Our Global Economy

Our Global Economy

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Stories that provide depth and context to interrelated economic issues, including the best from PRI’s The World, The Takeaway, Living on Earth, and other popular programs.


Things That Go Boom: Are sanctions on Iran spurring economic resilience?
Jun 18 • 7 min
Sanctions on Iran have squeezed the economy since the 1970s, and since US President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal, they have been ratcheting up. Some Iranians are ready to cut and run but others are waiting out the economic storm.
A rhino warrior experiments with peace
Jun 14 • 7 min
In the battle to save a species in South Africa, questioning militancy is yielding results.
New companies want to deliver ugly produce to your door to help eliminate food waste
Jun 14 • 8 min
In the US, food is often thrown out simply because it doesn’t look good enough. Recently, a crop of companies has popped up with an entrepreneurial solution to food waste: they sell less-than-perfect produce straight to consumers.
America’s grungy ‘recycled’ plastic is creating wastelands in Asia
Jun 13 • 6 min
Plastic junk from the US is often sent to Southeast Asia, where illegal “recycling” centers are causing an environmental emergency with the fumes from burning trash. And many people believe that America, above all, has the power to make this stop.
Want to help the planet? Ditch your grocery cart for a meal kit.
Jun 12 • 5 min
Home-delivered meal kits are booming across the globe. They send us the raw ingredients and a recipe; we cook it up. But is our lust for convenience hurting or helping the planet?
This Liberian lawyer risked his life to save West Africa’s last remaining rainforest from palm oil developers
Jun 5 • 26 min
When a palm oil development project tried to cut down the last major swath of tropical rainforest in Liberia, lawyer Alfred Brownell jumped into action — and almost lost his life.
Long before bashing China on trade, Trump teed off on Japan
May 24 • 7 min
When he was a real estate mogul, Trump earned some national recognition by taking aim at Japan back in the 1980s.
Washington activist wins a Goldman Environmental Prize for defeating a dangerous oil-by-rail project
May 23 • 11 min
When a major export terminal project threatened to bring 360,000 gallons of crude oil per day through the Fruit Valley neighborhood of Vancouver, Washington, along the Columbia River, Linda Garcia led a long fight against the project.
‘A classic tale of human greed’: California caregivers earn as little as $2 an hour
May 22 • 8 min
Throughout California, many of the workers in elderly care facilities face inhumane conditions, wage theft, and abuse form their employers. Despite efforts from the state, many of these crimes go unpunished and workers are left with few options.
Your ‘recycled’ laptop may be incinerated in an illegal Asian scrapyard
May 21 • 10 min
This is hardly what Americans envision when they drop off glitchy laptops or broken printers at their local recycling drop-off center. Yet, what fuels these Southeast Asian scrapyards is junk from afar — typically more affluent places such as Europe,…
‘Hi, I want a job in Antarctica’: Meet the first female researchers to blaze the path
May 20 • 4 min
In the spring of 1969, 19-year-old Terry Tickhill Terrell walked into the Institute of Polar Studies at OSU and told the secretary, “Hi, I want a job in Antarctica.”
Trump says trade wars are ‘easy to win.’ (They’re not.)
May 10 • 4 min
It looked like Washington and Beijing were close to a deal. But discussions fell apart and US President Donald Trump is increasing the rate for tariffs on Chinese imports.
Raicilla used to be illegal. Now it’s catching on with craft-cocktail drinkers.
May 10 • 5 min
A type of regional mezcal from Jalisco, Mexico, is making its way north of the border. But new regulations meant to protect rural producers may wind up threatening their very existence.
In Uganda, a refugee camp becomes a city
May 9 • 11 min
The government of Uganda and international agencies have taken an innovative approach to housing displaced persons by building more permanent facilities that serve both refugees and local residents.
Free passage is a way of life for Mexicans and Guatemalans on the border
May 9 • 3 min
Commuters and shoppers take the five-minute trip across the border on rafts of two-by-fours, fueling the cross-border economy between Suchiate, Mexico, and Tecún Umán, Guatemala.
The meatless Whopper’s ‘Impossible’ goal: To save the planet
May 8 • 8 min
The Whopper is an icon of American culture. But the Whopper is getting a complete overhaul. And when we say complete, we literally mean complete.
Lawsuit accusing ExxonMobil of ignoring risks from climate change moves forward
May 1 • 7 min
A federal judge recently allowed a lawsuit against ExxonMobil to go forward over the alleged vulnerabilities of the company’s Boston Harbor storage facility to climate disruption.
Meet the Petrochallengers: A new generation wants to bring accountability to Haiti. Can they succeed?
Apr 29 • 4 min
Leaders are accused of embezzling well over a billion dollars earmarked for social and development projects in Haiti, fueling protests that shut down the country.
In El Salvador, climate change means less coffee, and more migrants
Apr 24 • 5 min
In El Salvador, erratic weather is taking a big toll, agricultural experts say, compounding the challenges for coffee farmers at a critical moment.
After Trump says America is ‘full,’ Vermont says ‘not us’
Apr 24 • 7 min
Vermont — a state with a declining, aging population and falling birth rates — is trying to be welcoming, but hasn’t quite figured out how to attract new, diverse residents.