From the worldwide rise of populism and medical tourism, to Chinese smartphones and Nigerian Cinema -- each season we’ll travel to different places and bring you the stories that you aren't already hearing about, connecting them to the current news at every turn. On this show, we’ll continue the conversations from our books with the journalists who know these stories best.
Bethany McLean: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants
In 2008, the U.S. Treasury put Fannie and Freddie into a life-support state known as “conservatorship” to prevent their failure—and worldwide economic chaos. The two companies, which were always controversial, have become a battleground. Today, Fannie and Freddie are profitable again but still in conservatorship. Their profits are being redirected toward reducing the federal deficit,… more The post Bethany McLean: The Strange Saga of the U.S. Mortgage Giants appeared first on Columbia Global Reports.
Atossa Araxia Abrahamian and "The Cosmopolites"
From the Underreported dispatch archives: Atossa Araxia Abrahamian travels the globe to meet these willing and unwitting "cosmopolites," or citizens of the world, who inhabit a new, borderless realm where things can go very well, or very badly. The story of twenty-first-century citizenship is bigger than millionaires seeking their next passport. This episode was recorded on October… more The post Atossa Araxia Abrahamian and "The Cosmopolites" appeared first on Columbia Global Reports.
'Ghosting The News' with Margaret Sullivan | Part Two
Journalism is in crisis. The heart of the crisis isn't what most people think it is—the bitter struggle between Donald Trump and news organizations. The heart of the crisis is economic. Quite rapidly in the twenty-first century, newspapers, traditionally the major generators of original journalism, have gone into a downward spiral that has resulted in… more The post 'Ghosting The News' with Margaret Sullivan | Part Two appeared first on Columbia Global Reports.
'Ghosting The News' with Margaret Sullivan | Part One
There was a time, and it wasn't that long ago when newspapers could easily have a 30% profit margin. Places like car dealers and grocery stores were able to get their message out. But then, the internet happened and kicked the legs out from under the entire business model. Washington Post media critic Margaret Sullivan… more The post 'Ghosting The News' with Margaret Sullivan | Part One appeared first on Columbia Global Reports.
'The Call' with Krithika Varagur | Part Two
The second part of our interview with Krithika Varagur. In her new book, "The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project," Varagur traverses three continents to tell the story of the Saudi religious campaign from Indonesia, Nigeria, and Kosovo. She finds Saudi money in all kinds of places, from universities to political parties to extremist… more The post 'The Call' with Krithika Varagur | Part Two appeared first on Columbia Global Reports.
"The Call" with Krithika Varagur | Part One
Krithika Varagur's new book, "The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project," chronicles the House of Saud’s vast project to systematically transform the Muslim world in its own image by spreading abroad Wahhabism, its brand of ultraconservative Islam. Using billions of dollars, thousands of personnel, and institutions both governmental and unofficial, "Saudi money" is both… more The post "The Call" with Krithika Varagur | Part One appeared first on Columbia Global Reports.
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Different, and insightful
The episode so far is informative and wide ranging, helping to understand the German elections, the roots of East Africa's conflicts, Nigeria's bustling film industry, the rise of populism, and much more, despite this first offering being just a teaser and an introduction. Can't wait for more.
Bring them on...
Found it intellectually stimulating. Can't wait for the rest of the podcasts!
Insightful conversations on a diverse group of global topics
If you read CGR books, this podcast is a must.