Culture and Media

18.05.2020

United in Music: A virtual charity concert to aid UNHCR’S coronavirus response

United in Music: A virtual charity concert to aid UNHCR’S coronavirus response

Orchestral musicians from 30 countries, led by Maestro Shlomo Mintz, team up for globe-spanning performance in support of the UN Refugee Agency’s COVID-19 appeal. More than 50 musicians from around the world are contributing their talents and time to a joint virtual concert performance to raise funds for UNHCR, the… »

17.05.2020

Monumental differences: Prague, Moscow trade barbs over World War Two

Monumental differences: Prague, Moscow trade barbs over World War Two

As one ‘liberator’ vanishes from sight, another is on the rise The buildup to the 75th anniversary of the end of World War Two, marked earlier this month, has exacerbated a longstanding row about how contested historical figures should be perceived in both the Czech Republic and Russia. In Prague,… »

15.05.2020

Journalists under pressure in Belarus as Lukashenko runs for presidency

Journalists under pressure in Belarus as Lukashenko runs for presidency

The start of the presidential elections campaign in Belarus was marked by a harsh crackdown on journalists and bloggers. Analysts and human rights activists believe that the authorities will go on with repressions. A wave of arrests of journalists, bloggers and activists hit Belarus just a week into the presidential… »

15.05.2020

Why Conspiracy Theories Are So Dangerous

Why Conspiracy Theories Are So Dangerous

A belief in far-fetched ideas that help us make sense of crises ultimately feed regressive and right-wing politics. By Sonali Kolhatkar A mysterious new video documentary, slickly produced, and offering answers to the coronavirus pandemic, has been viewed millions of times on the internet in spite… »

14.05.2020

Face 2 Face with Lauren J Sharkey

Face 2 Face with Lauren J  Sharkey

On this show we speak with Lauren J. Sharkey, author of Inconvenient Daughter. As an immigrant from South Korea, adopted and brought here as a two-month old baby, she faced the classic stereotypes and discrimination. Lauren talks about the process of writing and publishing her first novel, which is coming… »

13.05.2020

China to its anxious youth: ‘Believe us, things are better in your day!’

China to its anxious youth: ‘Believe us, things are better in your day!’

A propaganda video addressing the country’s “back wave” triggered a backlash Chinese officials are keen to make the country’s younger generation feel fortunate for what it has, and it isn’t difficult to see why. The post-90s generation is the least happy among all age groups in… »

11.05.2020

Zoom fatigue: how to make video calls less tiring

Zoom fatigue: how to make video calls less tiring

Many new phrases have entered our vocabulary as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown. “Zoom fatigue” refers to the mental exhaustion associated with online video conferencing. We can change how we interact on video calls with adapted social behaviours such as scheduling shorter meetings. But… »

10.05.2020

Face 2 Face with Guido Dettoni

Face 2 Face with Guido Dettoni

On the show we speak with Guido Dettoni, a multi-disciplinary artist, about one his work HANDSMATTER. In this piece, Guido has participants shape wax while blindfolded as a way to help them reach internal spaces where memories and emotions resurface and a reconciliation is achieved. This process relates to another… »

09.05.2020

Media Shutdown During a Pandemic

Media Shutdown During a Pandemic

It was as if the pandemic Covid-19 was not yet inflicting enough deadly harm and threat to a population of over 110 million and a nightmarish uncertainty on an economy still lagging behind in the Asian region. . . It was as if the community quarantine locking people down in… »

07.05.2020

Idir: The Humility of the Shepherd Poet at the Service of Berber Humanist Values

Idir: The Humility of the Shepherd Poet at the Service of Berber Humanist Values

On May 2, 2970 of the year Yennayer (Berber calendar, May 2, 2020 for the Christian calendar) a hero of our time flew to the stars. Idir, Hamid Cheriet, who so often contemplated the starry vault when he was a shepherd in the Durdjura mountains of such profound beauty, must… »

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