Episodes
As the war in Ukraine hits nine months, the news output is becoming harder, not easier, to navigate.Much of the coverage is misleading at best and dangerous at worst - and with the war showing no signs of stopping, even the term diplomacy has somehow become a dirty word.Contributors:Branko Marcetic - writer, Jacobin magazineLeonid Ragozin - journalistGeorge Beebe - director of grand strategy, Quincy Institute think tankOn our radar:One week down, three weeks to go for World Cup 2022 and some...
Published 11/26/22
It has been less than a month since Elon Musk took over Twitter - and things do not seem to be going well for "social media’s public square". With thousands of employees laid off and advertisers pulling money from the platform, many wonder what will be left of Twitter by the time Musk is done?Contributors:Lia Holland - Campaigns and communications director, Fight for the FutureChris Stokel-Walker - Technology journalist  and author, TikTok BoomJenna Golden - Founder, Golden Strategies and...
Published 11/20/22
Published 11/20/22
With world leaders gathered in Egypt for the latest UN climate summit, the agenda could not be clearer. Experts say the policies governments put in place at last year’s conference in Scotland will still leave large parts of the planet uninhabitable. The lack of progress has many questioning the COP process.Contributors:Bahar Dutt - Environmental journalist; associate professor, Shiv Nadar UniversityAsad Rehman - Executive director, War on Want; lead spokesperson, Climate Justice...
Published 11/12/22
Not content with manufacturing cars, generating energy, getting into space travel - Elon Musk is in the midst of a $44bn takeover of Twitter. Now he has also been involved in foreign policy conflicts - from Russia-Ukraine to China and Taiwan. Musk clearly considers himself a geopolitical player, but he is entering a world in which he has no expertise, just interests.Contributors:Chris Stokel-Walker - Technology journalist & author, TikTokBoomPeter Micek - General counsel, Access NowJason...
Published 10/22/22
Inside Russia, the narrative around the "war" is changing. The pro-war Putin-faithful are grappling with defeats they never expected and generals are taking the flak from public figures, loyalists on state TV channels, and even military bloggers.Contributors:Jade McGlynn - Monterey Initiative in Russian StudiesMaxim Alyukov - King’s Russia Institute, King’s College LondonMikhail Fishman - Anchor, Dozhd TVKatrina vanden Heuvel - Editorial director, The NationOn our radar:Iranian Supreme Leader...
Published 10/08/22
After being forced off mainstream social media, QAnon followers fled to the outer reaches of the internet and, since then, QAnon’s gamification of reality has morphed into more pragmatic goals - like electing certain politicians. Chief among them is Donald Trump, whose occasional flirtation with the movement has moved to more of an open embrace.Contributors:Mia Bloom - Professor of communication, Georgia State UniversityAlex Kaplan - Senior researcher, Media Matters for AmericaKurt Eichenwald...
Published 09/24/22
In death, as in life, British Queen Elizabeth II is at the centre of a media spectacle - but not all outlets, especially those outside the United Kingdom, have maintained a tone of reverence, with many confronting thorny issues from the monarchy’s past.Contributors:Mic Wright - Media criticMaya Jasanoff - Professor of History, Harvard UniversityLaura Clancy - Author, Running the Family Firm, and lecturer in Media, Lancaster UniversityTim Ewart - Royal commentator, and former royal editor, ITV...
Published 09/17/22
India is at a dangerous moment.The voices of Hindutva - Hindu supremacy - are ascending, spreading division and hate speech. It has worked its way through the body politic like a slow-acting poison. And the effect on the secular fabric of the Indian republic and the lives of minorities - especially Muslims - has proven toxic, at times deadly.Contributors:Kanchan Gupta - Senior adviser, Ministry of Information & BroadcastingManisha Pande - Executive editor, NewslaundryArvind Rajagopal -...
Published 08/06/22
The High Court in the United Kingdom is debating whether Julian Assange can appeal his extradition to the United States. Press freedom advocates say handing him over would put journalists everywhere at risk.Contributors:Tariq Ali - Author, In Defence of Julian AssangeBranko Marcetic - Writer, JacobinAnna Loll - Freelance journalistHolly Cullen - Adjunct professor of law, University of Western AustraliaOn our radar:An organisation set up by Ukraine's President Zelenskyy has released a...
Published 07/30/22
As Tunisia prepares to vote on a controversial new constitution, President Kais Saied’s continuing power grab risks reversing the country's hard-won media freedoms.Contributors:Thameur Mekki - Editor-in-chief, NawaatMonia Ben Hamadi - Media consultantMonica Marks - Professor of Middle East politics, NYU Abu DhabiOn our radar:In Iran, three acclaimed film directors are arrested for statements made on social media in support of anti-government protests. Meenakshi Ravi reports on why Iran is...
Published 07/23/22
Social media users and their smartphones have driven and documented protests that ended the presidency of Sri Lanka's Gotabaya Rajapaksa. Even mainstream media outlets have been forced to assess the sort of coverage they do.Contributors:Nalaka Gunawardene - Media analystVindhya Buthpitiya - Anthropologist, University of St AndrewsBhavani Fonseka - Human rights lawyerSanjana Hattotuwa - Research fellow, The Disinfo ProjectOn our radar:Bashar al-Assad’s latest Aleppo visit was a PR hit. Tariq...
Published 07/16/22
As Egypt’s President el-Sisi kicks off a "National Dialogue" on human rights, the precarious fate of jailed writer and activist Alaa Abd el-Fattah exposes the grave climate for free speech in the country.\r\n\r\nContributors:\r\nMona Seif - Sister of Alaa Abd el-Fattah\r\nNancy Okail - President, Center for International Policy\r\nAmr Khalifa - Political analyst\r\nSabrina Bennoui - Head of the Middle East desk, Reporters Without Borders\r\n\r\nOn our radar:\r\nFall from disgrace....
Published 07/09/22
The Supreme Court of the United States has revoked the legal right to have an abortion, and certain sectors of the US media have had an important role to play in pushing things in this direction.\\r\\n\\r\\nContributors:\\r\\nJenna Sherman - Science writer, Meedan\\r\\nCaitlin Cruz - Senior reporter, Jezebel\\r\\nTerry Heaton - Author, The Gospel of Self: How Pat Robertson Stole the Soul of the GOP\\r\\nSamuel Perry - Sociologist, University of Oklahoma\\r\\n\\r\\nOn our radar:\\r\\nFormer...
Published 07/02/22
Ukraine - and the Kremlin’s special media operation that has Russian journalists under control. Contributors: Anthony Borden - CEO, Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR) Andrei Soldatov - Editor-In-Chief, Agentura.ru, investigative journalist Mariia Zolkina - Head of Regional Security and Conflict Studies, Democratic Initiatives Foundation Ekaterina Kotrikadze - News director, Dozhd TV On our radar: The Times of London crumbles under political pressure. Producer Meenakshi Ravi looks...
Published 06/25/22
Donald Trump had the Big Lie. Now, investigators in Congress are televising what they hope might be the Big Truth. Will these made-for-TV hearings break through to enough of the American public? Contributors: Alex Shephard - Staff writer, New Republic Molly Jong-Fast - Contributing writer, The Atlantic Angelo Carusone - President & CEO, Media Matters for America Hugo Lowell - Congressional reporter, The Guardian On our radar: The Kremlin’s propagandists have a few friends in Italian TV;...
Published 06/18/22
An international backlash from more than 15 Muslim-majority countries is rattling India’s ruling BJP – and it all started with one comment on a news talk show. Contributors: Suhasini Haidar – Diplomatic Editor, The Hindu Nikhil Mehra – Lawyer Pratik Sinha – Co-founder, Alt News Hartosh Singh Bal – Political Editor, Caravan Magazine On our radar: The investigation into the 2021 storming of the US Capitol hits prime time TV. Producer Flo Phillips asks, do enough Americans care? Big Oil...
Published 06/11/22
On this special edition of The Listening Post, a timeline of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, a chronology of our reports - from the build-up, to the invasion, right through the messaging and the media’s news coverage, from around the world. Contributors: Max Seddon - Moscow bureau chief, Financial Times Ekaterina Kotrikadze - News director & host, Dozhd Terrell Starr - Host, Black Diplomats podcast Bryan MacDonald - Former journalist, RT Adam Tooze - Professor of history, Columbia...
Published 06/04/22
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison is out, the outcome also amounts to a rejection of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp - which backed Morrison and ridiculed candidates demanding action on the climate. Murdoch’s used to setting the political agenda down under. No longer. Contributors: Sally Rugg - National director, Australians for a Murdoch Royal Commission Richie Merzian - Director, Climate and Energy Program, The Australia Institute Malcolm Farr - Political journalist Michael Mazengarb -...
Published 05/28/22
Israel’s denial and disinformation surrounding the killing of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh came as no surprise to Palestinians familiar with the Israeli playbook - the one it uses to deflect, delay and avoid accountability. It has the effect of muddying the waters, obscuring what, to those on the ground, is crystal clear: that Israel systematically targets Palestinian journalists for doing their jobs. Contributors: Shourideh Molavi - Palestine-Israel researcher, Forensic...
Published 05/21/22
Impunity in the holy land. Will Israel be held to account for killing Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh? Contributor: Diana Buttu - Human rights lawyer and former adviser, Palestine Liberation Organization On our radar: Has the tide turned in Sri Lanka? Producer Meenakshi Ravi looks at how media outlets in the country are changing their tune on the Rajapaksa government. Russian media mercenaries: The Russian mercenaries and misinformation messing with politics in...
Published 05/14/22
Nostalgia for the days of dictatorship; Filipinos go to the polls as journalists prepare for life post-Duterte. Contributors: Marichu Lambino - Professor, University of the Philippines Camille Elemia - Journalist Jonathan Corpus Ong - University of Massachusetts Amherst & Disinformation Researcher, Harvard University Rachel Khan - Co-ordinator, Tsek.ph On our radar: Judgment Day is coming for the United States’ abortion law. Producer Flo Phillips looks at the sneak preview of the...
Published 05/07/22
Elon Musk is closing in on buying Twitter for $44bn, taking control of a platform where everyone seems angry about something. It is not yet clear if the billionaire knows just what he is getting into. Contributors: Rasha Abdul-Rahim - Director, Amnesty Tech Abe Brown - Senior editor, Forbes Evan Greer - Director, Fight for the Future Edward Ongweso Jr - Staff writer, Motherboard Shadma Shaikh - Co-founder, FactorDaily On our radar: Amateur hour: The Kremlin accuses its adversaries of...
Published 04/30/22
In the weeks since Pakistan’s former Prime Minister Imran Khan was removed from government, he has been conducting an aggressive campaign - on the ground and online - to get himself back into office. And it has put the country’s media outlets in a difficult position, especially when reporters remain beholden to who really runs the country: the military. Contributors: Amber Shamsi - Director, Centre for Excellence in Journalism Hamid Mir - Host, Geo News Asad Ali Toor - Founder and host, Asad...
Published 04/23/22
Over the course of the French presidential election campaign, roughly one-third of voters have said they will back a candidate from the far right - either Marine Le Pen, who President Emmanuel Macron defeated in 2017, or Eric Zemmour, a former journalist with multiple convictions for hate speech. Zemmour owes much of his prominence to a news channel owned by media tycoon Vincent Bollore, whose influence increases with each news outlet he takes over. As France goes to the polls, we examine...
Published 04/09/22