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Monday, February 3, 2014

18 HOURS: EXAMINING LINGERING QUESTIONS ABOUT BOSTON MARATHON BOMBING MANHUNT


18 HOURS PART ONE:  Lingering Questions Surround Circumstances Of Watertown Shootout


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When explosions rocked the Boston Marathon finish line six months ago today, it was hard to imagine the world would ever be the same. Since then, WGBH News has been taking a closer look at the events of that memorable and deadly Friday in Cambridge and Watertown. This is the first of four stories in an ongoing series.

Just past midnight on Friday, April 19, Watertown police spotted the Mercedes and green sedan driven by the Tsarnaev brothers in the vicinity of Dexter Avenue. They chased both cars as improvised bombs are being thrown. By 12:38 a.m., Watertown police engaged in a furious shootout with the suspects near the intersection of Dexter and Laurel Street. Eight minutes later, Watertown resident Andrew Kitzenberg was watching the shootout from the third floor of 62 Laurel Street.

"I saw two men taking cover behind a dark SUV and they were shooting down Laurel Street towards officers and I couldn’t make out any true details because it was complete darkness out, but I could see two individuals kind of crouching and firing down the street, and I also had the vantage point of seeing at the end of the block the officers and there looked like there were about four or five vehicles at the end of Laurel Street,” Kitzenberg said of that night.

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18 HOURS PART TWO: 'Self-Deployment' May Have Caused Confusion During Boston Marathon Bombing Manhunt


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photo by Andrew Kitzenberg
 
As part of an ongoing series, WGBH News explores the unanswered questions that surround the massive manhunt in Watertown, Mass. on Friday, April 18 and the ultimate capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This is the second story of a four part series.

At 10:31 p.m. on April 18, MIT Police Officer Sean Collier was fighting for his life after being shot multiple times while sitting in his cruiser. Fellow officers rushed to his side trying to stem the bleeding.

Lt. Jeremy Walsh, of the Cambridge Fire Department, was among the first to respond at Vasser and Main Streets.   "I was in the firehouse when the call came in, roughly 10:20, 10:30," Walsh said.

"There were some police officers in the scene who had started care and we relieved them. It was our job to get him on a gurney; on a board into the ambulance."

Within two hours of treating officer Collier in Cambridge, Jeremy Walsh would be called to Watertown in response to the shooting of another officer — MBTA Police Officer Richard Donohue.
 
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18 HOURS PART THREE:  How Did Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Elude Police For So Long In Watertown?


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As part of an ongoing series, WGBH News explores the unanswered questions that surround the massive manhunt in Watertown, Mass. on Friday, April 18 and the ultimate capture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. This is the third story of the four part series.

How did Dzhokhar Tsarnaev elude police during the Boston Marathon bombing manhunt in Watertown in April?

Several eyewitnesses gave us the same account of Tsarnaev’s escape. Tsarnaev, driving a stolen SUV, ran over his brother and then rammed the SUV directly into two police cars that were blocking the road. He took off at least one door and mirrors as he barreled through. He was chased by officers on foot, but it’s not clear if any police officers pursued him in their vehicles.

From his porch, David LaRocca, a local sculptor, saw the blue police lights two blocks away and a fast moving vehicle heading in his direction.

"It seemed to me, whatever activity was going on down there was coming this way," he said. "So I literally dove back into my front door, and at that point I heard my building get hit by gunfire. I came out the door after my gunfire was done. The street was covered by SWAT people. And there was a SWAT officer in full armor. And I opened my door and I realized he didn't see me. And I said to him to try to reassure him, 'I live here.'"

Police swept past LaRocca’s building in the direction taken by Tsarnaev. But the 19-year-old bombing suspect had a head start.


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18 HOURS PART FOUR:  Watertown Manhunt For Tsarnaevs Offers Lessons For Law Enforcement


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This is the fourth of four stories in an ongoing series.

Minutes after news went out that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev had been flushed out of the boat where he was hiding, Watertown exhaled.
“Go Watertown!” crowds shouted.

Police forces from Winchester, Westford, Woburn, the National Guard, Billerica, the Massachusetts State Police, Watertown, Boston, Cambridge and elsewhere were celebrated like war heroes. And that evening, Watertown Police Chief Ed Deveau hailed the 18-hour manhunt as a model for the nation.

However, six months later, Deveau is more circumspect, preferring to view the Watertown shootout, lockdown and arrest as a case study rather than a model.

"Some of the local colleges have already been reaching out to people to find the lessons learned," he said. "I know the state is in the process of putting together the beginnings of an after-action report, so we can look at that and have it professionally looked at. That's going to take a while, because there are so many things that happened, and so many different agencies. You can't do this and just clean up afterwards and just wait for the next time. We have to study it. We have to look at it."

Still, Deveau says that if there is one example of excellence that can be gleaned from the 18 hours that began with the killing of MIT Police Officer Sean Collier in Cambridge, it is the way that law enforcement banded together to track down the suspects.

"Boston, Cambridge, the State Police, the surrounding communities, and the federal agencies that were able to come in and support us — no one, no one, worked outside of the group," he said. "That day, all law enforcement worked together in just an incredible way. It'll always be the highlight of my career, the proudest I've ever been."

And exactly who was in charge that night?

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Special Report: Human Trafficking

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Part 1: Hiding in Plain Sight
On a warm October night, the small, affluent town of Wellesley has better things to think about than human trafficking. But on this night, Wellesley went from a town renowned for its colleges and highly educated residents to a place where cops busted an alleged prostitution ring that operated out of a massage parlor.
Extra: Boston Public Radio - Sex Trafficking Reverberations

Part 2: The Route Through Queens
Without ever knowing it, you’ve driven the same routes, passed the same landmarks and used the same rest stops as today’s human trafficking networks that operate from New York to New England.


Part 3: The Business of Trafficking
Why would someone fly 8,500 miles and spend $4,000 dollars to pony up to a bar in Pattaya, Thailand?
“If they go into Pattaya, it’s not because Pattaya has nice beaches. It’s because it has sex tourism.”
Web Extra: The Origins of Sex Tourism & Trafficking in Southeast Asia

Part 4: One Town in Thailand
Pattaya, Thailand's famed nightlife is already in full swing. Pattaya is a “Wild West” of bars, massage parlors, brothels and strip clubs. I watch as inebriated men wander up and down the red-light district with its neon-sketched bars to  the left and right.

Part 5: Taken into China
Vietnam is losing its children.
For years, girls and young women have been taken — kidnapped and trafficked across the border into Cambodia and southern China. Many disappear into big cities.



Part 6: Trading in Shame
Phillip Martin travels Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, to the home of a man whose 19-year old daughter was just rescued from a brothel in China. The neighbors don’t know it.  

Part 7: Modern Day Slavery in America
If you think slavery ended in 1865, think again. Human traffickers have picked up where Jim Crow left off.

Part 8: What Now?
Individuals can take heroic steps to stop human trafficking, like the cab driver in Saigon who rescued 11- and 12-year-olds enslaved in garment factories.

Web Extra: The New Abolitionists
Profiles of the people in the U.S. and Asia who are working to end human trafficking where they live.

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Matt Friedman on Human Trafficking

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Irony: Mitt Romney Profited From the Auto Bailout That He Opposed

BUSINESS AND POLITICS: WGBH RADIO NEWS on The HUFFINGTON POST

Just weeks after Sen. John McCain lost the 2008 presidential race to Barack Obama, Mitt Romney wrote an op-ed in The New York Times opposing an auto bailout and calling instead for a "managed bankruptcy" — in fact, his opposition was a theme at the 2012 Democratic National Convention. But by saving auto-related industries,  that bailout had an unexpected beneficiary: Mitt Romney. One of those companies was Sensata, an organization bought by Bain Capital in 2006. Even though Romney was several years gone from the private equity firm that he founded, he was still making money from his Bain investments. Listen to my report

Thursday, July 12, 2012

TAKING ON THE HIV PANDEMIC in HO CHI MINH CITY

WGBH RADIO SPECIAL REPORT

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam — This summer, two Boston College professors are leading a group of students to volunteer at a clinic for HIV patients who are at the end of their lives in a society where the illness carries significant stigma.  They’re not here to tell Vietnamese clinicians, caregivers and patients what to do and how to do it, but instead they listen and learn.
Here's my audio and written report from Vietnam. 


ALSO LISTEN TO MY REPORT ON THE STRUGGLE AGAINST HIV IN ONE BLACK COMMUNITY IN BOSTON.

funding for my reporting trip to Vietnam was provided by the International Center for Journalists in Washington through the generosity of the Ford Foundation.  Phillip Martin, Ford Foundation Fellow and Senior Fellow with the Schuster Center for Investigative Reporting at Brandeis University.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

How to Create a World-Class Transit System

How to Create a World-Class Transit System

My latest report on WGBH Boston Public Radio: 

BOSTON — Cities all over the world rely on robust public transportation systems. What are they doing right, and what can Massachusetts learn? Listen to report:
Urban planners believe that a so-called world class city must have at least two things to deserve that title: class and a good subway system. But Bostonians can take comfort in knowing that their transit system ranks high-up—at least in the US— on some lists of indicators.



Sunday, March 4, 2012

Mayor Kevin White and Violence Over Boston School Desegregation

WGBH BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO SPECIAL: 

Learning About Desegregation In Charlestown at Charlestown High School 


Boston traditionally has evoked images of a colonial past, Ivy League prestige and a glistening modern skyline.  It  also—seemingly inescapably—is linked to the racially fueled anti-busing violence of the 1970’s.  The  death of Kevin White in January, who presided for several terms over the city as mayor, has once again brought that period into stark relief.  We wanted to know what students in Boston know about the former mayor and his role in the busing controversy. And to explore this question we chose Charlestown High School, which was at the center of resistance to 
 court ordered busing.   My radio report:          


Pulitzer–winning image "The Soiling of Old Glory" became the icon of racial tensions in Boston. (Stanley Forman/Boston Herald American)


Violence over Busing In The Kevin White Era
BOSTON — Mayor Kevin White presided over a tumultuous time of race relations. We look at his actions at three different crisis points and how they're seen today. My radio report:

Saturday, March 3, 2012

Somalia’s Plight Overlooked Among Global Troubles: PRI'sTHE WORLD

THE COLOR INITIATIVE


After prayer one day at the Islamic Cultural Center in the Roxbury section of Boston, Hirsi Hassan and other young Somalis sat down to discuss the crisis in the Horn of Africa. Though raised most of his 21 years in Boston, Hassan remembered life in a refugee camp and said the famine has affected all Somalis.
I feel like the world has not reacted to what’s going on in Somalia. It’s affecting the whole region, the whole Somali ethnicity, you know. The world should be doing more. It should be like the main news. 
Hear the complete Audio report on the WORLD:

Resources: Oxfam America, InterAction

Monday, December 19, 2011

SPRUCING UP OCCUPY WALL STREET'S IMAGE: What Would Don Draper Do?

WGBH BOSTON PUBLIC RADIO SPECIAL:



When your image is sullied, your fundraising is sinking fast and a poll shows even a majority of “Millennials” have a low opinion of your movement… you might consider turning to that paragon of cultural excess and Madison Avenue self-absorption: Don Draper.  What can advertising experts do to spruce up Occupy Wall Street's image that has been sullied by conservative ideologues, as well as self-afflicted mis-steps?  Read or listen to the public radio special report here:


Wednesday, November 23, 2011

DNA and QUESTIONS OF INNOCENCE IN MASSACHUSETTS' PRISONS

WGBH NEWS

Why is Massachusetts one of only two states in the country without a law granting prison inmates the right to test DNA evidence that might prove their innocence? 
Betty Ann Waters used DNA testing to exonerate her brother Kenny. Now she's advocating for a Mass. law that will make it easier for inmates to access similar evidence. The Innocence Project)

PART ONE:
Over the past two decades, eight people have been released from prison in Massachusetts after serving time for crimes they did not commit. DNA tests proved their innocence. But if you've been convicted here, it's harder to get access to DNA evidence in your case than it is for inmates in 48 other states. A report in the Nov. 20 Boston Globe Magazine examined why. WGBH News’ Phillip Martin questioned whether DNA evidence could help Tyrone Dixon, another man serving life in Massachusetts. 

PART TWO:  
Massachusetts legislators are considering a bill that would allow inmates access to DNA evidence that was critical to their convictions. Though the legislation is supported by the Massachusetts Bar Association, the state crime lab and many police departments, it is not clear that it will be passed by the spring deadline. Advocates say it can help free the innocent. Opponents believe the bill might serve to assist the guilty.


WGBH’s two-part report on post-conviction DNA access was produced in cooperation with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

'Occupy Boston' Demonstrators Bring Wall Street Protests North

After more than 2000 demonstrators took to Boston’s streets over the weekend, dozens remain camped out in tents in a park facing the city’s Federal Reserve Building. Occupy Boston organizers say they watched while many demonstrators protesting financial policies on Wall Street were arrested, and decided to act here.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

9-11 RADIO STORIES by PHILLIP MARTIN

SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING:

Vance Gilbert, a light-skinned black man with a salt and pepper beard, has what many would describe as an unusual hobby, and in response, someone said something. Would you have said something? 
"Google a picture of Vance Gilbert and then Google a picture of Osama Bin Laden or anybody else from the Middle East. Look, I’m a brown skinned- guy. Take a look at that and you tell me that combined with looking at a picture of planes from the 1940s is not going to trigger somebody’s panic twenty-three days out from the anniversary of Sept.1"

From high-rise balconies, and the top floors of homes and businesses, people look smaller, trees are closer, and some imagine they can touch the sky. Cathy Procopio standing on her 23rd floor balcony in Tribeca stared at a big gaping hole with smoke pouring from the north tower.

“It’s really close. It’s kinda like a bird’s eye view. And I remember looking and seeing people jump out through the hole and sitting there thinking ‘Oh, they’re falling at a different rate.’ Somehow I knew they were human beings jumping out but it didn’t register with me until afterwards. I was just looking at how their bodies were falling at a different rate than the debris. It was just very odd,”


 PLANE SPOTTING

Like so many who sit along railroad tracks to watch trains go by, plane spotters look to the air. With advances in digital photography, the ranks of aviation enthusiasts have grown, and many are unofficial watchdogs of the sky. But since Sept. 11, the plane spotters themselves are now being more carefully watched. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

FREEDOM RIDERS AND WORLD OPINION

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My most recent story on the PRI-WGBH-BBC Program "The WORLD".


50 years ago this month, black and white activists boarded buses in Washington and headed into the Deep South. That took courage in 1961.The year before, the Supreme Court had made segregation illegal in interstate travel. But the law wasn’t being enforced in the South. And so those bus passengers forced the issue.

They became known as the “Freedom Riders.”

This month, a racially integrated group of 40 American – and foreign – students recreated the Freedom Riders’ journey. Ray Arsenault, the author of a history of the Freedom Riders of 1961, is leading a group of 40 College students on a tour of one of Alabama’s most notorious sites. This place just outside of Anniston, Alabama, is where fifty years ago, the Ku Klux Klan attacked a Freedom Riders’ Greyhound bus bound for New Orleans. After slashing the tires, the bus was firebombed, which forced the riders into the road.

Along this highway outside of Anniston, Zilong Wang, who was born many years after 1961 in Baotou, China, is thinking about the lessons of non-violence practiced by the original Freedom Riders and how they might guide his beliefs and actions.

“This is not just a healing of the past but also it sheds a light on the future. Not just a future of the United States but also for China, because China will definitely go through a similar period,” Wang said. “How can we use non-violence and civil disobedience to bring meaningful reform into China’s social system under the condition of social harmony and stability, I think we’re learning a lot from them.”

Wang, a philosophy student at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, is one of a handful of students chosen to board a bus from DC to New Orleans, to re-create the journey of 50 years ago along with original freedom riders. They met important figures from the time along the route.

Like John Siegenthaler, who was an assistant to US Attorney General Robert Kennedy in 1961. He pointed out the contradictions of era – the Administration was pushing for freedoms around the world even as president Kennedy tolerated segregation and injustice throughout the Jim Crow South.

“The timing of the Freedom Rides and the conflagration that he (President Kennedy) hoped would never come, came at exactly the wrong time,” Siegenthaler said. “Came at the moment when’ he ‘s not able to make a convincing case about freedoms around the world, is not able to convince the Soviet Union ‘look free your people, let your people go. He’s not able to make that case because he had not let his own people go.” Siegenthaler said that the critical worldwide focus on domestic events in the USA helped to push the Administration into supporting civil rights.

Those events included attacks on Freedom Riders at this Trailways Bus Terminal in Birmingham, Alabama. This is the 8th city visited by the students on Freedom Ride 2011. Here Zilong Wang comes face to face with Freedom Rider James Zwerg, whose bloodied face peered from newspapers in 1961 helped compel hundreds of new riders to join the movement. Zwerg offers the college kids some pointers for their struggles, whatever they may be.

Follow the money: “If you want to bring about change you’re going to have to go the decision makers. In trying to change the movie theaters, it wasn’t going to happen,” Zwerg said. “In Nashville, for example, we had to make the people who owned the theaters decide to change.”

On this journey South, Zilong Wang and his fellow travelers also learned about the ultimate price that some paid for the advancement of human rights in the United States. The bus carring the 40 students has stopped in front of the 16th Street baptist Church in Birmingham. A bomb planted here took the lives of four little girls on September 15th , 1963.


Zilong Wang is only one of several foreign students on this tour of history and memory. Bakhrom Ismoilov is studying at Eastern Oregon University. He’s from Tajikistan. He equated some of the violence his country has recently experienced with the segregation of the south during the 1960’s. “It helps me a lot to see how much bigger and how much bigger scale it was. I can definitely relate this to terrorism, and actually putting a population of black Americans in fear,” Ismoilov said.

And over the din of the 16th Street Baptist Church Choir, Doaa Dorgham, a Palestinian born in Kuwait who wears a headscarf, laments what she sees as the irony of past and present discrimination in her adopted American land. “The irony of this situation is here I am celebrating how 50 years ago we made great strides to stop segregation in public transportation and discrimination, and then I’m in an airport and have to go through a body scan and have to go through a pat-down. And how is it that no one is able to see the correlation?” Dorgham asked.

As the Freedom Riders’ Tour winded down, students were asked what they will do with the knowledge they’ve collected along the way. Tanya Smith, who grew up in Haiti, and plans to return there to lead a non-violent movement on behalf of youth, spoke up.

“Just like the Freedom Riders saw the need in society for change, Haitian youth realize the power they do have and the stake they have for building Haiti’s future,” she said. “And I want to be able show that non-violence is more effective in the sense that you’re able to do what you’re doing without resorting to the same tools that your oppressors are using against you.”

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Human Trafficking Ringleader Jailed In Providence

WGBH Investigates:
BOSTON — A New York man is beginning 10 years behind bars in Rhode Island after pleading no contest to three counts of human trafficking earlier this month.

Twenty-three year olds Andy Fakhoury and Joseph Defeis enticed two young women from Yonkers to come to Providence with promises of jobs and love. Once the women arrived, they were forced into prostitution, according to the state attorney general’s office.   Read and listen to my radio report here (audio and print):  

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Questions about the Killing of Black Africans in Libya

THE COLOR INITIATIVE


At the onset of the conflict in Libya, citizens in open revolt against a brutal government rounded up mercenaries and slaughtered them on the spot.

Almost all of the three-thousand or so mercenaries transported to Libya to defend Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi’s embattled regime are dark-skinned men from Niger, Chad, Mali and elsewhere throughout the vast Sub-Saharan. An undetermined number are in fact black Libyan citizens from the south of the country. (Read Complete Article at Race Talk.Org)

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Fukushima Crisis Puts New Eyes On MIT Nuclear Reactor

BOSTON — Japan’s frantic effort to cool down a damaged nuclear facility has thrust nuclear power reactors back into the public’s imagination here in the United States. That’s bringing attention to New England's Pilgrim and Vermont Yankee plants — but also to a little-noticed reactor in Massachusetts.  I report for WGBH, New England's NPR station for news and culture. 

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Coming up on THE COLOR INITIATIVE ON PRI'S THE WORLD
















                
                     Eugenics Singapore Style

Eugenics was the so-called science of improving a population by controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of desirable heritable characteristics. In the 20th century it lead to millions of forced sterilizations worldwide and was linked to Nazi atrocities. In modern times China enacted a form of eugenic policy to control population and to restrict marriages between persons with certain disabilities and diseases. Singapore also briefly experimented with eugenics. The program, introduced in 1984, sought increased fertility for university-educated women and provided major subsidies for the voluntary sterilization of poor and uneducated parents. The official program has long been abandoned, but “social Darwinism” or what many historians regard as the ideological underpinning of eugenics is the dominant view still promulgated by Singapore’s founder and long standing mentor, Lee Kuan Yew, in his quest to create the perfect society. 



Critics of Singapore’s social engineering argue that the resulting policies are invariably skin color-coded and hierarchical since the “poor and uneducated” are disproportionately tan skinned Malays and charcoal-colored Tamils, rather than the politically-dominant Chinese ethnic majority. How does this view measure up objectively to Singapore’s quest to create a racially balanced society?
THE COLOR INITIATIVE on The World (PRI, BBC and WGBH) http://www.theworld.org/2009/07/24/color-initiative/

SUMMER OF 2011 ON THE COLOR INITIATIVE

A GLOBAL VIEW OF THE COLOR BLACK
(photo by Nancy Thomas)


In an upcoming series on PRI's The World, we'll look at the global perception of black skin color. We speak with a cognitive psychologist who has studied initial reactions to skin phenotypes, political scientists, a refugee from Darfur, historians, Chinese students, a development specialist from Yemen, African expats, Latin American activists and others.



There have been many attempts to understand blackness. Among the most classic explorations was Frantz Fanon’s "Black Skin, White Masks". (see video clip) Fanon observed that the most common view of black skin –which exists in hues from tan to charcoal and shades of gray –was a denial of recognition. Other perceptions at the time of the Algerian Revolution, and still in force today, are heavily weighted down in stereo-types.
So we ask these questions: Can anything or anyone change the universal or global perception of blackness? Is it even necessary in a world where perceptions of race and racism are changing, albeit slowly?   Does the fact that race is a social construct in any way mitigate anti-black skin prejudice? And does the ascendency of prominent individuals of African descent (Obama, Mandela, Rice, Powell) connote "post-racial" progress, or merely obfuscates what some regard as an immutable negative frame of reference to black skin color? 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

WGBH SPECIAL SERIES

RECOGNIZING BRUCE

An estimated 15,482 homeless people eke out an often-solitary existence on town and city streets across Massachusetts. About 20 percent of them are veterans. One of them is a former army soldier named Bruce Stuart.

Three years ago,I stopped into a cafe in Cambridge and struck up a conversation with a man sitting alone on a bench. It was Bruce, and he was making drawings of the world around him -- or at least the world as he saw it. That conversation led to more like it, and to the revelation of a complex human story.

Part One: A Man Without A Home
Jan. 19, 2010

Part Two: Enduring Street Life Through Art
Jan. 20, 2011

Part Three: A Home For Bruce And His Art

BROWN and The RAINBOW

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WGBH , PRI and BBC Announce a World-Wide Reporting Initiative Focused on Color

WGBH Radio, Public Radio International and the BBC have announced the launch of “The Color Initiative”, a landmark journalism project that will examine complex global issues of politics, culture, history and society through the framework of human perceptions and experiences related to color. Once complete, this on-going project will air on The World, broadcasting on WGBH 89.7, Mon-Fri at 4pm and 7pm. Feature Color Initiative stories reported from around the globe will be produced by Lifted Veils Productions, a Boston-based non-profit radio journalism organization dedicated to exploring issues that divide society. Former NPR supervising senior editor and NPR’s former Race Relations Correspondent, Phillip Martin, will serve as lead correspondent. He is also the Executive Producer of Lifted Veils Productions. Anthony Brooks, The World’s former senior producer and former national correspondent for NPR, is the Color Initiative series editor. The World’s Executive Producer is Bob Ferrante. The project is made possible by a grant from the Ford Foundation and the Massachusetts Foundation for the Humanities. “The establishment of an international editorial beat dedicated to covering color worldwide is the first of its kind, and places The World in a unique position in public radio in the United States and Britain,” says Marita Rivero, General Manager for WGBH Radio and Television. Among the topics that will be explored by the Color Initiative are: • COLOR AND IMMIGRATION: A FOUR PART SERIES • IRAQ’S WAR DEAD, AMERICA’S RESPONSE AND THE ROLE OF COLOR • CASTE, COLOR AND EDUCATION IN INDIA The first report in the year-long project looks at the on-going marketing campaign by Benetton, which mixes business with socially conscious messages focusing on diversity of all sorts, including color. Those messages are now coming up against growing anti-immigrant realities in Europe, including the dominant presence of the Northern League in the very Italian city where Benetton is headquartered: Treviso. That report airs in early November. About The World Winner of the 2006 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award for Broadcast News, The World with anchor Lisa Mullins has been bringing daily international news to local audiences for the past 10 years. Monday through Friday at 4pm on WGBH 89.7, the international staff of The World presents a mix of news, features, interviews, and music from around the globe. The World is the first international radio news program developed specifically for an American audience, giving listeners an upbeat and informed take on the day's events. Co-produced by WGBH, the BBC World Service, and Public Radio International, The World is heard on more than 200 public radio stations across the country. About WGBH Listener-supported WGBH 89.7 is Boston's NPR® arts and culture station. Bringing you the best for more than 50 years, 89.7 serves its wide-ranging audience with a menu of classical music, NPR news, jazz, blues, folk, and spoken-word programs. The station is an active participant in New England's vibrant music community, presenting more than 300 performances every year, including live broadcasts and remote recordings from such diverse venues as Tanglewood, the Lowell Folk Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival, and WGBH's own studios. WGBH 89.7 can be heard online anywhere in the world at www.wgbh.org, and can be heard on Nantucket at WNCK 89.5.

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