Monitoring press freedom and international affairs from Mid-Missouri Public Radio and the Missouri School of Journalism
'Period poverty' activists tackle menstrual taboos [rebroadcast]
By  • 6 September 2019
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…
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"One-Child Nation" shows scars of Chinese policy
By  • 23 May 2019
Having a child renewed filmmaker Nanfu Wang's interest in China's one-child policy. In effect from 1979 to 2016, the restrictions on family size halted China's explosive population growth but have left the country with a…
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Fighting period stigma, one cartoon at a time
By  • 5 April 2019
"It just makes you feel like it's a kind of punishment growing up." Taboos around menstruation remain strong in India. In some parts of the country, women having their period can't sleep in their homes,…
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Ending period poverty
By  • 4 April 2019
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…
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Arab women see changing rights climate [rebroadcast]
By  • 27 December 2018
In late June, the first Saudi women to legally drive a car in the kingdom started their engines and took off down the road. The lifting of Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers was a…
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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…
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Gender quotas on the march
By  • 18 October 2018
Christine Blasey Ford was 100 percent certain Judge Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her in high school. Kavanaugh was 100 percent certain he didn’t. But one figure that jumped out of Kavanaugh's recent U.S. Supreme Court…
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Halting India's witch hunts [rebroadcast]
By  • 30 August 2018
For many, witch trials may seem like a relic of early colonial America. But in fact witch-hunting is still a feature of rural life today in many parts of the world. One place where it's…
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'One-child' policy leaves China graying [rebroadcast]
By  • 26 July 2018
A little less than four decades ago China’s population was nearing the 1 billion mark. In 1979 this led the Communist Party to institute the “One-Child Policy” to slow the country’s population growth. That policy…
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Arab women's rights
By  • 12 July 2018
In late June, the first Saudi women to legally drive a car in the kingdom started their engines and took off down the road. The lifting of Saudi Arabia’s ban on female drivers was a…
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