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.
|Genre||International news: features, interviews, analysis, podcasts|
|Running time||c. 50 min.|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Syndicates||Public Radio International|
|Hosted by||Marco Werman|
|Created by||Public Radio International|
|Directed by||April Peavey|
|Executive producer(s)||Andrea Crossan|
|Recording studio||Boston, Massachusetts|
|Original release||1995 – present|
|Website||PRI's The World|
|Podcast||Latest 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. It is primarily hosted by Marco Werman 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.
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, including:
- National RTNDA/UNITY Award for "ongoing commitment to covering the cultural diversity of the communities they serve."
- The World won both Asian American Journalists Association awards in radio journalism: the 2008 Unlimited Subject award for the program "Inside North Korea: a Personal Memoir", and the 2008 Asian American/Pacific Islander Issues award for the program "Asian-Americans and Gambling".
- The World's website received the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for best National Radio Network/Syndication Service Website
- The World's four-part series, "The Global Race for Stem Cell Therapies," won both an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for broadcast journalism and a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Excellence in Electronic Media/Radio.
- The World's four-part series "The Forgotten Plague: Malaria," received a Public Communications Award from the American Society for Microbiology.
- The World's series "Hiroshima's Survivors: The Last Generation," was honored by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma for excellence in coverage of victims of violence.
- "PRI's 'The World' wins multiple awards, celebrates 10th year" (Press release). Public Radio International. 4 April 2006. Retrieved 2007-09-22.
- "Marco Werman appointed as host of PRI's The World". Public Radio International. 7 December 2012. Archived from the original on 9 April 2013.
- "Awards". PRI's The World. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
- "AAJA NATIONAL AWARDS 1989 - 2008". AAJA. 2009. Archived from the original on November 21, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
- "Past duPont Award Winners". Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
- "National Journalism Awards Past Winners" (PDF). Scripps Howard Foundation. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on May 17, 2008. Retrieved 2009-04-10.
- "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.
- "Dart Award Winner". Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. Retrieved 2009-04-10.