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Collaboration / Mohammad, undocumented in Amsterdam (with The Europeans)
The Europeans podcast brings you a look at life as an undocumented migrant in Amsterdam. Co-produced by Katz Laslo and Mohammad Bah, the story is also narrated by Mohammad, who is originally from Guinea, about his life as an undocumented migrant in Amsterdam. It’s tender, heart-warming, surprising, and just an all round great listen.
Keeping the Colorado Q&A
Host Nadene Ghouri talks with Alisa Reznick about her latest episode for On Spec. For "Keeping the Colorado," Reznick traveled on the Colorado River in the southwestern US, and talked to people living in the area about what the river's drying up means for them.
Keeping the Colorado
The Colorado River runs through seven US states and crosses into Mexico, helping sustain 40 million people living along it’s banks and far beyond. It’s been dammed 15 times, part of an effort to capture its waters for the people living along its banks. But the Colorado is drying up, and communities along the river will soon face cuts in their allotted shares, part of a complex treaty between Mexico and the US on how to distribute the water. Alisa Reznick, a journalist from Arizona, travels along the river and speaks with the communities, business owners, and everyday people dependent on the flow.
Meeting My Surrogate
Guest Host Nadene Ghouri takes us with her as she visits the Ukrainian woman who was the surrogate mother for her child. Nadene explains what the experience has taught her about the bond between mother and child, and what it means for women to control their own bodies.
A Nation’s Two Sides Q&A
Host Nadene Ghouri talks with Oscar Durand, the producer of On Spec's latest episode, "A Nation’s Two Sides." Durand talks about what it was like growing up in Peru, and the kind of class divisions highlighted in the episode, which was reported by Finnish journalist Kukka Maria Ahokas.
A Nation’s Two Sides
Peru has long struggled with political, cultural, racial, and economic divides, a source of tension that propelled the leftist former schoolteacher Pedro Castillo to the Presidency last year. In the city of Lima, the complex social jigsaw puzzle manifests itself physically: the “Wall of Shame” is three meters high and ten kilometeres long, separating the affluent in La Molina from others in neighboring Villa Maria del Triunfo. Finnish journalist Kukka Maria Ahokas has little trouble crossing this and other barriers, and she introduces us to activist Carlos Hinostroza, who is trying to tear down the wall for all.
Making this now part of my daily dose of news. Much like Pod Save America and the Daily by the New York Times.
Empathy as opposed to facts is what distinguishes stories from reports, and what makes OnSpec special to me is that this podcast bridges that gap. It brings me thought-provoking and interesting information, on both the esoteric and mundane, that is made all the more meaningful by the empathy that OnSpec’s talented young correspondents leaven throughout their dispatches turning their reporting into storytelling.
Engrossing reporting from the Global South
I listened to these stories back to back, and have recommended them to friends