Nina Porzucki

Nina is a former producer for PRI's The World.

When I was a kid my favorite record was a collection of sounds of the city: sirens, cooing pigeons, jack hammers, bicycle bells, dogs barking, horns honking, etc. I would play this record, much to the sheer agony of my parents, ad nauseum, making up a story for each sound. I like to think that was the first hint of a career in public radio. I joined The World's newsroom in 2013 after working as an independent producer/reporter. Prior to that I had a penchant for joining corps; first the Peace Corps in Romania and then traveling around the U.S. in an Airstream trailer as a facilitator for StoryCorps. When I'm not enlisting in yet another corps, you may find me baking pie, eating pie, and pretty much thinking about pie.

A picture of a Basque Shepherd

How the Basque language has survived

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This week on the podcast we talk about Basque. How did this language survive the military dictatorship of Francisco Franco when speaking and writing and reading were illegal? With more than six dialects, how did Basque develop a language standard? And how has this minority language thrived and even grown in the years since Francisco Franco’s dictatorship ended?

A humpback whale surfacing from the water surrounded by seagulls

If you could talk to the animals

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In 2007 Språk Magazine published an article about "hen" that raised the profile of the word. In 2012, the children's book, "Kivi & Monsterhund" was published sparking a nationwide debate about "hen"

The three-letter word that rocked a nation

Mx. is an honorific growing in popularity

A British ‘Mx.’ tape

A poster of professional wrestler Hulk Hogan mugging for the camera.

The secretive language of professional wrestling

Many silhouetted figures depicting the evolution of man

Where does language come from?


Humans are the only creatures on Earth that can choke on their own food. Yes, that’s right. Why would humans have evolved such potentially fatal architecture? Some experts say the reason is speech. This week on the podcast, we explore several theories about where language comes from.

Alex Bukasa, a Congolese asylum-seeker and former journalist, poses in front of the White House.

My voice is my passport — verify me


What if you could synthesize your voice with just one-minute of audio? Forget hypotheticals. You can.

red pill blue pill

Deciphering the lingo of pro-Trump trolls


In the run-up to the US presidential election, Cristina López came across language online that she didn’t understand — terms like “meme magic,” “red-pilled” and “nimble navigator.” They kept popping up in Reddit and 4chan where Donald Trump supporters posted. López and her colleagues at nonprofit Media Matters for America have spent many hours lurking on these message boards, deciphering what she calls the pro-Trump troll dialect. This week on the podcast, López explains some of the dialect.

Higay and Adi from Israel

Photos: A Polish village still struggles with its history. In World War II, people killed their Jewish neighbors


The Jewish residents of the Polish village of Jedwabne were killed July 10, 1941. For years the village attributed the massacre to German soldiers. In 2000, historian Jan Gross wrote a book that told a different story, that the Jews were killed by their Polish neighbors. The book caused an uproar in Poland and the story of Jedwabne continues to reverberate in Poland today.

curse word

Grandmothers have the best curse words


This week on The World in Words podcast: swearing around the globe and the bad words our grandmothers teach us.