Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
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,…
Australia's refugee 'islands of despair'
By  • 21 March 2019
Australia's continued detention of about 1,000 refugees and asylum-seekers on two remote Pacific islands has garnered international criticism as details emerge of alarming rates of attempted suicide and poor medical care. Yet many Australians see…
Child marriage in Southeast Asia
By  • 8 November 2018
In late October, Malaysia’s Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad issued a directive to state officials: raise the minimum age for marriage to eighteen years old. The move came after a huge public outcry earlier this year…
Climate change, environment highlight photographer's work
By  • 16 May 2018
From the Arctic to the Amazon, Joanna Pinneo has made spotlighting climate change a specialty Twenty years ago this month, National Geographic's cover featured Joanna Pinneo's iconic photograph of a sleeping Tuareg mother and child…
Papua New Guinea struggles after quake [program]
By  • 3 May 2018
Two months after a major earthquake devastated parts of Papua New Guinea's highlands, one of the world's most remote and diverse nations is still struggling to cope. The quake left more than a half million…
Photographer spotlights Papua New Guinea's tribal dress
By  • 3 May 2018
With tribal traditions under threat, an effort to preserve culture through photography [caption id="attachment_9291" align="alignright" width="295"] Photographer and cinematographer Wylda Bayrón, with a boy in Papua New Guinea.[/caption] Over the course of her 14-year career, photographer…
Indonesia's struggle to save tropical forests
By  • 28 April 2017
A new book highlights possible answers to deforestation in the tropics. Preventing climate change is often linked to cutting back on the use of fossil fuels. Yet the clearing of carbon dioxide consuming tropical forests harms…
Indonesia's rapid deforestation
By  • 27 April 2017
Indonesia has one of the world's largest remaining areas of tropical forests. From tigers and orangutans to Sumatran elephants, the forests support a stunning array of wildlife. They also soak up huge amounts of climate-warming…
Grading Obama's Asia pivot
By  • 6 October 2016
Rebalance in U.S. relations yields mix results A key pillar of President Barack Obama's foreign policy has been the attempted "pivot to Asia." The idea was that under President Bush, the U.S. expended enormous resources…
Uncovering slave labor on Thai fishing boats
By  • 8 September 2016
Thailand is the world's third-largest exporter of seafood, shipping shrimp, tuna and other fish to supermarket chains and pet food companies in the U.S. and Europe. But a series of investigations by the Associated Press…
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