The World (radio program)

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.

PRI's The World
GenreInternational news: features, interviews, analysis, podcasts
Running timec. 50 min.
Country of originUnited States
Home stationWGBH
SyndicatesPublic Radio International
Hosted byMarco Werman
Created byPublic Radio International
Directed byApril Peavey
Executive producer(s)Andrea Crossan
Recording studioBoston, Massachusetts
Original release1995 – present
Audio formatStereophonic
WebsitePRI's The World
PodcastLatest edition podcast

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 host Carol Hills. 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 original theme music was composed by Eric Goldberg, but was last used in July 2019. The current theme music was composed by Ned Porter.

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. "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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