WBEZ | Media http://www.wbez.org/sections/media Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Journalist Carmen Aristegui Talks Press Freedom and Corruption in Mexico http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-02-04/journalist-carmen-aristegui-talks-press-freedom-and-corruption-mexico <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Refugees.jpg" title="Saudi Arabia's Finance Minister Ibrahim Abdulaziz Al-Assaf makes a pledge during the second co-host chaired thematic pledging session for jobs and economic development during the 'Supporting Syria and the Region' conference at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London, Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016. Leaders and diplomats around the world are meeting in London Thursday and pledging some billions of dollars to help millions of Syrian people displaced by war, and try to slow the chaotic exodus of refugees into Europe. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, Pool)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245483183&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Countries Pledge More Money To Help Syrian Refugees</span></p><p>World leaders gathered today in London to discuss funding for humanitarian aid for Syria and Syrian refugees. Earlier this week Jordan&rsquo;s King Abdullah said his country needed more funds to help pay for the toll the Syrian refugees were taking on Jordan, saying &quot;sooner or later, I think, the dam is going to burst.&quot;</p><p>Andy Baker heads the Syria response team for Oxfam. Oxfam had called on nations, including the US, to pay its &ldquo;fare share.&rdquo; Baker is in London for the donor meeting. He joins us to talk about aid for Syria.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Andy Baker is the Regional Program Coordinator for Syria Crisis at Oxfam.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/PeaceTalks.jpg" title="In this photo released by the Syrian official news agency SANA, Syrians gather where three bombs exploded in Sayyda Zeinab, a predominantly Shiite Muslim suburb of the Syrian capital, Syria, Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. The triple bombing claimed by the extremist Islamic State group killed at least 45 people near the Syrian capital of Damascus on Sunday, overshadowing an already shaky start to what are meant to be indirect Syria peace talks. (AP Photo)" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245483182&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Syria Peace Talks Come To A Halt</span></p><p>As countries pledged their fiscal support for Syrian refugees at a donor conference in London, efforts to end the the war in Syria came to a halt. The UN temporarily suspended the peace talks which began earlier this week. Steffan de Mistura, the UN mediator said,&nbsp;&ldquo;I&rsquo;m not prepared to have talks for the sake of talks.&rdquo;</p><p>We&rsquo;ll talk with Yaser Tabbara, a Syrian American lawyer who has been active in the Syrian opposition, about what he thinks needs to happen to reboot the process.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Yaser Tabbara is a Syrian-American lawyer and the co-founder of The Syrian Forum.</p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img 2011.="" a="" addressed="" alcoholic.="" alexandre="" allegation="" alt="" an="" ap="" apologize="" aristegui="" calderon="" class="image-original_image" come="" comments="" feb.="" felipe="" fired="" for="" from="" headquarters="" her="" in="" is="" last="" mexico="" mvs="" on="" outside="" photo="" president="" radio="" refusing="" s="" said="" she="" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Carmen3.jpg" station="" that="" the="" title="Protesters hold a sign depicting Mexican journalist Carmen Aristegui that reads in Spanish " to="" was="" week="" when="" /></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/245483180&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><span style="font-size:24px;">Popular Mexican Journalist Fired After Reporting On Corruption</span></p><p>Carmen Aristegui is one of the Western Hemisphere&rsquo;s most popular journalists. She herself became news when, last March, when Mexican radio station MVS fired her and her investigative team from their hugely popular radio show after they exposed scandals tied to Mexico&rsquo;s President, Enrique Peña Nieto.</p><p>One well-known scandal &nbsp;known as &ldquo;Casa Blanca&rdquo; or &ldquo;White House,&rdquo; was tied to a wealthy Mexican business magnate who built a seven-million dollar mansion for Peña Nieto&lsquo;s family. Aristegui&rsquo;s firing created an international stir. MVS claims her firing was from unethical use of the company logo on her &ldquo;MexicoLeaks&rdquo; website.</p><p>Aristegui will talk with us about &ldquo;Casa Blanca,&rdquo; her termination from MVS and what she views as Mexico&rsquo;s corrupt political system that subverts justice for victims like murdered journalists and the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> Carmen Aristegui is an investigative journalist from Mexico and the host of <em>Aristegui</em> on CNN en Espanol.</p></p> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:53:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-02-04/journalist-carmen-aristegui-talks-press-freedom-and-corruption-mexico Is Netflix Chill? Kenyan Authorities Threaten to Ban the Streaming Site http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/netflix-chill-kenyan-authorities-threaten-ban-streaming-site-114555 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Netflix_custom-2c2245672da9df77e2a9854e025c74ecacb24ccf-s800-c85.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>When Netflix announced its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/2016/01/07/462293379/netflix-goes-global-with-expansion-into-130-new-countries">expansion to 130 countries</a>, including Kenya, Nairobi-based IT specialist Mark Irungu says he was thrilled.</p><p>He had never failed to&nbsp;find ways to stream&nbsp;Netflix, even when it was blocked in Kenya.</p><p>But, he says, touching his heart, &quot;that morning, when I saw that Netflix is global? I can&#39;t compare it to anything else.&quot;</p><p>And then he delivers one of the sweetest analogies about media access I have ever heard: &quot;Think of it as a child who tries to get sugar from the sugar bowl. And they&#39;re doing it illegally when Mom&#39;s not looking. And one day Mom says, &#39;Hey, you can have all the sugar you want.&#39; &quot;</p><p>His sugar? It&#39;s the Netflix drama&nbsp;<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2707408/">Narcos</a>, which follows the rise and fall of Pablo Escobar and his Colombian drug cartel. Irungu finished watching Season 1 in a day.</p><p>His joy that day wasn&#39;t just about the convenience of being able to stream legally or the superior quality that his legitimate subscription bestowed. It was about feeling invited, included in the global community.</p><p>And then Kenya&#39;s film ratings agency threatened to take that sugar away.</p><p>The chairman of Kenya&#39;s Film Classification Board Jackson Kosgei threatened to block Netflix for inappropriate content. Netflix countered that parental controls are part of the site.</p><p>The board, which regulates what films and TV shows can be shown on Kenyan media, also said that Netflix had failed to seek a license to broadcast its content in Kenya.</p><p>But it&#39;s not even clear the Kenyan agency has the legal authority to ban the streaming site. It depends on whether Netflix is classified as a traditional broadcaster or an online platform like YouTube.</p><p>Legal issues aside, the film board&#39;s threats sparked national debate.</p><p>Newspaper columnists are debating the pros and cons of binge watching. Pro: It&#39;s incentive for your kids stay home at night, a good thing in a dangerous city like Nairobi.&nbsp;Cons: They&#39;re binge-watching.</p><p>And then there&#39;s concern about the future of Kenya&#39;s nascent film industry, which has often struggled to compete for a local audience against foreign films.</p><p>On the set of the TV show&nbsp;Pendo&nbsp;(Love), the cast and crew were on break because the power was out. Again.</p><p>The show&#39;s director Gilbert Lukalia is working with a tiny budget and can&#39;t afford a good generator. And he says can&#39;t compete with the high-quality productions on Netflix.</p><p>&quot;We can compete on one small element and that&#39;s a story &mdash; we have good stories,&quot; say Lukalia.</p><p>Still, Lukalia is himself is a Netflix fan. He&#39;s opposed to a ban on Netflix and says the film board should spend more time promoting Kenyan talent.</p><p>And maybe, as his country beings to produce bigger and better shows, a platform like Netflix could help bring binge-worthy Kenyan stories to the rest of the world.</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2016/01/21/463807063/is-netflix-chill-kenyan-authorities-threaten-to-ban-the-streaming-site?ft=nprml&amp;f=463807063" target="_blank"><em>via NPR</em></a></p></p> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 15:41:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/netflix-chill-kenyan-authorities-threaten-ban-streaming-site-114555 Taxi Gives Men a Sense of What it Feels Like to Travel as a Woman http://www.wbez.org/programs/world/2016-01-21/taxi-gives-men-sense-what-it-feels-travel-woman-114548 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/taxifabric_leadimage.jpg" alt="" /><p><div><p>In India, segregation of the sexes is a very real thing. Sure, men and women mingle, but we&rsquo;re singled out in the strangest of places. For instance, in malls, hotels&nbsp;and airports, women go through separate lines for security checks, which are specifically conducted by female staff.</p></div><p>In post offices and train stations there are separate &ldquo;ladies&rdquo; queues for stamps and tickets. And on every bus, metro and local train, there are separate sections for women. In fact, we not only have women&rsquo;s seats, but also entire compartments: In Mumbai, there&rsquo;s an entire train, the &ldquo;Ladies Special,&rdquo; only for women.</p><div><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/IMG_20151223_145716.jpg?itok=M8gMvIFp" style="height: 551px; width: 310px; float: right; margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="&quot;Ladies' Only&quot; seats on a Mumbai bus. (Chhavi Sachdev)" typeof="foaf:Image" /><div><p>It can seem nice, but women quickly realize what happens when they leave the gilded cage. One morning I jumped into the &ldquo;general&rdquo; compartment of a train &mdash; a place where women typically don&rsquo;t travel unless they are with a male companion. But the train was just about to depart, and that compartment door was closest to me.</p></div></div><p>I figured everything was going to be fine; everything was fine for the first few stops. As the train got crowded, though, I realized I had three men pressed up against me, all avoiding eye contact, all making me uncomfortable. I finally jumped off at a station and ran the length of the platform to the safety of the ladies&rsquo; compartment. It was humiliating as well as infuriating. I travel only in the ladies&rsquo; compartment now, or in a taxi.</p><p>&ldquo;When a woman travels through a public space in India, and a man travels in a public space, it&rsquo;s a completely different experience,&rdquo; says multimedia artist Roshnee Desai.</p><p>&ldquo;A woman travels with sets of rules they are conditioned to follow: Make sure cleavage isn&rsquo;t showing, your legs are covered, no one is staring, no one is trying to brush past you.&rdquo; She points out that women often carry a bag in front of their breasts like armor, protection against the groping from an anonymous hand in a crowded bus.</p><p>But Desai&nbsp;is determined to put the shoe on the other foot. She&nbsp;has&nbsp;her chance as one of 20 artists who have created upholstery for a moving art installation collective called Taxi Fabric.</p><p>A taxi with rules for men</p><p>Mumbai&rsquo;s taxis are always a treat. They&rsquo;re cheap, of course, and they&rsquo;re always colorful. The décor is generally a one-off, chosen by the driver and it&rsquo;s sometimes lovely &mdash; with abstract geometric designs in muted colors &mdash; and sometimes garish.</p><p>Desai&rsquo;s fabric has rules called Only For Men. Along with a little, mustachioed man, there is a line of text in Hindi: Be home at 7 p.m.; don&rsquo;t sit with your legs apart; don&rsquo;t look at unknown women; don&rsquo;t use curse words; cover your body with your bag; don&rsquo;t let your undershirt show.</p><p>This last one cracks me up. Desai is quick to explain: &ldquo;If you&rsquo;re in a public space, if you&rsquo;re in a train &mdash; invariably there will be a random woman who will say, &lsquo;Excuse me madam, your bra strap is showing.&rsquo; And this is the protocol: You have to say, &lsquo;Thank you ma&rsquo;am, thank you so much. You are the savior of my dignity and without you I would have been shamed.&rsquo; And that to me has been so annoying, because men have three buttons open, they&rsquo;re showing their chest hair and undershirt.&rdquo;</p><p>The conversation I had with Ramji Pal, the driver of Desai&rsquo;s &ldquo;Only For Men&rdquo; taxi was rather interesting. He seems quite proud of his unique interiors.</p><p>&ldquo;I like having this taxi fabric,&rdquo; he told me. &ldquo;When people sit in the taxi, it always gets a conversation going.&nbsp;They ask me about it. It&rsquo;s not a joke.&nbsp;They realize it&rsquo;s a serious thing.&rdquo;</p><p>Ramji plies his cab from 8:30 in the morning to about 8 at night. Every day, he carries&nbsp;anywhere between 30 and 100 passengers.</p><div><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://cdn1.pri.org/sites/default/files/styles/original_image/public/IMG_20151218_113501.jpg?itok=rg_j7yc_" style="height: 888px; width: 500px;" title="Driver Ramji Pal in his &quot;Only for Men&quot; taxi. (Chhavi Sachdev)" typeof="foaf:Image" /></p><div><p>As I get into his taxi with my headphones on and mic pointed at him, we attract a small crowd of security guards, drivers&nbsp;and even the clothes ironing man. It becomes clear that along with the men who&rsquo;ve joined us, Pal takes these rules inscribed on his taxi quite literally.</p></div></div><p>I ask them: &ldquo;It says here that men shouldn&rsquo;t sit in the front seat.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Ah, because they put their feet on the dashboard. Or they sit with their feet on the seat,&rdquo; one man explains.</p><p>&ldquo;Think about women,&rdquo; I say. &ldquo;Do they ever sit in the front seat with the driver?&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;No. If she is with a driver, she sits in the back. Women should only sit in the front if they are with their husband. This is the rule,&rdquo; the driver says.</p><p>&ldquo;But it isn&rsquo;t written anywhere, is it?&rdquo; I ask.</p><p>&ldquo;It isn&rsquo;t written anywhere, but it&rsquo;s like that,&rdquo; says another male passenger.</p><p>&ldquo;What about the rule that says boys should be home by 7 p.m.?&rdquo; I ask. This makes them laugh. &ldquo;Who gets told this?&rdquo; I press on.</p><p>They don&rsquo;t answer. Men don&rsquo;t face curfews here &mdash; but women regularly do.</p><p>The whole time I have this feeling that they&rsquo;re on the verge of understanding the dichotomy, the double standard &mdash; and then at the last minute, they drop the ball.</p><p>The driver declares: &ldquo;Both men and women have rights, but they have to exercise them within limits.&rdquo;</p><p>Artistic irony and playfulness also seem to have their limits for the working-class men clustered around the taxi. First of all, these guys do not travel by taxi, and second, to them it&rsquo;s only natural that women follow different sets of rules. The tongue-in-cheek nature of this art seems lost on them.</p><p>But designer Roshnee Desai says she&rsquo;s found the response to her artwork fantastic. People tell her it made them stop to think. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s funny, but it&rsquo;s not a joke,&rdquo; they tell her.</p><p>&ldquo;Where a man has to follow the rules, even to a woman this looks really ridiculous. It makes you chuckle,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;It is starting conversations, and I think a taxi is a great place for a conversation to happen.&rdquo;</p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/2016-01-15/taxi-gives-men-sense-what-it-feels-travel-woman-india" target="_blank"><em>via PRI&#39;s The World</em></a></p></p> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 10:35:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/world/2016-01-21/taxi-gives-men-sense-what-it-feels-travel-woman-114548 How Film and Media Stereotypes Affect the African-American Experience http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-15/how-film-and-media-stereotypes-affect-african-american-experience <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/12%20years%20good%20good.jpeg" title="Lupita Nyong'o in a scene from the motion picture, ’12 Years a Slave’. For her performance, Nyong'o won the 2013 Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role. (Entertainment One)" /><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/242572058&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe><strong><span style="font-size:22px;">How Film and Media Stereotypes Affect the African-American Experience</span></strong></p><p>For Black women, combating negative cultural and media imagery has been an uphill climb. For <em>Worldview&rsquo;s</em> occasional series, <a href="http://www.wbez.org/series/images-movies-and-race"><em>Images Movies and Race</em></a>, we reflect on this Martin Luther King Day with a look back to a compelling and award&ndash;winning 2010 conversation on racial imagery in American media and film. Richard Steele will talk with Brenda Verner, an historian, media analyst and Chicagoan, about historic representations of Black women AND men in American culture and how it&rsquo;s affected the African-American experience. From her childhood in Altgeld Gardens - through her studies at Cornell and Harvard - to being a national writer and speaker &ndash; Verner says she&rsquo;s dedicated her life to &ldquo;informing and empowering&rdquo; African-Americans.</p><p><strong>GUESTS:&nbsp;</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.wbez.org/news/culture/real-deal-best-wbezs-richard-steele-according-his-colleagues-110914">Richard Steele</a> is a host/producer for WBEZ and Vocalo</p><p>Brenda Verner is an historian and media analyst</p><p><em><strong>This conversation won a <a href="http://www.nabj.org/?STERADIO2011">2011</a> National Association of Black Journalists &#39;Radio Excellence Award&#39;</strong></em></p></p> Mon, 18 Jan 2016 06:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-15/how-film-and-media-stereotypes-affect-african-american-experience Jimmy Carter looks back http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-04/jimmy-carter-looks-back-114360 <p><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Jimmy Carter looks back</span><br />We revisit a conversation with former President Jimmy Carter. He spoke to us about his 29th book, <em>A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety</em>. We spoke with the president about his life, his legacy and his thoughts on today&#39;s society.</p><p><span style="font-size:22px;">Photographer Lynsey Addario looks out</span><br />Lynsey Addario became a top photojournalist in the post-9/11 world. Her detention in Libya with three other New York Times journalists made international news. Addario&rsquo;s new book &ldquo;It&rsquo;s What I Do&rdquo; explains how she&rsquo;s negotiated difficult circumstances in Somalia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq and countless other hot spots. The book offers an inside account of one of the world&rsquo;s most demanding jobs. Being in a male-dominated business, Addario negotiates the disadvantages of being a woman, while capitalizing on the advantages. She&rsquo;ll tell us about the professional and the personal price of photojournalism today.</p></p> Wed, 30 Dec 2015 11:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2016-01-04/jimmy-carter-looks-back-114360 Worldview at Notebaert Nature Museum to talk Climate Change http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-12-10/worldview-notebaert-nature-museum-talk-climate-change-114134 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/web%20climate%202%20620.jpeg" title="WBEZ’s “Worldview” broadcasts at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 10 December, 2015. from left – Jerome McDonnell, Adele Simmons, Joel Brammeier, Kathleen Dean Moore, Kate Sackman of EcoMyths Alliance &amp; Brooke Hecht of Center for Humans and Nature" /></div></div></div></div><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/237022372&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p dir="ltr"><span style="font-size:22px;"><strong><span id="docs-internal-guid-1fe3d367-8e97-6a8f-383e-f8884c09e811">Worldview is LIVE at Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum to talk COP21, Climate Change and Conservation</span></strong></span></p><p dir="ltr"><span>Negotiators are expected to work into the weekend at the climate change talks in Paris.&nbsp;</span>And we&rsquo;re at the <a href="http://www.naturemuseum.org/">Peggy Notebart Nature Museum</a> with a panel of conservationists to discuss how climate change will transform our natural world. Thanks to the <a href="http://www.humansandnature.org/">Center for Humans and Nature</a> and <a href="http://ecomyths.org/">EcoMyths Alliance</a> for assembling the gathering.</p><p dir="ltr"><strong>GUESTS:&nbsp;</strong></p><p><a href="http://www.metropolisstrategies.org/AdeleSimmons.html">Adele Simmons</a> is vice chair and senior executive for Metropolis Strategies; president of the Global Philanthropy Partnership. Previously, she has served as co-chair on the Task Force that developed the Climate Action Plan for the City of Chicago</p><p><a href="http://www.riverwalking.com/">Kathleen Dean Moore</a> is distinguished professor of philosophy at Oregon State University; founder, Spring Creek Project for Ideas, Nature, and the Written Word.</p><p><a href="http://www.greatlakes.org/document.doc?id=610">Joel Brammeier</a> is president and CEO of the Alliance for the Great Lakes. He also advises state governors and provincial premiers on clean water policy.</p><p><a href="http://www.humansandnature.org/curt-meine">Curt Meine</a> is senior fellow at the Center for Humans and Nature and the Aldo Leopold Foundation; associate adjunct professor at UW&ndash;Madison. A conservation biologist, historian, and writer.</p><p><a href="http://www.jameswhitlowdelano.com/">James Whitlow Delano</a> is a photographer and curator of the exhibit, &ldquo;BODY OF WATER &ndash; Climate Change, Water, &amp; Human Rights&rdquo;</p></p> Thu, 10 Dec 2015 10:02:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-12-10/worldview-notebaert-nature-museum-talk-climate-change-114134 Chicagoan Becomes Ukraine Power broker http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-23/chicagoan-becomes-ukraine-power-broker-113037 <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Jaresko%20main.jpg" title="Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew meets with Ukrainian Finance Minister Natalie Jaresko at the Treasury Department in Washington, Monday, March 16, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)" /></p><p><strong style="font-size: 24px;"><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/225244171&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe>Chicagoan Becomes Ukraine Power broker</strong></p><p>During the &lsquo;Orange Revolution&rsquo;, <em>Worldview</em> frequently checked-in with Kiev-based investment fund manager and Ukrainian-American, Natalie Jaresko. Since then the Wood Dale, Illinois native has become a Ukrainian citizen and is now the country&rsquo;s finance minister. Media reports say that many in Ukraine and the West want her to become Prime Minister. We&rsquo;ll sit down with Jaresko, back in her hometown, to talk about her journey from suburban Chicago to becoming one of the most powerful technocrats in Eastern Europe, tasked with pulling Ukraine out of economic catastrophe.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong> <a href="http://www.kmu.gov.ua/control/en/publish/article?art_id=247790308&amp;cat_id=247605901">Natalie Jaresko</a>, finance minister of Ukraine.</p><p><span style="font-size:24px;"><strong><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/225244758&amp;color=ff5500&amp;auto_play=false&amp;hide_related=false&amp;show_comments=true&amp;show_user=true&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe>Many Russians Refuse to Consume Any News </strong></span></p><p>The Russian opposition to autocrat Vladimir Putin was recently trounced in elections. The reason given was the Russian media. Record high levels of anti-Americanism in Russia are also attributed to the state-controlled media. We&rsquo;ll talk with Yan Matusevich, a freelance journalist and blogger. He grew up in Russia for part of his life. In his latest article, &ldquo;Toxic TV: How Russians Learned to Hate the News&rdquo;, Matusevich details why Russians, especially the young, are so weary of propaganda, that they no longer consume any news and refuse to seek alternative sources.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong>&nbsp;<a href="https://easternprofiles.wordpress.com/author/easternprofiles/">Yan Matusevich</a>, freelance journalist and blogger. Latest article is &ldquo;<a href="https://easternprofiles.wordpress.com/2015/08/13/toxic-tv-how-russians-learned-to-hate-the-news/">Toxic TV: How Russians Learned to Hate the News</a>&rdquo;</p></p> Wed, 23 Sep 2015 10:04:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/worldview/2015-09-23/chicagoan-becomes-ukraine-power-broker-113037 How do you talk about a gunman who wants to go viral (and knows how)? http://www.wbez.org/programs/world/2015-08-27/how-do-you-talk-about-gunman-who-wants-go-viral-and-knows-how-112753 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/SlainVAjournalists.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>On Wednesday morning, Vester Lee Flanagan shot and killed Alison Parker and Adam Ward, two reporters from&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wdbj7.com/" target="_blank">WDBJ7</a>, a CNN affiliate. The shooting was captured on film because Parker was filming a live interview, but a second video surfaced shortly after &mdash; recorded and posted by Flanagan himself.</p><p>Shortly after the attack,&nbsp;Flanagan &mdash; who was known by his colleagues as Bryce Williams &mdash; faxed a rambling 23-page manifesto to&nbsp;<a href="http://abcnews.go.com/US/shooting-alleged-gunman-details-grievances-suicide-notes/story?id=33336339" target="_blank">ABC News</a>&nbsp;that&nbsp;all but pitched&nbsp;his attack as a news story. He also&nbsp;posted the video on his personal Twitter and Facebook accounts, along with negative comments about the two victims.&nbsp;</p><p>Flanagan&rsquo;s accounts were deleted soon after he posted the video, but the incident has raised questions about the role social media plays in these tragedies, as well as society&rsquo;s response to them.</p><p>Zeynep Tufekci is a professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill who&nbsp;<a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/27/opinion/the-virginia-shooter-wanted-fame-lets-not-give-it-to-him.html?gwh=4CDE10D20FEA38B7B355BCB35FA33411&amp;gwt=pay&amp;assetType=opinion" target="_blank">writes about the internet and society</a>. She says there are definitely parallels between how Flanagan used social media to broadcast the shooting and how ISIS uses it.</p><p>When the first ISIS beheading video surfaced, it was all over social media, she says. But then there was a backlash.</p><p>&ldquo;A lot of us said, &lsquo;They&#39;re killing for publicity, and we&#39;re giving them publicity.&#39;&nbsp;The next time it happened, I got a lot of warnings from my friends. I gave some myself. I said, &lsquo;Let&#39;s not share this. Let&#39;s instead share pictures of the victims.&rsquo; Mass media also adopted a lot of this attitude, and now when ISIS does a ghastly murder on video it doesn&#39;t go viral on my social media,&quot; she says.</p><p>Tufekci says these types of videos are meant to sensationalize the murders in the hopes of getting other troubled people to join or copy them.&nbsp;</p><p>And the limited research available suggests that it may work. A 2002 survey of 81 juvenile offenders in Florida found that more than a quarter of them had committed a &lsquo;copycat crime,&rsquo; inspired by something they had seen in the media.&nbsp;</p><p>Recognizing this motivation just might put the power back in the social media users&rsquo; hands.</p><p>&ldquo;We can really approach it differently, and learn from how we learned to react to ISIS,&rdquo; she says. &ldquo;If somebody is killing for publicity, denying them that publicity is a crucial component of trying to dampen that effect.&rdquo;</p><p>Many prominent Twitter users seem to agree with that sentiment.</p><p>Guardian Columnist&nbsp;<a href="https://twitter.com/JessicaValenti/status/636559476162756608" target="_blank">Jessica Valenti tweeted</a>&nbsp;&ldquo;Please do not tweet the shooter&rsquo;s name or link to his social media profiles. Yes, he taped the murders. No, no one should watch it.&rdquo;&nbsp;</p><p><a href="https://twitter.com/attackerman/status/636559764537872384?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw" target="_blank">Spencer Ackerman</a>, another Guardian reporter, tweeted, &ldquo;If you don&rsquo;t have a professional reason to watch a snuff video, I encourage you to neither view it nor share it.&rdquo;</p><p>Even Brent Watts, a meteorologist at WDBJ7, chimed in.</p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Our <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/WDBJ?src=hash">#WDBJ</a> crew was literally ambushed this morning. Please DO NOT share, or post the video.</p>&mdash; Brent Watts (@wattsupbrent) <a href="https://twitter.com/wattsupbrent/status/636562587807817728">August 26, 2015</a></blockquote><p>Obviously, people who want to see these types of videos can find them. It is the internet, after all.&nbsp;But&nbsp;Tufekci says it&#39;s still important not to post them.</p><p>&quot;There&#39;s a very different effect between something existing on a seedy corner of the internet for somebody already troubled, versus mainstream attention, which is what the next troubled person is seeking and will be inspired by,&quot; she says.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&mdash;<a href="http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-08-27/how-do-you-talk-about-gunman-who-wants-go-viral-and-knows-how" target="_blank"><em>The World</em></a></p></p> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:45:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/world/2015-08-27/how-do-you-talk-about-gunman-who-wants-go-viral-and-knows-how-112753 2 journalists killed during live broadcast in Virginia; suspect has died http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/2-journalists-killed-during-live-broadcast-virginia-suspect-has-died-112728 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/vavictims.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>(THIS POST WAS LAST UPDATED AT 3:43 P.M. ET.)</p><p>Two journalists for Virginia TV news station WDBJ were killed by a gunman Wednesday morning while they were broadcasting live at a waterfront shopping center about an hour southeast of Roanoke, Va.</p><p>Reporter Alison Parker and photojournalist Adam Ward were doing a live report from Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta when a gunman opened fire, killing Parker and Ward and injuring Vicki Gardner, the head of a local Chamber of Commerce who was being interviewed. Gardner is now in stable condition, hospital officials say.</p><p>A suspect in the shooting was quickly identified &mdash; in part because of video taken at the scene &mdash; as Vester Lee Flanagan, 41, a former reporter for the station who was also known as Bryce Williams.</p><p>Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton says Flanagan has died. He had suffered a gunshot wound when he was taken into custody by Virginia State Police after a car chase that came hours after the shooting; authorities earlier said Flanagan was in critical condition.</p><p>At a 2:15 p.m. news conference, Overton said that less than an hour earlier, Flanagan had &quot;died at Fairfax Inova Hospital in Northern Virginia, as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.&quot;</p><p><a href="https://www.facebook.com/VirginiaStatePolice/posts/10153843969460101">In an earlier statement</a>, Virginia State Police described how the shooting suspect had fled and eventually reached Interstate 66, with police in pursuit.</p><p>The suspect refused to stop, ran off the road and crashed. When police approached the vehicle, they found he had suffered a &quot;gunshot wound.&quot; The man, police said, was taken to a hospital with &quot;life-threatening injuries.&quot;</p><p>In an interview with CNN, Jeffrey A. Marks, WDBJ-TV&#39;s general manager, said Flanagan was hired as a reporter, but about two years ago he was fired. During a separate broadcast on his network, Marks said Flanagan had filed a complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission after he was fired.</p><p><a href="http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/law-enforcement-investigating-incident-at-bridgewater-plaza/34923086">The station reports</a>:</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;This happened during a live broadcast around 6:45 a.m. ...</p><p>&quot;Adam was 27-years-old. Alison just turned 24.</p><p>&quot;Both were from the WDBJ7 viewing area.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>Video shows the camera panning to Parker in the middle of an interview as the gunman opens fire. Parker can be heard screaming.</p><p>The final image in the video shows the camera falling down and the feet of the presumed gunman walking out of the frame.</p><p>Hours after the shooting, a video from the gunman&#39;s perspective was posted to Twitter and Facebook under the name Bryce Williams. It shows a gunman quietly walking up on the live broadcast, looking toward the photographer (whose back was turned) and then pointing his gun at Parker before opening fire.</p><p>A man claiming to be Flanagan also&nbsp;<a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/26/434967497/alleged-gunman-in-virginia-shooting-called-himself-a-human-powder-keg">sent a 23-page fax to ABC News</a>, in which he said he had &quot;been a human powder keg for a while&quot; and took action after the Charleston, S.C., church shootings in June.</p><p>In addition to the Franklin County Sheriff&#39;s Office, the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have sent personnel from Roanoke.</p><p>Update at 2:25 p.m. ET: Updates From News Conference</p><p>Former WDBJ employee Vester Lee Flanagan was taken into police custody after his car crashed into the median on I-66 in Virginia.</p><p>Franklin County Sheriff Bill Overton says Flanagan had switched cars, leaving his Ford Mustang at a Roanoke airport and driving away in a Chevrolet Sonic that he had rented before the attack. But the authorities tracked him as he drove up Interstate 81 and then onto I-66, and a police officer trailed him before activating her cruiser&#39;s emergency lights upon the arrival of backup.</p><p>Overton says Flanagan died at 1:30 p.m. ET, after being taken to the hospital with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.</p><p>Update at 1:34 p.m. ET. A &#39;Senseless Tragedy&#39;:</p><p>In a written statement, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said that he was &quot;heartbroken over this morning&#39;s senseless tragedy.&quot;</p><p>He said that as the state reflects on the shootings, residents should also begin thinking about how to prevent these kinds of things from happening.</p><p>&quot;Keeping guns out of the hands of people who would use them to harm our family, friends and loved ones is not a political issue; it is a matter of ensuring that more people can come home safely at the end of the day,&quot; McAuliffe said. &quot;We cannot rest until we have done whatever it takes to rid our society of preventable gun violence that results in tragedies like the one we are enduring today.&quot;</p><p>During his regular press briefing at the White House, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said this was yet another example of gun violence that has become prevalent.</p><p>There are things that Congress can do, he said, to have a &quot;tangible impact.&quot;</p><p>Update at 12:12 p.m. ET. Suspect Injured?:</p><p>Earlier today, WDBJ-TV, citing law enforcement officials, said the suspect had killed himself on Interstate 66 in Fauquier County. The station later retracted that report, saying Flanagan was injured but still alive and in critical condition.</p><p>Update at 12:07 p.m. ET. Suspect Filed EEOC Complaint:</p><p>On the same Twitter account that posted video of the shooting, Flanagan also made it clear that he was angry at the reporter and the photographer.</p><p>He said he had filed a report with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.</p><p>Jeffrey A. Marks, WDBJ-TV&#39;s general manager, confirmed that Flanagan had filed that EEOC complaint.</p><p>Citing confidentiality provisions, the EEOC said it could not comment.</p><p>Update at 11:20 a.m. ET. Presumed Suspect Posts Video:</p><p>The presumed suspect in the shooting of the two WDBJ journalists posted a video of the attack filmed from his vantage point to Twitter and Facebook.</p><p>The video, which has since been taken down, shows the gunman walk up behind cameraman Adam Ward. Ward does not appear to be aware the gunman is there. As the cameraman pans to the left and the camera is pointed at reporter Alison Parker, the gunman raises a handgun and aims it at Parker,who also did not seem aware of the shooter&#39;s presence.</p><p>The gunman fires at least six rounds.</p><p>Parker runs out of the frame before the video goes black.</p><p>The Twitter account has also been suspended.</p><p>Update at 10:39 a.m. ET. Authorities Identify Suspect:</p><p><a href="http://www.cnn.com/2015/08/26/us/virginia-shooting-wdbj/index.html">CNN is reporting law</a>&nbsp;enforcement authorities know the identity of the presumed gunman. And the network is reporting that the woman being interviewed in the video survived.</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;The woman being interviewed, Vicki Gardner, executive director of the Smith Mountain Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce, was shot in the back and is in surgery, said Barb Nocera, the chamber&#39;s special projects manager.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p>The Stauton, Va., area&nbsp;<a href="http://www.newsleader.com/story/news/local/2015/08/26/reports-shots-disrupt-wdbj-live-shot/32389087/">News Leader</a>&nbsp;is reporting:</p><blockquote><div><p>&quot;Police think the shooting suspect headed north on I-81 and is in Staunton or Waynesboro near I-64.&quot;</p></div></blockquote><p><object allowfullscreen="true" allownetworking="all" allowscriptaccess="always" data="http://www.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/1_mtffbw4l/uiconf_id/16680472" height="345" id="kaltura_player_1440597733" name="kaltura_player_1440597733" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" width="560"><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><param name="allowNetworking" value="all" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="bgcolor" value="#000000" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.kaltura.com/index.php/kwidget/wid/1_mtffbw4l/uiconf_id/16680472" /><param name="flashVars" value="" /><a href="http://corp.kaltura.com">video platform</a><a href="http://corp.kaltura.com/video_platform/video_management">video management</a><a href="http://corp.kaltura.com/solutions/video_solution">video solutions</a><a href="http://corp.kaltura.com/video_platform/video_publishing">video player</a></object></p><p>&mdash; <a href="http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2015/08/26/434868666/two-journalists-killed-in-shooting-during-a-live-broadcast-in-virginia?ft=nprml&amp;f=434868666" target="_blank">The Two-Way: Breaking News from NPR</a></p></p> Wed, 26 Aug 2015 08:54:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/2-journalists-killed-during-live-broadcast-virginia-suspect-has-died-112728 #TheEmptyChair amplifies conversation about sexual assault http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/theemptychair-amplifies-conversation-about-sexual-assault-112522 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/CK9bKN8WUAE47aV.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>The <a href="http://nymag.com/thecut/2015/07/35-women-and-theemptychair.html">cover story</a> of this week&#39;s <em>New York</em> magazine is getting a lot of attention.</p><p>It features 35 women seated in chairs and one empty chair. The women are all dressed in black, looking straight ahead with both hands resting on their knees. It is a stark image, and all the more compelling because each of them is openly and by name accusing Bill Cosby of horrendous acts. Some say they were drugged and raped; others recount stories of narrowly escaping sexual assault.</p><p>But what has really hit a nerve is the empty chair in the photo. The chair has sparked a powerful conversation online, including a viral hashtag <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23TheEmptyChair&amp;src=tyah">#TheEmptyChair</a>.<br /><br />NPR&#39;s Renee Montagne spoke to <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/authors/137975988/hanna-rosin">Hanna Rosin</a>, author of <em>The End of Men: And The Rise of Women</em>, about the significance of the hashtag and how it&#39;s shedding light on a movement of people speaking publicly and frankly about experiences with sexual assault.</p><div><hr /></div><p><strong><span style="font-size:24px;">Interview Highlights</span></strong></p><p><strong>On the symbolism of the empty chair</strong></p><p>It serves so many purposes. First, it&#39;s a rebuke, like a classic rebuke. You know, here ... history, America, the patriarchy, whatever you want to call it, has made it difficult for women to speak their truth. So there&#39;s a chair that represents silence, something that didn&#39;t happen. It&#39;s also the opposite of that, which is an invitation, you know: &quot;Come sit in this chair.&quot; ... Social media, the hashtag &quot;EmptyChair&quot; basically is saying, &quot;All of you, it&#39;s time to speak up now. Walk up to this chair, sit down like the rest of us. There&#39;s a sisterhood here, waiting to greet you and share your stories.&quot;</p><p><strong>On the visual effect of the cover</strong></p><p>This is technically a story about Bill Cosby, but when you look at the cover, visually it transmits something different. There are women of all ages, ranging from 40 to 80; there are women of all races on this cover. There are women of all visual styles; they&#39;re all wearing black, but they&#39;re not wearing the same dress. ... So what this is saying is assault can happen to anyone. Here&#39;s a historical archive, not just of Bill Cosby&#39;s actions, but of women who have been assaulted generally.</p><p><strong>On what struck her about the hashtag</strong></p><p>I guess what struck me is the phenomenon that you can trace people&#39;s stories back to them. You know, Twitter is completely public. This is not a private forum for women to gather together. This is not one woman sort of clearing her throat and bravely coming forward. This is people under their own names, under their Twitter handles, saying this happened to me or a version of this happened to me or even just cheering the women on.</p><p><strong>On whether #TheEmptyChair moment will last</strong></p><p>I think this moment is going to last. ... [It] is unresolved and very interesting and, right now, intention. I&#39;m not talking about the Bill Cosby story anymore. ... The way this story has come out, apart from the Cosby story, is sexual assault on campus. And right now I think you have this moment where woman feel simultaneously very vulnerable. ... There&#39;s been so much news about sexual assault on campus. That&#39;s a story that really has invigorated the feminist movement in the last couple of years. On the other hand, women also feel empowered. ... The best <a href="http://www.wnyc.org/story/columbia-student-who-carried-mattress-everywhere-ends-protest/">example of this is Emma Sulkowitz</a>, a recent graduate of Columbia University. ... She wants people to pay attention to her abuse. ... She&#39;s also owning her abuse, turning it into art, really identifying herself with it and using it to make a statement.</p><p><strong>On how #TheEmptyChair connects to issues of sexual assault on campus</strong></p><p>The cover and the empty chair tie this whole story together. Because the cover is historical &mdash; you see that the women are a bit older. And then the empty chair ties into social media &mdash; that taps into the sexual assault on campus movement. So you&#39;ve got ... a kind of feminist history put together from beginning to right now.</p></p> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 13:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/sections/media/theemptychair-amplifies-conversation-about-sexual-assault-112522