The World’s show producer Jeb Sharp shares her experience of a day in Boston during the lockdown.
About 80,000 girls have been adopted from China into American families in recent decades. A new documentary, “Somewhere Between,” follows four of those girls as teenagers coming to terms with who they are and where they come from. The World’s Jeb Sharp caught up with the filmmaker and three of her subjects at a recent screening in Boston.
I have written for years about heartbreaking issues of war and atrocity and the shortfall between international rhetoric and action. I’ve often struggled with the apparent mismatch between the horror of what’s going on and people’s blithe ignorance of it. But knowledge isn’t everything [...]
Anthony Shadid was a great friend to our show, often going out of his way to make time for an interview with Lisa or Marco. Just last week he apologetically turned us down because he was about to hit the road on what turned out to be his last reporting trip. He said he’d be back in a week [...]
Susan Cain’s New York Times op-ed “The Rise of the New Groupthink” makes me think a lot about the way we work here at The World. We have an open plan newsroom [...]
Last week I blogged about Syria and the R2P or the doctrine of “Responsibility to Protect.” What should the international community do in the case of a government like Syria’s, which is killing its own citizens? [...]
Before I was a show producer I was a reporter. My first overseas assignment was Kosovo in 1999. Since that experience, much of my reporting has revolved around war and its awfulness, and questions about humanitarian intervention, civilian protection, and justice for war crimes [...]
A year ago this week I was in Haiti doing stories about how things stood on the anniversary of the big earthquake there. As we approach the second anniversary of that terrible day (January 12, 2010) I find myself thinking a lot about the people I met on that trip, including Rochefort Saint-Louis, a public health official tasked with collecting the bodies of cholera victims. [...]
One of the things I’d like to do on this show producer’s blog is highlight the hidden heroes in the newsroom. The conventions of public radio mean that hosts in the studio and reporters in the field are well-recognized [...]
For a while now I’ve been meaning to start a “show producer’s blog” — a place to jot down thoughts about the news, the program, the production day, the issues that come up in the course of doing what we do, and best of all, I hope, a place to engage with all of you about the stories we do. So here goes [...]
As the violence escalates in Syria, there’s fear of sectarian civil war.
In the last week alone we’ve had at least three big anniversaries: 150th anniversary of the start of the (American) Civil War; 50th anniversary of the first human being into space; 50th anniversary of the Bay of Pigs. So we’ll look back at each of those moments. Plus Lisa Mullins interviews an archivist at National Geographic about an American writer and photographer, Eliza Scidmore, who documented the aftermath of a tsunami in northeast Japan more than a century ago. And we have two segments on the history behind the trial unfolding in London right now over alleged British atrocities in Kenya during the counterinsurgency campaign against Mau Mau rebels in the 1950′s. Download MP3
This is the long version of Marco’s interview with Peter Godwin, author of The Fear: Robert Mugabe and the Martyrdom of Zimbabwe. Godwin is a journalist and writer who grew up in Zimbabwe when it was still Rhodesia. He returned once more in 2008 expecting to celebrate the end of Mugabe’s rule. Instead he witnessed an orchestrated campaign of terror that allowed Mugabe to cling to power. The Fear is Godwin’s account of that time. It is both a catalogue of human rights abuses and a lyrical, angry, deeply personal narrative about going home to a shattered dream. Download MP3
This week’s history podcast showcases three unrelated but timely radio features. In light of the nuclear crisis in Japan, Brigid McCarthy reminds us what happened at Chernobyl in 1986. Gerry Hadden introduces us to a Berber hero in Morocco and explains where he fits in the contemporary political landscape. And Jason Margolis retells the story of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire a century ago and explains why it’s still relevant today.Download MP3