The State We’re In Podcast #13: ZWARTE PIET – QUINSY GARIO

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THIS WEEK IN THE THE STATE WE’RE IN PODCAST: Black Peter or Zwarte Piet – is it a beloved Dutch Christmas character or a racist throwback to the minstrel tradition? Quincy Gario, a media expert from the Dutch Island St. Maarten, didn’t think much of it until his mother was called “Zwarte Piet”. Then he launched a public campaign to end the tradition that led to a police beating, death threats and a national debate and led him to being, for a few months, the most hated man in The Netherlands.


QUINSY’S ARREST IN DORDRECHT

 

 

 

 

The State We’re In Podcast #12: Torture Radio

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In possibly the most hard-hitting TSWI ever, Jonathan speaks with Meron Estefanos, an Eritrean/Swedish journalist whose online radio show speaks with prisoners held hostage in Sinai torture camps. Thousands of Eritrean refugees have fled the military dictatorship at home to find a better life in Sudan and Israel. Many are kidnapped and ransomed by Bedouins. Meron tells Jonathan how she tries to help them by publishing their pleas for help. She also talks about her trip to Israel, the Sinai and how she almost got captured herself. 

The State We’re In Podcast #11: Changelings

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Sean McAllister

This week on The State We’re In Podcast from WBEZ: Changelings. Jonathan meets Sean McAllister, the British filmmaker who shot the underreported Arab Spring in Yemen through the eyes the most reluctant of revolutionaries, his tour guide Kais. And Jonathan tells the story of how a trip to his ancestral hometown in Poland taught him that his entire family history was a pack of lies.

 

The State We’re In Podcast #10: Muhammad Ali & Me

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On this week’s The State We’re In from WBEZ: Muhammad Ali and Me. The story of how Muhammad Ali tried to make one man into a rock and roll superstar……and how he, quite literally, lost it all.

Click below to see 5 minutes from Michel’s film with Muhammad Ali.

The State We’re In Podcast #9: A Close One

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Above: Yannis Pappis
This week on The State We’re In from WBEZ: A Close One. 3 short stories of people who have had a brush with something terrible and walked away from it somehow changed, sometimes for the better. A comedian gets shot in the leg and has to learn how to find the funny again. A runner gets hit by a car and creates the Beirut marathon from her hospital bed. And Jonathan goes on a holiday to Africa and has a dangerous confrontation with desperation.
MAY EL KHALIL’S TED TALK!

EXTERNAL LINKS:

YANNIS PAPPAS’S WEBSITE
BEIRUT MARATHON

The State We’re In Podcast #8: Do the Right Thing

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This week on The State We’re In Podcast: Do The Right Thing!  Investigative journalism in Mexico can be a life-threatening profession. No one knows this better than veteran reporter Sergio Haro and his colleagues at the Tijuana based, muckraking, independent weekly Zeta”. Sergio tells Jonathan why he still reports the truth, despite having lost friends and colleagues to powerful drug cartels and corrupt officials.
And master storyteller Sahand Sahebdivani dazzles us with the parable “The Boy, the Snake and the King”.

Here’s the trailer for the film about Sergio and Zeta:

REPORTERO (2012) Trailer from Quiet Pictures on Vimeo.

And here’s master storyteller Sahand Sahebdivani  playing a Persian instrument known as the Bam Tar.

The State We’re In Podcast #7: Ala’a Basatneh

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This week’s guest on The State We’re In Podcast:  Ala’a Basatneh was once a mall-loving “average Arab-American teenager.” When the Syrian Civil War started, she became #chicagoGirl, the center of a web of Syrian citizen journalists who took over the job of reporting the war when the Assad regime banned western journalists. Over the past three years, she’s seen friends captured, tortured and killed, been followed and photographed and walked through a minefield: literally.

Why look here.  A video!

The State We’re In Podcast #6: Henk Schiffmacher

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henk schiffmacherThis week’s guest on The State We’re In Podcast: Hendrikus Johannes Everhardus Schiffmacher – better known as Henk “Hanky Panky” Schiffmacher, tattoo artist to the rock and pop stars. He’s a loud, beer barreled, gold toothed Dutchman who has travelled the world collecting forgotten styles indigenous tattooing while unashamedly indulging in almost every form of pleasure. “They don’t call me Hanky Panky for nothing!”

SCROLL DOWN FOR A SLIDESHOW OF SNAPS I TOOK OF HENK’S SHOP

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The State We’re In Podcast #5: Inna Shevchenko

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Inna Shevchenko, the defiant leader of FEMEN
Inna Shevchenko, the defiant leader of FEMEN

This week in The State We’re In Podcast: Jonathan speaks with Inna Schevchenko, the leader of the radical feminist protest organization FEMEN, whose manifestations have garnered her equal measures of devotion, death threats and lawsuits.

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