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Pistorius TV

Friday, April 11, 2014

How the new Oscar Pistorius Trial Channel - a pop up satellite-TV channel that covers the court proceedings 24/7 - has irrevocably altered the South African media landscape.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Portrait of a South African Township

Monday, March 17, 2014

Gugulethu, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town, is an apartheid-era invention, established in the early 1960s to absorb the overflow of migration to the city from other parts of the country. Now it contains almost 100,000 residents, almost all of them black. Justine van der Leun spent more than two years in Gugulethu, and she gives us a vivid portrait of daily life there, as well as a window into the politics and vulnerabilities of South Africa. Van der Leun is a Harper’s magazine contributor, and her article “A Portrait of a Township” is in the March issue.

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WQXR Blog

27-Day South Africa Festival Highlights Carnegie Hall's 14-15 Season

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Less than two months after Nelson Mandela died, Carnegie Hall said on Wednesday that it will stage a 27-day "Music and Arts of South Africa" festival this autumn.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After Mandela

Monday, December 16, 2013

South Africa has seen explosive growth for both its economy and political life since Nelson Mandela's release from prison and the end of apartheid -- but there's continued (and worsening) inequality between black and white South Africans. Marcus Mabry, The New York Times editor at large and former Newsweek Johannesburg correspondent, looks at South Africa without Mandela, and the role of the so-called "born free" generation.

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The Takeaway

As The World Pays Tribute, The Takeaway Remembers Nelson Mandela

Friday, December 06, 2013

“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead,” Nelson Mandela once said.

Today, the world mourns the loss of the great Nelson Mandela, ...

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The Takeaway

Nelson Mandela Dead at 95

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Former South African President Nelson Mandela, the revered leader who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead the nation out of decades of apartheid, has died at the age of 95. Mandela, a Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was elected South Africa's first black president in 1994, was known across the globe for his message of reconciliation, understanding and forgiveness. Help us remember Nelson Mandela by answering this: What one word best sums up Mandela? And why? Share your comment, tweet us or post on Facebook. You can also give us a call at 1-877-869-8253.

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New Sounds

With Guy Buttery

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

South African fingerstyle guitarist Guy Buttery joins John Schaefer in the studio to perform a live acoustic set without effects.  His exceptional world music for solo guitar evokes the rhythms of his native land unconsciously, while drawing on influences like Leo Kottke and Michael Hedges. Listen to a bit of guitar as percussion instrument in one of his pieces, “Sleep Deprivation.”  Then, hear another of Buttery’s insanely inventive techniques on a tune where he plays the guitar like a zither, as an extension of tapping, to achieve slap harmonics. 

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The Takeaway

Mandela Day In South Africa and the U.S.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Today, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, is also known as “Mandela Day.” It's a day when people are encouraged to volunteer 67 minutes of their time - that's one minute for each year that Mandela served others in South Africa, while in prison and in politics. Sharing what Mandela Day means at home in South Africa, and abroad, are Anders Kelto, reporter for PRI's The World, and Ntshepeng Motema, a South African living in New York.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Zimmerman Juror B37; Bill de Blasio; Mandela and South Africa Today

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Juror B37 from the Zimmerman trial went public with her experience, and Emily Bazelon from Slate joins us to discuss what the juror revealed about the trial. Then: Public Advocate and one of the democratic nominees for mayor of New York Bill de Blasio. Plus: Nelson Mandela’s life, legacy and South Africa today on the day before his 95th birthday with Ebrahim Rasool, South African ambassador to the U.S. and Nicole Lee, president of TransAfrica; and an hour of open phones, including interfaith calls on fasting in honor of Ramadan as part of this week’s Five Pillars of Islam series. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Nelson Mandela and South Africa Today

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

UPDATE: Nelson Mandela, Inspiration To World, Dies At 95

Thursday is Nelson Mandela's 95th birthday. We discuss his life and legacy, and South Africa today with Ebrahim Rasool, the South African ambassador to the U.S., and Nicole Lee, president of TransAfrica.

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The Takeaway

Nelson Mandela's Lifelong Friend Reflects on the Ailing Leader

Monday, July 01, 2013

Before John left for Africa, he sat down to reflect on the sentiments of South Africans as they prepare for the passing of one of history's greatest leaders and peace activists. Denis Goldberg was a co-defendant with Nelson Mandela at the Rivonia trial in the Pretoria Supreme Court in 1963.

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The Takeaway

President Obama's Trip to Africa Draws Protesters

Friday, June 28, 2013

President Obama heads to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania this week for a trip that will focus on trade and investment relations. But not everyone in these countries is excited about his trip.  Lerato Mbele is a South African journalist and co-host of BBC's Newsday. She reports from Johannesburg on President Obama's mixed reception and how it compares to the "Obamania" of 5 years ago.

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The Takeaway

Foreign Press Coverage of Mandela's Health Raises Concerns

Thursday, June 27, 2013

South Africans around the country are praying for Nelson Mandela's health. Though Johannesburg has become a place for prayer and reflection, it's also as a press hub for scores of international journalists. And the media stir over Mandela's health is causing some angst in the country. Declan Walsh, reporter for our partner The New York Times is in Johannesburg, reporting on the mood there in what could be Nelson Mandela's final days.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Trevor Noah

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Trevor Noah was on our show June 13, 2013. Find out a few of his favorite things!

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New Sounds

The Guitar as an African Instrument

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Maybe the guitar wasn’t originally an African instrument, but it certainly has become one.  For this New Sounds, take a listen to music from the late Cameroonian guitarist Francis Bebey, along with music from Gabonese guitarist singer and musician Pierre Akendengué.  There’s also guitar music from South Africa's Derek Gripper - who does arrangements of music from other parts of Africa, especially Mali.  Plus, music from fellow South African Guy Buttery, in addition to selections from classical guitarist John Williams, and his versions of pieces of African works for guitar from the “Magic Box” record.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele on South African Politics

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Dr. Mamphela Ramphele, co-founder of South Africa’s Black Consciousness Movement with Steve Biko and founder of the first rural primary care clinic while banished by the Apartheid regime, eventually became the first black woman Vice Chancellor of a South African University, Managing Director of the World Bank, and successful businesswoman. She discusses the increasing anguish in South Africa over the failure of the ANC as a governing party to deliver on the promises of the liberation movement. Dr. Ramphele has announced her intentions to contest the next elections, portending a major realignment of South African politics. She's the author of Conversations with My Sons and Daughters.

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The Takeaway

Why the Allegations Against Pistorius Represent an Opportunity for South Africa

Friday, February 22, 2013

In South Africa,  the drama surrounding Oscar Pistorius — the first runner with prosthetic legs to compete alongside able-bodied sprinters in the Olympics — continues. Here's why his case could provide the impetus to finally reform the country's relationship with domestic violence.

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The Takeaway

South African Paralympics Star Charged with Premeditated Murder

Friday, February 15, 2013

Oscar Pistorius, the South African running star and double amputee, has been charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp.

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The Takeaway

Olympic Runner Oscar Pistorius Charged with Murder

Thursday, February 14, 2013

In a shocking crime story for an Olympic legend, double amputee South African runner Oscar Pistorious, who became the first such runner to compete in the Olympics, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp. Lydia Polgreen is the Johannesburg bureau chief for our partner, The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

'Searching for Sugar Man': A Rock Star's Cinderella Story

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Few Americans have ever heard of Rodriguez, a protest rock musician who, after making two albums in the early '70s, quit the music business. Rodriguez returned to his native Detroit and began working in construction. His music played on for decades, just not in the United States.

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