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English, Political, 8 seasons, 102 episodes, 2 days, 5 hours, 54 minutes
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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When We Talk About Love Stories

We leap into the gap between love stories and real life. And hear a sneak peek of Rough Translation's newest season! Subscribe here to Gregory's substack.
7/12/202325 minutes, 53 seconds
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Fan Favorites: How to Speak Bad English

Gregory talks "inside baseball" of American English. And we revisit an episode that sparked a lot of conversation among listeners in 2021–about the global pursuit of "good English" and what it takes to change the multi-billion dollar industry built around it.Write to us at [email protected] and follow Gregory's Substack.Read more at NPR's global health and development blog, Goats and Soda.Tower Of Babble: Nonnative Speakers Navigate The World Of 'Good' And 'Bad' EnglishPrepone That! Your Accent Is Funny! Readers Share Their ESL Stories
5/10/202338 minutes, 9 seconds
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Fan Favorites: Dream Boy and the Poison Fans

The unlikely places that fandom can take us, and how to know when we've gone too far. This week, we revisit an episode from 2020. And don't forget to subscribe to Gregory's Substack.
4/26/202339 minutes, 27 seconds
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Fan Favorites: Anna in Somalia

Gregory tells a story about his first job out of college. And we revisit an episode from 2017. Also, what's your favorite Rough Translation episode? Let us know.
4/12/202336 minutes, 49 seconds
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This Is Not A Goodbye

Our host Gregory Warner reads your tweets and drops some big news about Rough Translation. Subscribe to Gregory's Substack and follow him on Twitter to stay on the journey. And coming soon: episodes revisiting our archives, plus an exciting summer season in collaboration with NPR's international desk.
3/31/20232 minutes, 13 seconds
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Ukraine: The Handoff

We travel to Ukraine to follow a shipment of abortion pills, and discover a complicated conversation about pregnancy and choice in wartime. Part 2 of our collaboration with Radiolab.
2/3/202331 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ukraine: Under The Counter

One weekend. An amateur smuggling operation. A wartime mission. The story, in collaboration with Radiolab.
1/20/202340 minutes, 59 seconds
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The Cat Must Still Be Fed

A hyperlocal news site in Red Hook, N.Y. posts a job opening. A journalist in Ukraine applies. And what readers think of as "local news" is going to change dramatically.
8/3/202239 minutes, 56 seconds
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The Good Russians

Hundreds of thousands of Russians are leaving Russia. They're facing an uncertain welcome abroad. Poet and writer Linor Goralik joins us to read from "Exodus 22," her uncomfortably frank conversations with Russians who – before the war – lived in a Westernized bubble, ignoring the mounting threats of Putin's regime. Then, the bubble burst.
4/27/202220 minutes, 1 second
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The Scarf and the Snuffbox

What can a blank piece of paper, four ballerinas, a scarf and snuff box mean in Russia? A conversation with Russian Anthropologist Alexandra Arkhipova about how anti-war protestors resist the war in Ukraine through code and hidden messages.
4/15/202217 minutes, 28 seconds
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Letter of Unhappiness

When Naira calls her parents back home in Russia to talk about the war in Ukraine, they treat her as an outsider and a threat. She finds a way to break through the propaganda wall, with inspiration from a chain letter.
3/30/202215 minutes, 50 seconds
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The Culture Front

When protecting a language is used as justification for war, how can its speakers fight back? A conversation with Russian speakers of the diaspora who are rethinking their relationship to language, identity, and the Russian community.
3/15/202240 minutes, 36 seconds
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Fighting Words In Ukraine

Vladimir Putin joined the KGB at age 23. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy got his early training in a no less Soviet institution–the world of competitive comedy. We update our 2019 episode about a high-stakes comedy competition in Ukraine.
3/2/202231 minutes, 23 seconds
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Presenting 'TED Radio Hour': Work, Play, Rest

The past few years have shaken the fundamental ways we live. It's... disorienting. But it's also an opportunity to reexamine how we spend our time. In this episode from TED Radio Hour, speakers investigate evolving notions of what it means to pay our bills.
2/16/202250 minutes, 40 seconds
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May We Have This Dance?

A jazz dance born in Harlem in the 1920s ends up in a tiny Swedish town. What happens when Black dancers try to bring the Lindy Hop home?
12/22/202143 minutes, 50 seconds
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Moms In Translation

An Irish journalist discovers she belongs in a place she's never been. A 6-year-old boy decides he's from another country. Stories about finding home far from home.
12/15/202141 minutes, 59 seconds
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Tasting At A Distance

You can zoom around the world through sight and sound, but you can't taste at a distance, right? Stories about what happens when we try.
12/8/202133 minutes, 26 seconds
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Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': White Supremacy And Its Online Reach

For close to a year, Talia Lavin went undercover in white supremacist online communities, creating fake personas that would gain her access to the dark reaches of the internet normally off-limits to her, a Jewish woman. That research laid the groundwork for her book, Culture Warlords: My Journey Into the Dark Web of White Supremacy. Lavin talks to It's Been A Minute host Sam Sanders about what it was like to infiltrate those online spaces, what she learned, and how white supremacy cannot exist without anti-Semitism.
12/9/202029 minutes, 25 seconds
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Presenting 'Louder Than A Riot': Lyrics On Trial

On this bonus drop, we feature an episode from the NPR podcast Louder Than A Riot called "Lyrics on Trial."
11/6/202034 minutes
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New Season: School of Scandal... Coming Sept. 16

We're back with a special series, Rough Translation's "School of Scandal," stories about people around the world calling each other out and taking each other down to change the status quo.
9/9/20201 minute, 39 seconds
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Preview: Rough Translation In Ukraine

Listen to hear a preview of a special two-part episode about Ukraine, reported by Gregory Warner.
11/13/20191 minute, 21 seconds
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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:
9/25/201739 minutes, 58 seconds
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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:
9/18/201732 minutes, 18 seconds
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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.
9/12/201731 minutes, 42 seconds
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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.
9/5/201742 minutes, 37 seconds
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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.)
8/28/201741 minutes, 26 seconds
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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?
8/21/201729 minutes, 27 seconds
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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?
8/14/201732 minutes, 23 seconds
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Introducing Rough Translation

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.
8/4/20173 minutes, 28 seconds