The Backstory is a Foreign Policy podcast that brings together FP’s own editors and writers and our intrepid reporters to dig into the stories behind the stories, and the on the ground experiences of what it’s like covering the news from around the world. Foreign Policy is the world’s leading media organization dedicated to providing leaders in business, finance, and government with real time insight and analysis into global affairs. As authoritative as it is dedicated to challenging wisdom, FP is unique in its ability to bring together the powerful with those committed to speaking truth to power.
The Rocky Path Toward Kurdish Independence
David Kenner is joined by Campbell MacDiarmid and Douglas Ollivant to discuss Campbell's recent interview with Kurdistan's President Masoud Barzani about the Sept 25, 2017 referendum on independence.
How to Tell a Story of Kidnapping and Climate Change in Somalia
Laura Heaton and Nichole Sobecki detail their reporting on Dr. Murray Watson and the impact his once thought-to-be lost work could have on the country decades later.
How to Convince People — and the U.S. President — to Care About Climate Change?
Set discussions of science aside and talk about how to save the polar bears.
Why Do Internationally Backed Peace Processes Fail?
FP staffers talk about their reporting on the ground in South Sudan and Colombia and how war crimes, revolution, women, and Washington all played a role in those countries’ faltering peace processes.
300,000 Chinese Students Attend U.S. Colleges. What Will They Learn About American Life?
Editors David Wertime and Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian talk to three young Chinese about how studying stateside changed their views of the United States — and their home.
The Final Front in the Afghan War
FP’s Dan De Luce talks to Sune Rasmussen and Andrew Quilty about reporting from Helmand Province, where the fighting has worsened and the Taliban is gaining ground.
Lots of Rambling
BLUF: NOT worth the time to listen to these, journalists talking about the writing of some of their stories with jumbled timelines and jumping around and not sticking to what is written in the podcast details.
I enjoy a story well told with lots of background and extra info. But these podcasts are lots of rambling and storytellers patting themselves on the back for a job well done. What that job is and its overall purpose, you decipher for yourself and the storyteller will tell you they were right and did great.
The titles and summary consist of very little of the actual time of the podcast. The kidnapping one has almost no details of the event and with no one that has any first hand knowledge of the event and its post-kidnap events.
Journalists patting themselves on the back for “impactful” stories does not make for a good story because the reason for doing so and the exaggerated impact is not told from those actually impacted from the work.