Fighting news illiteracy

Everybody with a cell phone is a publisher these days. Maybe it's time we learn to be reporters. The downside of the internet is that it has given propagandists and peddlers of disinformation easy access to...

Local news in global decline – Part 2

Local and regional newspapers have dwindled all across the U.S. as print advertising revenues have shrunk. But the U.S. isn't alone - there is a local news crisis happening all around the world. In the...

Local news in global decline

All around the world, the local news organizations that report on municipal and regional governments are in decline.  In the first installment of a special series with the Index on Censorship magazine,...

Payola and the press

It’s sometimes called “brown envelope” journalism. This is the practice of journalists taking money or gifts from companies, politicians, or even international charities to give them favorable...

Cuba eyes information revolution

Cuba has long been one of the world’s least connected countries. Cubans weren’t allowed to buy personal computers until about a decade ago, and didn’t have access to the Internet until 2013. But...

Ending period poverty

At this year’s Academy Awards a film called “Period. End of Sentence” won the Oscar for best short documentary. The movie focused on the subject of menstruation taboos in India and the story of a group...

Brazil’s ‘Trump of the Tropics’

He's called black activists "animals," said he'd rather that his son die than bring home a male lover and told one political opponent he would never rape her because she was "too ugly." Jair Bolsonaro is...

Calvo-Roth broke barriers for women journalists

On this week's show, a look at the life of a pioneering female journalist. Fortuna Calvo-Roth was born in 1934 to a Jewish family in Paris, but was raised in Lima, Peru. There she fell in love with the...