From the Field takes you around the world with ICWA fellows, bringing their deep on-the-ground insights into their countries and regions, as well as the global issues they’re studying. Hosted by managing editor Dan Peleschuk, each episode features a conversation focusing on a story a fellow has been following close-up.
When India’s Covid disaster hit close to home
As India’s healthcare system buckled under the wright of a second wave of coronavirus, New Delhi-based fellow Astha Rajvanshi was exposed to the tragedy of losing a loved one to the disease firsthand. She talks to Dan about how the Indian government bungled its Covid response.
Is coffee culture helping change Saudi Arabia?
Saudi Arabia has embarked on a path of gradual social and economic modernization in recent years but it’s unclear how much it’s extending beyond major urban centers. ICWA fellow David Kenner talks to Dan about Western-style cafes in the southern border city of Jazan, where local entrepreneurs are contending with cultural norms in a bid to grow their businesses.
Why Germany didn’t get Covid-19 under control
As European countries struggle in battling rising Covid rates across the continent, Berlin-based Emily Schultheis talks to Dan about why Germany’s reputation as a leader in Covid-19 response may have been overstated.
Can Biden reverse America’s global decline?
Hopes are high that President-elect Joe Biden can do something to repair four years of isolationism and confrontation with America’s closest allies. But it won’t be easy. The award-winning journalist and ICWA fellow Suzy Hansen joins Dan to discuss how the world is a different place than it was in 2016, when many believe America’s role had already been on the decline for years.
In El Salvador, the military is still hiding its crimes
Three decades after Latin America's worst massacre in living memory, El Salvador still hasn't confronted the truth about what exactly happened. San Salvador-based fellow Elizabeth Hawkins talks to Dan about how a drawn-out legal battle over that troubling history is exposing the fragility of the country’s democratic institutions long after its civil war ended.
Voices from India's economic crisis
Currently the world’s second-worst coronavirus hotspot, India is facing serious economic trouble as wide swaths of society feel the pain from the pandemic lockdown. New Delhi-based fellow Astha Rajvanshi talks to Dan about some of the hardest-hit: working women seeking financial independence and middle-class Indians climbing the socio-economic ladder.