11/1/2017, Miranda Sita

Emily Witt on Nollywood

Emily Witt on Nollywood

Nicholas Lemann sits down with Emily Witt, author of the new book NOLLYWOOD: THE MAKING OF A FILM EMPIRE. Amid electricity cuts, fuel scarcity, and countless other obstacles, Nigerians are pursuing the very real possibility that Nollywood dramas could become a global brand, as recognizable as the Bollywood musical, the Hong Kong kung fu flick,… more

10/18/2017, Miranda Sita

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

Atossa Araxia Abrahamian

This week on UNDERREPORTED, Nicholas Lemann welcomes Atossa Araxia Abrahamian to the studio to talk about her book THE COSMOPOLITES: THE COMING OF THE GLOBAL CITIZEN, published by Columbia Global Reports in 2015. Nick and Atossa discuss the global business of buying and selling citizenships and what it means to be a "cosmopolite."  Is globalization… more

10/4/2017, Miranda Sita

Another Fine Mess

Another Fine Mess

On this week's episode of UNDERREPORTED, Nicholas Lemann sits down with Helen C. Epstein to talk about her new book ANOTHER FINE MESS: AMERICA, UGANDA, AND THE WAR ON TERROR. Is America to blame for decades of war in eastern Africa? Who is Yoweri Museveni? And where is Trump on all of this?

9/27/2017, Miranda Sita

So, what is Columbia Global Reports anyway?

So, what is Columbia Global Reports anyway?

In the first episode of UNDERREPORTED, we bring in the team to talk about Columbia Global Reports' mission, our lessons learned from entering the book business, and populism's role in the German election.

9/25/2017, Rhys Jones

The ‘Sleep Campaign’ Produces a Nightmare for Angela Merkel

The ‘Sleep Campaign’ Produces a Nightmare for Angela Merkel

Critics called it the “sleep campaign” because Angela Merkel did everything in her power to send voters into a slumber. Her tactic in the German federal election, termed “asymmetric demobilisation,” was designed to depress turnout amongst opposition parties by making a maximally inoffensive pitch to the electorate. It successfully pushed her main opponents, the Social… more

9/21/2017, John Washington

How We Missed the Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing—For Decades

How We Missed the Rohingya Ethnic Cleansing—For Decades

Aung San Suu Kyi won the Nobel Peace Prize, in 1991, while she was under house arrest by Myanmar’s ruling military junta. Freed in 2010, she was finally able to travel to Sweden to deliver her acceptance speech in 2012, using the occasion to describe visiting migrant workers and refugees in Thailand who, as she… more

9/13/2017, Miranda Sita

Announcing Our New Podcast

Announcing Our New Podcast

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… more

9/7/2017, Rhys Jones

Populists Are Now Going After Our Democratic Institutions

Populists Are Now Going After Our Democratic Institutions

The lifecycle of the populist movement is well-known. In opposition, where they may whinge at leisure about corrupt elites and the bias media, populists flourish and multiply; but once they win power, they almost always suffer an identity crisis. It’s tough to lambaste the establishment if you are the establishment. Just ask Syriza, the radical… more

9/7/2017, Harper Sutherland, Georgetown Public Policy Review

Georgetown Public Policy Review Interviews Basharat Peer

Georgetown Public Policy Review Interviews Basharat Peer

Basharat Peer joins the Georgetown Public Policy Review podcast with Books Editor Harper Sutherland to discuss Peer's new book A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen. See the original post at Georgetown Public Policy Review.   A Question of Order: India, Turkey, and the Return of Strongmen What happens when a democratically elected leader evolves into an… more

7/20/2017, Jacob Kushner

In Germany, Police Seek to Protect Asylum Seekers

In Germany, Police Seek to Protect Asylum Seekers

Last week I wrote about an attack on a refugee housing complex in Altenburg, Germany, in which two baby carriages were set aflame. It occurred just two days after members of a right-wing, anti-immigrant movement called PEGIDA marched through the town. That piece grappled with the question of how Germany—a nation with an unparalleled record… more