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Global reporting on the front lines of the planet's most urgent issues — from terrorism to global warming to income inequality. Veteran correspondent Charles Sennott partners with the next generation of reporters to tell stories that will change the way you see the world and the journalists who cover it.
||CleanThe New American Songbook: Nuevo Mariachi||For Omar Naré, mariachi is in his blood. His grandfather, a Mexican farm laborer, brought the music with him to California’s Central Valley, where he settled his family. Omar grew up hearing mariachi at family get-togethers and had a childhood career as a mariachi singer. After a hiatus and period of disillusionment with the music of his childhood, Omar returned to mariachi. He realized, to make mariachi that felt honest to his experience, he had to break the rules. But if you break the rules of mariachi, is it still “mariachi”?||11/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New American Songbook: Rhythms from Cyprus||At age 20, percussionist George Lernis sought to travel halfway around the world from Cyprus, to follow in the footsteps of the American jazz masters. He navigated a series of obstacles, and once his student visa expired, he faced an even more difficult challenge: qualifying for an O-1 visa — a special designation for “extraordinary artists.” It’s no easy feat, to prove that one can make an extraordinary contribution to music in America.||11/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New American Songbook: Making It In The HMI||HMI stands for Haitian Music Industry, but its artists and fans are spread around the globe. Vladimir Mead immigrated to Boston 10 years ago at age 16. Since then, he’s built up a music career under the name Masterbrain — largely through YouTube and Facebook. His Creole freestyles and music videos have accumulated tens of thousands of hits, but he’s never returned to Haiti. We follow him as he prepares for his first trip back to Haiti, where he dreams of being a star.||10/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New American Songbook: For My Ayeeyo||Somalia is the “land of poets,” a place where love, law, war and peace have been carried out in verse for centuries. This is a story of what happens when that tradition is driven far from the dry soil and open skies that inspire the poets’ metaphors. Two young Somali-American women in Boston are drawn together by poetry, and use it to connect with their grandmothers or ‘ayeeyo’ in Somalia.||10/4/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe New American Songbook: Cambodia Reincarnate||During the Cambodian genocide in the 1970s, nearly all of the country’s musicians were killed. But in a strange twist of fate, music saved the life of a Cambodian boy named Sovann. Now a U.S. citizen in Lowell, Mass., he’s trying to make sure Cambodia’s music traditions live on. Across town, a 9-year-old boy seems uniquely gifted to do just that.||9/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMaking Music in the Syrian Diaspora||Ahmad Naffory fell in love with the guitar in a Syrian grocery store, but he didn't know that his music would cause him to flee his home for another continent. Strangers in a strange land, Ahmad and his bandmates — the bandit poets of Assa'aleek — use their music to remember the homes they left behind as they make their lives in a new world. Read more: http://thegroundtruthproject.org/making-music-syrian-diaspora/||7/26/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fix: Chapter 5 - We Need to Talk||On Long Island, the rate of death from opioid overdose is rising the fastest in all of New York. Here, providers are being trained in basic communication and learning to treat substance abuse like any other chronic disease. It starts with a conversation that many doctors still don't know how to have. Read more: http://thegroundtruthproject.org/the-fix-chapter-five/||5/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fix: Chapter 4 - A Better Way to Treat Addiction||In the South Bronx, healthcare providers here are pioneering an approach that is way ahead of the rest of the country. This system, where all of the patients' needs are met in once place, allows them to live high-quality lives, despite a world of stigma outside of the clinic walls. Read more: http://thegroundtruthproject.org/the-fix-chapter-four/||5/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fix: Chapter 3 - Detox, Rehab, Relapse, Repeat||To deal with the crisis on Staten Island, health officials and law enforcement are pioneering new kinds of treatment options. But residents are largely in denial about the problem, and those wanting to get clean are more likely to go far away for rehab – making them more vulnerable to relapse when they return. Read more: http://thegroundtruthproject.org/the-fix-chapter-three/||5/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fix: Chapter 2 - Not My Kid||Rampant prescriptions for painkillers laid the foundation for a deadly heroin epidemic in the mostly white, blue-collar community of Staten Island. Now, the old and new epidemics exist just a few miles apart. But the stigma of addiction has stopped these suburban neighborhoods from confronting the crisis. Read more: http://thegroundtruthproject.org/the-fix-chapter-two/||5/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Fix: Chapter 1 - The History You Never Heard||The South Bronx, New York's poorest neighborhood, has been dealing with a deadly heroin epidemic for generations. We look at the origins of the epidemic, residents' efforts to handle the crisis and the birth of a stigma that continues to kill, as opioid abuse spreads to the suburbs and beyond. Read more: http://thegroundtruthproject.org/the-fix-chapter-one/||5/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDispatch: Trump and the next chapter on climate||Donald Trump's victory in the U.S. presidential election sent shockwaves around the world, but particularly at U.N. climate conference in Marrakech. GroundTruth's Justine Calma and Chris Bentley share voices from the global gathering.||12/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving Proof: Anguish in Arctic Scandinavia||A mental health crisis is taking root in Arctic Scandinavia among the indigenous Sami, as a changing climate threatens wildlife and ways of life. GroundTruth's Melody Schreiber reports from Sweden and Norway.||12/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving Proof: Storms, sex and survival in the Philippines||After covering the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan in 2013, GroundTruth's Aurora Almendral investigates how typhoons are driving waves of human trafficking in the Philippines. This is a coproduction with KCRW's UnFictional.||12/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving Proof: Zika in the Americas||Zika virus is now in dozens of countries, including the United States. GroundTruth's Beth Murphy documents the epidemic in Puerto Rico, exploring how climate change is affecting mosquito-borne diseases, here and around the world.||11/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving Proof: Jakarta's fight against flooding||The rising seas and increased storms that come with climate change pose a threat to many coastal cities. GroundTruth's Chris Bentley goes to Indonesia’s capital to investigate how even projects done in the name of defending the city’s most vulnerable residents could actually leave them worse off.||11/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLiving Proof: Somalia's climate for conflict||For 25 years, drought and war have reinforced each other in a deadly cycle in Somalia. GroundTruth's Laura Heaton reports on how the underlying causes of Somalia's long-running civil war are being worsened by climate change.||11/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDispatch: Drowned Out In Paris||Are young people being shut out of the world's response to climate change? GroundTruth climate fellows Justine Calma and Chris Bentley kick off our new series of reports on global warming with this dispatch from the historic COP21 conference in Paris.||3/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEp. 5, From Syria With Baklava||The epic journey of a group of Syrian refugees brought together by a famous sweets shop called Salloura. Syrian-American correspondent Dalia Mortada tells the story.||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExtra: Covering Haiti's Unimaginable Earthquake||What do you learn from seeing the world collapse? Veteran CBC reporter David Gutnik risked his life to cover the aftermath of Haiti's 2010 earthquake, which killed more than 230,000 people. Even in the wake of catastrophe, David found moments of resilience and rebirth. In this report from our friends at the CBC podcast "Back Story," David looks back on his harrowing journey to Haiti...and how it affected him. Listen to more "Back Story" -- and subscribe to their show.||1/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 4, Razia's Way: One School's Fight for Afghanistan's Girls||How do you convince the conservative men of Afghanistan to get behind girls' education? This is the story of one determined, Afghan woman from Massachusetts who seems to have found a way...and one student her school tried to reach. The third and final part of our "Foreverstan" series, episode four is reported by Director of GroundTruth Films, Beth Murphy.||12/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 3, War Reporting: A Love Story||Conflict reporter Tracey Shelton has been willing to risk her life to tell the stories of ordinary people in war zones. But now that she's found love, is her work still worth the risk? GroundTruth Producer Nathan Tobey tells the story.||11/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 2, Foreverstan: The Aftermath||Where is Afghanistan heading? GroundTruth correspondent Jean MacKenzie assesses the fall of Kunduz, and Charlie Sennott travels along the country's "Ring Road" with Iraq War veteran and photojournalist Ben Brody to investigate the legacy of the US invasion and occupation.||9/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode 1, Foreverstan: The First Casualty||Correspondent Charles Sennott follows the roots of the war in Afghanistan from the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. He then returns to the scene of a harrowing prison uprising where the first American was killed in a war that seems to go on forever.||9/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
I felt like I was actually there in Afghanistan. Kudos to the folks at GroundTruth. This is outstanding!
Gives the sense of being there
This is a great way to hear stories — when you read the news you rarely get the “story behind the story” from the journalist on the ground. And there are so many things about the experience of reporting that we never hear or see. But with GroundTruth, we can listen! It really gives the listener a sense of what it’s like to be in a place at a certain time, really experiencing news as the journalists themselves experience it.
Important issues, told well with great sound
I've been looking for more shows to broaden my horizons, to cover what's happening in the world today, not just what's in my FB news feed. So far, this seems to be a great podcast for my collection. The host's voice and read manages to be both serious and engaging - a personal quality to it that's a a nice change from some of the more reporterly sounds of public radio. The production quality is high, which is also refreshing. Sometimes I lose the story in all the description, but I also don't really mind because I'm rewarded with a sense of actually being in the places talked about. Bravo, looking forward to more.