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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Tavis Smiley Learned as Maya Angelou's Chaperone

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

As a young man, Smiley spent two weeks "carrying Maya Angelou's bags" around during a trip to Ghana, and he writes in a new book about the ways she inspired him to serve others.

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PRI's The World

Here's how to keep that old cell phone you're about to toss from becoming toxic e-waste in a developing country

Friday, September 12, 2014

You've seen the new iPhone 6. You want one. You buy one. So what do you do with your old iPhone to make sure it doesn't end up in some e-waste toxic pile in West Africa? We've got a few recommendations from an e-waste expert.

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PRI's The World

African immigrants in Colorado are finding their political voice

Thursday, September 04, 2014

In Colorado, Africans are second only to Latin Americans among the state's immigrant populations. Until now, they've been largely absent from Colorado's politics, but new candidates and civic groups with African roots are pushing the community nearer to the political spotlight.

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The Takeaway

NYC Immigrant on Team USA World Cup Rivalry

Monday, June 16, 2014

The rivalry between the U.S. and Ghana will be reignited again when these two teams face off tonight at the World Cup. Some fans like Ghanaian immigrant and New Yorker Robert Asare-Akoto, have been left feeling divided.

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New Sounds

New Music from West Africa

Saturday, October 12, 2013

For this New Sounds, hear some loping Tamashek guitar music from the brand new record, "Aratan N Azawad" by the North Malian band, Terakaft, and some new music from the South Malian Vieux Farka Touré, with his father, Ali Farka Toure.  Then take a listen to some jazzy big band music from Volker Goetze, featuring  Ablaye Cissoko on kora.

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New Sounds

New Music from West Africa

Thursday, September 27, 2012

For this New Sounds, hear some loping Tamashek guitar music from the brand new record, "Aratan N Azawad" by the North Malian band, Terakaft, and some new music from the South Malian Vieux Farka Touré, with his father, Ali Farka Toure.  Then take a listen to some jazzy big band music from Volker Goetze, featuring  Ablaye Cissoko on kora.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Dramani Mahama Sworn in as President of Ghana

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

John Damani Mahama was on the Lopate Show on July 10 to discuss his memoir and his political rise to become the Vice President of Ghana. Yesterday, following the death of Pres. John Atta Mills, Mr. Mahama was sworn in as Ghana's 4th president.  You can listen to Leonard's conversation with John Dramani Mahama:

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The Leonard Lopate Show

John Dramani Mahama on the Lost Decades of Africa

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

John Dramani Mahama, Vice President of Ghana, tells of coming-of-age in Ghana during the difficult post-independence years. In My First Coup d'Etat: And Other True Stories from the Lost Decades of Africa he shares personal stories that work as fables, history, cultural and political analyses, and as memoir of a young man who would grow up to be vice president of his nation.

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New Sounds

New Music from West Africa

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

For this New Sounds, hear some loping Tamashek guitar music from the brand new record, "Aratan N Azawad" by the North Malian band, Terakaft, and some new music from the South Malian Vieux Farka Touré, with his father, Ali Farka Toure.  Then take a listen to some jazzy big band music from Volker Goetze, featuring  Ablaye Cissoko on kora.  

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Soundcheck

We Are The World Too

Friday, June 25, 2010

Let's not admit that Ghana's music is great until after Saturday's game.

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Soundcheck

A Bonus Track from Blitz the Ambassador

Friday, June 18, 2010

Today’s Soundcheck featured a great live set from Ghanaian-born rapper Blitz the Ambassador and his band, the Embassy Ensemble. We ran out of time to include their third song in the live broadcast, but the guys were kind enough to stick around and record it off the air. We've posted it here as web exclusive.

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The Takeaway

Taking Africa's Temperature, 10 Days Before its First World Cup

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicks off on June 11th in South Africa. This is the first time an African country is hosting the Cup, and the entire continent has caught soccer fever.

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The Takeaway

Tales of a Traveling First Family

Monday, July 13, 2009

The Obamas arrived back home this weekend after a two-week trip through Europe and Africa. Michelle Obama with her mom and two kids joined the president in Moscow, and from there went to Italy and Ghana. While the president's schedule was widely publicized, The Takeaway looks at what the rest of the family was up to. Lynn Sweet, who writes the column The Daily Flotus for Politics Daily and is Washington Bureau Chief for the Chicago Sun-Times, talks about what the first family did on the trip.

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The Takeaway

Obama's Agenda in Africa

Friday, July 10, 2009

As Ghana prepares for President Obama's arrival, excitement is running high among Africans both in Africa and in the United States. Will Ross, BBC correspondent in Accra, Ghana, joins The Takeaway to set the scene for President Obama's first official trip to Sub-Saharan Africa. Also, international business editor for The New York Times Marcus Mabry and Owen Kibenge, a journalist who recently left Uganda, discuss the challenges that Obama has faced this week at the G8 meeting in L'Aquila, Italy and will face during his brief stop in Ghana.

"He's in the wrong place at the wrong time. He should've gone to Nairobi—not just because he comes from Kenya, but because of the strategic interests of the United States."
—Owen Kibenge, a journalist who recently left Uganda

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The Takeaway

Following the Trail of E-Waste

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

What really happens to the mountains of computers at recycling centers throughout the U.S.? In the upcoming documentary “Digital Dumping Ground,” Frontline World Producer Peter Klein and a team of graduate journalism students from the University of British Columbia follow the trail of “e-waste” that leads to Ghana, China and India. Among the locals who act as e-waste guides in these countries is Jim Puckett, an environmentalist who discovered a startling center of e-waste —Guiyu, China, where the residents suffer some of the highest dioxin and lead poisoning in the world. And in Ghana, much of the e-waste is actually used by scam artists who take personal banking and credit card information off of the hard drives. Peter Klein joins The Takeaway to talk about his documentary.

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The Takeaway

Why Ghana is Growing

Friday, May 15, 2009

In the current economic climate, it's hard to imagine a place where the economy is growing by 4, 5, or 6 percent. A place where banks are adding branches and holding onto their deposits. That place exists. Even in the middle of a global recession, Ghana is doing great. The African nation has enjoyed more or less unbroken growth since the 1980s, propped up by gold and cocoa exports and now, oil. BBC Chief Economics Correspondent Hugh Pym has just returned to London from a reporting trip there and he joins us now.

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