Ep62. A conversation with Khalid Medani on protests in Sudan

We begin this week’s episode discussing protests and democracy in Benin, the damage from Cyclone Idai in Mozambique, Malawi, and Zimbabwe, and the consequences of climate change more broadly. Our featured conversation is with Khalid Medani, an Associate Professor of Political Science and Islamic Studies and the Chair of the African Studies Program at McGill University. He has published widely on the on the roots of civil conflict and the funding of the Islamic movement in Sudan, the question of informal finance and terrorism in Somalia, the obstacles to state building in Iraq, and the role of informal networks in the rise of Islamic militancy. He provides insights on the current protests in Sudan and puts them in context. His conversation begins at 10:02.  … More Ep62. A conversation with Khalid Medani on protests in Sudan

Ep61. A conversation with Sally Nuamah on girls’ education

This week’s episode begins with discussion of events in DRC, Malawi, and Algeria. We also talk about a new study showing how democracy is good for our health.

Our featured conversation is with Sally Nuamah, an assistant professor at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Her research sits at the intersections of race, gender, public education and political behavior. She made the award-winning film, HerStory. We talk with Sally about her first book, How Girls Achieve, released this week by Harvard University Press. Our conversation begins at 10:53. … More Ep61. A conversation with Sally Nuamah on girls’ education

Links this week: Tanzania expulsion of UNDP official, anti-malaria vaccine, podcast and book recs, and more

Kenyan Mary Keitany broke the women’s world record for the marathon earlier this week at the London Marathon. Fellow Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru won the men’s race. Olympic silver medalist Feyisa Lilesa finished 12th, and crossed the finish line with his arms crossed overhead, a symbol of protest in solidarity with the Oromo Protests in Ethiopia. … More Links this week: Tanzania expulsion of UNDP official, anti-malaria vaccine, podcast and book recs, and more

What we’re reading this week: authoritarianism in Tanzania, academic freedom in Malawi, genocide and justice in Namibia, and more

Related to the last episode‘s focus on seeking justice for descendants of the colonial genocide committed by Germans in present-day Namibia, there’s some good reporting in Deutsche Welle on the Namibian government considering suing Germany over reparations to compensate the genocide’s victims. If our episode was the first time you heard about the genocide in Namibia, … More What we’re reading this week: authoritarianism in Tanzania, academic freedom in Malawi, genocide and justice in Namibia, and more

Ep2. A conversation with Priscilla Takondwa Semphere on storytelling

Takulandirani! (That’s “We welcome you,” in Chichewa.) This week we launch the #SecondSaturday series, when we chat with an author about their book. Our guest is Priscilla Takondwa Semphere, who talked about her book, Ekari Leaves Malawi. Priscilla is a student at Smith College who also writes for the Huffington Post. Our conversation with Ms. Semphere begins at 4:12. Listen … More Ep2. A conversation with Priscilla Takondwa Semphere on storytelling