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A weekly podcast focused on discussing the issues that impact how information is delivered, how we consume it, and how that affects our interactions with each other.

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A weekly podcast focused on discussing the issues that impact how information is delivered, how we consume it, and how that affects our interactions with each other.

    Monica Guzman on the importance of curiosity to build relationships that bridge divides

    Monica Guzman on the importance of curiosity to build relationships that bridge divides

    Welcome to News in Context. I’m Gina Baleria.
    In this episode, we explore how bridging by building relationships and being curious can connect people across differences - as well as provide lessons for news organizations that seek to inform.
    My guest is Monica Guzman, Senior Fellow for Public Practice at Braver Angels; and author of I never thought of it that way: How to have fearlessly curious conversations in dangerously divided times.

    • 29 min
    NY Times Columnist David Brooks on How to Know and See a Person

    NY Times Columnist David Brooks on How to Know and See a Person

    Welcome to News in Context, I’m Gina Baleria. In this episode, we talk with New York Times columnist David Brooks, about his new book - How to Know a Person: The Art of Seeing Others Deeply and Being Deeply Seen.
    Brooks has been discussing politics and policy in the Times and on NPR for years. But as the social fabric of the U-S began to fray in recent years, he became more and more interested in how to weave community across differences and points of privilege as a way to strengthen that fabric.
    His latest book offers stories, tips, and examples to help all of us practice seeing the humanity in others and contribute toward strengthening our communities.

    • 29 min
    International Relations Expert Seth Kaplan: Fragile Neighborhoods Repairing American Society One Zip Code at a Time

    International Relations Expert Seth Kaplan: Fragile Neighborhoods Repairing American Society One Zip Code at a Time

    In this episode, we explore the importance of strong neighborhood and community relationships to the health of nations… and discuss how many neighborhoods in the U.S. don’t have strong local ties and need structural and systemic help.
    My guest is Seth Kaplan - Author of Fragile Neighborhoods Repairing American Society One Zip Code at a Time. Seth is also an international relations expert whose job is to help fragile states around the world. He consults with organizations such as the World Bank and U.S. State Department, and he teaches international relations at Johns Hopkins University.
    This is Civity Week on News in Context. Civity is a culture of deliberately engaging in relationships of respect and empathy with others who are different moving from Us vs. Them to We All Belong.

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    The Systemic Challenges of Addressing Homelessness, with Tony Sparks

    The Systemic Challenges of Addressing Homelessness, with Tony Sparks

    In this episode, we explore the persistent challenge of how to ensure that everyone has adequate housing. We discuss why the U.S. faces these issues, and what can – and can’t – be done at various levels of government. We also explore how we might re-frame the way we discuss housing and homelessness, to help us re-think solutions.
     
    My guest is Tony Sparks, Associate Professor of Urban Studies & Planning Program in the Public Affairs & Civic Engagement (PACE) program at San Francisco State University.

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    Connecting Outside of the Algorithm: Circumventing the Mediated World of Digital Media Via In-Person Connection, with Riaz Patel

    Connecting Outside of the Algorithm: Circumventing the Mediated World of Digital Media Via In-Person Connection, with Riaz Patel

    In this episode, we explore how much of the information we get is mediated - edited - and we all get different edits based on what the algorithm thinks we want. This means we see and understand things differently, and that has contributed to polarization and othering.
    My Guest is Riaz Patel, executive producer and director focusing on reality shows with positive transformations. His show The Connect Effect seeks to counter the edits we all see by bringing people face-to-face, so they can build relationships without labels that define us in the media. This can help reduce polarization and increase connection.

    • 29 min
    Tracking & Defending Press Freedom in the U.S.

    Tracking & Defending Press Freedom in the U.S.

    In this episode, we discuss press freedom in the U.S. in the wake of a police raid of the local paper in Marion, Kansas. In that raid, officers confiscated most of the paper’s computers and other equipment, leaving its journalists scrambling to be able to publish.Press freedom advocates have criticized Marion’s police chief for using tactics generally seen in authoritarian countries. But there are concerns over other incidents across the country designed to intimidate and silence journalists.My guests are:Kirstin McCudden, Vice President of Editorial at the Freedom of the Press Foundation, and managing editor of the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker-AND-Seth Stern, Director of Advocacy at the Freedom of the Press Foundation.Find resources and guides to protect your privacy and security at Freedom.Press - and see the U.S. Press Freedom Tracker at PressFreedomTracker.US
     
    Image Courtesy U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, led by the Freedom of the Press Foundation and the Committee to Protect Journalists, in collaboration with leading press freedom groups.

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Customer Reviews

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4 Ratings

4 Ratings

danny.murph ,

Awesome content

The episode from Oct. 27 about the homelessness in San Francisco was very educational. Tony did a great job of explaining the housing crisis in an easy to understand way. The host was also great!

B):):(:p ,

Amazing!

One of my favorite podcasts! The sound quality is great and the topics are diverse and interesting. Highly recommend a listen!

David d12345 ,

Now I know!

This podcast is excellently produced and the content is so valuable. Just in the first podcast, I learned about the economic forces that limit good journalism. So, as consumers we have to make sure for ourselves to understand the context of the news story.

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