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This American Life (Series)

Produced by This American Life

Most recent piece in this series:

749: Embarrassment, 10/1/2021

From This American Life | Part of the This American Life series | :00

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Latino USA (Series)

Produced by Latino USA

Most recent piece in this series:

2139: Life In Detention, 10/1/2021

From Latino USA | Part of the Latino USA series | :00

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Reveal Weekly (Series)

Produced by Reveal

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739: A Racial Reckoning at Doctors Without Borders, 9/25/2021

From Reveal | Part of the Reveal Weekly series | 59:00


For decades, Doctors Without Borders has been admired for bringing desperately needed medical care to crises around the globe and pioneering modern-day humanitarian aid. It’s an organization with radical roots, promising to do whatever it takes to deliver life-saving care to people in need. But now, it’s struggling to address institutional racism.

The organization, also known by its French acronym MSF, has about 63,000 people working in 88 countries. But a majority of that work is done by “national staff” within a tiered system that separates them from advantages reserved for expat doctors. In summer 2020, over 1,000 current and former staffers wrote a letter calling out institutional racism at MSF.

On the eve of MSF’s 50th anniversary, reporters Mara Kardas-Nelson, Ngozi Cole and Sean Campbell talked to about 100 current and former MSF workers to investigate how deep these issues run. We meet Dr. Indira Govender, a South African doctor who in 2011 accepted what she thought was her dream job with MSF in South Africa, only to get a front-row seat to the organization’s institutional racism. Even though she’s officially the second-in-command of her project, she says it feels like a select group of European expats and White South Africans are running the show.  

Then, Kardas-Nelson and Cole take us inside the inequities MSF staffers experienced during the 2014 Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. While expat doctors had their meals together and socialized, local health workers were left out. But inequities ran deeper. If expat doctors got sick, they would be evacuated out of the country, while local workers didn’t get that care – they were treated at the same center where they worked. 

Finally, we talk about what can change in humanitarian aid. Govender is part of a group of current and former MSF workers called Decolonize MSF. While she and others are pushing the organization to commit to changes that address racial inequities, some are skeptical about what will actually change. 

This week’s episode was created in partnership with the global news site Insider.

The Moth Radio Hour (Series)

Produced by The Moth

Most recent piece in this series:

1703: Misfits, The MET, and a Nursing Home Switcheroo, 9/28/2021

From The Moth | Part of the The Moth Radio Hour series | 54:00

Moth_podcasticonwprx2_small Andrew Solomon flourishes in the glamour of the Metropolitan Museum.

Greg Audel discovers a different way to live during a night spent with his friend's family. 

Linda Gregory worries she isn't good enough to be accepted by her boyfriend's family.

Hilda Chazanovitz 
faces resistance as she tries to move her mother into a nursing home.

Snap Judgment Weekly (Series)

Produced by Snap Judgment

Most recent piece in this series:

1238: Backstage II, 9/23/2021

From Snap Judgment | Part of the Snap Judgment Weekly series | 53:57


Your favorite Snap Live! Performers are Backstage again, sharing real stories about problematic side dishes, code-switching, and what it’s like to live in their skin. Snap Judgment presents, “Backstage II.” Hear what bubbles up when the stage lights go down. 

PRX Remix Select (Series)

Produced by PRX Remix

Most recent piece in this series:

Remix Select: Episode 542, 9/22/2021

From PRX Remix | Part of the PRX Remix Select series | 59:00


  • PRX Remix Bigger Than You Think
    Ray Pang
  • Puffins: Cute to Catalyst
    Threatened from BirdNote
  • Kids Rockin Radio
    Tape Findings
  • A Plant By Any Other Name
    Sandip Roy in Kolkata
  • PRX Remix Tell Us Stories
    Ray Pang
  • Porter Robinson - Get Your Wish
    Song Exploder
  • Night Singers
  • What Is The Most Beautiful Sound?
    City High Radio - Alex Soto
  • Talking Behind Your Back
    What's Real
  • In love (What You Seek) (Inst)
  • Remix Sonic ID

Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio (Series)

Produced by Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

428: Inside the Mind of David Chang, 9/23/2021

From Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio | Part of the Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio series | 54:01

Msl_radio_logo_cobrand_prx_small We chat with chef David Chang about golf, the brutal first months of Momofuku and why he loves really good cheap food. Plus, we dive into the bizarre history of drinking around the world; Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette of “A Way With Words” give us a lesson on food names that double as cooking instructions; and we share a recipe for the best stewed beans you’ll ever make. (Originally aired September 18, 2020. Available for rerun from September 23-30, 2021.)

Alt.Latino (Series)

Produced by NPR Music

Most recent piece in this series:

A Cuban Soul Singer Walks Into A Colombian Party, And The Bass Drops

From NPR Music | Part of the Alt.Latino series | 28:59


On this show...a mix of Cuban soul, Colombian dance, Mexican-American hip-hop and a way cool mix of vintage Latin pop music that Felix 'discovered' (don't ask).