10/9/2020, Columbia Politics Collective

Why COVID-19 School Closures Are Impacting Girls More

Why COVID-19 School Closures Are Impacting Girls More

It took her seven years, but Kalpana (name changed) felt she was finally close to her dream of getting an undergraduate degree and working for the Indian government. She had given up college in the past due to family problems, but a few years ago re-enrolled in an undergraduate program. Her studies were going well… more

8/24/2020, Columbia Politics Collective

The Pandemic Has Invigorated Protest Movements—and Repressive Governments, Too

The Pandemic Has Invigorated Protest Movements—and Repressive Governments, Too

The coronavirus has profoundly affected protest movements by simultaneously empowering governments and activists. In doing so, it has set up a race between protestors and governments to win the social media war—a drama that is playing out in different ways across the world. Although messy and nonuniform, social movements under COVID-19 fall into two broad… more

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

On April 11, Geumsun Oh put on a face mask and plastic gloves, and left her home for the first time in two months. The 92-year-old Seoul resident had reason to be cautious. She was diabetic, suffered from high blood pressure, and, at that point, the coronavirus had already claimed 211 lives in South Korea.… 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