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.
New Season: @Work. Starting June 1.
Wednesday 25 May 2022
: We're back @Work. The new season of Rough Translation will tell surprising stories from workplaces and work cultures around the world.
The Good Russians
Wednesday 27 April 2022
: Hundreds of thousands of Russians are leaving Russia. They're facing an uncertain welcome abroad. Poet and writer Linor Goralik joins us to...
The Scarf and the Snuffbox
Friday 15 April 2022
: What can a blank piece of paper, four ballerinas, a scarf and snuff box mean in Russia? A conversation with Russian Anthropologist Alexandra...
Letter of Unhappiness
Wednesday 30 March 2022
: 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...
The Culture Front
Tuesday 15 March 2022
: When protecting a language is used as justification for war, how can its speakers fight back? A conversation with Russian speakers of the...
Fighting Words In Ukraine
Wednesday 02 March 2022
: Vladimir Putin joined the KGB at age 23. Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskyy got his early training in a no less Soviet...
Presenting 'TED Radio Hour': Work, Play, Rest
Wednesday 16 February 2022
: 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...
May We Have This Dance?
Wednesday 22 December 2021
: 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?
Moms In Translation
Wednesday 15 December 2021
: 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...
Tasting At A Distance
Wednesday 08 December 2021
: 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.
Home/Front: Marla's List
Saturday 10 July 2021
: Marla kept a detailed account of Iraqi civilians harmed by war. How did she recruit people in the U.S. military to help them? And what toll...
Home/Front: Marla's War
Wednesday 30 June 2021
: Marla Ruzicka didn't belong in a war zone. Nobody in Afghanistan knew what to make of her. Until Marla started to solve a problem that no...
Home/Front: Rebels In The Valley
Wednesday 23 June 2021
: Two worlds: dress uniforms and foosball tables. The military and Silicon Valley used to work hand in hand. Now, why won't big tech build...
Home/Front: Battle Borne
Wednesday 16 June 2021
: Alicia's situation raises questions about the VA's caregiver program. And a new diagnosis changes everything for Matt. How will Alicia and...
Home/Front: Battle Lines
Wednesday 09 June 2021
: Alicia Lammers takes on the twin roles of wife and caregiver to her veteran husband. What happens when your husband becomes your official...
Home/Front: Battle Rattle
Wednesday 02 June 2021
: He's a veteran looking for love. She's a civilian who learns more about war than she ever imagined. Part 1 of the story of Matt and Alicia...
Wednesday 26 May 2021
: Is it true that "you can't understand" if you've never been to war? In the first episode of our new season, we hear from people on opposing...
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.