Radio Interviews

I’ve produced and edited many hundreds of radio interviews. Here’s a small selection.


Walking the Broomway
Marco Werman talks with British writer Robert Macfarlane about his Granta Magazine article on walking the “Broomway,” an ancient path off the east coast of England. The route, which starts at Great Wakering and ends at Foulness, Essex, is only walkable when the tide is out. Macfarlane describes the walk as “the eeriest, the unearthliest and the most memorable” he’s ever taken.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on May 31, 2012


Sugar In The Blood: Andrea Stuart’s Barbadian Legacy
Marco Werman talks with author Andrea Stuart, who moved to England from Barbados when she was a teenager, about her complicated family history. Stuart is descended from British settlers who went to Barbados in the 17th century, and from the slaves who worked on their sugar plantations.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on June 6, 2012


Claire Messud’s Road to Beirut
Novelist Claire Messud talks with Marco Werman about a trip she took to Beirut in 2010. Messud’s father had spent some of his childhood there and was now very ill; the writer says that she hoped to “bring something back for my father from Beirut, even if it was an intangible something.”
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on February 15, 2012.


Skype Wedding
The story of Joe Sinisi and his future wife, Shu, who had to take their wedding vows over Skype because they were still waiting for a long-delayed visa for Shu, who is Chinese.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on July 3, 2009


Haleh Esfandiari: My Prison, My Home
In 2007, U.S. based Iranian scholar and journalist Haleh Esfandiari was visiting her mother in Tehran when she was detained by authorities. She endured four months in solitary confinement in Iran’s notorious Evin prison, where many political prisoners are held. Haleh Esfandiari has a new book out about the experience called “My Prison, My home”. She talks with Jeb Sharp.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on October 30, 2009


The Toaster Project
Marco Werman talks with Thomas Thwaites, who attempted to build a pop-up toaster entirely from scratch.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on January 10, 2012


A Conversation with Israeli Author Amos Oz
Born in 1939, Amos Oz is one of Israel’s best known writers. Much celebrated as a novelist, he’s published many works of both fiction and non-fiction. Oz’s newest book is “Scenes from Village Life,” a novel comprised of related stories. Amos Oz spoke with Marco Werman in The World’s Boston studio.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on November 9, 2011


Tweeting for Sweden: Trucks, Coffee, Breasts and Cats
Marco Werman talks with Hanna Fange, who has been sending out her personal tweets on Sweden’s official twitter account as part of a program to let a different Swedish citizen take over the account each week.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on January 20, 2012


Swedish Jam Session: Väsen Plays The World
Swedish folk supergroup Väsen meet Marco Werman in The World’s Boston studio and play some traditional Swedish tunes from their new CD, “Väsen Street”.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on February 23, 2012


Ten Years of Guantanamo Bay
Marco Werman talks with the Miami Herald’s Carol Rosenberg about ten years of Guantanamo.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on January 11, 2012


Roots Redux: Using Crowdsourcing to Find Kashuki
Carol Zall talks with Lisa Mullins about how she tracked down her grandmother’s Belarussian hometown – with a little help from radio listeners who heard her Roots 2.0 story.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on April 19, 2012


How Ants Wage War
Marco Werman talks with ant researcher Mark Moffett, whose new article in Scientific American on “Ants and the Art of War” describes suicide bomber ants and other types of warring arthropods.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on November 16, 2011


Revolution 2.0: Wael Ghonim and the Egyptian Uprising
Marco Werman talks with Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who helped kick start the Egyptian revolution.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on January 18, 2012


E.O. Wilson on the human threat to biodiversity
A 2008 report from the World Wildlife Fund finds that a thousand species of new plants and animals have been discovered in the previous decade around Southeast Asia’s Mekong River. World Anchor Lisa Mullins talks with scientist and writer E.O. Wilson about biodiversity and the threat that human activity poses to it.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on December 15, 2008


Yiyun Li
Marco Werman talks with Chinese born Writer Yiyun Li about her improbable journey from China to the United States, where she is now an acclaimed fiction writer.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on 9 September 2010


Scottish Singer-Songwriter Karine Polwart
Scottish singer Karine Polwart draws on the Scots ballad tradition to craft songs about contemporary issues, and in so doing creates a sound utterly her own. Her skill as a songwriter and the power of her singing have propelled her to the forefront of the traditional music scene in Scotland. Now working as a solo artist, Polwart previously performed with the bands Malinky (which she founded), MacAlias, and The Battlefield Band. She talks with Marco Werman about her music and the Scottish ballad tradition in our Boston studio.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on February 8, 2011


Writing the Arab World: Reading to Help Understand the Arab Spring
Marco Werman talks to John Freeman, editor of British literary magazine Granta, for suggestions on writing from the Arab world to help us understand what’s happening there.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on February 17, 2012


Slaves at Sea
Lisa Mullins talks with E. Benjamin Skinner about his investigation of brutal conditions for Indonesian workers on foreign-chartered commercial fishing vessels in the seas off New Zealand.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on February 28, 2012


The Swell Season’s Marketa Irglova
Czech musician Marketa Irglova is just 21 years old, but as one-half of the indie folk duo, The Swell Season, she already lists three albums, an Oscar, and two Grammy nominations among her many accomplishments. She talks with The World’s Marco Werman.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on January 20, 2010


The Girl from Foreign
Marco Werman talks with Sadia Shepard about her memoir, ‘The Girl from Foreign,’ which recounts her travels to India to uncover her Jewish roots there.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on August 15, 2008


Exporting Raymond
Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Phil Rosenthal, creator of the hit television series “Everybody Loves Raymond,” about his experience helping to remake Raymond for Russian television.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on May 13, 2011


Elizabeth Kolbert on a Future with Less Water
Anchor Lisa Mullins talks with environment writer Elizabeth Kolbert about how climate change will affect water supplies around the world.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on July 21, 2009


Sanjay Patel: Drawing The Ramayana
Pixar animator Sanjay Patel has worked on The Simpsons, A Bugs Life and The Incredibles. As a child, his home was filled with Hindu icons and stories – including one Hindu tale filled with powerful deities, love-struck monsters and a flying monkey god. In his new book, “Ramayana: Divine Loophole,” Patel brings his unique modern style to this ancient Hindu story. Marco Werman talks with Sanjay Patel about the project. (Check out Sanjay’s fabulous art here).
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on Tuesday March 9, 2010


Chinese Learn American English with ‘OMG! Meiyu’
Lisa Mullins talks to Jessica Beinecke, who hosts “OMG! Meiyu,” a video show produced by Voice of America that helps Chinese speakers learn American English. The show has become popular in China by teaching words like “booger” and “oopsie,” as well as phrases muffin top”.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on October 18, 2011


Anthony Shadid on the Arab Spring
Lisa Mullins talks with Anthony Shadid, Middle East Correspondent for the New York Times, about how current events in Libya fit into the broader arc of the Arab Spring.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on October 20, 2011


Former Yugoslav Man Earns Degree in Classics While Working Full-Time as Janitor at Columbia University
Gac Filipaj immigrated from the former Yugoslavia to the US in 1992, and after settling in the Bronx, he got a job at Columbia University as a Janitor. Filipaj took advantage of the tuition reduction offered by Columbia to its employees, and managed to earn a bachelor’s degree in Classics while working full-time. He talks with Marco Werman about his upcoming graduation.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on May 9, 2012


New Music from Scotland
Rose Norton is one of the owners of Coda Music, an Edinburgh music shop that specializes in Scottish music. She took The World’s Carol Zall on a tour of the shop and talked about some of her favorite new CDs.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on September 27, 2011


Irish Filmmaker Manchán Magan Traverses Ireland Speaking Only Irish
Jeb Sharp talks with Irish filmmaker Manchán Magan. His television series, “No Beárla” (which means “No English”) recounts his attempts to travel throughout Ireland while only speaking the native language, Irish. As Magan recalls, the results were often hilarious, but made for a sobering and lonely trip. “After the first few days and weeks of just not being understood,” he says, “of never having a conversation, of constantly being served the wrong food, the wrong clothes, the wrong haircut, using the native language of your country – it just gets confusing.”
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on March 17, 2010


A Look Back at 2011 with Foreign Policy editor in Chief Susan Glasser
Marco Werman chats with Foreign Policy editor Susan Glasser about the state of the world in 2011. Great insights from a very sharp thinker.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on December 30, 2011


Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life in Mumbai’s Annawadi Slum
Marco Werman talks with Katherine Boo, author of “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity”.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on February 10, 2012


Azar Nafisi – Things I’ve Been Silent About
Anchor Marco Werman talks with author Azar Nafisi about her new memoir about growing up in Iran, ‘Things I’ve been silent about’.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on January 28, 2009


Salman Rushdie’s “The Enchantress of Florence”
Salman Rushdie talks with anchor Lisa Mullins and The World’s book critic, Christopher Merrill, about Rushdie’s new novel, “The Enchantress of Florence”.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on July 15, 2008


Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution
Marco Werman talks with British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver about the healthy food revolution he’s trying to start in the US.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on March 24, 2012


Stieg Larsson’s View of Scandinavia’s Far Right
Anchor Lisa Mullins talks with writer and BBC journalist Nick Fraser about Swedish author Stieg Larsson and the world of far right extremists that he depicted in his fiction and journalism.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on July 25, 2011


Granta Magazine Explores Pakistan
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Pakistani novelist Kamila Shamsie and Guardian reporter Declan Walsh about their contributions to a special issue of “Granta” magazine focused on Pakistan.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on November 15, 2010


Hebridean Singer Julie Fowlis
Marco Werman finds out how Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis uncovers the words to 300-year-old songs.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on September 26, 2008


And You Shall Know Us by the Trail of Our Vinyl
Marco Werman talks with Roger Bennett, co-author of And You Shall Know Us By the Trail of Our Vinyl, about his work saving decades of American Jewish music from obscurity.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on December 11, 2009


UN Allows China to Import Ivory
Lisa Mullins talks with wildlife photographer and National Geographic editor-at-large Nick Nichols about the impact of the ivory trade on elephants in Africa.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on July 17, 2008


A Shakespearean Take on the Phone-Hacking Scandal
Lisa Mullins talks with Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, DC., about the “Shakespearean” dimensions to the scandal that has emerged surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on July 22, 2011


Why Working Life Has Changed
In an age of austerity, high unemployment, and street protests that focus on the harsh economic realities of the present day, there’s a sense that the world of secure employment and jobs with good benefits are a thing of the past. Marco Werman talks to Andrew Ross, professor of Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, about how, why and where the world of work has been changing.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on February 1, 2012


Spying on Polar Bears
Polar bears trash high-tech cameras disguised as giant snow balls! Marco Werman talks with John Downer, director of wildlife documentary “Polar Bear: Spy on the Ice,” about the spy cams Downer and his team used to capture polar bears as never seen before.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on January 24, 2011


9/11 Literature
Anchor Lisa Mullins talks with John Freeman, editor of British literary magazine Granta, about how September 11, 2001 affected literature in the U.S. and beyond.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on August 19, 2011


Londoners Respond to Riots with Brooms not Brawn
Anchor Lisa Mullins speaks with Sam Duckworth, one of the people who’s been organizing members of the public to come out on the streets with their brooms and dust pans to clean up the areas of London hit by rioting.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on August 12, 2011


Hidden Cameras Capture Candid Wildlife
Lisa Mullins talks with Jorge Ahumada of Conservation International about a new study that used hidden cameras to collect 52,000 images of mammals in the wild from Brazil, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Laos, Suriname, Tanzania and Uganda.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on August 17, 2011


Novelist and Travel Writer Paul Theroux Writes Novel about Travel Writer
Marco Werman talks with writer Paul Theroux about “A Dead Hand,” his new thriller set in Calcutta, India.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on March 8, 2010


The Power of Half
Inspired by their 14-year old daughter Hannah’s compassion for a homeless man in their neighborhood, the Salwen family of Atlanta, Georgia decided to sell their home and give half the money from the sale to charity. Two of the Salwens – husband and father Kevin, and daughter Hannah – have written about their experience in a new book called “The Power of Half”. Marco Werman talks with Kevin and Hannah Salwen.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on February 5, 2010


Zombieland, U.K.
Glasgow, Scotland is being transformed into Philadelphia for the film set of the Brad Pitt zombie movie “World War Z”. Lisa Mullins talks with Liam Finn, a Glasgow restaurant worker close to the set.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on August 16, 2011


Haiti’s Child Slaves
Haiti’s children were vulnerable even before the devastating earthquake of January 2010. Most had poor health care and little education, and many were exploited as child “restaveks,” or slaves. Marco Werman talks with E. Benjamin Skinner, author of “A Crime So Monstrous: Face to Face with modern-day slavery”.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on February 1, 2010


Congo and Your Cell Phone
Marco Werman talks with Businessweek reporter Jack Ewing about coltan, the metallic ore used in cell phones and electronics. Eastern Congo is a rich source of coltan – and many say that the West’s demand for it is fueling the conflict there.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on November 21, 2008.


Shoot an Iraqi
Marco Werman talks with Chicago-based artist Wafaa Bilal. For a month, Iraqi-born Bilal made himself the human target for a live internet shooting gallery. People around the globe could take aim and fire real paintballs at him, 24 hours a day.
(Scroll down on PRI’s webpage and click on the play button to hear the interview. The text on the page is wrong, but the audio is the correct file for this interview).
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on December 19, 2008.


Barack Obama’s Peace Prize
As President Barack Obama receives the Nobel Peace Prize, Marco Werman talks with political philosopher Michael Walzer about the President’s approach to war and peace.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on December 10, 2009.


Iranians Urged to Vote in Order to Support Their Country
Aaron Schachter talks with a resident of Tehran to find out about the mood during parliamentary elections there.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on March 2, 2012


Reinventing the Role of First lady in France
Marco Werman talks with the Elaine Sciolino of the New York Times about France’s new first lady, Valérie Trierweiler.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on June 8, 2012


Divorcing Swans
Swans are known to mate for life – so the recent break-up of a swan couple in England is causing a stir. Anchor Marco Werman finds out more about the couple and their troubles from Julia Newth of the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust Center in Slimbridge, England.
Produced by Carol Zall and broadcast on PRI’s The World on January 26, 2010


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