The World (radio program)

PRI's The World
Genre International news: features, interviews, analysis, podcasts
Running time c. 50 min.
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Home station WGBH
Syndicates Public Radio International
Hosted by Marco Werman
Created by Public Radio International
Directed by April Peavey
Executive producer(s) Andrew Sussman
Recording studio Boston, Massachusetts
Original release 1995 – present
Audio format Stereophonic
Website PRI's The World
Podcast Latest edition podcast

PRI's The World is a US public radio news magazine with an emphasis on international news. The program originated partly in response to declining coverage of international news by US commercial media. It is co-produced by the BBC World Service of the United Kingdom, Public Radio International and WGBH of the United States.

The World was PRI's first co-production. It now has several co-productions. It was also the first news co-production of the BBC World Service. For the BBC, The World was conceived as a stand-alone program and also as a template for future co-productions which might expand the reach of the BBC World Service. At its launch, it was the first program dedicated to providing global news and making a global-local connection for Americans on a daily basis.

According to the PRI website, PRI currently distributes the show to more than 300 public radio stations across the United States. The program reaches more than 2.5 million listeners every week in broadcast alone.[1] It is primarily hosted by Marco Werman[2] at WGBH's studios in Boston, but often includes substitute hosts including Carol Hills and Aaron Schachter when Werman is in the field. Werman, who has been with The World since its inception, hosted the program from 2010 to 2011 while then-host Lisa Mullins was on sabbatical.

The World was the first daily nationally syndicated public radio program to begin podcasting some of its content, notably its coverage of technology. Its technology podcast began on February 11, 2005, hosted by Clark Boyd. Today, numerous podcasts are available by topical area and entire programs are available as podcasts.

As of October 2009, the program also now airs on CBC Radio One in Canada as part of the CBC Radio Overnight lineup.

The theme music was composed by Eric Goldberg.

Portions of the program are repackaged and rebroadcast on the weekly BBC World Service program called Boston Calling.


The World has won over a dozen awards for its programming,[3] including:


  1. 1 2 3 4 "PRI's 'The World' wins multiple awards, celebrates 10th year" (Press release). Public Radio International. 4 April 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
  2. "Marco Werman appointed as host of PRI's The World". Public Radio International. 7 December 2012. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013.
  3. "Awards". PRI's The World. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  4. "AAJA NATIONAL AWARDS 1989 - 2008". AAJA. 2009. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  5. "Past duPont Award Winners". Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  6. "National Journalism Awards Past Winners" (PDF). Scripps Howard Foundation. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 17, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  7. "ASM Public Communications Award Past Winners 1996--2007" (PDF). American Society for Microbiology. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 15, 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
  8. "Dart Award Winner". Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
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