Here are examples of episodes where I worked as the interview producer/booker. It was my job to find interviewees (both a solo and team effort), vet and pre-interview guests, coordinate logistics for Skype and studio guests, and essentially act as the liaison between the guest and the show.
Why has Sierra Leone declared rape a national emergency?
In early February 2019, Sierra Leone president Julius Maada Bio declared the prevalence of sexual violence a national emergency. In this episode of The Stream, we examined what is behind the rise in sexual assault and rape in Sierra Leone, the efforts to give a voice to survivors, and what action is needed to tackle the enduring sexual violence in the country.
#GandhiMustFall: Was Mahatma Gandhi racist?
In December 2018, the University of Ghana removed a statue of the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi, citing complaints from faculty and students that he was racist toward black Africans. The hashtag #GandhiMustFall was created to draw attention to derogatory statements the young Gandhi had written while living in South Africa. We spoke with Gandhi historians and #GandhiMustFall campaigners to explore Gandhi’s alleged past racist attitudes versus the civil rights activism he is known for.
Would you be fooled by a deepfake?
Deepfakes are synthetic videos that are generated using artificial intelligence programs. This technology can create realistic face swaps in videos, such as the one created by Jordan Peele, transposing his voice on former U.S. president Barack Obama. Most damagingly, deepfakes have been used especially in the porn industry. With the technology to make deepfakes becoming more advanced and democratised, machines may not be able to tell the difference between what’s real and fake.
Is there more to ASMR than brain tingles?
ASMR or Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response is the term used to describe the
”brain tingles” experienced by individuals in response to different triggers, such as the sound of whispers or crackling candy wrappers or paper.
#ReturnTheBirthright: Why are Jewish activists protesting travel to Israel?
Birthright trips are taken by young Jewish people around the world to travel to Israel all-expenses-paid, as a way for them to connect with their religion and homeland. However, Palestinian rights activists say the trip whitewashes the Israel-Palestine conflict and is ethically inconsiderate as Palestinians in the diaspora cannot return to their ancestral homeland.