PRI's The World

Weekdays at 3pm on RADIO IQ

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.

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.”

Greek people paralyzed by 'overwhelming, deep uncertainty'

Jul 9, 2015
Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

The situation in Greece starting to sound like the boy who cried "deadline."

Deadlines have come and gone, but this is the real deal, says BBC correspondent Mark Lowen.

And the Greek people are anxious for the reckoning day to finally arrive. They've been riding an emotional roller coaster since the crisis began.

"The first emotion was absolute anger, fury and rioting. Then there was depression. And now it's just that overwhelming, deep uncertainty," Lowen says.

Babs Baay

When the Malaysian airliner, flight MH17, was shot down over eastern Ukraine nearly a year ago, the BBC's Natalia Antelava was soon reporting from the scene. A chance encounter gave her a personal connection with one of the dead passengers, and — as she describes here — prompted her to find the woman's sister.

Muhammad Hamed/Reuters

Half of Syria is on the run. 

In what is now being called the largest exodus from a single conflict in a generation, more than 11 million Syrians are either displaced from their homes inside the country, or have fled across the border. 

"That is an implosion of absolutely fundamental, almost biblical proportions," says David Miliband, the president of the International Rescue Committee and a former British Foreign Secretary. "What the people are saying to us, to all of our staff there, is 'Has the world forgotten us?'"