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

2/26/2018, Miranda Sita

Pipe Dreams: Investigative Reporter Erin Banco

Pipe Dreams: Investigative Reporter Erin Banco

CGR Director Nicholas Lemann sits down with investigative reporter Erin Banco, author of the new book Pipe Dreams: The Plundering of Iraq’s Oil Wealth. When the United States invaded in 2003, the Bush Administration promised that oil revenue would be used to win the war and to rebuild and democratize the country. But fifteen years… more

2/14/2018, Jacob Kushner

Uganda Attempts to Shut Down Controversial Silicon Valley-Funded Schools

Uganda Attempts to Shut Down Controversial Silicon Valley-Funded Schools

Those who recall Mark Zuckerberg’s controversial $100 million philanthropic experiment to transform Newark public schools might be surprised to learn that Zuckerberg, the Gates Foundation, eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and other Silicon Valley visionaries have been quietly investing in another educational experiment an ocean away. Bridge International Academies was conceived in 2007 to be the… more

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