6/29/2020, Columbia Politics Collective

Around the World, Elections are Being Upended by COVID-19

Around the World, Elections are Being Upended by COVID-19

In March, Columbia University shut down its campus and shifted to online-only instruction for the rest of the academic year. At Columbia Journalism School this meant that the eighteen students in the Politics concentration of the Master of Arts program, a highly international group, scattered all over the world. The group decided to turn the… more

4/20/2020, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast

'The Call' with Krithika Varagur | Part Two

'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

8/30/2018, Bethany McLean

The Guardian Long Read: How America's 'most reckless' billionaire created the fracking boom
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The Guardian Long Read: How America's 'most reckless' billionaire created the fracking boom

The wild tale of America’s energy revolution, and the cowboy who made and lost billions on shale.

7/30/2018, Patrick O’Shaughnessy

Investor's Field Guide | Bethany McLean – Business Gone Bad and the Art of Persistence

Investor's Field Guide | Bethany McLean – Business Gone Bad and the Art of Persistence

Via "The Investor's Field Guide" podcast | I’ve often heard that good investors are a bit like journalists: doggedly collecting evidence and building an understanding of how all the pieces of a company or investment fit together. My guest this week is one of my favorite writers and journalists, Bethany McLean. Across her career, Bethany… more

7/23/2018, Miranda Sita

Midday on WNYC | Please Explain: Nollywood

Midday on WNYC | Please Explain: Nollywood

Via WNYC | For this week's Please Explain, Emily Witt, journalist and author of Nollywood: The Making of a Film Empire, explains all things Nollywood. Nollywood began in Nigeria in the 1990s and has grown into one of the most recognized cultural centers of the world, producing more movies every year than Hollywood. Witt's book takes readers on a… more

7/18/2018, Miranda Sita

Midday on WNYC: China's Railway Expansion

Midday on WNYC: China's Railway Expansion

Via WNYC, Guest host Arun Venugopal speaks with journalist Will Doig about his new book, High-Speed Empire: Chinese Expansion and the Future of Southeast Asia. Today, China owns a network of 14,000 miles of high-speed rail, far more than the rest of the world combined, and it is now pushing its railway expansion further into Southeast Asia. The… more

5/23/2018, Jacob Kushner

America Is Still Fighting a War on Marijuana—In Congo

America Is Still Fighting a War on Marijuana—In Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is known best for its robust but troubled mining sector, which attracts 80 percent of the country’s Foreign Direct Investment but generates only 10 percent of its tax revenue. But far less attention is paid to Congo’s agriculture, which generates 42 percent of its GDP and involves the majority of… more

5/9/2018, Miranda Sita

High-Speed Empire: Journalist Will Doig

High-Speed Empire: Journalist Will Doig

Less than a decade ago, China did not have a single high-speed train in service. Now, the Pan-Asia Railway portion of the One Belt One Road initiative could transform Southeast Asia. Will Doig traveled through Laos, Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore to chronicle the dramatic transformations taking place. Do ordinary people have a voice in this… more

4/11/2018, Miranda Sita

LIVE from Columbia University: Masha Gessen and Misha Friedman

LIVE from Columbia University: Masha Gessen and Misha Friedman

Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen is an outspoken critic of Putin and Trump, and was just named one of the Five Most Important Intellectuals in America Today by The Washington Post. Her new book "Never Remember" with photos by Misha Friedman, commemorates those who died in the gulags and explains how Putin’s totalitarian state is whitewashing… 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?