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"Reportero"

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Director Bernardo Ruiz talks about his documentary “Reportero,” which follows veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at Zeta, a newspaper based in Tijuana, one of the most deadly places in the world to be a journalist. Since the paper’s founding in 1980, two of the paper’s editors have been murdered and the founder viciously attacked. Despite the attacks, the paper has continued its aggressive investigative reporting. “Reportero” will be shown as part of the Human Rights Watch Film Festival at the Film Society of Lincoln Center June 21-23.

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Backstory: Mexico's Presidential Elections

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Mexican voters will head to the polls on July 1. Lucia Newman, Latin America Editor for Al Jazeera English, talks about what’s at stake and how the influence of the drug cartels has shaped the campaign.

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Backstory: The Eurozone Crisis

Thursday, June 07, 2012

There’s been talk of Greece returning to the drachma and now the European Union and Germany are said to be exploring the possibility of rescuing Spain. On this week’s first Backstory, Peter Spiegel, Brussels Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, talks about the latest developments in the ongoing economic crisis in the Eurozone.

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Backstory: Sectarian Violence in Sub-Saharan Africa

Thursday, June 07, 2012

There has been an uptick in religious violence in Sub-Saharan Africa recently, including the rise of Islamist groups in Mali, Somalia and Nigeria. Eliza Griswold, a Guggenheim Fellow and author of the book The Tenth Parallel: Dispatches from the Fault Line Between Christianity and Islam, examines what’s happening and why.

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Backstory: The Mubarak Trial and Egyptian Elections

Thursday, May 31, 2012

The first round of voting in the Egyptian elections happened last week, and the verdict in the trial of former President Hosni Mubarak is expected this Saturday. Sherine Tadros, Cairo-based correspondent for Al Jazeera, discusses the state of Egyptian politics.

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Backstory: Moving Towards Justice for Victims of Guatemalan Civil War

Thursday, May 31, 2012

ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella tells the story of Oscar Alfred Ramírez Castañeda, whose family lived in a remote village that was attacked as part of a government offensive in 1982, when he was still a child. Castañeda never knew that he had lost almost his entire family, but he was reunited with his father earlier this week, thanks to technologies and resources that are only now helping prosecutors and victims piece together what happened during the three-decade civil war in Guatemala in the hopes that justice will be served.

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Backstory: Living Planet Report

Thursday, May 24, 2012

The World Wildlife Fund has released its new Living Planet Report. Kate Newman, the Managing Director of Public Sector Initiatives and Field Programs at the WWF, assesses the state of global biodiversity.

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Backstory: Matt Taibbi on JP Morgan Chase

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Matt Taibbi, Contributing Editor for Rolling Stone , joins us to talk about the recent $2 billion-plus loss at JP Morgan Chase and the state of Wall Street. Taibbi is the author of Griftopia: A Story of Bankers, Politicians, and the Most Audacious Power Grab in American History.

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Backstory: Nouri Al-Maliki

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Financial Times Middle East correspondent Michael Peel joins us to take a look at how Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki has ruled his country and responded to the various crises in the region.

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Backstory: The News Corp. Phone Hacking Scandal

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Vanity Fair contributor Sarah Ellison looks at the ongoing fallout from the News Corp. phone hacking scandal and the toll it has taken on Rupert Mudrdoch’s media empire.

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Backstory: French Elections and the Euro

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Stanley Pignal, private equity correspondent for the Financial Times, discusses the French presidential election and what the outcome could mean for the Euro.

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Backstory: The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, or CISPA, is a controversial surveillance bill currently making it ways way through the House of Representatives. Declan McCullagh, chief political correspondent and senior writer at CNET, explains the bill, and why privacy advocates are so alarmed by it.

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Backstory: The Fight over Texas Textbooks

Thursday, April 26, 2012

In 2009, religious conservatives launched a campaign in Texas to change how evolution was described in the state’s science textbooks. Director Scott Thurman talks about his documentary, “The Revisionaries,” which chronicles the fight over what would go into the state’s textbooks and its impact beyond the state’s borders. We’re also joined by Kathy Miller, the president of the Texas Freedom Network, which has worked to defeat initiatives backed by religious conservatives. “The Revisionaries” is being screened at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival.

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Backstory: Brazil

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Joseph Leahy, Brazil bureau chief for the Financial Times, talks about Brazil's economy, its rising global profile, and President Dilma Rousseff and her recent visit to the United States. We’ll also look at preparations for both the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 summer Olympics.

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Backstory: Preserving the Great Apes

Thursday, April 19, 2012

On today’s first Backstory, Ofir Drori talks about his fight to protect apes from extinction, and discusses the endangered worlds in Africa—not just of animals but of people. He’s the author of The Last Great Ape: A Journey Through Africa and a Fight for the Heart of the Continent.

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Backstory: Matt Taibbi on Bank of America

Thursday, April 05, 2012

Rolling Stone’s Matt Taibbi takes a look at the fragile situation at Bank of America. The bank that was deemed too big to fail and received a $45 billion government bailout has, Taibbi argues, defrauded investors and insurers, homeowners and the unemployed.

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Backstory: The EPA's New Rule for Coal-Fired Power Plants

Thursday, March 29, 2012

On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency issued the first limits on greenhouse gas emissions from newly constructed power plants. On today’s Backstory, Washington Post environment reporter Juliet Eilperin discusses why many are saying that the rule, which was years in the making, will mean the end of new coal-fired power plants.

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Backstory: High-Frequency Trading

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Bloomberg finance reporter Nina Mehta joins us to explain high-frequency trading.

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Backstory: Cambodia's Fight Against Drug-Resistant Malaria

Thursday, March 22, 2012

In late 2008, researchers found a strain of malaria that was resistant to a drug that held had promise for eliminating malaria in western Cambodia. Matthew Power, a contributing editor to Harper’s Magazine, explains why officials are now trying to contain the region – and why that containment strategy is almost impossible to implement. His article, “Slipping Through the Net” is in the April issue of Harper’s.

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Backstory: Jeremy Scahill on Yemen

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Jeremy Scahill, National Security Reporter for The Nation magazine, talks about the United States’ increasingly unpopular counter-terrorism efforts in Yemen.

 

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