Rough Translation


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Reviews: 15

 Aug 6, 2019
Outstanding story telling. I listen to podcasts whilst dozing..every now and then one is so good I stay awake to listen till the end. Rough Translation is one such sleep delaying gem.

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 May 4, 2019
Outstanding storytelling willing to grapple with complicated questions, show all the sides, and leave without a clear, oversimplified answer. It's not usually "conversations we're having here", but they're still damn good conversations.

 Apr 23, 2019
Thank you for the D.I.Y. Mosul episode. I know it may sound extreme, but Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Sooror (sp?) ? "The best revenge against ISIS is humanity." Such a beautiful human being, and portrayal of community.


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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Brazil In Black And White: Update
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.

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Aug 21, 2019
The Mind Of The Mark
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.
Aug 07, 2019
What Would Jesus Drive?
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.

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Jul 24, 2019
When Failure Is A 4-Letter Word
On today's episode, entrepreneurs around the world are trying to redefine how their societies perceive failure, by doing the scariest thing possible: standing up in public and admitting their mistakes.

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Jul 11, 2019
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.
Jun 20, 2019
The Search: Part 1
When a journalist goes missing in Iraq, his friends and family have to figure out a rescue plan.

* Note: This story contains strong language and sounds of war.
Jun 12, 2019
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.
May 29, 2019
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.
May 15, 2019
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.)
May 01, 2019
D.I.Y. Mosul
Fed up with government inaction, young people start rebuilding Mosul on their own. But in post-ISIS Iraq, volunteering can quickly become an act of rebellion.
Apr 17, 2019
New season: The Rebels. Starting April 17
We've traveled far away to bring you stories that hit close to home. This season, we follow people who break the rules and challenge what's normal, wherever they are.
Apr 10, 2019
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.)
Jul 11, 2018
War Poems
Taliban poetry. An Afghan cooking show. The US military needs a better weapon. Up comes the perfect person for the job.
Jul 03, 2018
A trashy daytime talk show in Argentina does the unthinkable. It becomes a forum for feminism. How this happened and what it changed.
Jun 29, 2018
Ukraine vs. Fake News
Today, we revisit an episode from last season. Fake news from Russia helped spark a real war in Ukraine. What can Ukraine's fight against fake news teach the US?
Jun 27, 2018
Ghana's Parent Trap
Kids are starting school at younger and younger ages. This week, one country's bold experiment to change how it teaches young children. And why it had to hide that change from their parents.
Jun 20, 2018
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.
Jun 13, 2018
Coming June 13th
The award-winning podcast returns with five original stories about people trying to cross a bridge from one worldview to another, even when everyone's telling them you can't get there from here
Jun 05, 2018
The Refugee's Dating Coach
A Syrian refugee in Berlin hopes to find love but is stumped by German dating codes and is terrified of crossing the line between flirting and harassing. A professional 'flirt coach' steps in to be his guide. (For photos of Sophia and Aktham:
Sep 25, 2017
Om Alone In India
A day of yoga in the US. A yoga war in India. A court case in California and why the Indian government is watching it. A story about the poses that bind us. (Tell us about yourself. Fill out our survey:
Sep 18, 2017
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.
Sep 12, 2017
American Surrogate
A Chinese mom hires an American surrogate to carry her baby. Each needs something from the other that is hard to admit. The next 9 months will be a crash course in transcontinental communication. And the meaning of family.
Sep 05, 2017
The Congo We Listen To
It made headlines worldwide: Hundreds of women raped in one Congolese village. But when one researcher arrives in town, something feels off. (Note: This episode contains descriptions of violence.)
Aug 28, 2017
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?
Aug 21, 2017
Brazil In Black And White
Two radically different ways of seeing race come into sudden conflict in Brazil, provoking a national conversation about who is Black? And who is not Black enough?
Aug 14, 2017
Coming August 14th
Travel with us. Each week we go to a new country to hear a story that says something about what's happening in the United States. Subscribe now.
Aug 04, 2017