a Personal Memoir", and the 2008 Asian American/Pacific Islander Issues award for the program "Asian-Americans and Gambling".[4]


  1. ^ a b c d "PRI's 'The World' wins multiple awards, celebrates 10th year" (Press release). Public Radio International. 4 April 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-22. 
  2. ^ 
  3. ^ "Awards". PRI's The World. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  4. ^ "AAJA NATIONAL AWARDS 1989 - 2008". AAJA. 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  5. ^ "Past duPont Award Winners". Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  6. ^ "National Journalism Awards Past Winners" (PDF). Scripps Howard Foundation. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  7. ^ "ASM Public Communications Award Past Winners 1996--2007" (PDF). American Society for Microbiology. p. 2. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 
  8. ^ "Dart Award Winner". Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Retrieved 2009-04-10. 

External links

  • PRI's The World
  • Public Radio International
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