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Recommendations for podcasts, audio books, and global music from our staff.

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Favorite books and articles from our global team of program leaders.

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  • Coping with COVID (April 1st, 8:00 – 9:00 AM EST)
    The UN Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, in partnership with WHO and UNICEF, is hosting a series of webinars with the aim to provide young people with a platform for genuine connection amid uncertainty, encourage them to field their questions to experts , generate mental health awareness, and strengthen demand for integrated mental health and psychosocial interventions as part of the COVID-19 response.
  • Conference on World Affairs (April 6th – 10th)
    Free daily virtual sessions of the 72nd annual CU Boulder Conference on World Affairs.
  • 450 Free Online Ivy League Courses
    Free online courses in a multitude of disciplines.
  • Asia for Educators
    Extensive resources for teaching Eastern Asian history and culture from the Weatherhead East Asian Institute of Columbia University, including lesson plans, videos, maps, time lines, primary-source documents, and more.
  • News Decoder
    A global educational news service for young people. We teach media literacy and journalism skills that make students better global citizens.
  • Commisceo Global Culture Guides
    Access cultural information on over 80+ Countries. Learn about the culture, language, people, beliefs, food, etiquette, business practices and more – all for free!
  • Peace Corps World Wise Schools
    Established in 1989, the Paul D. Coverdell World Wise Schools program is dedicated to promoting global learning through lesson plans, activities, and events—all based on Peace Corps Volunteer experiences. 
  • Choices for 21st Century Education Program
    Sponsored by Brown University’s Watson Institute for International Studies, this website offers videos from scholars and matching lesson plans on current topics. The curricular lessons are designed to allow students to act as decision makers as they examine crucial points in history. Students can use historical and contemporary primary-source documents, maps, editorial cartoons, and more to develop their critical-thinking, creativity, innovation, and collaboration skills, as well as their media, technology, and civic literacies.

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Recommendations for podcasts and global music from our staff.

Podcasts

Play

Explore the world through online games and challenges!

Read

Favorite books and articles from our global team of program leaders.

Non-Fiction

<strong>The Wayfinders<br></strong>by Wade Davis
The Wayfinders
by Wade Davis

Anthropologist and National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Wade Davis leads us on a thrilling journey to celebrate the wisdom of the world’s indigenous cultures.

<strong>The Geography of Bliss </strong><br>by Eric Weiner
The Geography of Bliss
by Eric Weiner

Writer and NPR correspondent Eric Weiner set out on a yearlong journey to find the world’s happiest places.

<strong>Civilizations </strong><br>by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto
Civilizations
by Felipe Fernandez-Armesto

Seventeen distinct habitats serve as jumping-off points for a series of brilliant set-piece comparisons.

<strong>The Haves and Have-Nots </strong><br>by Branko Milanovic
The Haves and Have-Nots
by Branko Milanovic

One of the world’s experts on wealth, poverty, and the gap between them, explains how wealth has been unevenly spread throughout our world.

<strong>The Way Through the Woods </strong><br>by Litt Woon Long
The Way Through the Woods
by Litt Woon Long

An immigrants journey to overcome grief by delving into an overlooked wonder of nature.

<strong>A Moveable Feast </strong><br>by Don George
A Moveable Feast
by Don George

A collection of travelers’ tales set around the world, it transforms the planet into a buffet for mind, soul and stomach

<strong>The Art of Travel</strong><br>by Alain de Botton
The Art of Travel
by Alain de Botton

A philosophical look at the ubiquitous but peculiar activity of traveling ‘for pleasure’, mixing personal thought with insights drawn from some of the great figures of the past.

<strong>Lands of Lost Borders </strong><br>by Kate Harris
Lands of Lost Borders
by Kate Harris

An exploration of the importance of breaking the boundaries we set ourselves; an examination of the stories borders tell, and the restrictions they place on nature and humanity..

Fiction

<strong>Annihilation </strong>by Jeff VanderMeer
Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

A team of four women set out into Area X, which has been abandoned and cut off from the rest of civilization.

<strong>Kitchen </strong><br>by Banana Yoshimoto
Kitchen
by Banana Yoshimoto

The lives of a pair of free-spirited young women in contemporary Japan are juxtaposed to tell tales about mothers, love, tragedy, and the power of the kitchen.

<strong>The Buru Quartet </strong><br>by Pramoedya Ananta Toer
The Buru Quartet
by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

Follow the personal and political life of a leader of the revolution against the Dutch, from early in the century through independence.

<strong>A Brief History of Seven Killings </strong>by Marlon James
A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James

The story of the attempted assassination of Bob Marley, and of Jamaica in the 1970s, when the island went through one of its most violently defining moments.

<strong>Girls of Riyadh </strong>by Rajaa Alsanea
Girls of Riyadh by Rajaa Alsanea

Alsanea’s tale of the personal struggles of four young upper-class women offers Westerners an unprecedented glimpse into a society often veiled from view.

<strong>The Wandering Falcon </strong>by Jamil Ahmad
The Wandering Falcon by Jamil Ahmad

Tor Baz, descended from both chiefs and outlaws, moves between the tribes of Pakistan and Afghanistan and their worlds full of brutality, humanity, deep love, honor, poverty, and grace.

<strong>The Whistler </strong>by Ondjaki
The Whistler by Ondjaki

A young man arrives at the church of an African village and starts whistling so beautifully that the priest is left in tears. He finds himself affected by the colorful inhabitants as they all surrender to the moods of his melodies.

<strong>Celestial Bodies </strong>by Jokha Alharthi
Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi

The story of the history and people of modern Oman told through one family’s losses and loves.

Articles

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Fun channels to help you keep your body moving and your brain active.

Exercise

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Watch

Our favorite movies, documentaries, travel videos and experimental films.

Short Videos

The Story of Filomena by Dr. Fernando Reimers

The Danger of a Single Story by Chimamanda Adichie

Don’t Ask Where I’m From, Ask Where I’m a Local by Taiye Selasi

Deep Travel – Connecting on the Road and In Life by Judith Fein

The Watchtower of Turkey by Leonardo Dalessandri

3 Words For Paris by Cokau Lab

How Adventure Makes You Smarter and Stronger by Tyler Tervooren

What Does it Mean to be a Citizen of the World? by Hugh Evans

The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono

Documentaries

<strong>Encounters at the End of the World</strong> (Amazon Prime)
Encounters at the End of the World (Amazon Prime)

Werner Herzog travels to Antarctica, where he finds a desolate, beautiful landscape and a group of truly unique people who risk their lives to study it.

<strong>Jiro Dreams of Sushi </strong><br>(Netflix)
Jiro Dreams of Sushi
(Netflix)

Revered sushi chef Jiro Ono strives for perfection in his work, while his eldest son, Yoshikazu, has trouble living up to his father’s legacy.

<strong>13th </strong><br>(Netflix)
13th
(Netflix)

Filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores the history of racial inequality in the U.S., focusing on the fact that the nation’s prisons are disproportionately filled with African-Americans.

<strong>American Factory</strong><br>(Netflix)
American Factory
(Netflix)

In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned GM plant. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.

<strong>Baraka</strong> (Amazon Prime)
Baraka (Amazon Prime)

From chaotic cities to barren wilderness, the movie takes viewers around the globe to witness a variety of spectacles in both natural and technological realms. 

<strong>5 Broken Cameras </strong><br>(Tubi)
5 Broken Cameras
(Tubi)

Beginning in 2005, Palestinian Emad Burnet records his village’s resistance to the encroachment of Israeli settlements.

<strong>13th </strong><br>(Netflix)
When Two Worlds Collide
(Netflix)

In this tense and immersive tour de force, audiences are taken directly into the line of fire between powerful, opposing Peruvian leaders who will stop at nothing to keep their respective goals intact.

<strong>American Factory</strong> (Netflix)
Salam Neighbor
(Amazon Prime)

American filmmakers Chris Temple and Zach Ingrasci live in a Syrian refugee camp to chronicle the lives and true stories of their displaced neighbours.

Series

<strong>Baraka</strong> (Amazon Prime)
Tales by Light (Netflix)

A look behind the photographs of talented Australian and North American photographers to see exactly what goes into capturing a powerful image.

<strong>5 Broken Cameras </strong><br>(Tubi)
Salt Acid Fat Heat
(Netflix)

Chef and food writer Samin Nosrat travels around the world to demystify and explore the central principles of what makes food delicious.

<strong>13th </strong><br>(Netflix)
Ugly Delicious (Netflix)

Chef David Chang examines the cultural, sociological and culinary history of popular foods, challenging and exploring the attitudes in each dish’s lore.

<strong>American Factory</strong> (Netflix)
Larry Charles’ Dangerous World of Comedy (Netflix)

Discover the rich comedy cultures thriving in dangerous places around the world and the people keeping it alive despite difficult circumstances.

<strong>Baraka</strong> (Amazon Prime)
Our Planet (Netflix)

Experience our planet’s natural beauty and examine how climate change impacts all living creatures in this ambitious documentary of spectacular scope.

<strong>5 Broken Cameras </strong><br>(Tubi)
Street Food (Netflix)

Explore the rich culture of street food in the world’s most vibrant cities. Episodes highlight the stories of perseverance and culture that bring life to various countries’ cuisine.

<strong>13th </strong><br>(Netflix)
Parts Unknown (Hulu)

Anthony Bourdain travels the world uncovering lesser-known places and exploring their cultures and cuisine.

<strong>American Factory</strong> (Netflix)
Human Planet (BBC)

Travel to extreme locations to learn how people survive by building complex relationships with their animal neighbors and nature’s hostile elements.

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