The World
White wireframe Earth to the left of white serif text reading "The World" on cyan blue background.
GenreInternational news
Running timeOne hour
Country of originUnited States
Home stationWGBH
SyndicatesPublic Radio Exchange
Hosted byMarco Werman
Created byPublic Radio International
Directed byApril Peavey
Produced byDan Lothian
Recording studioBoston, Massachusetts
Original releaseJanuary 1, 1996[1] –

The World is a public radio international news magazine co-produced by the WGBH Educational Foundation and the Public Radio Exchange (PRX). It is hosted by Marco Werman and produced from the Nan and Bill Harris Studios at the WGBH building in Boston, Massachusetts.


In 1997, The World began producing a segment entitled "Global Hit", highlighting musicians and musical trends in the global news context.[2]

Lisa Mullins hosted The World from 1998 to 2013. Since 2010, Werman has stepped in for Mullins as host. Beginning in 2013, he has served as the show's full-time host.[3]

On April 14, 2020, the BBC announced it would end its production partnership on The World effectively July 1; the announcement caused WAMU in Washington, D.C. to move the show back to its 8 p.m. timeslot.[4] The last episode of Boston Calling aired on June 27.[5]

In July 2022, Werman began producing The World from the University of California, San Diego to help develop the university's Democracy Lab.[6] As of June 2023, he broadcasts two days a week from the Department of Communication Social Sciences Research building.[7]


The Nan and Bill Harris Studios in Boston

The World is produced from the Nan and Bill Harris Studios at the WGBH building in Boston, Massachusetts.[8] The show airs on over 300 public radio stations and has 2.5 million weekly listeners.[4] Additionally, portions of The World aired in the United Kingdom as Boston Calling until 2020 and in whole in Canada through CBC Radio One.[5][9]

The theme music of The World was produced by Eric Goldberg, who received the gig in 1995. In February 2015, the theme was redone to introduce a more contemporary sound with Marco Werman's new role.[1] The current theme was written by Ned Porter.[10]

A new theme song was commissioned in 2019.

Awards and recognition

Several series covered on The World have received awards. In 2006, the four-part series "The Global Race for Stem Cell Therapies" won an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award and a National Journalism Award in 2006. That same year, "The Forgotten Plague: Malaria" received a Public Communications Award from the American Society for Microbiology and "Hiroshima's Survivors: The Last Generation" was recognized by the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.[11]


  1. ^ a b Goldberg, Eric (2 February 2015). "Presenting the new sound of PRI's The World". The World. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  2. ^ "Convocation Discusses the Significant Role of Public News Broadcasting". Carleton College. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  3. ^ Janssen, Mike (3 January 2013). "Mullins exits The World as Werman steps up as full-time host". Current. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  4. ^ a b Falk, Tyler (14 April 2020). "PRX, WGBH end BBC partnership on 'The World'". Current. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  5. ^ a b Marco Werman (27 June 2020). "Last call" (Podcast). BBC News. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  6. ^ Robbins, Gary (17 June 2022). "Marco Werman, host of public radio's 'The World,' will begin broadcasting from UC San Diego". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  7. ^ Shahbandi, Niloufar (2 June 2023). "Werman's World". UC San Diego Magazine. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  8. ^ "In memory of Nan Harris". The World. 30 January 2019. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  9. ^ "The World". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  10. ^ "Listen up: Harvard Chan School's brand gets a musical motif". Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. 25 August 2022. Retrieved 20 July 2023.
  11. ^ Jensen, Dan (4 April 2006). "PRI's 'The World' wins multiple awards, celebrates 10th year". Public Radio International. Archived from the original on 18 October 2015. Retrieved 20 July 2023.