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  • Russia invaded Ukraine and the next day Thomas Peter was crossing the border from Poland to cover the war. Tom, a Reuters photographer, thought he understood Russia after spending his 20s living in the country. But little could prepare him for the indiscriminate brutality he saw there. He’ll also talk about his childhood in Soviet East Germany, covering the early days of COVID-19 near its epicenter in China and spending a week in a Japanese jail.

    Countries featured: Germany, UK, Russia, Ukraine, Japan, China

    Publications featured: Reuters

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

    Tom’s Wider Image page - https://reut.rs/3Qhnf5E

    His Instagram account - https://bit.ly/3RhWHTo

    His story about Russian protest group Voina - https://reut.rs/3RmVrhW

    His photos of Russian tightrope walkers - https://reut.rs/3KK18Ui

    His photos of Chinese escaping COVID-19 epicenter - https://reut.rs/3Ba060U

    Some of his Ukraine photos - https://bit.ly/3TRL4UW

    His photo essay on chaotic Hong Kong protests - https://reut.rs/3RhZsUK

    His Wider Image on young Hong Kong democrats - https://reut.rs/3KOsg4D

    His photo essay on economic pressures in Hong Kong - https://reut.rs/3RyOxFN

    His Wider Image on Mongolian reindeer herders - https://reut.rs/3Rwmqag

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  • Turns out Russian mercenaries stand ready to troll journalists and produce big-budget action movies in war-torn African countries. Neil Munshi, West Africa Editor now for Bloomberg, went to the Central African Republic to report on that mercenary group, while writing an award-winning series of stories seeking to explain the conflicts raging in most of the countries in the region.

    Countries featured: Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Mali, India, USA, Nepal

    Publications featured: GQ, Times of India, GQ India, Financial Times, Bloomberg

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

    Neil’s award winning series on West Africa (free to read) - https://bit.ly/3pdXsAx

    His story about a film glorifying mercenaries - https://on.ft.com/3phIfOJ

    F1 Drive to Survive doc series trailer - https://bit.ly/3Poug4q

    Zikoko’s NairaLife - https://bit.ly/3Qjq07s

    The Journalist and the Murderer - https://bit.ly/3QuHIVS

    What It’s Like to Fight a Megafire in New Yorker - https://bit.ly/3dsN84S

    Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo - https://bit.ly/3QrOiwi

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  • In this additional bonus content, Jon Lee Anderson talks about what has gone wrong with democracy in Latin America and discusses what it's like to work for the hallowed magazine The New Yorker.

    Jon Lee's story about Chilean President - https://bit.ly/3ukSKE5

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  • Have Hugo Chavez and Barack Obama read your book? Jon Lee Anderson of The New Yorker can say that they have. Jon Lee tells us about his early years chronicling rebel groups and insurgents from Latin America to Asia, culminating in writing a book about the quintessential guerrilla Che Guavara. Working for The New Yorker, he has gotten to know many world leaders more intimately than most any living journalist.

    Countries featured: Peru, El Salvador, Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Chile, Venezuela, Cuba, Haiti, Colombia

    Publications featured: Time magazine, New York Times, New Yorker

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

    Jon Lee’s work for The New Yorker - https://bit.ly/3R5pJpz

    His book about guerrillas - https://amzn.to/3yfGrtC

    His book about Che Guavara - https://amzn.to/3OH52hY

    His first story for The New Yorker on Cuba - https://bit.ly/3P0JT20

    His story about Hugo Chavez - https://bit.ly/2VVD0Zu

    NYTimes story on Haiti reparations - https://nyti.ms/3NHRXng

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  • The open ocean is about as foreign as it gets. No country can claim it. And as a result, a whole lot of bad stuff happens there. Ian Urbina (@ian_urbina) talks about his series of stories for The New York Times about lawlessness at sea, that later became a book and now a non-profit journalism initiative called The Outlaw Ocean Project. Urbina will also talk about how his stories were made into two Hollywood movies and how he was part of a team that won a Pulitzer for reporting on the Eliot Spitzer prostitution scandal.

    Countries featured: Libya, USA, Singapore

    Publications featured: New York Times, New Yorker

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

    The Outlaw Ocean Project website - https://bit.ly/3NVRkac

    Ian’s series on fracking Drilling Down - https://nyti.ms/3tfSN3e

    His piece on magazine crews that inspired American Honey - https://nyti.ms/3xaFQca

    The Pulitzer Prize winning reporting on Eliot Spitzer - https://bit.ly/3zeN9Ct

    His book Outlaw Ocean - https://amzn.to/3zeJFji

    His New Yorker piece on Libya - https://bit.ly/38PFcc5

    Behind the scenes on reporting the Libya piece - https://bit.ly/3aHLkDR

    Jennifer Senior’s 9/11 piece for the Atlantic - https://bit.ly/39YDVMT

    Luke Mogelson’s article Among the Insurrectionists - https://bit.ly/3alcd05

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  • History matters to Julie McCarthy (@JulieMcCarthyJM). She’s gone around the world with National Public Radio to Tokyo, London, Rio de Janeiro, Jerusalem, Islamabad, New Delhi and Manila, trying to understand each place through its history. Her reporting brings to life events like the Hiroshima bombing and the partition of India, explaining how they continue to reverberate today. Most recently she’s served in Manila and the U.S. as NPR’s Southeast Asia Correspondent.

    Countries featured: The Philippines, India, Pakistan, Brazil, Japan, Israel, UK

    Publications featured: National Public Radio

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

    Julie’s story on the partition of India - https://n.pr/3OS4kzc

    Her story on Filipino comfort women - https://n.pr/3s2j2ty

    Nikkei Asia - https://s.nikkei.com/38CZFAi

    The novel The Splendid and the Vile - https://amzn.to/3vvqqQh

    The book Empire of Pain - https://amzn.to/3ON83Oa

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  • Little Uruguay, we don’t hear from many correspondents based there. Lucinda Elliott (@lucinda_elliott) - who covers South America's Southern Cone of Argentina, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay for the Financial Times - tells us how she ended up there in the middle of the pandemic. That’s just one way Lucinda has come full circle, having also been laid off by the FT at the start of her career, only to return after freelancing in Venezuela and Brazil.

    Countries featured: UK, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Argentina, Chile, French Guiana

    Publications featured: Times of London, Monocle, Financial Times

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

    Jake's Overseas Press Club winning stories - https://reut.rs/3w0b0Se

    https://reut.rs/3DdVE0l

    https://tmsnrt.rs/37Xr67v

    Richard Beeston Bursary for aspiring foreign correspondents - https://bit.ly/3KmLxcg

    Lucinda's story on maternity ward in Venezuela - https://bit.ly/3JEcA2y

    Her interview with Lula for Monocle - https://bit.ly/3LerCwk

    Stories of Our Times on Apple podcasts - https://apple.co/3Lled5U

    El Observador article on China Zorrilla - https://bit.ly/3qFoWzU

    Avantika Chilkoti on Twitter - https://bit.ly/3tDhE1z

    Hella Pick's 90th birthday article for Conde Nast Traveler - https://bit.ly/3tJoAKO

    Lucinda's reporting from French Guiana for Monocle - https://bit.ly/3wFeCvz

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  • The foreign country in this episode is the United States. Guga Chacra, a Brazilian journalist based in New York City, is one of the most recognizable faces of Brazilian TV news. With his signature shaggy hair and a legion of Twitter followers, he is known for his work with Globo TV, the 24 hour news channel Globo News, his column for newspaper O Globo and his radio show on CBN. Before he was a one-man media empire, Guga was a newspaper reporter covering the Middle East, Haiti and Argentina.

    Countries featured: Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, Palestine, USA, Brazil, Argentine

    Publications featured: Folha de S.Paulo, O Estado de S.Paulo, O Globo, Globo News, Globo TV, CBN

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

    Guga’s column for O Globo - https://glo.bo/3vBxScY

    His CBN radio show - https://glo.bo/3hA04Vh

    His interview with Bashar Al-Assad - https://bit.ly/35PmKOH

    L’Orient-Le Jour - https://bit.ly/35MD6YG

    Haaretz - https://bit.ly/3K9DvmA

    The Times of Israel - https://bit.ly/3MihFiO

    Jerusalem post - https://bit.ly/3vCQcCK

    Al Monitor - https://bit.ly/3hzHRaD

    Inside the Fall of Kabul by Matthieu Aikins - https://nyti.ms/3vAW6UC

    Robert Fisk’s book Pity the Nation - https://amzn.to/3IIZtfY

    House of Stone by Anthony Shadid - https://amzn.to/3ibyMWy

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  • Reporting the Arab Spring is the story of a lifetime. Evan Hill (@evanhill) tells us how a blog got him hired by Al Jazeera in the Middle East where he was sent to cover the Arab Spring, witnessing the Egyptian Revolution first hand from Tahrir Square. He discusses almost quitting journalism, only to later join the Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times visual investigations team.

    Countries featured: Qatar, Egypt, Libya, Syria, USA

    Publications featured: Al Jazeera English, The Times of London, The New York Times

    Evan discusses starting a blog that gets him hired by Al Jazeera (10:55), the unexpected eruption of the Arab Spring that sees him dispatched to Egypt (23:15), a close call on safety while covering Libya (32:58), being beaten while trying to cover a protest in Egypt (37:39), moving back to the U.S. with Al Jazeera before leaving journalism for Human Rights Watch (46:45), joining The New York Times (1:00:50), his story that got away about a white anarchist on the No Fly List (1:03:50), his story on Russia bombing hospitals in Syria that was part of a Pulitzer-winning package and how the visual investigations team works (1:07:06), and the lightning round (1:21:55).

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

    Evan’s story on Russia bombing Syrian hospitals - https://nyti.ms/3skkabd

    Visual investigation on Jan. 6 Capitol riot - https://nyti.ms/35FXWIX

    Bellingcat - https://bit.ly/3viBopy

    Washington Post Visual Forensics - https://wapo.st/3GtyUK0

    Blowback podcast - https://bit.ly/3J9O1tx

    ProPublica’s What Parler Saw During the Attack on the Capitol - https://bit.ly/3GHWQtj

    Lawrence Wright on Twitter - https://bit.ly/3rwmUDj

    Anthony Loyd’s book My War Gone By, I Miss It So - https://amzn.to/3AZHbEh

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  • What drew so much media attention to Venezuela only a few years ago and why has it fizzled out? Stephen Gibbs (@STHGIbbs), a freelancer based in Caracas, tells us about covering the unrest and his encounters with Hugo Chavez and Maduro. As a former longtime BBC correspondent, Gibbs also talks about covering Cuba - including Castro revealing his relationship with Ernest Hemingway and a chance meeting with a rogue CIA agent.

    Countries featured: United Kingdom, Cuba, Mexico, Haiti, Brazil, Venezuela

    Publications featured: BBC, The Times (of London), The Economist, CGTN

    Stephen discusses getting his start writing gossip items and producing news for children (8:36), making the jump to producing the nightly news at the BBC and transitioning to on-camera newsman in Cuba (15:35), meeting Fidel Castro at an event about Ernest Hemingway (23:34), Cuba revoking his media accreditation (28:11), moving to Mexico and covering swine flu there (35:15), going freelance and moving to Brazil and Venezuela (41:36), being in the middle of turbulent Venezuelan politics while juggling assignments from three publications (46:30), a story that got away about a fugitive former CIA agent living in Cuba (55:25), covering the coup that ousted Haiti’s president in 2004 (1:00:20) and finally the lightning round (1:08:20).

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

    Stephen’s documentary on Easter Island - https://bit.ly/3zgJT7n

    Observer article on fugitive CIA agent - https://bit.ly/32JORO9

    Stephen’s interview with Brazil’s Bolsonaro - https://bit.ly/3sQQC6W

    Private Eye - https://bit.ly/3qCYQNb

    BBC interview with Belarus leader Lukashenko - https://bit.ly/3FNDoeW

    Harry’s Garage - https://bit.ly/3eGc4mL

    Allen Whicker interviews dictator Papa Doc - https://bit.ly/3zdLRpe

    The Quiet American book - https://amzn.to/3mNh6m7

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  • Writing a book isn’t easy, but James Griffiths (@jgriffiths) of Canadian newspaper The Globe and Mail sure makes it look that way. Griffiths talks about getting his start in journalism in Shanghai and Hong Kong just as the Chinese government was ratcheting up censorship of the internet. That became the subject of his first book, which he wrote while also covering years of protests in Hong Kong. He also discusses his new book on efforts to preserve minority languages, like Hawaiian and Welsh.

    Countries featured: China, Wales, USA

    Publications featured: CNN, South China Morning Post, The Shanghaiist, That’s Shanghai, The Globe and Mail

    James discusses moving from the UK to China to get his start at the blog The Shanghaiist (9:48), moving to Hong Kong to join the South China Morning Post and covering the Umbrella Movement (14:56), joining CNN where he covered the larger 2019 Hong Kong protests (22:14), a traumatic moment when protestors turned on each other at the Hong Kong airport (30:13), joining the Globe and Mail (34:08), the difficult reporting environment in Mainland China (40:09), advice on not waiting for permission to go do reporting (45:36), how he wrote his two books and the impact on his life (48:23) and finally the lightning round (1:03:25).

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

    Covering Climate Now awards featuring Jake’s work - https://bit.ly/3dn3glk

    James’ first book The Great Firewall of China on Amazon - https://amzn.to/3DjRiTP

    His second book Speak Not on Amazon - https://amzn.to/3pkKuAw

    A review of Speak Not - https://tgam.ca/3EolTBe

    The Global Times in English - https://bit.ly/3GinQ2H

    Today in Tabs newsletter - https://bit.ly/32PU9Y8

    Vittles newsletter - https://bit.ly/3In6NhN

    The story of Henry the Vacuum Cleaner - https://bit.ly/3xSihoF

    Ariel Sabar’s book Veritas - https://amzn.to/2ZVcfa5

    Pam Colloff’s The Innocent Man in Texas Monthly - https://bit.ly/3dh0PAG

    Kathy Gannon’s book I is for Infidel - https://amzn.to/3GcjdqK

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  • Mitch Moxley (@mitch_moxley) talks about the world of book writing, agents and getting your magazine stories optioned by Hollywood.

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

    Mitch's Rent a White Guy story for The Atlantic - https://bit.ly/39YlbwO

    His book Apologies to My Censors - https://amzn.to/3B64BqR

    His true crime story Knives Outback - https://bit.ly/3opBATu

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  • Going viral. North Korea. Anthony Bourdain. Beijing Olympics. Long-form magazine journalism. Narrative non-fiction. Stage plays. Executive editor at Maxim. Mitch Moxley has done a lot of stuff. As a magazine editor and freelance writer, previously in China and now in New York City, Mitch tells us about his careers highs and disappointments, as well as the brutal realities of being a freelancer.

    Countries featured: Canada, China, North Korea, USA

    Publications featured: GQ, China Daily, Truly Adventurous, The Atlantic, Maxim, Penta

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

    Penta magazine - https://bit.ly/3mmK7nl

    Mitch's story on Agent Orange survivors - https://bit.ly/3mnhsyA

    His Rent a White Guy story for The Atlantic - https://bit.ly/39YlbwO

    His book Apologies to My Censors - https://amzn.to/3B64BqR

    His story Rat Hunters of New York - https://bit.ly/3uxVHjr

    His story about Anthony Bourdain for Maxim - https://bit.ly/3oqfLD9

    His play inspired by Bourdain - https://bit.ly/2WBA3hJ

    His story on the North Korean film festival for GQ - https://bit.ly/2Yawxvc

    Jennifer Senior's piece on a family grieving a 9/11 victim - https://bit.ly/39YDVMT

    His story about kidnapping survival schools - https://bit.ly/2YdVmGh

    The movie The Paper on IMDb - https://imdb.to/3FdJ55J

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  • The journalist’s holy trinity: the right time, the right place, the right beat. You’re lucky if you find it once in your career. Sue-Lin Wong (@suelinwong) tells how she thinks she hit it in the Hong Kong protests in 2019. Now working as a China correspondent for The Economist based in Hong Kong, she also has the unusual distinction of having been based in Shenzhen for years.

    Countries featured: China, North Korea, Australia

    Publications featured: Reuters, Financial Times, Economist

    Sue-Lin discusses taking a gap year to teach English at a sketchy school in China (6:04), taking three years off from university to live in China and the US (10:11), joining Reuters with Jake as a trainee (21:20), becoming a Reuters correspondent in Shenzhen in southern China and quickly joining the FT (34:55), covering the Hong Kong protests (41:38), joining The Economist (46:50), a story that got away about an alleged rape (54:37), following a Chinese student protest and the dystopian crackdown on it (1:00:09), and finally the lightning round (1:14:30).

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

    Sue-Lin's FT Magazine story on the HK protests - https://on.ft.com/3zQCPNL

    Her stories on Chinese student protestors -

    https://reut.rs/3CJXm8u

    https://reut.rs/3zzyFtm

    https://reut.rs/3kDwKzy

    Her series of stories on the North Korean border - https://reut.rs/3kEqx6q

    端傳媒Initium Media - https://bit.ly/2XW82lz

    The Ezra Klein show - https://apple.co/3i72Kuf

    故事fm (storyfm) - https://bit.ly/3CKYRmU

    Megan Twohey on Twitter - https://bit.ly/3lVRUIO

    Jodi Kantor on Twitter - https://bit.ly/3zF1Mvl

    Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell wiki - https://bit.ly/3i4TYx8

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  • Financial journalists don’t get the respect they deserve. Scottish journalist Jamie McGeever (@ReutersJamie) has traveled the world covering financial markets, including NYC, London, Madrid and all over Brazil and Europe. His work at Reuters put him at the center of the chaos of the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. Also discussed: bullfighting, Celtic football and the most charming world leaders.

    Countries featured: Brazil, Scotland, England, Spain, USA

    Publications featured: Dow Jones, Reuters

    Jamie discusses moving from his native Scotland to Brazil to teach English out of university (5:53), bullfighting and Ernest Hemingway (8:28), being thrown in the deep end of journalist at the Dow Jones news wire in Rio de Janeiro (14:02), an extremely rapid succession of jobs and moves that eventually take him to Reuters and Wall Street (19:49), the 2008 financial crisis as the story of a lifetime (27:25), why he's such a big deal on Twitter (36:56), his stint in TV news (43:51), switching from the news side to being a columnist (56:21), a story that got away about possible financial wrongdoing (1:01:40) and finally the lightning round(1:05:30).

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

    Jamie's Reuters columns - https://reut.rs/3noQGrL

    Toros Twitter account - https://bit.ly/2XgBGBI

    Daniel Dale on Twitter - https://bit.ly/3A6F00i

    John King on Twitter - https://bit.ly/3hpsIca

    Clarissa Ward on Twitter - https://bit.ly/3EcelSb

    The Football Men documentary part 1 - https://bit.ly/3hl4u2z

    The Thick of It on IMDb - https://imdb.to/3ntqNHl

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  • Abdi Latif Dahir, The New York Times' East Africa Correspondent, talks more in-depth about his coverage of Rwanda and shares a special moment reporting in Mogadishu. This is a bonus content from FoCo's interview with Abdi. For the full interview, please check out episode 54.

    Note: Apologies that this is not the usually scheduled full episode that I normally release twice monthly. I will return to our normal programming in a couple of weeks.

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

    Abdi's jail house interview with Paul Rusesabagina - https://nyti.ms/2VnhIUu

    His main story on Paul Rusesabagina - https://nyti.ms/3rIYHb6

    His story on artists in Mogadishu - https://bit.ly/3j4ZpNj

    The book spawned from the above article - https://amzn.to/3z5g20J

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  • The long road to a Pulitzer. Now a Mexico-based reporter for Vice, Emily Green (@emilytgreen) has had a couple career booms and busts. The WSJ job that doesn't pan out leads her into radio reporting. The pandemic leads her to flee Mexico. But you never know, maybe you'll be sitting in your childhood bedroom and feeling sorry for yourself, when you get that call about the big award.

    Countries featured: Mexico, Guatemala, Bolivia, Philippines, USA

    Publications featured: NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The San Francisco Chronicle, PRI’s The World, The Daily Beast, Vice News

    Emily discusses going to the Philippines on a Fulbright grant after college (5:00), the wrong job at WSJ leads to working in hometown radio then Sacramento then the SF Chronicle (12:21), moving to Mexico to freelance (19:57), some lessons for freelancers (27:18), how a Vice story on a migrant kidnapping in Mexico led to an NPR piece that won a Pulitzer (34:00), a couple of stories that got away (47:35), a short doc for Vice on the massacre of migrants in Mexico after they were deported from the U.S. (50:24) and the lightning round (58:20).

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

    Emily's WaPo story on a Filipino judge - https://wapo.st/3sdDTsC

    Her first story in Vice on the migrant caravan - https://bit.ly/3iK85bF

    Her original story on Nuevo Laredo kidnapping for Vice - https://bit.ly/3AL64Cr

    Her Pulitzer winning audio story - https://bit.ly/3AF5Dt3

    Pulitzer winner page for the story - https://bit.ly/2UgJOR7

    Her Vice doc on Guatemalan deportees killed in Mexico - https://bit.ly/37IVXkQ

    Day X podcast - https://nyti.ms/3lWTDzc

    Lisa Hagen's podcast on guns - https://n.pr/2UftUGG

    Jon Lee Anderson's ride along with Chavez - https://bit.ly/2VVD0Zu

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  • Childhood journals lead to journalism. Abdi Latif Dahir (@Lattif) started journaling as a way to process the violence around him when, at 8 years old, his family returned to Somalia from Kenya. He tells us how that experience influences his reporting on conflicts as East Africa Correspondent for The New York Times. He also talks about his reporting on the recent arrest of the man portrayed in Hotel Rwanda, as well as his passion for running.

    Countries featured: Somalia, Kenya, South Sudan, Rwanda, USA

    Publications featured: Quartz, UPI, The Daily Nation, The New York Times

    Abdi talks about growing up in Mogadishu (7:17), moving back to Kenya for university and to get his start in journalism (15:40), why his parents moved from peaceful Kenya to war-torn Somalia and how it influences his reporting on conflicts (31:36), going to Columbia J-school and working for Quartz (41:45), getting hired for a dream job at The New York Times (50:53), a profile that Abdi wasn't able to do after the death of the subject (56:14), his reporting on the arrest of Rwanda's Paul Rusesabagina (1:05:32) and finally the lightning round (1:15:00).

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

    Abdi's story on the death of a Somali entrepreneur - https://bit.ly/3li0FhG

    His interview with Rwanda's Paul Rusesabagina in jail - https://nyti.ms/2VnhIUu

    His full story about Rusesabagina - https://nyti.ms/3rIYHb6

    The China Africa Project - https://bit.ly/3lhjmSz

    The Continent - https://bit.ly/3ie3UEM

    Nipe Story podcast - https://apple.co/3xg35zF

    CBC's Writers and Company podcast - https://apple.co/2VkEk87

    Learning to Swim Taught Me More Than I Bargained for - https://nyti.ms/2WHY724

    House of Stone by Anthony Shadid - https://amzn.to/3ibyMWy

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  • 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 - https://bit.ly/2Up4aI3

    His story on the OKC Thunder vs the media - https://bit.ly/3wMO1t5

    BBC’s In Our Time podcast - https://apple.co/3irZt8u

    Tom Junod’s “The Hero of Goodall Park” - https://es.pn/3z8zfyf

    Bryan’s profile of George Lucas - https://nyti.ms/3etDrkp

    Broadcast News on IMDb - https://imdb.to/3z951Lz

    Humphrey Bogart’s Deadline U.S.A. on IMDb - https://imdb.to/3xPEt1E

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    Music: LoveChances (makaihbeats.net) by Makaih Beats

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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 - https://bit.ly/3xgzhDQ

    Bagel heads - https://bit.ly/3ycgJom

    Patrick's Atlantic story on "Weird Japan" - https://bit.ly/3hALRaa

    New Republic dissection of New Yorker's failed Weird Japan article - https://bit.ly/3hb6afA

    Patrick's story on Korean Pop conquering Japan - https://bit.ly/3AoZWjQ

    CL on wikipedia - https://bit.ly/2Umto9w

    Plastic Love by Mariya Takeuchi - https://bit.ly/3xfFHmx

    Patrick's profile of Takeuchi - https://bit.ly/2V52weF

    Japan Times' Recultured podcast - https://bit.ly/3xfgby0

    Dough Boys podcast - https://apple.co/3jFqgA5

    The Atlantic's The War on Bollywood - https://bit.ly/3ym6OfS

    Patrick's story about the band Slot Machine - https://bit.ly/3hy1XBB

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    Music: LoveChances (makaihbeats.net) by Makaih Beats

    From: freemusicarchive.org

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