When We Talk About Love We visit a storytelling podcast from China that slips under the radar of China's government censors, and other international podcast stories about the search for love.
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When We Talk About Love

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When We Talk About Love

When We Talk About Love

When We Talk About Love

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For Danna Harman, a trip to Nepal changed the way she thought about love and family. Danna Harman hide caption

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For Danna Harman, a trip to Nepal changed the way she thought about love and family.

Danna Harman

On this episode of Rough Translation, we share stories from two international podcasts our team has been bingeing over the past few months.

First, our producer Jess Jiang walks us through an episode of Gushi FM, a storytelling podcast based out of China. Terrified that her daughter will become one of China's so-called "leftover women," or an urban woman who isn't married, a mother secretly sets up an online dating profile to find her daughter a husband. We look at why the Chinese government has been stoking the anxieties of single women, and how the Chinese podcast manages to broach this topic.

Then, we broadcast an episode of Israel Story, about a journalist Danna Harman who wants to become a mother, when her life is altered after an encounter with a young girl in Kathmandu. Listen to hear about how the search for love can sometimes make you a stranger, to yourself.

Further listening:

Here are the Gushi FM episodes we mentioned:

Share your favorite international podcasts with us. Tag us on Twitter (@Roughly) or send an email to roughtranslation@npr.org.

Correction Sept. 18, 2019

In this episode, we say you can find the podcast Israel Story at israelstory.com. The correct address is israelstory.org.