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A weekly programme that examines and dissects the world's media, how they operate and the stories they cover.

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A weekly programme that examines and dissects the world's media, how they operate and the stories they cover.

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    India: Smothering critique amidst the second COVID wave | The Listening Post

    India: Smothering critique amidst the second COVID wave | The Listening Post

    While India’s healthcare system lies in total collapse, the government is leaning on social media companies to protect its own image.

    Contributors:

    Vineet Kumar - Author and media scholar

    Pratik Sinha - Co-founder, Alt News

    Pragya Tiwari - Political and cultural commentator

    Sangeeta Mahapatra - German Institute for Global and Area Studies

    On our radar

    Having imprisoned leading opposition figure Alexey Navalny, Russian authorities are now looking to put his entire organisation out of business. Producer Johanna Hoes tells Richard Gizbert why the group is being targeted by the state.

    Paul Rusesabagina: The trial of the 'hero of Hotel Rwanda'

    Dissident or "terrorist"? The many-sided story of hotel manager turned Hollywood hero, Paul Rusesabagina.

    Contributors:

    Michela Wrong - Author, Do Not Disturb

    Gatete Nyiringabo Ruhumuliza - Political analyst

    Tom Ndahiro - Genocide scholar

    Terry George - Director, Hotel Rwanda

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    • 26 min
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    India’s COVID crisis: Navigating bad stats and government spin | The Listening Post

    India’s COVID crisis: Navigating bad stats and government spin | The Listening Post

    COVID-19 has brought India to its knees and, in many ways, the mainstream news media are failing to do their job.

    Contributors:
    Atul Chaurasia - Executive Editor, Newslaundry
    Paranjoy Guha Thakurta - Journalist & Author
    Sandhya Ravishankar - Journalist, India Ahead News
    Kapil Komireddi - Author, Malevolent Republic

    On our radar

    Host Richard Gizbert speaks to producer Flo Phillips about doctored footage coming out of Russia. Kremlin-backed channels would have you believe it is not just Ukrainian and Russian forces building up at the border but American as well.

    Attacked on the streets, typecast on TV: a media history of being Asian in America

    How Asian Americans have been othered in the media; the tropes and the rise in hate.

    Contributors:
    Kimmy Yam - Reporter, NBC News
    Takeo Rivera - Assistant Professor, Boston University
    Amanda Nguyen - Civil Rights Activist & Founder, Rise

    • 27 min
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    Brazil: Battling Bolsonaro’s COVID misinformation | The Listening Post

    Brazil: Battling Bolsonaro’s COVID misinformation | The Listening Post

    Some of Brazil’s biggest media companies have come together to combat COVID-19 misinformation – a lot of which is coming from President Jair Bolsonaro’s office.

    Contributors:

    Luciana Coelho - Head of COVID task force, Folha de Sao Paulo

    Cristina Tardáguila - Associate director, Poynter

    Laura Guimarães Corrêa - Associate professor, Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais

    Marcelo Lins - Journalist, GloboNews

    On our radar

    Nicholas Muirhead and Richard Gizbert discuss a curious case of photo colourisation (and distortion) that has landed American media outlet Vice in hot water.

    Wikipedia: The internet’s unlikeliest experiment turns 20

    How has a free online encyclopedia built through crowdsourcing, open editing and volunteers managed to maintain its relevance and preserve its credibility? We look at what makes Wikipedia tick.

    Contributors:

    Katherine Maher - CEO, Wikimedia Foundation

    Sandister Tei - Co-founder, Wikimedia Ghana User Group

    Shane Greenstein - Professor, Harvard Business School

    • 26 min
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    Unconventional journalists: From Tom Wolfe to Ghassan Kanafani | The Listening Post

    Unconventional journalists: From Tom Wolfe to Ghassan Kanafani | The Listening Post

    This week, we are veering out of the mainstream and looking at journalism that broke the rules, pushed boundaries and, in some cases, redefined them.

    We explore the work and the legacy of three such innovators: Tom Wolfe, Ghassan Kanafani and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. Their journalism defied convention and categorisation and continues to inspire people to consider new ways of presenting stories.

    Contributors:

    Dan Bischoff - Art critic, The Star-Ledger

    Emily Witt - Writer, The New Yorker

    Refqa Abu-Remaileh - Professor of modern Arabic literature and film, Free University Berlin

    Elias Khoury - Novelist and literary critic

    As’ad Abukhalil - Professor of political science, California State University

    Juanita León - Director, La Silla Vacía

    Jaime Abello Banfi - Director, The Gabo Foundation

    María Jimena Duzán - Journalist and author

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    • 26 min
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    Amazon’s PR offensive: Taking on critics, unions and lawmakers | The Listening Post

    Amazon’s PR offensive: Taking on critics, unions and lawmakers | The Listening Post

    Facing scrutiny over working conditions and a union’s drive to get employees organised, Amazon’s PR pushback seems to be doing more harm than good.

    Contributors:

    Ken Klippenstein - Reporter, The Intercept

    Jonathan Capriel - Writer, Washington Business Journal

    Alex Press - Writer, Jacobin Magazine

    James Bloodworth - Author, Hired: Six Months Undercover in Low-Wage Britain

    On our radar

    The WHO released the findings of its investigation into the origins of the new coronavirus. Producer Meenakshi Ravi talks to Richard Gizbert about Western doubts on the credibility of the report and Beijing’s grievances with the news coverage.

    Framing the self: The rise of the bookshelf aesthetic

    With so many pundits working from home, creating a backdrop has become an exercise in self-branding; bookshelves have become the background of choice.

    Contributors:

    Tamar Garb - Professor of art history, UCL

    Bernie Hogan - Senior research fellow, Oxford Internet Institute

    Hussein Kesvani - Culture and technology journalist

    Alex Christofi - Editorial director, Transworld Books

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    • 25 min
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    Dazed & Confused: Reporting on Europe’s troubled vaccine rollout | The Listening Post

    Dazed & Confused: Reporting on Europe’s troubled vaccine rollout | The Listening Post

    Scientists say vaccines are our way out of this pandemic. But with trust in vaccination at an all-time low, the role of the messengers - politicians, pharmaceutical companies and the news media - is as important as ever.

    Contributors:
    Kai Kupferschmidt - Contributing correspondent, Science Magazine
    Hristio Boytchev - Germany correspondent, Research Europe
    Deborah Fuller - Professor, University of Washington School of Medicine
    Mun-Keat Looi - International features editor, The BMJ

    On our radar:

    The US government has launched a new vaccine campaign - producer Johanna Hoes talks to Richard Gizbert about the White House’s use of Christian broadcasters, sports stars and a country music legend to convince conservative Americans that vaccination is in their best interests.

    From COVID conspiracism to vaccine hesitancy: France’s other epidemic

    France is where lab vaccines were invented - so how did the French grow so sceptical, so reluctant to get the COVID jab?

    Contributors:
    Lucie Delaporte - Journalist, Médiapart
    Richard Sénéjoux - Senior reporter, Télérama
    Antoine Bristielle - Sociologist, Sciences Po & Researcher, Fondation Jean-Jaurès

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    • 25 min

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