• An Editor-at-Large is not someone who is wanted for arrest by the police for crimes against journalism. Bryan Curtis (@bryancurtis) fills us in on what it means to be an Editor-at-Large for The Ringer, which includes hosting the popular media analysis podcast The Press Box.

    Countries featured: USA

    Publications featured: Nightline, The New Republic, Slate, The Daily Beast, The New York Times, Grantland, The Ringer

    Bryan discusses how he started writing about sports in middle school upon realizing he’d never be a pro athlete (5:40), early internships at Nightline and The New Republic plus a first job at Slate (11:17), a huge opportunity at an ill-fated New York Times sports magazine (18:52), Tina Brown scoops him up for the launch of The Daily Beast (22:28), getting in on the ground level of Grantland and The Ringer (27:17), whether he is a “sports journalist” (35:17), how he started The Press Box podcast (38:00), his story on why the Oklahoma City Thunder players were so combative with reporters (48:30) and the lightning round featuring George Lucas (54:45).

    Here are like to some of the things we talked about:

    Bryan’s “The Old Guy’s Still Got It” story -

    His story on the OKC Thunder vs the media -

    BBC’s In Our Time podcast -

    Tom Junod’s “The Hero of Goodall Park” -

    Bryan’s profile of George Lucas -

    Broadcast News on IMDb -

    Humphrey Bogart’s Deadline U.S.A. on IMDb -

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  • Patrick St. Michel (@mbmelodies) isn’t a professional foreigner, he just plays one on TV. As a freelance music and pop culture journalist, Patrick will take us inside the world of J Pop, K Pop, Japanese baseball and convenience store food. And yes, he’s willing to go see your band play in Thailand on less than 24 hours notice.

    Countries featured: Japan, USA, Thailand, South Korea

    Publications featured: The Japan Times, The Atlantic, Pitchfork, Make Believe Melodies

    Patrick discusses growing up in a town with more horses than people (6:13), founding the publication North by Northwestern in college (12:25), moving to Japan to teach English in a small town (22:52), starting a blog about Japanese music and breaking into journalism (31:04), the promise and peril of writing "Weird Japan" articles (43:28), his "story that got away" seeking to profile a Korean musician trying to become a crossover star (49:07), his profile of Japanese music legend Mariya Takeuchi (56:54), and finally the lightning round (1:03:31) featuring an unexpected trip to Thailand (1:09:27) and Japanese baseball (1:19:11).

    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

    Make Believe Melodies blog archive -

    Bagel heads -

    Patrick's Atlantic story on "Weird Japan" -

    New Republic dissection of New Yorker's failed Weird Japan article -

    Patrick's story on Korean Pop conquering Japan -

    CL on wikipedia -

    Plastic Love by Mariya Takeuchi -

    Patrick's profile of Takeuchi -

    Japan Times' Recultured podcast -

    Dough Boys podcast -

    The Atlantic's The War on Bollywood -

    Patrick's story about the band Slot Machine -

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  • "Welcome to China, where nothing is allowed but everything is possible." Independent publisher Graham Earnshaw helped launch the careers of a generation of China journalists by giving them jobs at Reuters, Xinhua Finance or his own magazine China Economic Review. Working for Graham, host Jake Spring remembers a man surrounded in a mythology of old China adventures from earlier in his career. Now, Graham lays out on-the-record some of his wildest stories as one of the first Western journalists allowed into China as it opened up in 1979.

    Countries featured: UK, Australia, China, Japan

    Publications featured: Reuters, China Economic Review, Xinhua Finance, The Daily Telegraph

    Graham discusses his upbringing in Australia as the son of a newspaperman (7:06), moving to China with Reuters in 1979 and immediately getting a big scoop on the Democracy Wall (10:31), China's attempts to surveil and control foreign journalists in the 1980s and how little it has changed since then (18:20), giving his minders the slip to witness a Tibetan sky burial (27:19), reporting from Tiananmen square in 1989 (37:46), getting out of journalism to run businesses like Xinhua Finance and China Economic Review (41:50), his hiring Jake and many other journalists to work at CER (53:42), his walk across China (59:50), the early days of live music and nightlife in China (1:06:03) and finally the lightning round (1:13:53).

    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

    Jonathan Kos-Read's novel The Eunuch -

    Graham's account of a Tibetan sky burial -

    His account of covering Tiananmen in 1989 -

    His book The Great Walk of China -

    His music on Soundcloud -

    Jamil Anderlini's "Western companies succumb to Stockholm Syndrome" -

    Nick Macfie's novel Hadley -

    George Morrison wiki bio -

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  • "A love letter to journalists." A fitting description for the film Spotlight and possibly this podcast. For our 50th episode, we look back at the 2015 movie and hear views on the movie from eight past guests.

    Guests in order of appearance:

    Ep. 3 - Camilla Costa, BBC, London (@_camillacosta)

    Ep. 9 - Brian Rosenthal, New York Times, New York (@brianmrosenthal)

    Ep. 20 - Terrence Edwards, Bloomberg, Mongolia (@TerryReports)

    Ep. 21 - Paul Schrodt, Freelance, Los Angeles (@paulschrodt)

    Ep. 22 - Megha Rajagopalan, BuzzFeed News, London (@meghara)

    Ep. 24 - Aarti Betigeri, Freelance, Australia (@pomegranitaa)

    Ep. 27 - Ed Clowes, formerly The Telegraph (@EdClowes)

    Ep. 38 - Joanna Kakissis, NPR, Greece (@joannakakissis)

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  • Reporting in jungles isn't for the faint of heart. Rhett Butler, founder and editor-in-chief of environmental news website Mongabay, talks about getting stranded in a dangerous situation in Suriname, the many jungle diseases he has gotten, and some tips for getting phone signal in the rainforest. He also tells us the origins of Mongabay go back to books he started writing as a teenager and ended with an empire of sites in a dozen different languages.

    Countries featured: Madagascar, Indonesia, Brazil, Suriname, Ecuador, USA

    Publications featured: Mongabay

    Rhett discusses his fascination with animals and tropical rainforests as a kid (5:32), writing books on tropical fish and rainforests as a teenage (8:32), quitting his day job to launch the Mongabay news service (16:12), running a news website and trying to find phone signal in the forest (22:00), launching Mongabay's Indonesian version as the site turned into a non-profit (25:11), trends in environmental news (37:45), a reporting trip in China that ran afoul of authorities (46:55), his story on Madagascar rosewood deforestation that led the president to call him a bastard (50:03) and the lightning round (57:22)

    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

    Mongabay home page -

    Donate to Mongabay -

    Global Forest Watch -

    Rhett's story on Madagascar rosewood -

    Grist -

    Behind the Bastards podcast -

    Bellingcat investigative journalism -

    The Killing Fields movie on IMDb -

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  • Yes, sometimes film critics hurt people’s feelings. Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) will get into the nitty gritty of what it’s like to work as a critic from the demise of newspapers and the rise of the freelance critic to how New York mag has diversified its stable of critics.

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  • Zooming with Chloé Zhao - what could better typify the pandemic era? Alison Willmore (@alisonwillmore) takes us inside how she did her recent cover story for New York magazine about Zhao. We also hear about what it’s like to be a critic - from panning the remake of Mulan to championing foreign movies that get much less attention in the United States

    Countries featured: USA, UK

    Publications featured: IFC, IndieWire, BuzzFeed News, New York magazine, Vulture

    Alison discusses growing up in the Bay Area with a Singaporean-Chinese mom and British dad (8:22), using Craigslist to get her first apartment and first job at IFC in New York (16:02), getting hired by IndieWire to launch a TV vertical (21:48), Apple Watches and cold hard cash at BuzzFeed News (24:50), the art of the bad movie review (32:48), Bacurau and foreign films (38:15), how being a critic changed how she views movies for pleasure (44:43), a dream assignment involving Martin Scorcese that came at the wrong time (49:10), reporting her profile of Chloé Zhao (51:39) and finally the lightning round (1:01:33).

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    Alison’s review of Nobody -

    Her essay on Asian American character actors -

    Her interview with Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow -

    Her review of Mulan -

    Her top 10 movies of 2020 -

    Martin Scorsese’s The Film Foundation -

    Alison’s cover story on Chloé Zhao -

    Nick Pinkerton’s Substack -

    Ryan Broderick’s Garbage Day newsletter -

    NYT story on anti-Asian hate crimes -

    The Black Tapes podcast -

    The collection that includes Justin M. Damiano -

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  • The podcast tradition of foreign correspondents getting ejected from countries continues. For Gerry Shih, China Correspondent for the Washington Post, there was the added twist of getting kicked out during a global pandemic. On the eve of his reassignment as WaPo’s India bureau chief, Gerry looks back at his time covering China, which he is convinced is now a bigger story than ever.

    Countries featured: China, Tajikistan, USA, Mongolia

    Publications featured: Associated Press, Reuters, Washington Post, New York Times

    Gerry discusses his childhood between California, China and Illinois (6:35), a wakeup call to the realities of journalism on his first day as an NYT intern (14:50), working in the Reuters’ Beijing Bureau alongside Jake (19:45), jumping to AP where he reported some of the biggest stories about Uyghur persecution (25:38), getting kicked out of China with a raft of other American correspondents (33:54), the challenges of reporting on China from the outside (41:37), the importance of digging into big stories and not letting go (49:37), his story finding a secret Chinese military base in Tajikistan (53:40), and the lightning round (1:03:28).

    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

    Gerry’s story on China using U.S. computer chips to build weapons -

    His scoop with a first look inside China’s Uyghur indoctrination camps -

    Several of his other key Uyghur stories -

    His story on a Chinese military outpost in Tajikistan -

    Fresh Air on NPR -

    ESPN’s The Jump podcast -

    The Lowe Post NBA podcast -

    NYT story on Mexican woman who stalked her daughter’s killers -

    American Factory documentary on Netflix -

    Once Upon a Distant War book -

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  • What do bagels and sexual harassment have in common? The food industry! Serena Dai (@ssdai), a senior features editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, has made her name by thinking and writing about all things food - emphasis on ALL THINGS - from the hilarious/inconsequential to the direly serious issues of sexual misconduct and racism. A local journalist in a previous life, she explains how food journalism is not so different considering you usually only eat the food immediately around you.

    Countries featured: USA

    Publications featured: Eater, DNAinfo, Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, NU Intel

    Serena discusses bagels (3:18), her start in high school and college journalism plus AP and NYmag internships (11:50), her first jobs at the Atlantic Wire and local journalism at DNAinfo (23:57), transitioning to food journalism with Eater New York (32:28), her philosophy on world building through food stories and restaurant reviews (40:21), her current job at the Chron (48:37), her appearance on David Chang's Ugly Delicious (52:35), a story about a miraculous fall while rock climbing and comfort circles (56:56), her story package on Chinese food in New York inspired by WeChat (1:04:25), and finally the lightning round (1:14:51).

    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

    The original California bagel hot take -

    Serena’s hot take on bagels -

    The Ultimate Guide to Chinese Food in NYC -

    The Daigest newsletter -

    Serena's episode of Ugly Delicious -

    Eater’s weekly newsletter from Amanda Kludt -

    The Family Meal newsletter -

    From the Desk of Alicia Kennedy newsletter -

    Who Weekly podcast -

    Time to Say Goodbye podcast -

    The Ringer’s Guide to Binge-Watching Survivor -

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  • Deep in the jungle, Fabiano Maisonnave finds amazing stories to tell. He is the only correspondent for a major Brazilian newspaper to be based in the Amazon rainforest region. Long before he reported on remote Amazon tribes, Fabiano tells us about leaving his first assignment in farm country over death threats. He then sets off on a long period as a foreign correspondent, covering Latin America from all over the region, and later becoming Folha’s correspondent in Beijing.

    Countries featured: Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras, China

    Publications featured: Folha de S.Paulo

    Fabiano discusses growing up in a closed community around a megadam project during the Brazilian dictatorship (7:45), his first job digging into corruption in Brazil’s farm country and being run out of town (15:10), reporting around Latin America, including a coup in Honduras that left him in close quarters with the ousted president (22:21), moving to China to report on everything from fake shoes to geopolitics (26:45), returning to Brazil to report on the Amazon (33:19), the story that got away about a political murder in the early 2000s (38:56), rooting out a corrupt businessman attempting to bribe indigenous to mine their territory (43:55), dangers and challenges of reporting in the rainforest and living in Manaus (49:09) and finally the lightning round (59:38).

    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

    Jake’s story on the Brazilian military in the Amazon -

    Fabiano’s story on traditional runaway slave communities (English) -

    Fabiano’s english language work on Climate Home -

    His story on a polluted waterfall (Portuguese) -

    Fabiano’s story on Chinese knockoff shoes (Portuguese) -

    His story on attempts to bribe indigenous to mine their land (Portugese) -

    His story accompanying indigenous attempting to shut down illegal mines (Portuguese) -

    Amazonia Real (Portuguese) -

    NYT Book Review podcast -

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo -

    Harry Hole by Jo Nesbo wiki -

    Ten Days that Shook the World by John Reed -

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  • Prague, come for the theater, stay for the podcasting. Morgan Childs, co-host and producer of the Foreign Insiders podcast, tells us about getting her start reporting stories on food and “weird” Eastern Europe. She has now found a new professional life as an audio journalist, launching her podcast series on migration in the Czech Republic.

    Countries featured: USA, Poland, Ukraine, Liberland, Czech Republic

    Publications featured: Saveur, BBC, GQ, Lucky Peach, Vice

    Morgan discusses how her theater studies took her to the Czech Republic for the first time (7:17), getting started as a freelancer by telling "weird Czech stories" (13:10), burning out on freelance writing and turning to podcasting (25:10), a story that got away about a made up pan-Slavic language (30:20), her GQ story about a made up country and its unsavory founders (33:29), her podcast Foreign Insiders (44:48) and the lightning round (53:05).

    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

    Foreign Insiders podcast -

    Morgan’s story about snail farming -

    Her Saveur story on Polish milk bars -

    Her story about a Ukranian violinist -

    Her Vice story about a town made of marzipan -

    Her Vice story on stinky cheese -

    Her GQ story about a made up country -

    Radio Prague -

    Monocle 24 podcast -

    Washington Post podcast Canary -

    On Being with Krista Tippett podcast -

    David Kestenbaum on This American Life -

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  • Jane Arraf (@janearraf) didn’t go seeking war, war came to her. She first moved to Iraq in 1997 under Saddam Hussein and was kicked out twice before returning when the U.S. invaded. She also bore witness to the carnage in Mosul in the wake of ISIS. Her reporting on conflict stands out for its humanity, vibrancy and - when possible - hope. She is now the Baghdad bureau chief of The New York Times.

    Countries featured: Canada, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt

    Publications featured: NPR, CNN, Reuters, New York Times

    Jane discusses growing up in Canada and starting in local TV (4:51), reporting in Montreal, Haiti, the Middle East and elsewhere for Reuters (11:56), opening the CNN bureau in Baghdad and getting kicked out a couple times under Saddam (22:08), covering the Iraq war (31:22), how the nature of conflicts (such as the war with ISIS) has changed and made it more dangerous for journalists (40:14), her story about how young people began rebuilding Mosul post-ISIS without government help (51:27) and the lightning round (58:24).

    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

    Jane’s story on Yazidi’s reburying their dead post-ISIS -

    Her CNN story that got her expelled from Iraq -

    Lindsey Hilsum’s book In Extremis -

    Jane’s story D.I.Y. Mosul for Rough Translation podcast -

    Iraq Oil Report -

    AFP story Baghdad: Forever on the Brink -

    Jane’s story on the Prophet Joshua’s tomb in Baghdad -

    Martha Gellhorn wiki -

    It’s a Beautiful day in the Neighborhood on IMDb -

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  • Remember traveling? While you’re stuck inside in the pandemic, you can still travel far and wide thanks to the Far from Home podcast by public radio veteran Scott Gurian. Scott takes you along for the ride on one of the world’s epic road trips from London to Mongolia and back across the deserts of Iran and mountains of central Asia. The Peabody award winner talks about how a not-so-adventurous guy from New Jersey came to document that trip and others.

    Countries featured: Iran, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Cuba, Mexico, USA

    Publications featured: NPR, WNYC, Planet Money, Pacifica radio

    Scott discusses beginning his career by making it up as he goes along in advocacy and community radio (6:44), his “driveway moment” that turns him on to NPR and getting into mainstream public radio in Oklahoma (13:17), being thrust into covering Hurricane Sandy (25:47), how a trip to Cuba set him on a path toward Mongol Rally and travel podcasting (30:00), the nitty gritty of the economics of podcasting, the ins and outs of public radio universe and the tension between podcasts and radio (41:10), jpw frozen equipment in Alaska and sketchy bootleggers lead some stories to fall through (47:00), his years reporting about the Hurricane Sandy response and the Peabody winning story (51:08), and finally the lightning round (55:25).

    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

    Scott’s podcast Far from Home -

    HowSound podcast by Rob Rosenthal -

    WNYC’s Peabody winning coverage of Hurricane Sandy response -

    Scott’s story on Antigua and Barbuda for Planet Money -

    Vox podcast Today, Explained -

    An Arm and a Leg podcast -

    In the Dark podcast Season 2 -

    Chef Yotam Ottolenghi wiki -

    Milk Street cooking website -

    Bill Buford’s book Among the Thugs -

    Throughline podcast -

    WNYC’s On the Media radio show -

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  • Sarah Esther Maslin explains what it's like to work at the Economist including the lack of bylines, its distinctive voice and viewpoint, and an unusual time when she broke some news.

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    Her story about the Honduras election -

  • We go deep on a history of Central American violence with Sarah Esther Maslin (@sarahmaslin). She discusses the years she’s spent reporting out a prospective book about Latin America’s largest modern massacre in El Salvador, stemming from her lifelong fascination with violent tragedies and the marks they leave on society. That project led her to freelance journalism and ultimately to Brazil with The Economist.

    Countries featured: Brazil, El Salvador, Argentina

    Publications featured: Washington Post, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Economist

    Sarah discusses growing up in California and Wisconsin (8:20), her first journalism experiences at Yale (13:44), moving to El Salvador (21:18), getting a pivotal call from the Washington Post to launch her freelance career (29:07), landing a correspondent job at The Economist that sends her to Brazil - a place she had never given much thought before (37:05), a story that got away involving extrajudicial police killings in El Salvador (50:55), her story about horrible prison conditions in El Salvador and how a case of mistaken identity led to a man’s death in jail (57:00) and the lightning round (1:04:31).

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    Sarah’s story about global COVID-19 vaccine rollout -

    New Yorker article about El Mozote massacre -

    Michael Reid’s book on Brazil -

    Sarah’s story about an innocent man’s death in an El Salvador prison -

    Ed Yong’s 2018 piece on how the U.S. is not ready for a pandemic -

    Yong’s piece on tracking gender in his sources -

    Susan Meiselas’ photography work -

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  • It turns out there’s a lot more to Russia than just Putin and election meddling. Sure, we talk about that, but independent radio producer Charles Maynes in Moscow tells us tales of Russian culture from the early Soviet era to present. While he may not always think of himself as a journalist, that may be what makes his journalism work so great. Also, in a first for the podcast, we hear a poetry reading.

    Publications featured: Voice of America, NPR, 99% Invisible, Radiotopia

    Countries featured: Russia, USA

    Charles discusses his affinity for the Midwest where he got his start as a musician and journalist (5:10), a visit to Moscow that turns into a whole lot more (11:30), back to the US and some good jobs, some bad jobs and some weird jobs (15:49), returning to Russia on a Fulbright to work with local radio stations (18:22), modern Russia under Putin and sticking a thumb in the eye of the U.S. (26:03), telling the story of an early Soviet composer who directed the sounds of the city (40:16), the lightning round (43:58), a long but entertaining tangent about Russian architecture, the Transiberian Railroad, Lake Baikal and Chinese tourism (49:43), the lightning round again (59:38), and how he views his career (1:14:00)

    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

    Charles’ Spacebridge podcast on Radiotopia -

    His piece on Symphony of Sirens on 99% Invisible -

    Russian news website Meduza (in English) -

    NPR’s radio drama version of Star Wars (English, not Russian) -

    Wind of Change podcast -

    William B. Williams bio -

    James Agee’s book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men -

    The poem Radio of the Future by Velimir Khlebnikov -

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  • We prowl the halls of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team in the capable hands of Tim Cato (@tim_cato), a staff writer with The Athletic. Tim got into sports reporting as a 17-year-old fan, but now he’s seen too much and the fandom has melted away. Still, he loves his job reporting on the huge characters, power dynamics and colorful feature stories the NBA has to provide - even finding what’s interesting about banal sports cliches and taking a trip to Slovenia.

    Publications featured: SB Nation, Mavs Moneyball, The Athletic

    Countries featured: USA, Slovenia

    Tim discusses getting into sports reporting at 17 as a way to go to basketball games (5:44), the strange internet beast that is/was SB Nation (10:19), going from exploited free labor to staffer at SB Nation (16:17), The Athletic making a splash on the national sports scene (23:24), a breakdown of what it’s really like reporting on a basketball team (27:19), cliche sports questions and answers (31:10), losing his sports fandom (40:14), the larger-than-life Mark Cuban (47:56), telling the story of Mavericks star Luka Dončić by going to Slovenia (55:17), and the lightning round (1:01:32).

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    Mavs Moneyball (yes it still exists) -

    SB Nation -

    Tim’s story on cliche questions and answers -

    A clip of Mark Cuban on a StairMaster -

    Tim’s story from Slovenia -

    D Magazine -

    Texas Monthly’s “What if they had an election and everyone came?” -

    Jane Mayer’s book Dark Money -

    Baxter Holmes’ stories via -

    Sam Anderson’s book Boom Town -

    Two Writers Slinging Yang podcast -

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  • Ode to a Grecian journ(alist). Family looms large in this episode with Joanna Kakissis (@joannakakissis), a correspondent in Athens for National Public Radio, whose Greek parents instilled in her the importance of their culture from a young age. She made a mark early in her career as part of a Pulitzer finalist newspaper reporting team before returning to her roots in Greece where she has reported for more than a decade.

    Countries featured: Turkey, USA, Greece

    Publications featured: The News & Observer, Boston Globe, Time magazine, The New York Times, NPR

    Joanna discusses growing up as the only Greeks in small town North Dakota (4:43), her trajectory from college to NPR (16:12), her newspaper coverage of a hurricane in North Carolina that taught her not to exoticize her subjects (23:00), why she took a risk to cover the Athens Olympics for the Boston Globe and became a freelance foreign correspondent (28:46), her broader European coverage (35:00), a story that got away about a Syrian doctor in Germany who killed the piece for fear for his family (38:58), her series for NPR on Uighurs in Turkey (44:28) and the lightning round (54:45).

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    Joanna talks about covering the European migrant crisis -

    Part 1 of Joanna’s Uighur in Turkey series -

    Part 2 -

    Part 3 -

    NPR’s Radiolab -

    NPR’s Rough Translation podcast -

    NYT’s The Jungle Prince of Delhi -

    NYT Cooking mapo tofu recipe -

    Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers -

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  • As a journalist, who you are matters. Freelance journalist Fariba Nawa (@faribanawa) tells how she learned this the hard way. But her identity, that early in her career may have hindered her, has turned into a strength. She has gone from refugee to a reporter who covers refugees. She is an Afghan American proud of her heritage who also struggles with its deep patriarchy. Now setting her sights on podcasting, she discusses launching On Spec podcast that seeks to lift up less-heard global stories.

    Countries featured: Afghanistan, Iran, Pakistan, USA, Turkey

    Publications featured: AFP, New Yorker, The Argus, Refinery29, PRI’s The World, Pacific News Service

    Fariba discusses fleeing Afghanistan at age 9 (4:48), navigating her family with a deep writing tradition but rooted in a patriarchal Afghan community (15:42), a shaky experience trying to break into foreign reporting that takes her to Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran (31:18), going to grad school at NYU just as 9/11 happens and thrusts her back into reporting on Afghanistan (40:12), getting kicked out of Pakistan (47:12), writing her book Opium Nation (53:22), her freelance work on feminism in Turkey and starting OnSpec podcast (1:10:52) and ends on the lightning round (1:19:02).

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    On Spec podcast -

    Fariba’s book Opium Nation -

    Her TEDx talk -

    Her piece on the rise of divorce in Turkey -

    Her Refinery29 on Afghan feminism -

    Her story on a teenager raped by her smuggler -

    Heavyweight podcast episode “Scott” -

    Jon Lee Anderson on Twitter -

    Kim Barker’s book Taliban Shuffle -

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  • A very special election episode! Libby Nelson (@libbyanelson) talks to us about how she is approaching U.S. presidential election coverage as Senior Deputy Policy Editor at Vox. As you may well have guessed, covering this election has turned out to be very different than we could have predicted. Libby also talks about how she came to work for journalism startups, becoming one of Vox’s first few employees when the website was still just an idea.

    Countries featured: USA

    Publications featured: The New York Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Inside Higher Ed, The Scranton Times-Tribune, Politico, Vox, The Daily Northwestern

    Libby discusses being raised by two newspaper journalists in Kansas (5:05), burning out at Northwestern University's daily newspaper (11:52), interning at NYT at the depth of the financial crisis (21:53), transitioning from newspapers to the trades to startups (25:39), joining Vox when it was just an idea (39:12), become an editor (46:01), election coverage (48:17), the killer profile encapsulating Obama's education policy that never happened (57:42), her story about a conservative faction taking over a religious college in Georgia (1:04:19), working with reporters on a global story about healthcare (1:08:51) and finally the lightning round (1:14:24)

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    Libby’s story on a religious college takeover -

    Vox story on how healthcare works globally -

    In the Dark podcast -

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