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…
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…
Soviet nuclear sites leave grim legacy
By  • 11 July 2019
The Soviet Union's nuclear program was once one of the largest in the world. But from Chernobyl to the empire's former nuclear test site in Kazakhstan, the legacy of that program still affects tens of…
Project Exile: Reporter escaped Russia after beating, burns
By  • 1 July 2019
"Please leave. They're going to kill you." Fatima Tlisova didn't make it easy for the Russian government to get rid of her.  As a reporter covering Russia's fight against Chechen separatists in what was known…
The U.S. journalist anchoring China's news
By  • 30 May 2019
The success of CNN spawned many 24-hour news networks - many started by governments hoping to shape global public opinion to their advantage. That group includes China's state-owned English-language CGTN, which broadcasts to 30 million…
Countering extremism in Central Asia
By  • 24 January 2019
More people joined the Islamic State from former Soviet republics than from any other region outside the Middle East. On this special edition of Global Journalist, a look at what drew so many fighters from…
Ukraine's displaced struggle amid forgotten war
By  • 4 January 2019
(History sometimes shows us that crises don't emerge suddenly. We're taking a look back at a 2019 episode about a then-forgotten war that has reemerged into the headlines.) Though it's receded from the headlines, the…
Project Exile: Russian journalist flees after car fire, feces attack
By  • 30 November 2018
“I just can't stand lies. So whenever I see a lie, I call it a lie.” A decade ago, Russian journalist Yulia Latynina thought dissidents who compared President Vladimir Putin's rule to the Soviet times…
War in space [rebroadcast]
By  • 23 November 2018
Earlier this year, Vice President Mike Pence renewed a call by the Trump Administration for the U.S. military to create a “Space Force.” The White House’s effort comes in response to advances by China, Russia…
C.A.R. crisis stirred by diamonds, Russia
By  • 14 September 2018
The Central African Republic is one of the toughest places to live in the world. Since the start of a civil war in 2013, a total of 14 different warring militias now control parts of…
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