Foreign Correspondence
Serena Dai - San Francisco Chronicle - Food

Serena Dai - San Francisco Chronicle - Food

April 11, 2021

What do bagels and sexual harassment have in common? The food industry! Serena Dai (@ssdai), a senior features editor at the San Francisco Chronicle, has made her name by thinking and writing about all things food - emphasis on ALL THINGS - from the hilarious/inconsequential to the direly serious issues of sexual misconduct and racism. A local journalist in a previous life, she explains how food journalism is not so different considering you usually only eat the food immediately around you.

Countries featured: USA

Publications featured: Eater, DNAinfo, Associated Press, San Francisco Chronicle, NU Intel

Serena discusses bagels (3:18), her start in high school and college journalism plus AP and NYmag internships (11:50), her first jobs at the Atlantic Wire and local journalism at DNAinfo (23:57), transitioning to food journalism with Eater New York (32:28), her philosophy on world building through food stories and restaurant reviews (40:21), her current job at the Chron (48:37), her appearance on David Chang's Ugly Delicious (52:35), a story about a miraculous fall while rock climbing and comfort circles (56:56), her story package on Chinese food in New York inspired by WeChat (1:04:25), and finally the lightning round (1:14:51).

 

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

The original California bagel hot take - https://nyti.ms/3mBtVys

Serena’s hot take on bagels - https://bit.ly/3218ihy

The Ultimate Guide to Chinese Food in NYC - https://bit.ly/3d7bVJl

The Daigest newsletter - https://bit.ly/3dMU61a

Serena's episode of Ugly Delicious - https://bit.ly/3uFgAIb

Eater’s weekly newsletter from Amanda Kludt - https://bit.ly/3uKGSZN

The Family Meal newsletter - https://bit.ly/3saMFpA

From the Desk of Alicia Kennedy newsletter - https://bit.ly/3dWe1uH

Who Weekly podcast - https://bit.ly/3g08Qwd

Time to Say Goodbye podcast - https://apple.co/3mDxLXG

The Ringer’s Guide to Binge-Watching Survivor - https://bit.ly/3wLKBYH

 

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Fabiano Maisonnave - The Amazon - Folha de São Paulo

Fabiano Maisonnave - The Amazon - Folha de São Paulo

March 28, 2021

Deep in the jungle, Fabiano Maisonnave finds amazing stories to tell. He is the only correspondent for a major Brazilian newspaper to be based in the Amazon rainforest region. Long before he reported on remote Amazon tribes, Fabiano tells us about leaving his first assignment in farm country over death threats. He then sets off on a long period as a foreign correspondent, covering Latin America from all over the region, and later becoming Folha’s correspondent in Beijing. 

Countries featured: Brazil, Venezuela, Honduras, China

Publications featured: Folha de S.Paulo

Fabiano discusses growing up in a closed community around a megadam project during the Brazilian dictatorship (7:45), his first job digging into corruption in Brazil’s farm country and being run out of town (15:10), reporting around Latin America, including a coup in Honduras that left him in close quarters with the ousted president (22:21), moving to China to report on everything from fake shoes to geopolitics (26:45), returning to Brazil to report on the Amazon (33:19), the story that got away about a political murder in the early 2000s (38:56), rooting out a corrupt businessman attempting to bribe indigenous to mine their territory (43:55), dangers and challenges of reporting in the rainforest and living in Manaus (49:09) and finally the lightning round (59:38). 

 

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

Jake’s story on the Brazilian military in the Amazon - https://reut.rs/3w0b0Se

Fabiano’s story on traditional runaway slave communities (English) - https://bit.ly/3tZkV8Y

Fabiano’s english language work on Climate Home - https://bit.ly/3cqKSbg

His story on a polluted waterfall (Portuguese) - https://bit.ly/3cqftpy

Fabiano’s story on Chinese knockoff shoes (Portuguese) - https://bit.ly/3lSSuXo

His story on attempts to bribe indigenous to mine their land (Portugese) - https://bit.ly/3conWcK

His story accompanying indigenous attempting to shut down illegal mines (Portuguese) -  https://bit.ly/3tZ8Z6S

Amazonia Real (Portuguese) - https://bit.ly/39lkWMn

NYT Book Review podcast - https://apple.co/3fk1Bij

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo - https://amzn.to/2UpGXSm

Harry Hole by Jo Nesbo wiki - https://bit.ly/3lXnGVb

Ten Days that Shook the World by John Reed - https://amzn.to/39jsgbz

 

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Morgan Childs - Czech Republic - Foreign Insiders podcast

Morgan Childs - Czech Republic - Foreign Insiders podcast

March 14, 2021

Prague, come for the theater, stay for the podcasting. Morgan Childs, co-host and producer of the Foreign Insiders podcast, tells us about getting her start reporting stories on food and “weird” Eastern Europe. She has now found a new professional life as an audio journalist, launching her podcast series on migration in the Czech Republic.

Countries featured: USA, Poland, Ukraine, Liberland, Czech Republic

Publications featured: Saveur, BBC, GQ, Lucky Peach, Vice

Morgan discusses how her theater studies took her to the Czech Republic for the first time (7:17), getting started as a freelancer by telling "weird Czech stories" (13:10), burning out on freelance writing and turning to podcasting (25:10), a story that got away about a made up pan-Slavic language (30:20), her GQ story about a made up country and its unsavory founders (33:29), her podcast Foreign Insiders (44:48) and the lightning round (53:05).

 

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

Foreign Insiders podcast - https://foreigninsiders.com

Morgan’s story about snail farming - https://bit.ly/3viXqci

Her Saveur story on Polish milk bars - https://bit.ly/30IkJOw

Her story about a Ukranian violinist - http://bbc.in/3bHcitk

Her Vice story about a town made of marzipan - http://bit.ly/3qQKSFO

Her Vice story on stinky cheese - http://bit.ly/3lpOeyt

Her GQ story about a made up country - http://bit.ly/3qL3wyP

Radio Prague - http://bit.ly/2Ng6QnP

Monocle 24 podcast - http://bit.ly/3lleWbh

Washington Post podcast Canary - http://wapo.st/3qJZGFW

On Being with Krista Tippett podcast - http://bit.ly/2OTEHmJ

David Kestenbaum on This American Life - http://bit.ly/3rNw1gp

 

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Jane Arraf - Iraq - New York Times

Jane Arraf - Iraq - New York Times

February 28, 2021

Jane Arraf (@janearraf) didn’t go seeking war, war came to her. She first moved to Iraq in 1997 under Saddam Hussein and was kicked out twice before returning when the U.S. invaded. She also bore witness to the carnage in Mosul in the wake of ISIS. Her reporting on conflict stands out for its humanity, vibrancy and - when possible - hope. She is now the Baghdad bureau chief of The New York Times.

Countries featured: Canada, Haiti, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt

Publications featured: NPR, CNN, Reuters, New York Times

Jane discusses growing up in Canada and starting in local TV (4:51), reporting in Montreal, Haiti, the Middle East and elsewhere for Reuters (11:56), opening the CNN bureau in Baghdad and getting kicked out a couple times under Saddam (22:08), covering the Iraq war (31:22), how the nature of conflicts (such as the war with ISIS) has changed and made it more dangerous for journalists (40:14), her story about how young people began rebuilding Mosul post-ISIS without government help (51:27) and the lightning round (58:24).

 

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

Jane’s story on Yazidi’s reburying their dead post-ISIS - http://nyti.ms/3qXoQlo

Her CNN story that got her expelled from Iraq - http://cnn.it/3bP1hES

Lindsey Hilsum’s book In Extremis - https://amzn.to/2O4rwiK

Jane’s story D.I.Y. Mosul for Rough Translation podcast - http://n.pr/3uFLIYQ

Iraq Oil Report - https://bit.ly/3dTEOcM

AFP story Baghdad: Forever on the Brink - https://bit.ly/2NEFFTY

Jane’s story on the Prophet Joshua’s tomb in Baghdad - http://nyti.ms/3kwuJ6U

Martha Gellhorn wiki - http://bit.ly/3cnZGVT

It’s a Beautiful day in the Neighborhood on IMDb - http://imdb.to/3r1aXTt

 

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Scott Gurian - Far from Home - New York

Scott Gurian - Far from Home - New York

February 14, 2021

Remember traveling? While you’re stuck inside in the pandemic, you can still travel far and wide thanks to the Far from Home podcast by public radio veteran Scott Gurian. Scott takes you along for the ride on one of the world’s epic road trips from London to Mongolia and back across the deserts of Iran and mountains of central Asia. The Peabody award winner talks about how a not-so-adventurous guy from New Jersey came to document that trip and others.

Countries featured: Iran, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Cuba, Mexico, USA

Publications featured: NPR, WNYC, Planet Money, Pacifica radio

Scott discusses beginning his career by making it up as he goes along in advocacy and community radio (6:44), his “driveway moment” that turns him on to NPR and getting into mainstream public radio in Oklahoma (13:17), being thrust into covering Hurricane Sandy (25:47), how a trip to Cuba set him on a path toward Mongol Rally and travel podcasting (30:00), the nitty gritty of the economics of podcasting, the ins and outs of public radio universe and the tension between podcasts and radio (41:10), jpw frozen equipment in Alaska and sketchy bootleggers lead some stories to fall through (47:00), his years reporting about the Hurricane Sandy response and the Peabody winning story (51:08), and finally the lightning round (55:25).

 

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

Scott’s podcast Far from Home - http://bit.ly/3qpH2Ec

HowSound podcast by Rob Rosenthal - http://apple.co/3pmQdnk

WNYC’s Peabody winning coverage of Hurricane Sandy response - http://bit.ly/3ai2VQb

Scott’s story on Antigua and Barbuda for Planet Money - http://n.pr/3d5rlOy

Vox podcast Today, Explained - http://bit.ly/3dapcRD

An Arm and a Leg podcast - http://bit.ly/37beYwH

In the Dark podcast Season 2 - http://apple.co/2GYGUdc

Chef Yotam Ottolenghi wiki - http://bit.ly/2OsLX92

Milk Street cooking website - http://bit.ly/3qlDu5D

Bill Buford’s book Among the Thugs - https://amzn.to/3jN3J2D

Throughline podcast - http://n.pr/3s44jfl

WNYC’s On the Media radio show - http://bit.ly/2NkxhZ8

 

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*Bonus* Sarah Maslin talks about The Economist

*Bonus* Sarah Maslin talks about The Economist

February 1, 2021

Sarah Esther Maslin explains what it's like to work at the Economist including the lack of bylines, its distinctive voice and viewpoint, and an unusual time when she broke some news. 

Sarah’s story about the Amazon rainforest - http://econ.st/3oCdC3I

Her story about the Honduras election - http://econ.st/3tbOXGL

Sarah Maslin - São Paulo - The Economist

Sarah Maslin - São Paulo - The Economist

January 31, 2021

We go deep on a history of Central American violence with Sarah Esther Maslin (@sarahmaslin). She discusses the years she’s spent reporting out a prospective book about Latin America’s largest modern massacre in El Salvador, stemming from her lifelong fascination with violent tragedies and the marks they leave on society. That project led her to freelance journalism and ultimately to Brazil with The Economist.

Countries featured: Brazil, El Salvador, Argentina

Publications featured: Washington Post, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Economist

Sarah discusses growing up in California and Wisconsin (8:20), her first journalism experiences at Yale (13:44), moving to El Salvador (21:18), getting a pivotal call from the Washington Post to launch her freelance career (29:07), landing a correspondent job at The Economist that sends her to Brazil - a place she had never given much thought before (37:05), a story that got away involving extrajudicial police killings in El Salvador (50:55), her story about horrible prison conditions in El Salvador and how a case of mistaken identity led to a man’s death in jail (57:00) and the lightning round (1:04:31).

 

Here are some of the things we talked about:

Sarah’s story about global COVID-19 vaccine rollout - http://econ.st/3cDp2SL

New Yorker article about El Mozote massacre - http://bit.ly/2McHO8J

Michael Reid’s book on Brazil - https://amzn.to/2NQ2sMe

Sarah’s story about an innocent man’s death in an El Salvador prison - http://wapo.st/3cr61Th

Ed Yong’s 2018 piece on how the U.S. is not ready for a pandemic - http://bit.ly/3j3c8P5

Yong’s piece on tracking gender in his sources - http://bit.ly/36tVLFZ

Susan Meiselas’ photography work - http://bit.ly/3j05Lfn

 

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Charles Maynes - Moscow - Radio Producer

Charles Maynes - Moscow - Radio Producer

January 17, 2021

It turns out there’s a lot more to Russia than just Putin and election meddling. Sure, we talk about that, but independent radio producer Charles Maynes in Moscow tells us tales of Russian culture from the early Soviet era to present. While he may not always think of himself as a journalist, that may be what makes his journalism work so great. Also, in a first for the podcast, we hear a poetry reading. 

Publications featured: Voice of America, NPR, 99% Invisible, Radiotopia

Countries featured: Russia, USA

Charles discusses his affinity for the Midwest where he got his start as a musician and journalist (5:10), a visit to Moscow that turns into a whole lot more (11:30), back to the US and some good jobs, some bad jobs and some weird jobs (15:49), returning to Russia on a Fulbright to work with local radio stations (18:22), modern Russia under Putin and sticking a thumb in the eye of the U.S. (26:03), telling the story of an early Soviet composer who directed the sounds of the city (40:16), the lightning round (43:58), a long but entertaining tangent about Russian architecture, the Transiberian Railroad, Lake Baikal and Chinese tourism (49:43), the lightning round again (59:38), and how he views his career (1:14:00)

 

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

Charles’ Spacebridge podcast on Radiotopia - http://apple.co/3nQBlwN

His piece on Symphony of Sirens on 99% Invisible - http://apple.co/3ijCiMN

Russian news website Meduza (in English) - http://bit.ly/35HaU6j

NPR’s radio drama version of Star Wars (English, not Russian) - http://bit.ly/3qhBuuS

Wind of Change podcast - http://apple.co/352Bg1y

William B. Williams bio - http://bit.ly/3nOnJlB

James Agee’s book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men - http://bit.ly/3stNPOh

The poem Radio of the Future by Velimir Khlebnikov - http://bit.ly/38N6qgq

 

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Tim Cato - The Athletic - Dallas, USA

Tim Cato - The Athletic - Dallas, USA

November 29, 2020

We prowl the halls of the Dallas Mavericks basketball team in the capable hands of Tim Cato (@tim_cato), a staff writer with The Athletic. Tim got into sports reporting as a 17-year-old fan, but now he’s seen too much and the fandom has melted away. Still, he loves his job reporting on the huge characters, power dynamics and colorful feature stories the NBA has to provide - even finding what’s interesting about banal sports cliches and taking a trip to Slovenia.

Publications featured: SB Nation, Mavs Moneyball, The Athletic

Countries featured: USA, Slovenia

Tim discusses getting into sports reporting at 17 as a way to go to basketball games (5:44), the strange internet beast that is/was SB Nation (10:19), going from exploited free labor to staffer at SB Nation (16:17), The Athletic making a splash on the national sports scene (23:24), a breakdown of what it’s really like reporting on a basketball team (27:19), cliche sports questions and answers (31:10), losing his sports fandom (40:14), the larger-than-life Mark Cuban (47:56), telling the story of Mavericks star Luka Dončić by going to Slovenia (55:17), and the lightning round (1:01:32).

 

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

Mavs Moneyball (yes it still exists) - https://bit.ly/3lecEcw

SB Nation - https://bit.ly/39igQWa

Tim’s story on cliche questions and answers - https://bit.ly/3fCQ9wk

A clip of Mark Cuban on a StairMaster - https://bit.ly/3l6xR7W

Tim’s story from Slovenia - https://bit.ly/364rXQA

D Magazine - https://bit.ly/39fYi8Y

Texas Monthly’s “What if they had an election and everyone came?” - https://bit.ly/3m7yoYH

Jane Mayer’s book Dark Money - https://amzn.to/3682GF7

Baxter Holmes’ stories via Longform.org - https://bit.ly/33gaEKq

Sam Anderson’s book Boom Town - https://amzn.to/33gaOBw

Two Writers Slinging Yang podcast - https://apple.co/3fMKhB7

 

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Joanna Kakissis - Greece - NPR

Joanna Kakissis - Greece - NPR

November 15, 2020

Ode to a Grecian journ(alist). Family looms large in this episode with Joanna Kakissis (@joannakakissis), a correspondent in Athens for National Public Radio, whose Greek parents instilled in her the importance of their culture from a young age. She made a mark early in her career as part of a Pulitzer finalist newspaper reporting team before returning to her roots in Greece where she has reported for more than a decade.

Countries featured: Turkey, USA, Greece

Publications featured: The News & Observer, Boston Globe, Time magazine, The New York Times, NPR

Joanna discusses growing up as the only Greeks in small town North Dakota (4:43), her trajectory from college to NPR (16:12), her newspaper coverage of a hurricane in North Carolina that taught her not to exoticize her subjects (23:00), why she took a risk to cover the Athens Olympics for the Boston Globe and became a freelance foreign correspondent (28:46), her broader European coverage (35:00), a story that got away about a Syrian doctor in Germany who killed the piece for fear for his family (38:58), her series for NPR on Uighurs in Turkey (44:28) and the lightning round (54:45).

 

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

Joanna talks about covering the European migrant crisis - https://n.pr/3kAnokS

Part 1 of Joanna’s Uighur in Turkey series - https://n.pr/32GhJ6T

Part 2 - https://n.pr/3kw8X1e

Part 3 - https://n.pr/3eYpDxg

NPR’s Radiolab - https://bit.ly/36BmsaX

NPR’s Rough Translation podcast - https://n.pr/2ZXvzRo

NYT’s The Jungle Prince of Delhi - https://nyti.ms/39hXIUR

NYT Cooking mapo tofu recipe - https://nyti.ms/2IAUIuP

Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers - https://amzn.to/2UpGXSm

 

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