Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
Not the post-COVID travel surge that Eastern Europe was expecting
By  • 16 May 2022
After two years of COVID-19 lockdowns, Poland was looking forward to getting its tourism economy started again. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine changed that.  The MV World Odyssey cruise ship is just one data point in…
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University at sea sails despite COVID 19
By  • 16 May 2022
The MV World Odyssey this year became the first cruise ship to attempt sailing for four consecutive months since the start of the pandemic. The ship served as home to 600 students and faculty participating…
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Influencer boom draws scrutiny
By  • 6 December 2019
Social media influencers have enjoyed rapid growth in recent years. From an industry that was virtually non-existent a decade ago, companies are projected to pay individuals $10 billion globally in 2020 to laud their products…
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The new art censorship
By  • 22 November 2019
From the love poems of Ovid to Michelangelo’s painted nudes in the Sistine Chapel, art censorship has a long history. Yet today’s censorship is taking some new forms. As Instagram has become one of the…
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Overtourism on the rise
By  • 1 November 2019
Global tourism is a booming industry. But in a growing number of places around the world, the surge in tourism is too much of a good thing. Venice, Italy has been depopulated as year-round residents…
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The expanding right to be forgotten
By  • 18 October 2019
Picture the most humiliating experience of your life. Now imagine that this awful moment was captured on video by someone else and posted online where anyone could access it just by Googling your name. This…
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The vape debate goes global
By  • 3 October 2019
Juul and other e-cigarette makers are facing new limits on the sale of their products in the U.S. But internationally, vaping companies are looking to grow. How governments regulate e-cigarettes varies wildly. In some countries,…
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Climate change threatens global food supply
By  • 6 September 2019
The global food supply faces a new threat: climate change. Extreme weather like the massive floods that hit the Midwest during planting season and the severe drought in Somalia this year are becoming more and…
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Fighting news illiteracy
By  • 1 August 2019
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…
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'Reverse missionaries' bring Christianity to U.S., Europe [rebroadcast]
By  • 25 July 2019
There are now nearly twice as many Christians in the Global South as there are in Europe and North America. As Christianity's center of gravity has shifted - so too is the flow of missionaries.…
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