An award-winning daily show, “PRI's The World” brings one-of-a-kind international stories home to America. "The World's" coverage is provided by a global network of international journalists, including access to 250 BBC correspondents.
It's going to be a nail-biter of a weekend for Greeks, as they await word from Brussels on a proposed debt deal. Also, on the day when the Confederate battle flag has been officially removed from outside South Carolina's state capitol, we have a story out of Madrid, Spain, where a new mayor is trying to erase all mention of right-wing dictator Francisco Franco. Plus, Marco Werman and The World's studio director April Peavey share their summer music picks.
The UN released some staggering figures today about the number of people who've been displaced since the start of Syria's civil war in 2011. We'll speak with a young Syrian activist living in Chicago who tells us the story of a friend back in Syria who decided not to leave, with possibly dire consequences. Plus, the upcoming one-year anniversary of the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 still remains shrouded in mystery. Also, Paris is taking a page out of Boise, Idaho's playbook — cyclists no longer have to stop at red lights. It's all in a bid to keep traffic flowing in the French capital.
Refugees and migrants continue streaming into Europe, many of them on boats crossing the Mediterranean. Some of those migrants are landing on the Greek islands, finding themselves suddenly thrust into the epicenter of Europe's financial crisis. While all eyes are on Greece, is it China that we should really be worried about? We'll head to Shanghai to hear about the sinking of the Chinese stock market, and what it means for the global economy. Plus, talks to secure a nuclear deal with Iran continue in Vienna. A reporter for The Boston Globe is in Vienna, and he writes, "The US negotiating team here over the past five weeks has gone through 10 pounds of Twizzlers (strawberry flavored), 20 pounds of string cheese, 30 pounds of mixed nuts and dried fruit, and more than 200 Rice Krispies Treats."
Today we offer two perspectives on the Greek crisis. First, is it the beginning of the end of modern Europe, or should we remain bullish on a united Europe? We also check in with a German man who gave up his job in finance to move to Greece. Eventually, he started a wine exporting business, and now, with the latest crisis, he's making contingency plans in case there's a return to the drachma. Plus we have the amazing story of Árstíðir, a singing group from Iceland that got its big break when a video of them performing in a German train station went viral.
By a wide margin, the Greeks have said "No" to the latest austerity deal offered by its European counterparts, but the big unanswered question remains: Now what? Also, Pope Francis begins a visit to South America. He's in Ecuador today, where he may square off with the country's conservative president, Rafael Correa. Plus, we'll have a wrap-up of the Women's World Cup, which ended in dramatic fashion Sunday with America's 5-2 victory over Japan.
We're firing up the grill, and setting off some fireworks — without even leaving the studio. Plus, Human Rights Watch got access to the city of Sadda in Yemen. They found evidence of war violations committed there. Also, two bomb blasts in Bogotá, Colombia have residents rattled. Authorities are blaming a gang with links to a guerrilla group.