Archives for category: Radio

The World asked me to head back to my hometown to do some reporting on the demonstrations and violence that followed Freddie Gray’s death.

Here’s one on Grace Lyo, a Korean-American shop owner whose store was burned down, and the neighbors who want to help her rebuild.

Another on the growing connections between African Americans and Latinos in Baltimore.

And a short piece on growing up in white Baltimore.

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Out in Richmond Hills, Queens, a Guyanese native repairs an instrument central to Indian spirituality. My story about Mindra Sahadeo, the harmonium king of Queens, for The World

Also check out Sonny Singh’s article about Sahadeo for Open City.

Mindra Sahadeo in his Richmond Hills home, playing one of the Madhura harmoniums he designed with a friend in Calcutta.

Mindra Sahadeo in his Richmond Hills home, playing one of the Madhura harmoniums he designed with a friend in Calcutta.

Step into a shipping container in a Lower East Side gallery; meet your new penpal in Iran.

Inside the Portal Between NYC and Tehran, an art installation with AV links between the two cities.

Inside the Portal Between NYC and Tehran, an art installation with AV links between the two cities.

 

Narendra Modi, India’s newly-elected Prime Minster, rolled through New York this weekend, part statesman, part rockstar. To some he’s a cause for concern. Here’s my story for The World about his appearance at Madison Square Garden, and the local community’s response to it.

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There were some new faces at the head of the massive People’s Climate March on Sunday–among them groups of immigrants. Here’s my story for The World.SystemChange

A filmmaker, an English prof, and a military analyst look for the message and the craft in ISIS propaganda videos. My story for The World.

Logo of Al Hayat, ISIS's media organization.

Logo of Al Hayat, ISIS’s media organization.

Two dispatches from my brief stint at The World‘s sports desk*. One on Nine Man, an alternative take on volleyball that grew up in Chinatowns in New York and elsewhere.

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And one on a group of runners who come from around the world to run around one block in Queens for a month-and-a-half.

Prasat*There is, to the best of my knowledge, no sports desk at The World.

A story for The World on New York City’s aging immigrant population.

A computer class The Bronx Korean American Senior Citizen Association on Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

A computer class The Bronx Korean American Senior Citizen Association on Grand Concourse in the Bronx.

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Photo courtesy of Gaye Paterson

The folks at Radio Diaries make hands down some of the best radio out there, and it was a real joy to get to work with them on this documentary about the 1988 popular uprisings in Burma. I started learning about these uprisings four years ago while I was working on the first story I ever did about that country. And 1988 came up in nearly every story I did on Burma after that–so much that’s happened in the 25 years since then has roots in those months.

Seamstress in a village in Myanmar's Irrawaddy Delta. Photo: Kaung Htet

Seamstress in a village in Myanmar’s Irrawaddy Delta. Photo: Kaung Htet

I was thrilled to be a part of this Open Hands Initiative/Global Post fellowship in June that sent 10 U.S. journalists over to Myanmar to work with 10 Burmese journalists, under the watchful eye of a bunch of seasoned foreign correspondents and Myanmar experts.

Here’s  the report that we put together for Global Post; lots of good stuff in there. Even better was getting to spend a few weeks exploring a country I’m fascinated by with new colleagues, and to see that country’s young media already thriving and in very capable hands, including those of my new friends at The Myanmar Times, RFA Burmese, and BBC Burmese.

Aung San Suu Kyi at a dinner we had with her on our final night in the country. Photo: Natalie Keyssar

Aung San Suu Kyi at a dinner we had with her on our final night in the country. Behind her are  Kaung Htet, who took the photo at the top of this post; Sarah Fitzpatrick, a producer for CBS; and me. The photo’s by Natalie Keyssar, another allstar.