Foreign Correspondence
Janet Morgan - South Carolina - Myrtle Beach Herald

Janet Morgan - South Carolina - Myrtle Beach Herald

November 17, 2019

Man this is an American episode. There is cocaine, the military, refugees, the decline of the American newsroom, a one-room school house, steel mills, the list goes on. Lots of laughs too. I talked to Janet Morgan, editor of the Myrtle Beach Herald, a weekly newspaper in South Carolina. Janet has won copious awards for her photography and likes to spend a long time following her subjects. She walks us through a couple of those projects and her winding career through local newspapers.

We discuss her childhood in South Carolina (2:45), picking up photojournalism in college as a way to meet boys (5:26), a sketchy first job and working at a string of newspapers (7:08), covering the troops in the first Gulf War and Haitian refugees in Guantanamo (12:13), working at the newspaper The Sun News where we met (20:20), her story following the beleaguered Georgetown Steel Mill and its workers (39:40), documenting the last days of a one-room school house that served the Sandy Island community of slave descendants (47:01) and end on the lightning round (52:14).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

Janet's photos and story on the Georgetown Steel Mill - http://bit.ly/2OfDC4S

Her photos of Ms Ruby one-room school house - http://bit.ly/2QpQloo

The Myrtle Beach Herald website - http://bit.ly/2NWtNdn

The Sun News website - http://bit.ly/2qjpijS

New York Times' 1619 project - https://nyti.ms/2rM3KN6

The Tattooist of Auschwitz - https://amzn.to/2pukYhq

Dorothea Lange photography from MoMA - https://mo.ma/32QehDJ

The Killing Fields on IMDb - https://imdb.to/2OjcC4t

 

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Hélène Franchineau - Turkey - Freelance

Hélène Franchineau - Turkey - Freelance

November 3, 2019

Capturing the perfect moment is essential for visual journalists. For two stories by Hélène Franchineau (instagram: @helene_fr), the critical images were moments of reunion. First, she tells the odyssey of Chinese migrant workers going home for Chinese New Year, the only chance to see their children and family each year. And then the story of a Uyghur man jailed in Turkey, likely under pressure from China. Hélène is a freelancer visual journalist based in Turkey but takes us through France, China and Africa. Her penchant for running marathons in unusual, and possibly dangerous, places is also discussed. 

Hélène talks about growing up in small town France where her China obsession began (8:20), her move to China and first journalism gigs (15:52), going to j-school in New York/Paris for a master's degree (18:51), getting a job at South China Morning Post in Hong Kong (24:28), moving to Beijing to work for the Associated Press (28:21), how she got from China to Turkey (32:15), her story on trafficking of adorable pangolins from Africa to China (37:52), her short doc about Chinese migrant workers returning home for the holidays (42:31) and a Uyghur man who is caught up in Turkey's efforts to please China (50:52). And, of course, the lightning round (56:58).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

Foreign Correspondence on Youtube - http://bit.ly/foreignpodyoutube 

NGO World Vision's website - http://bit.ly/34pCbaA 

China culture website Shanghaiist - http://bit.ly/2qbFyTM

Hélène's story on pangolin trafficking - http://bit.ly/2pCguoN (video) http://bit.ly/2NCLqNR (text)

Story on Chinese migrants returning home - http://bit.ly/2pqCIu7 (video) http://bit.ly/34pP7x3 (text)

Her story about Uyghur man's arrest in Turkey - http://bit.ly/2Nysik7 

New Yorker's Evan Osnos on Twitter - http://bit.ly/2C2CqvY

BBC's From Our Own Correspondent podcast - https://bbc.in/34h0zLs

Photographer Lynsey Addario's website - http://bit.ly/2WCWkqW

 

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Bruce Douglas - Brasilia - Bloomberg

Bruce Douglas - Brasilia - Bloomberg

October 20, 2019

You've been reporting on Brazil for about six years and an old source gets in touch. The preacher tells you how bad things have gotten since the last time you saw him years back, when things were already stalling out for what was once billed as an oil boom town. A militia had taken over their small town, and people are disappearing. What do you do? Well, if your Bruce Douglas (@bruceecurb), you report the hell out of it. Bruce, an editor for Bloomberg in Brasilia, dusted off his reporting hat and got to the bottom of it. It's a story of years of reporting on Brazil really paying off.

Bruce discusses growing up in small town England (4:10), early journalism rumblings from starting a high school newspaper to interning at The Tico Times in Costa Rica (10:55), J-school and breaking into London journalism (16:50), a seven-year stint with the BBC radio (19:36), taking the plunge into foreign correspondence in Rio for the World Cup, Olympics and general political carnage (24:20), exiting freelancing for Brasilia and Bloomberg (35:41) and walking us through his story on the Rio militia/mafia (42:10). Of course, we end with the lightning round (53:40).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

The Tico Times - http://bit.ly/2BkNJPZ

Latin American Newsletters - http://bit.ly/33EMaIE

BBC World Service radio - https://bbc.in/2MTrwgX

Bruce's Foreign Policy piece "The Kickback that Killed Brazil" - http://bit.ly/35KZQnm

His piece for Bloomberg on police extortion in Brazil - https://bloom.bg/33HKWfL

Guardian columnist Marina Hyde on Twitter - http://bit.ly/32qEABe

Guardian columnist Jonathan Freedland on Twitter - http://bit.ly/2MTAjzJ

Spectator columnist Rod Liddle - http://bit.ly/35InZux

William Langewiesche on MH370 disappearance - http://bit.ly/32ugOEo

George Orwell essay A Hanging - http://bit.ly/31mUevV

 

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Charlotte Greenfield - New Zealand - Reuters

Charlotte Greenfield - New Zealand - Reuters

October 6, 2019

What was it like reporting on the Christchurch mosque attack? Charlotte Greenfield tells us how it felt to be there as someone from New Zealand and takes us inside her story examining how such an attack could happen. We also talk about her story from when she did a stint in Afghanistan on how US peace talks with the Taliban could be marginalizing Afghan women.

We talk about growing up in Wellington with a journalist step-father (3:55), studying law and journalism despite having no intention of becoming a lawyer (10:23), founding an NGO in Kenya (18:45) Columbia j-school (24:00), her start at Reuters in Indonesia (30:35), her story on the lack of hate crime tracking in New Zealand (46:50), her story on the Taliban negotiations (52:20) and what it was like to rush into the reporting on the Christchurch attack (57:15). Also, stick around for the lightning round (1:02:07).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talked about:

Charlotte's story on "fixing" intersex children - http://bit.ly/2olxAGO

Her story on hate crimes in New Zealand - https://reut.rs/2AMTFkm

Her story on Afghan women's fears of Taliban return - https://reut.rs/2nlxWwR

The behind-the-scenes story on her Chirstchurch reporting - https://reut.rs/2Onzphi

Radio New Zealand - http://bit.ly/31UdAK4

The High Low on Apple Podcasts - https://apple.co/2o62wel

The Maori weekly magazine E-Tangata - http://bit.ly/2LNqVhC

Texas Monthly story on teen friends caught in school shooting - http://bit.ly/31Ph9Bn

Rukmini Callimachi on Twitter - http://bit.ly/2Vfw7hz

Veronica Guerin on IMDb - https://imdb.to/31W2HaQ

 

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David Stout - Pakistan - AFP

David Stout - Pakistan - AFP

September 22, 2019

The Taliban has interns. David Stout a correspondent in Pakistan for Agence France Presse (AFP) looked into the communications apparatus of the Islamic fundamentalist group, only to find it operates much like any media organization, unpaid interns and all. We also discuss how after growing up in small town New Mexico, Dave pingponged around Asia before landing in more-idyllic-than-you’d-expect Islamabad.

We talk about the situation in Kashmir (2:10), being raised in Hobbes, New Mexico (6:07), an early does of journalism rejection before finding his way in college (9:30), moving to Thailand/Vietnam and getting his start as a professional journalist (12:00), starting to work on the editing desk for AFP in Hong Kong (17:01), getting the gig in Pakistan (22:10), the story on Kung Fu in Hong Kong he couldn't quite bag (31:15), his story on the Taliban's media operations (34:05), and finish on the lightening round (39:20).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talk about:

Dave's story on the Taliban's propaganda war - https://yhoo.it/2ktcSD4

Pakistani newspaper Dawn - http://bit.ly/2kMduEa

Lunch with the FT - https://on.ft.com/2muj4LR

"A Kingdom of Their Own" by Joshua Partlow - https://amzn.to/2mlp0qe

David Halberstam bio on Wikipedia - http://bit.ly/2msAf0i

A Year of Living Dangerously on IMDB - https://imdb.to/2m836Xl

 

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Brian Rosenthal - New York - The New York Times

Brian Rosenthal - New York - The New York Times

September 8, 2019

Brian Rosenthal (@brianmrosenthal) is proof that outstanding local journalism can get you places. *THE* place in fact - The New York Times. Brian walks us through the story that got him there, a bombshell of a report on how the state of Texas systematically denied special education to 250,000 children. That story was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and landed him at the Times. He's also the star of Episode 2 of Hulu/FX's The Weekly and he tells us how was first put onto that story. Hint: It involves Michael Cohen.

He discusses growing up as a twin in Indiana (3:40), going to Northwestern where we met (8:27), his long string of journalism internships (15:47), choosing to work at The Seattle Times over The Washington Post (22:53), moving to The Houston Chronicle (27:56), how he got onto and landed his big special education story (29:17), how that story blew up and got him to the NYT (44:03), his story on speculation and abuse of the taxi medallion system in New York (52:33), and job advice for young journalists (1:02:47). And we pick his brain in the lightening round (1:07:21). 

 

Here are links to some of the things we talk about:

Jake on Front Burner podcast on the Amazon fires - http://bit.ly/2lC83aW

Brian on Ep. 2 (The Myth of the Medallion) of The Weekly - https://hulu.tv/2lBHKld

The Houston Chronicle series Denied about special education denials - http://bit.ly/2k4HMRZ

Part 1 of the NYT's investigation into the taxi industry - https://nyti.ms/2lEESUF

MLB Trade Rumors - http://bit.ly/2kxPzYP

An Unbelievable Story of Rape on ProPublica - http://bit.ly/2k9Yb7U

The Atlantic story on arriving late to the airport - http://bit.ly/2k5pOyN

Vice's "Charlottesville: Race and Terror" video - http://bit.ly/2lEw29g

Walt Bogdanich on Twitter - @waltbogdanich

 

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Charlie Campbell - Shanghai/Asia - Time magazine

Charlie Campbell - Shanghai/Asia - Time magazine

August 25, 2019

Strap in for a hero's journey through the world of Indonesian terrorism. Charlie Campbell (@charliecamp6ell) of Time magazine walks us through the series of strange turns that took him to that took him to a prison, the Ivy League for Jihadists before landing an interview with the first female suicide bomber (she was not successful and therefor alive). Charlie takes us all over Asia as he walks us through his career.

We discuss early days from family to his first taste of journalism in Buenos Aires (1:59), cutting his teeth in  blue collar London journalism (10:44), moving to Southeast Asia and reporting on Myanmar (17:34), becoming a Time magazine intern at 31 in Hong Kong (25:30), odds and ends of working at Time (31:10), the "story that got away" on human trafficking (41:06), his story about Islamic extremism in Indonesia(46:21), and end with the Lightning Round (59:50).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talk about:

Time story on Indonesia’s First Female Suicide Bomber - http://bit.ly/2L6gowv

NYT interactive feature on how Notre Dame was saved - https://nyti.ms/2ziXpZY

The First Casualty by Phillip Knightley - https://amzn.to/2PbntBf

The Zanzibar Chest by Aiden Hartley - https://amzn.to/2L7iUCD

 

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Koh Gui Qing - NYC/China/… - Reuters

Koh Gui Qing - NYC/China/… - Reuters

August 11, 2019

Have you ever wondered what it's like for a journalist to work with sensitive sources who could get fired or go to jail? We get right into that with our guest Koh Gui Qing (@GQReuters) of Reuters in New York. After Singapore, Australia and China, her latest turn as an investigative reporter in New York was set in motion by an unexpected tip off and is "the kind of story that makes you fall off your chair," as Gui Qing would say. Since then, Gui Qing has become the go-to person you call when you need to send a reporter to investigate far-flung, high-stakes stories.

We discuss the hell of a week that she's had (2:00), growing up and studying in Singapore (6:30), joining Reuters and reporting on your home country (13:06), moving to Australia (18:31), the chaos and craziness in China (20:08), her special report on China quietly buying up radio stations around the world (24:37), her Pulitzer finalist story on Chinese students cheating their way through U.S. colleges (32:58), her investigation into a Chinese executive accused of rape in Minneapolis (38:17) and the infamous Lightening Round (45:07).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talk about:

Exposed: China's covert global radio network - https://reut.rs/33qQcVS

This industry helps Chinese cheat their way into & through US colleges - https://reut.rs/2Z4Oavj

The night a Chinese billionaire was accused of rape in Minnesota - https://reut.rs/2yNhpUB

Stalin: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 by Stephen Kotkin - https://amzn.to/2KDzHgr

NYTimes investigation into Trump's taxes - https://nyti.ms/31tulLx

Hiroshima by John Hersey - https://amzn.to/2OYSlVE

Scoop by Evelyn Waugh - https://amzn.to/2MRzo4s

 

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Meredith Clark - New York - Patriot Act

Meredith Clark - New York - Patriot Act

July 28, 2019

Is being a news producer on Netflix’s Patriot Act with Hasan Minahj technically journalism? Who cares, it’s pretty f***ing cool. Our guest Meredith Clark (@MeredithLClark) hails from the same hometown as our host and guides us from McFarland, Wisconsin through her lengthy list of credits as a journalist taking us to some parts of the industry we have not been: fact-checking at Rolling Stone, opinionated political journalism, MSNBC, refinery29, Glamour magazine and more. Oh and don’t worry, we do talk about Eurovision too.

 

Here are links to some of the things we talk about:

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj on Netflix: http://bit.ly/2Ooeqwl

The A.V. Club pop culture website: http://bit.ly/30W2O5d

Barry on HBO: https://itsh.bo/2On9vvu

Rosa Luxembark on Instagram: http://bit.ly/2OmF6hb

Nellie Bly on Wikipedia: http://bit.ly/2ZfKR13

"My four months as a private prison guard" by Shane Bauer: http://bit.ly/2GxWd9h

Shattered Glass on IMDb: https://imdb.to/32TSOLA

 

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Joseph Campbell - Beijing - Reuters Video News

Joseph Campbell - Beijing - Reuters Video News

July 14, 2019

Let’s talk about goons baby, let’s talk about goons and me. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things goons could be. Our guest this episode is Joseph Campbell (@detectivejoe88), a journalist for Reuters Video News in Beijing. Lugging around his camera to report the biggest news of the day, Joe has become an expert on the goons who seek (not very successfully) to intimidate him. But it’s not all serious. This is probably the most colorful interview to date: we discuss his features on dog cloning and people living in caves.

We discuss growing up in Indiana (4:30), studying in Japan in high school and traveling in Asia (12:25), sketchy border crossings (18:35), starting at Reuters and the evolution of China reporting (20:45), his story on cave dwellers in China (28:21), his story on dog cloning (36:10), dealing with goons (40:26), his planned move to Singapore (46:00), and THE LIGHTENING ROUND (48:52).

 

Here are links to some of the things we talk about:

Joe's story/video on Chinese cave dwellers - https://reut.rs/2XXYrJ6

Joe's story/video on dog cloning - https://reut.rs/2JsvlcB

Battles of the New Republic by Prashant Jha - https://amzn.to/2xPxKY5

Crimetown podcast - http://bit.ly/2G7fjCM

Photojournalist Robert Capa on Wikipedia - http://bit.ly/30sS4ej

Ace in the Hole movie with Kirk Douglas on IMDB - https://imdb.to/32oXCIo

 

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