to do with
a certain place or places; of or concerned with position
CULTUREn the total way of life of a people;
the patterns of behavior and thought learned
and shared by a societal group.
CHANGEn a passing from one form or place to a different one;
a thing to be used in place of
another of the same kind.
Local Culture, Global Change
In an age of dizzying change, Worlds
of Difference presents stories of people facing critical
decisions about who they are and who they want to
Welcome students and teachers!
We're delighted that you've come to visit, and we hope you'll stick around a while. Worlds of Difference has produced 40 radio features from 27 countries. Every story has its own web page, where you can read a note from the producer, listen to the audio, see photos, and hear bonus clips. You can also read about cultural change, meet our contributors, and browse through quotes and links to resources we've collected along the way.
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a Niche This hour looks at how societies with strong local traditions
are responding to the challenges and opportunities of the global economy.
Features about economy and identity from the Peruvian Andes, Newfoundland, Scotland's
Outer Hebrides, and the mountains of southern Mexico.
Exploring the links between language and identity at
a time of dizzying linguistic and cultural change. Stories about efforts
to strengthen Ladino in Bulgaria, Welsh in Wales, Occitan in France and
Maori in New Zealand, and an attempt to translate the Bible
into the Zapoteco language in Mexico.
Home in the World
Looking at the complex connections between culture
and place—between who we are and where we live. Features from
a boomtown in western Ireland, the misty island of Chiloé off the coast of Chile,
and Palestinian refugee camps in the West Bank and Lebanon.
For centuries, people have been predicting that the end was near for organized
religion. But religion seems to be getting stronger—and the forces
that were once thought to spell its doom may be fueling its revival. Stories
from France, Greece, Korea, and the American Southwest.
This program features four societies compelled to confront a difficult
past as they chart their course to the future. Stories about the Hutus
and Tutsis of Burundi, the Basques of Spain, Canada's Haida Nation, and
the residents of one narrow street in Istanbul.
For millennia, who we were depended largely on the circumstances of our
birth. Today we're exposed to nearly endless cultural options, and identity
is increasingly a matter of choice. Stories about identity and the path
to the future from Hungary, Kenya, Hawaii, Bhutan, and Sri Lanka.
Homelands Productions: Voices from a Changing World
Homelands Productions is an independent, non-profit journalism cooperative specializing in radio documentaries. Its mission is to illuminate complex issues through compelling broadcasts, articles, books, and educational forums, and to foster freedom of expression and creative risk through the media arts. Since its founding in 1990, Homelands has reported from more than 50 countries and won 22 national and international awards. More...
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