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WorldLink connects global voices: People around the world tell their own stories and help us understand what political, economic, cultural developments mean for their lives. Listen to emotional stories that show the human element behind the headlines.

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WorldLink connects global voices: People around the world tell their own stories and help us understand what political, economic, cultural developments mean for their lives. Listen to emotional stories that show the human element behind the headlines.
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WorldLink: Changing places

On this week's show, we take a closer look at why homeless numbers are skyrocketing in San Francisco, one of the US's most important tech hubs. We'll also be taking you inside Soweto’s first adult shop, find out why making eye contact with strangers in...
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WorldLink: Stories of survival

Ahead of the 20 year anniversary of the Columbine High School massacre, we speak to one of the survivors. We meet Italy's 'ghost' politician Piera Aiello who was forced to run for parliamentary office anonymously due to mafia threats. Plus we head to I...
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WorldLink: Rwanda and other tales of survival

Twenty-five years after the Rwandan genocide, one man tells us how he survived. And artist Jacques Nkinzingabo talks about his unique connection to the event. Also: Abortion rights in Northern Ireland, the EU's migration challenges in Italy and Ceuta, ...
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WorldLink: Veronique de Viguerie on Yemen, Kurds sound alarm on Turkish elections

We talk to one of the few photographers who has covered the Yemen war about her experiences and we hear from Kurds in Turkey who are worried they are being barred from voting in this weekend's possibly historic elections — for a pretty strange reason. ...
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WorldLink: Reality check

A week after the Christchurch attack, DW speaks with former WorldLink co-host Samantha Early about the mood in the New Zealand. Also: How Brexit has polarized families in the UK, the experience of growing up as a child of in vitro fertilization and cel...
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WorldLink: Brexit fatigue

Against the backdrop of one of the most momentous but also inconclusive Brexit weeks since the 2016 referendum, DW takes you to Northern Ireland to find out just how worried the locals of Derry are about a possible return of the Troubles in the event o...
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WorldLink: New beginnings

A French couple is desperate to repatriate their grandchildren from the ruins of Islamic State and Russian bands push back against the government's crackdown on Western pop music. Plus, we hear from a former nun who is speaking out against the sexual a...
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WorldLink: The state of Latin America

On this week's show: We meet civilian groups in Mexico searching for their missing loved ones and join Central American migrants trekking towards the US border. We also take an in-depth look at what's missing from English-language press coverage of the...
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WorldLink: Work hard, hustle harder

We report from Berlin on the refugee women tackling new lives on the soccer pitch, and talk to the photographer who has documented their game. Plus, the refugee winning literary awards from a detention camp and the nonclassical music revolution.
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WorldLink: Religious battles

On this week's show, we'll be meeting families from a Muslim minority community who've fled China for a safer life in Turkey. We'll also hear about the devastating and deadly conflict between Christian farmers and Muslim herders in Nigeria. And we’ll h...
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WorldLink: Thinking out loud

This week on WorldLink: Demands for political change in Hungary, and the extraordinary story of the last survivor of the trans-Atlantic slave trade — and the extraordinary woman who wrote it down. And, just in time for Valentine's Day, we look at love ...
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WorldLink: Venezuela on the brink

We report from Venezuela, where political tensions have hit a new high and citizens are flooding across the border to Colombia. From Berlin, we hear about a novel approach to tackling teen smart phone addiction. Plus, the Filipino lawyer who overcame b...
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WorldLink: Time to fix this mess

This week we investigate rising homeless numbers in San Francisco, discover what's going on at this year's World Economic Forum and meet the participants of the Miss Haiti beauty pageant in Chile. Plus we speak with a young IS fighter in the Philippine...
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WorldLink: Moving on

This week on WorldLink, we venture into an area of Baghdad that has previously housed both Saddam Hussein's regime and the US military, but has been closed to the public for 15 years. We also step inside Soweto's first adult shop and explore the legacy...
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WorldLink: Between a rock and a hard place

We meet a woman in war-torn northern Syria who has won a seat in her local council against all the odds. Plus, we speak with a Senegalese chef who is sharing his love of West African cuisine with the world and journey to the untamed Blasket Islands to ...
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WorldLink: What's it like to be blind?

This week DW reporters Neil King and Gabriel Borrud teamed up to find out what it’s like to be blind in Germany. They spent some time with a man who gradually turned blind and a teenage girl who was born blind. This episode explores the personal challe...
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WorldLink: The season of hope

This week on WorldLink: The language believed to have been spoken by Christ is on the verge of extinction. We talk to the man who's trying to save it. Strides in education could transform the humanitarian crisis in South Sudan, one of Africa's worst wa...
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WorldLink: Changing minds

This week on WorldLink: 30 years after the Lockerbie bombing, one father rejects the official story of what happened that day. Tensions are on the rise in Colombia as more and more Venezuelans crowd into Bogota. A German man has gone from left-wing con...
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WorldLink: Looking for answers

This week: the harrowing story of a German family trying to find out what really happened to their 2-year-old son, who was declared dead 40 years ago under suspicious circumstances in a hospital in the former East Germany. And we take a closer look at ...
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WorldLink: The difficulties of integrating

This week, we find out how food is helping refugees integrate in Germany, how sex workers in Colombia are making their voices heard through journalism, and how a transgender man is dealing with parenting after his transition. Continuing our Salafism se...
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WorldLink: On target

On this week's show we meet a Syrian refugee in Cologne who has landed his dream job. We meet Mr. Climate Change, the professor who got the ball rolling three decades ago. And we what it's like to mediate between rival gangs in South Africa.
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WorldLink: After the fall

This week on the show: In the wake of Turkey's currency collapse, Istanbul's residents are struggling to make ends meet as prices continue to rise. Plus, a prominent Salafi preacher who's alleged to have helped radicalize hundreds of young Germans, and...
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WorldLink: Shedding light on blindness

This week DW reporters Neil King and Gabriel Borrud teamed up to find out what it’s like to be blind in Germany. They spent some time with a man who gradually turned blind and a teenage girl who was born blind. This episode explores the personal challe...
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WorldLink: In search of answers

This week we discover a love story that began during the Korean War, and never really ended. We speak with a friend of a man who disappeared while hiking back in 2004 — and could have been kidnapped by North Korea. Plus, we learn more about the power o...
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WorldLink: Understanding extremism and pushing our limits

In part one of this week's show, we explore Salafism in Germany and speak with a mother who lost her son to extremism in Syria. In part two, we examine the rise of far-right presidential candidate Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil and meet two people who are ch...
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WorldLink: Year 1 of #MeToo

This week we're marking the first anniversary of the #MeToo movement that originated in the US and has since spread across the globe. A year after media mogul Harvey Weinstein was accused of sexual assault and the hashtag went viral, what's changed? We...
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WorldLink: October 13, 2018

On this week's show, we meet a German writer who speaks of the fear of being attacked for her ideas. Also, the Senegalese migrant in Spain who's been waiting for 18 years for a new life to begin. Plus, the fight to survive of a local paper in Kentucky....
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WorldLink: Changing minds and perceptions

This week, we take a closer look at the idea of national unity in Germany, 28 years on from reunification. We discover how sound can impact our mental well being and participate in a 'happiness' class at a primary school in New Dehli. Plus, we check ou...
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WorldLink: In the shadows

On this week’s show we meet children on Chicago's West Side who only know a short life in the fast lane defined by drugs, gangs and prison. We hear from Syrian women who are trying to find their loved ones after they went missing. And we visit a new mo...
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WorldLink: Freedom and belonging

This week, we visit the Iraqi city of Mosul to find out how residents are rebuilding their lives after their liberation from the so-called Islamic State. We meet a group of people grappling with digital privacy at a 'crypto-party' in Berlin and discove...
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WorldLink: War, tradition and memory lane

This week, we meet a Yazidi mother whose family was torn apart by the so-called Islamic State, we pay a visit to Russia's cheese man and discover an unusual childhood tradition in Berlin. Plus, we take a trip down the real-life Penny Lane in Liverpool ...
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WorldLink: In times of hate

As Germany grapples with the fallout from far-right protests that saw thousands take to the streets in Chemnitz, we examine the dynamics of hate speech, censorship and excessive political correctness.
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WorldLink: Rage, riots and race

This week on the program: An in-depth look at the eruption of far-right, anti-immigrant protests in the German city of Chemnitz, a largely forgotten US scheme to deport Mexicans during the depression, and how the inhabitants of Easter Island are keepin...
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WorldLink: Change and opportunity

On this week's show, we take a look at the impacts of climate change and what it could mean for those most at risk of natural disasters and heatwaves. Plus, we meet people who are working to improve their communities, be it through gang mediation, a ne...
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WorldLink: Faith, doubt and control

On this week's show, we meet a respected reformist Iranian cleric who’s hoping for peaceful change in his struggling country. We also introduce you to Father Nikodemus – a charismatic German Benedictine monk who says religion has a “hooligan problem” a...
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WorldLink: Making connections

On this week's show, we meet a Bangladeshi activist who is fighting for workers' rights in the garment industry, we learn more about a startup in Berlin teaching refugees how to code and we discover the struggles of late-life loneliness. Plus, we journ...
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WorldLink: Life in aftermath

Two cities piece humanity back together in the wake of IS occupation, Tahiti reclaims its Polynesian identity from French colonialism, and growing up as the first IVF baby. Plus a student's take on the ongoing conflict in Nicaragua.
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WorldLink: Pitching for change

On this week’s program: 50 years on we take stock of the momentous protest year of 1968. We'll be going to California which was one of the protest movement strongholds in the US to find out how events played out there and what legacy remains of 1968 to...
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WorldLink: The women speaking out

On this week's show, we meet a woman in Japan who is speaking up against sexual violence in a male-dominated society, we learn about the history of the suffragette movement in Britain and an Indonesian woman talks about her fight to protect women's rig...
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WorldLink: Life on the edge

We look at Norway's transition from one of the most liberal countries on immigration to one of the strictest, and delve into Germany's history of transit camps. In Ecuador, we find out how the border town of San Lorenzo is coping with a spate of violen...
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WorldLink: On the other side

This week's WorldLink follows DW reporters Sandra Petersmann and Birgitta Schülke as they travel to Iraq to visit Yazidi refugees, four years after the genocide campaign by the "Islamic State." We also visit the US-Mexico border, remember a wartime rom...
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WorldLink: A clash of identity in Germany

In this special edition DW's Neil King and Gabriel Borrud explore how migrants and refugees are integrating into German society. We visit Neil's old school in Germany, attend Friday prayers at a mosque, talk Islamophobia with the AfD, and get to jam wi...
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WorldLink: Truth and dare

On this week's show, we hear from a Dalit hip-hop artist highlighting India's caste system, a spreadsheet whiz whose data expertise has helped launched major investigations and hear about life as a black woman in France. All this and more.
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WorldLink: Breaking free

This week on the show: We go to Chile where protests have broken out at universities across the country where female students and feminist movement are fighting against sexism within higher education. And we take a close look at student life in Heidelb...
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WorldLink: Enduring legacies

We examine China's rapid rise on the global stage — and why the West needs to pay more attention. Plus, from the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy which shook US politics, to bombs still buried under Berlin's streets, we look at how major events in hi...
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WorldLink: Looking forward, looking back

We discover the enduring power of creative traditions passed down over generations, from native American cuisine to Australian arts and mythology. Plus, how refugees in Berlin are learning cutting edge coding skills, and how young Hungarians are questi...
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WorldLink: Battling barriers

On this week’s show: Scores of Palestinians have been killed and injured on the Gaza border, but how do Israelis feel about the mounting tensions? Business owners give reformed gang members in El Salvador the chance to start over. And the transgender c...
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WorldLink: Recipe for freedom

On this week’s programme we’ll be introducing you to a cross-section of Cuban society. People from all walks of life but they have one thing in common. They all live, labour or languish in the vicinity of Havana’s most famous boulevard – The Malecon. W...
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WorldLink: Back on track

On this week's show: a Syrian refugee builds a new life in Cologne, a German retiree proves it's never too late to learn how to read, and we discover what happens when you look a stranger in the eye. Plus, WorldLink hosts Neil and Gabe find out why Ger...
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WorldLink: Muscle and might

This week on WorldLink: Polish women who are protesting government plans to further restrict the right to abortion, learning how to respond to racist comments in Germany and a journey along the mighty River Nile to meet those who live with and from its...
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