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
2/18/2020, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast
On the frontlines of the battle for democracy in China. Vigil: Hong Kong on the Brink represents a rare example of deep historical, cultural, and political context produced on deadline about a major ongoing news event. Drawing on a rich store of knowledge and wisdom, and writing with literary power as well as analytic rigor, Jeffrey Wasserstrom… more
1/13/2020, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast
The Story of MS-13 and Its American Roots. State of War: MS-13 and El Salvador’s World of Violence makes vividly clear why Salvadorans are fleeing their country, and why Trump’s harsh immigration and asylum policies may only empower the gangs more. Writer and "Detours" podcast host William Wheeler discusses the process of reporting his new… more
12/2/2019, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast
Host Nicholas Lemann sits down with Columbia University law professor Tim Wu to discuss the politics of Louis Brandeis and Theodore Roosevelt as antitrust has reemerged this year as a major issue in the run-up to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election.
10/30/2019, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast
Part two of Nick's conversation with acclaimed Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto. Her most recent book, New Kings of the World, examines the new arbiters of mass culture ―India’s Bollywood films, Turkey's soap operas, or dizi, and South Korea's pop music. Published with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
10/14/2019, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast
Acclaimed Pakistani writer Fatima Bhutto joins the show. Her most recent book, New Kings of the World, examines the new arbiters of mass culture ―India’s Bollywood films, Turkey's soap operas, or dizi, and South Korea's pop music. Published with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
The early reviews are in for Columbia Global Reports' twentieth book, David Kaye's Speech Police: The Global Struggle to Govern the Internet. We are delighted to read Kirkus Reviews' enthusiastic appraisal of the work in our first-ever starred review from the publication: Policing the internet is necessary, but which entity shall we entrust with doing… more
4/11/2019, UNDERREPORTED With Nicholas Lemann Podcast
Nick speaks with Columbia Global Reports author and veteran reporter John B. Judis about his new book that examines the worldwide wave of nationalism and how U.S. Democrats can win against Donald Trump in 2020.
How to bring hostages home? There’s no simple answer. "I never took it personally when the Islamic Republic of Iran abducted me in 2014 and used me as a hostage for 544 days. True, the impact on my loved ones — and my own lasting scars — is deeply personal. But the officials in Tehran… more
"CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor talks to the executive director of the Committee to Protect Journalists. Should the U.S. negotiate for the release of American hostages? Joel Simon has worked for decades to try to bring dozens of reporters back home to America, but it's an official policy of the United States to never make… more