PRI's The World

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PRI's The World is a one-hour, weekday radio news magazine offering a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. Launched in 1996, PRI's The World, a co-production of WGBH/Boston, Public Radio International, and the BBC World Service. The World's coverage is provided by a global network of international journalists. The program also has access to the 250 BBC correspondents located around the world. Unique in public radio, this network works in concert with the program's multinational team of producers and editors, and brings an exceptional depth of understanding and freshness of perspective to the program content. The result is an award-winning hour of breaking news, in-depth features, hard-hitting commentaries, and thought-provoking interviews found nowhere else in U.S. news coverage. PRI's The World -- international news for an American audience.

Yassin Alsalman considers the word hip-hop an acronym. For him, it stands for "Highly Intelligent People Hover Over Politics."

And being a hip-hop artist, he has "hovered over politics."

Alsalman was born in Dubai to Iraqi parents. He was raised in the United Arab Emirates and in Canada.

"The ability to live in both the East and the West ... it allowed me to see the world in a different way and be a lot more accepting of cultural differences," he says.

Pien Huang

I went to the docks in the very center of Amsterdam with, basically, one thought in my mind: This is going to be freaking awesome.

I mean, c'mon. It's bikes and fishing. For an Oregon boy, it doesn't get any better than that.

But then, it did.

I saw the claw.

It's like they plucked it straight from "Toy Story 3" and moved it to Amsterdam. It's a huge hydraulic claw, connected to a crane that sits on the front of the barge.

Twice a week in Mexico City, Chumel Torres, a clean-shaven, suited up 32-year-old sits behind a desk, in front of a green screen, and delivers a non-stop rundown of the news from Mexico, Latin America and the world with a heavy dose of satire.

It’s Mexico’s breakout show, in the spirit of Jon Stewart and John Oliver. But you won’t find it on television. Rather, as the media landscape shifts, it’s on YouTube. And that’s just fine with Torres.

John Schults/Reuters

The Tour de France is going on right now in France, but the race isn't the only way biking is making news in the City of Light.

Paris is now allowing cyclists to treat stop signs and red lights as if they were yield signs.

I know what you're thinking: Don't cyclists everywhere do this already? Well, maybe, but it's not actually allowed by law in most places.

Here's a quick Q and A about the new law:

Wait, they're now just going to let cyclists run red lights?

Jude Joffe-Block

Eighteen years ago, Vitomir Spiric, his wife and young daughter arrived in Phoenix to start over. They're Bosnian Serbs who were displaced by the Balkan wars in the 1990s. The US government awarded them refugee status.

“We are started to live [a] nice life,” says Spiric, now 43, during an interview at his Phoenix home. His English is still limited. “Nice life, everything is nice, everything is perfect. We find a good job.”