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.
War Poems Revisited
Wednesday 05 May 2021
: As the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan, we look back at a time when Taliban poetry and a local cooking show became part of the war. And the...
How To Speak Bad English
Wednesday 21 April 2021
: Heather Hansen used to teach people to speak "perfect" English. Until she realized that so-called "bad English" might be a better way to...
Liberté, Égalité, French Fries... And Couscous
Wednesday 07 April 2021
: Our favorite McDonald's in Marseille, France has reached its afterlife. It took court cases, spray paint, and the slogan you know turned...
"We Already Belong": A Conversation With R.O. Kwon
Friday 26 March 2021
: In the wake of the shootings in Atlanta, a Korean-American writer reconnects with her own family.
Welcome To The Vaccination Club
Wednesday 10 March 2021
: Two very different approaches to wooing vaccine skeptics. And how a little FOMO can go a long way.
Rewriting The Travel Guidebook With Nanjala Nyabola
Thursday 25 February 2021
: What happens when your guidebook isn't written with you in mind? Nanjala Nyabola on her new book: Travelling While Black.
Wednesday 10 February 2021
: Your stories and creative solutions to not quite fitting in.
Our Boxes, Ourselves
Wednesday 27 January 2021
: From Montréal to Edinburgh, and from São Paulo to Taipei: your stories about belonging, or longing to just be.
We (Still) Don't Say That
Wednesday 16 December 2020
: France is the place where for decades you weren't supposed to talk about someone's blackness, unless you said it in English. Today, we're...
Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': White Supremacy And Its Online Reach
Wednesday 09 December 2020
: For close to a year, Talia Lavin went undercover in white supremacist online communities, creating fake personas that would gain her access...
Welcome To The New World
Wednesday 25 November 2020
: What can a young refugee who's survived a war teach a novelist about writing young adult adventure?
Thursday 12 November 2020
: Just because you can't vote, doesn't mean you're not watching. We crisscross the globe to understand how people see their fates and fortunes...
Presenting 'Louder Than A Riot': Lyrics On Trial
Friday 06 November 2020
: On this bonus drop, we feature an episode from the NPR podcast Louder Than A Riot called "Lyrics on Trial."
Wednesday 28 October 2020
: After a Ugandan scholar is suspended from her university job, she discovers a new tool for resistance: extreme public rudeness. Will it work...
The Loneliness Of The Climate Change Christian
Wednesday 14 October 2020
: What if more evangelical Christians in the United States fought climate change with the same spirit they bring to the issue of abortion? We...
How To Be An Anti-Casteist
Wednesday 30 September 2020
: How does India's caste system play out in the hiring practices of Silicon Valley? And what happens when dominant caste people in the U.S....
Dream Boy And The Poison Fans
Wednesday 16 September 2020
: A Chinese idol had millions of fans who adored him for his kindness and good looks. Then, this February, one group of fans accused another...
New Season: School of Scandal... Coming Sept. 16
Wednesday 09 September 2020
: We're back with a special series, Rough Translation's "School of Scandal," stories about people around the world calling each other out and...
El Hilo: Walking To Venezuela
Wednesday 22 July 2020
: One man's mission to get hundreds of his fellow Venezuelans back home from Ecuador in a pandemic, even if it means walking all 1,300 miles....
Wednesday 08 July 2020
: Ireland's "cocooning" policy during the coronavirus lockdown asked people over age 70 to stay at home and not to leave for any reason....
So Long, Black Pete
Wednesday 24 June 2020
: Resolving conflict through consensus is a very Dutch tradition. But how do you compromise when it comes to racism? This week on Rough...
The Global Legacy of George Floyd
Wednesday 10 June 2020
: Five personal stories from five continents on the global impact of George Floyd.
From Niqab To N95
Wednesday 27 May 2020
: The French republic "lives with her face uncovered," say the posters. But now face masks are mandatory. We look back at why covering your...
Wednesday 13 May 2020
: One hundred and eighty recovering COVID-19 patients. One Jerusalem hotel. Secular, religious, Arabs, Jews, old, young. Their phones are out,...
American Surrogate: 30 Months Later
Wednesday 29 April 2020
: Back in 2017, we brought you the story of a Chinese mom who hired an American surrogate to carry her baby. Each needed something from the...