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Foreign Correspondence is a podcast with hour-long interviews with journalists around the world hosted by Jake Spring.

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Foreign Correspondence is a podcast with hour-long interviews with journalists around the world hosted by Jake Spring.

    Libby Nelson - Deputy Policy Editor - Vox

    Libby Nelson - Deputy Policy Editor - Vox

    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)
     
    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:
    Libby’s story on a religious college takeover - https://bit.ly/375OY6t
    Vox story on how healthcare works globally - https://bit.ly/3k0AwAq
    In the Dark podcast - https://apple.co/2GYGUdc
    Wind of Change podcast - https://apple.co/352Bg1y
    NYT story on Trump’s taxes - https://nyti.ms/2SRuBlk
    The Hour on IMDb - https://imdb.to/3drIYGo
    Linda Greenhouse NYT stories - https://nyti.ms/3k0K8uT
    Nina Totenberg NPR stories - https://n.pr/3nOoIU5
     
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    • 1 hr 28 min
    Jonah M. Kessel - New York Times - *Bonus Content*

    Jonah M. Kessel - New York Times - *Bonus Content*

    What’s this? There’s more? We talk in-depth about his job helping shape the visual language of The New York Times and his approach to video journalism, as well as an offbeat story set in North Korea that never quite happened.
    Countries featured: North Korea, USA
    Jonah's short doc about zoonotic diseases - https://nyti.ms/2F0fOkS
     
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    Jonah M. Kessel - Director of Cinematography - New York Times

    Jonah M. Kessel - Director of Cinematography - New York Times

    Gen X photo bum finds journalism, makes good. Well, ok, there’s about 15 more steps in the middle that leaves out. And like 60+ countries. Jonah Kessel (@jonah_kessel) is proof that the right camera can change someone’s life. Now at The New York Times, he is constantly trying to push the limits of what video and visuals can do, even when those limits are the visible spectrum of light. 
    Countries featured: China, USA, Algeria, Hong Kong
    Publications featured: Burlington Free Press, Tahoe Daily Tribune, La Voix de l'Oranie, Sawt Al Gharb ( صوت الغرب ), China Daily, The New York Times
    Jonah discusses growing up in Vermont (6:24), dropping out of Tulane University to wander the U.S. for 3 years (9:58), going back to school for journalism...in three different countries (14:10), sweet-talking his way into a job at a Lake Tahoe newspaper (19:14), working in Algeria as a newspaper consultant (26:54), being recruited to redesign the China daily (29:32), the glory days freelancing and joining the NYT in not-so-old Beijing (35:28), an exit from China that was complicated in terms of his visa and medically (49:58), the insane plane-flying, ice-cold-camera-sensor shooting behind the groundbreaking NYT story about methane leaks (1:01:36) and the lightning round (1:11:13)
     
    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:
    Jonah's first NYT piece on Zhao Liang (scroll half way down for video) - https://nyti.ms/33qmFNQ
    Jonah’s NYT project on methane emissions - https://nyti.ms/33qV0wg
    How he did the methane story - https://nyti.ms/3inP6jO
    The Social Dilemma on Netflix - https://bit.ly/3d3bfTt
    Nicholas Kristof on Twitter - https://bit.ly/2HKJtiX
    Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas on Amazon - https://amzn.to/2Spb2k2
     
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    • 1 hr 29 min
    Lucia Newman - Chile - Al Jazeera

    Lucia Newman - Chile - Al Jazeera

    A love story between Cuban spies. Jungle warfare in Central America. A military coup in Chile. A roller coaster relationship with Fidel Castro. Lucia Newman, Latin America Editor and a Senior Correspondent in Chile for Al Jazeera English, has seen and reported on it all over several decades covering the region, dodging more than a few bullets along the way. 
    Countries featured: Nicaragua, El Salvador, Cuba, Chile, Argentina, Panama, Mexico, USA, Australia, Haiti
    Publications featured: CNN, Al Jazeera
    Lucia discusses how she covers all of Latin America during the pandemic (3:02), her childhood with a Chilean diplomat mother and American journalist father who made it all look so glamorous (9:55), moving back to Chile for college just as a military coup kicks off and forces her to hide out (12:43), a stint in Australia (19:08), working for CNN and others covering war in Central America (21:48), nine - often tense - years living in Cuba (37:34) revealing Cuban spies in the U.S. that earned her a portrayal in a Netflix movie (42:53), covering tragedy in Haiti (1:02:50), uncovering housing corruption in Cuba (1:06:02) and the lightning round (1:10:52).
     
    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:
    Lucia’s latest reporting for Al Jazeera - https://bit.ly/32M0eCu
    Her story on Iran in Venezuela - https://bit.ly/2HhkTGn
    Her interview with Cuban spy Gerardo Hernandez - https://bit.ly/33Ptd7Y
    Wasp Network movie on Netflix - https://bit.ly/3cczrlQ
    Jon Lee Anderson interview with Patricio Fernández (in Spanish) -  https://bit.ly/3iPc8B9
    Propublica's Zero Tolerance series story on U.S. immigration - https://bit.ly/3cfNdV5
    Interview with History by Oriana Fallaci - https://amzn.to/32LCDlj
    How I Got that Story book - https://bit.ly/2ElUAOc
     
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    • 1 hr 24 min
    Atish Patel - New Delhi - AFP

    Atish Patel - New Delhi - AFP

    What do you do when there's a pandemic on, but you are a video journalist with no choice but to go out to capture the images you need? Atish Patel (@atishpatel, Insta: atishp) a videographer for Agence France-Presse discusses the calculations he makes when deciding whether to go out. He also talks about how being fired helped him to change his perspective and have more fun with his job.
    Countries featured: India, UK, Russia, Rwanda
    Publications featured: RT, Reuters, AFP, AP, Wall Street Journal
    Atish discusses going into a hospital ICU to report on coronavirus (3:20), growing up in the UK and finding his way into a journalism post-grad program (10:08), moving to Russia to work in the very controlling environment of Kremlin mouthpiece RT (15:50), moving to India to work for Reuters with grand ambitions and getting fired (19:58), making it work in India as a freelancer (25:02), a trip to report on children of rape in Rwanda that didn't quite come together (31:55), his current work in India for AFP (39:48), covering naked holy men during the massive Kumbh Mela Hindu religious festival (42:24), his family's background in Africa and India (47:19) and the lightning round (50:52)
     
    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:
    Atish's story on ICUs in India amid the pandemic - https://bit.ly/2EVWqFQ
    Jake's story on world's largest wetland on fire - https://reut.rs/3lUEWtV
    His story on fires in the Amazon rainforest - https://reut.rs/3jOrZA4
    A clip of Atish's work on the Kumbh Mela religious festival - https://bit.ly/2QUUHD0
    One of his story's on pollution - https://bit.ly/2F5GNeK
    India's LiveMint - https://bit.ly/3i9X2Gg
    The Breakfast Club radio show - https://ihr.fm/322j9Zp
    CBC podcast Hunting Warhead - https://bit.ly/3m2ER7N
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Ryan Lenora Brown - South Africa - Christian Science Monitor

    Ryan Lenora Brown - South Africa - Christian Science Monitor

    What insanity inspires 20,000 normal people to run 56 miles (90 kilometers) every year in South Africa? Ryan Lenora Brown (@ryanlenorabrown) tells us how Apartheid helped make this race a phenomenon. She talks about trying to tell stories that don’t revert to stereotypes of Africa, even as we ponder the ethics of white foreigners reporting on South Africa or Latin America.
    Countries featured: South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo
    Publications featured: Runner’s World, Christian Science Monitor
    Ryan discusses venturing out for a story during the pandemic (4:57), how journalism helped her conquer her shyness (8:11), how the Fulbright program brought her to South Africa (12:17), becoming an intern churning out content for Chrisitian Science Monitor (14:38), giving up a fellowship in Asia to move to South Africa as a freelancer (20:50), what is the Christian Science Monitor anyway (36:06), the Eritrean soccer team defecting to Botswana (40:00), an anthropologist who bought beer on the WHO’s dime to help confront the Ebola crisis (43:24), the ultramarathon (50:47), how a racial reckoning has yet to come for foreign correspondents (57:27), and finally the lightning round (1:03:52)
     
    Here are links to some of the things we talked about:
    Ryan’s story on the 99th day of South Africa’s pandemic - https://bit.ly/2FLCRjn
    The Luce Fellowship - https://bit.ly/32ibZ1X
    Ryan’s story Congo Ebola crisis: To fight disease, an anthropologist heals distrust - https://bit.ly/3gisT5P
    Her article on the Comrades ultramarathon - https://bit.ly/2ErxTHU
    Her story on the reading runner - https://bit.ly/2CQQvRj
    South Africa’s Mail and Guardian - https://bit.ly/2QiaCe8
    By the Book podcast - https://apple.co/3j3DiUC
    WaPo’s The Lives Upended Around a $20 Cheeseburger - https://wapo.st/3lbs3eM
    Ryan’s book A Native of Nowhere - https://amzn.to/2QjezPH
    The Writers' Co-op podcast - https://apple.co/3hy2nqc
     
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    • 1 hr 20 min

Customer Reviews

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21 Ratings

21 Ratings

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Fantastic podcast that really gets personal with journalists from a wide variety of backgrounds and locations. Beyond stories of professional development or field stories and experience, this podcast stands out in how matter of fact and, more so, intimate its able to get with guests. Its so nice, and refreshing, to hear interesting and inspiring people speak frankly about what they've done, what they care about now, and stories of how things work out in weird ways. Always worth a listen

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Liking Having a Chat with Journo Friends

There’s a lot of “advice” podcast out there, podcasts that try to teach you about how to navigate a career. This isn’t one of those, thank God. This is a podcast about journalism in its many different forms on a very micro level, told one journalist to another. The best moments are NOT when the host, Jake, talks about high level reporting concepts but rather when he digs into small details. Be it about how a story pitch came to be or what it was like talking to Mick Jagger, it’s all there. Yes, it's hyper-specific – but that’s why it’s fascinating.

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Oh you love feedback so much? I once fell down an entire flight of stairs having been overserved. This is better. Five stars.

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