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Al Jazeera Podcasts
Making sense of the world, one story at a time. Host Malika Bilal and journalists from Al Jazeera's international bureaus share their take on the news every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
2 days ago
America's other independence day
Juneteenth, as it's known, is the day in 1865 when enslaved people in Texas finally learned that slavery had been abolished two years earlier. The date, June 19, has been marked as the true day of independence in the Black community for over 150 years, and now state governments, companies and many other Americans are finally taking notice. In this episode: Michael Harriot (@michaelharriot), senior writer for The Root; Michael Hurd, a historian and director of Prairie View A&M University’s Texas Institute for the Preservation of History and Culture; Opal Lee, a 93-year-old activist and advocate for Juneteenth becoming a US federal holiday. Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
4 days ago
Bolsonaro's handling of coronavirus shakes Brazil
Latin America's most populous country now has over 1 million infections and more than 50,000 COVID-19 deaths. But President Jair Bolsonaro continues to dismiss the outbreak, and has protested local lockdown measures. The rate of infections continues to grow, threatening indigenous communities in the Amazon, with many accusing the government of genocide. In this episode: Teresa Bo, Al Jazeera journalist covering Latin America. For more: Protests target Bolsonaro after Brazil's worst coronavirus week In Pictures: COVID-19 ravages Amazon river communities in Brazil COVID-19 spreading fast among Brazil's Indigenous tribes Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
6 days ago
How could annexation change the West Bank?
July 1 is a deadline with the potential to reshape Israel, Palestine, and the rest of the Middle East. That’s when Israel may begin plans to annex parts of the Occupied West Bank — as much as 30 percent. Annexation is illegal under international law and much of the world has condemned it. So why might this controversial move happen now? In this episode: Rania Zabaneh (@RZabaneh), Al Jazeera journalist in the Occupied West Bank; Gershom Gorenberg (@GershomG), Israeli historian. For more: 'Everyone scared': How Palestinians are preparing for annexation UN, Arab League call on Israel to drop annexation plans Palestine and Israel: Mapping an annexation Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Jun 26, 2020
Carvell Wallace and Mahershala Ali on being Black in America
Carvell Wallace was the host of Al Jazeera's first feature podcast in 2017. In Closer Than They Appear, he had tough conversations centered around issues we are struggling with today, and he gave us a glimpse into what it's like to be a Black man in America. In the first of seven episodes, he talks with Academy Award-winning actor Mahershala Ali. Today, The Take brings you this conversation. In this episode: Mahershala Ali, actor and artist. For more: Closer Than They Appear Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Jun 24, 2020
Hacking world hunger during coronavirus
Global hunger is one of the most dangerous side effects of the coronavirus pandemic. Some of the most vulnerable to hunger live in the world's richest cities, or work in the industries that feed us. In this episode, The Take explores the global food chain's weak links and how some are innovating to help keep people fed. In this episode: Duarte Geraldino (@Duartegeraldino), deputy managing business editor for AJ Impact; Edward Summers (@edsummers11), executive director of The Bronx Private Industry Council; and Raj Patel (@_RajPatel), research professor at the University of Texas at Austin. For more: Coronavirus response: Hacking emergency food supply chains Food supply chains do not care if people go hungry Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Jun 22, 2020
Hong Kong protests resume, with higher stakes
Protesters say the Hong Kong and Beijing governments are stealthily chipping away at the city's democracy this year, expecting the international community to be distracted by the coronavirus pandemic. Many activists say 2020 is the year Hong Kong will either get democracy, or lose everything. In this episode: Divya Gopalan (@DivyaGnews), Hong Kong native and Al Jazeera journalist. For more: Hong Kong’s long game to secure democracy Hong Kong security law: Growing unease about China's legislation 'There is never an end game': Hong Kong after a year of protest Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Jun 19, 2020
Kids, parents, and the pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic has changed every aspect of society, including education. Classes have moved online, and parents have become responsible for their children's schooling. In this episode, we’re exploring how this sudden shift in routine might affect a child's development, and asking what families can do to make kids feel safe and supported. In this episode: Dr. Jessica Dym Bartlett (@dymbartlett), director of early childhood research at Child Trends. For more: Children facing 'devastating' effect of coronavirus: Report Coronavirus fallout triggers human development crisis: UN New normal awaits US college students returning to campus Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Jun 17, 2020
In Yemen, battling coronavirus during civil war
Five years of civil war, cholera, and starvation have devastated Yemen while Saudi-led blockades and bombing campaigns have left its healthcare system almost useless. Now, Yemen faces a new challenge — a global pandemic, right when crucial aid to the country is starting to dry up. How bad could things get in Yemen? In this episode: Hakim Almasmari, journalist and mediator in Sanaa, Yemen. For more: Donors pledge $1.35bn in humanitarian aid to war-ravaged Yemen Yemen gov't accuses Houthis of covering up coronavirus outbreak Saudi-led coalition says it shot down two Houthi drones Connect with The Take: Twitter (@ajthetake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Jun 15, 2020
Police in the US take surveillance to the sky
Each time someone leaves their home in Baltimore, Maryland, their every move could be recorded from above. The city with one of the highest murder rates in the US has launched the Aerial Investigation Research surveillance program. Critics say it represents a frightening erosion of people's right to privacy. In this episode: Patty Culhane (@PattyCulhane), Al Jazeera journalist; Brett Max Kaufman, senior staff attorney at the American Civil Liberties Union's (@ACLU) National Security Program. For more: US city deploys camera-equipped planes for surveillance Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Jun 12, 2020
In a pandemic, are most jobs bull****?
Anthropologist David Graeber wrote the book on “Bull**** Jobs,” and he joins The Take to talk about what makes work essential, and what makes it pointless. The pandemic has sparked conversations about undervaluing essential workers, especially as pressure grows to “get the economy going again”. In this episode, Graeber asks what we really mean when we talk about “the economy,” and who it benefits. In this episode: David Graeber (@davidgraeber), author and professor of anthropology at the London School of Economics. For more: On the Phenomenon of Bullshit Jobs: A Work Rant by David Graeber Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Jun 10, 2020
The US movement to abolish the police
Defund, reform or abolish police departments — that's the growing call among US protesters. Already, the idea is taking hold, as the Minneapolis City Council pledged to dismantle its police department this week. Why is this movement gaining traction? We go to Minneapolis to find out. In this episode: A. Raphael Johnson (@ulitave), a novelist in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Kami Chavis (@ProfKamiChavis), director of the Criminal Justice Program at Wake Forest University; Simone Weichselbaum (@SimoneJWei), writer at The Marshall Project; Mohamed Shehk, communications director for Critical Resistance (@C_Resistance). For more: Mapping US police killings of Black Americans US Democrats in Congress propose extensive police reforms Police forces across US promise reform Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Jun 8, 2020
Mexico reopens its beaches, but COVID-19 rates are up
Mexico is reopening its economy after it implemented measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19. But the numbers of bodies piling up in morgues and crematoriums in the capital don't seem to match the numbers that President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador says are helping to flatten the curve. In this episode: Manuel Rapalo (@Manuel_Rapalo), Al Jazeera correspondent in Mexico City; Mercedes Vargas-Lugo, planning producer for Al Jazeera English. For more: Mexico to start reopening from lockdown amid rising infections 8,000 'excess deaths' in Mexico City as coronavirus rages: study 'No one's looking out for us': Mexico medical workers beg for PPE Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Jun 5, 2020
Voices from the US protests
Protesters across hundreds of US cities are defying curfews and risking arrest to protest against police brutality. We've seen demonstrations like this before, but this year's wave feels different. To understand why, we speak with author and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib. We also speak with a woman in Washington, DC who unexpectedly faced the police at her doorstep this week. In this episode: Poet and GEN magazine editor, Hanif Abdurraqib (@NifMuhammad). Madiha Nawaz (@madihasays), a graduate student and Washington, DC resident. For more: America Returns to Its Violent Normal by Hanif Abdurraqib Will protests in the US lead to a political change? What happened the day George Floyd died in police custody? Floyd protests: Charting US racial inequality Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Jun 3, 2020
Sudan's muted massacre, one year later
As demonstrations continue in the US, The Take is revisiting protests that took place a year ago in Khartoum, Sudan. One hundred people were reported killed on Massacre Monday, and it is impossible for a lot of Sudanese to forget — including Hiba Morgan, Al Jazeera's correspondent there. As her friends feared for their lives, she, along with the rest of the Al Jazeera team, were barred from reporting. In this episode: Hiba Morgan, (@hiba_morgan) Al Jazeera journalist in Khartoum, Sudan; and Al Jazeera journalist, Imran Khan (@ajimran). For more: Sudan's revolution: One year since Omar Al Bashir Sudan's government agrees to hand Omar al-Bashir over to ICC Coronavirus in Sudan: Food and medical supplies in short supply Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Jun 1, 2020
The cruise is over, but COVID has crews stranded at sea
When coronavirus hit the cruise industry, many passengers were allowed to disembark and were repatriated to their home countries. But as of mid May, about 100,000 crew members were still at sea, trying to get home. We speak with one crew member who was able to go home, and with many who are still stuck on board. In this episode: Sterling Howell, musician and cruise line entertainer; Krista Thomas, former guest services director for Norwegian Cruises; Ghoseawon 'Albert' Luxmeeparsad, and other Mauritian crew members. For more: Cruise lines face legal storm over coronavirus outbreaks Thousands of Indian seafarers stranded due to coronavirus curbs Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod). If you are struggling with mental health issues, there are suicide crisis lines available in many countries. Here are some resources: Open Counseling International Association for Suicide Prevention Global Suicide Hotline Resources — What…
May 29, 2020
In Chile, a pandemic exposes a water divide
Rural Chileans can barely wash their hands, but the avocados nearby are thriving. The country has been battling a mega drought for over a decade, and rivers and reservoirs in Chile have dried to dust. In this episode, we're asking who has access to water, who doesn't, and how hard that is to change during the coronavirus outbreak. In this episode: Lucia Newman (@lucianewman), Al Jazeera editor for Latin America. For more: Chile to postpone constitution referendum over COVID-19 How do communities fight coronavirus when they don't have water? Chile drought enters critical phase Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
May 27, 2020
Kenya, COVID-19 and the global education gap
The pandemic has disrupted education for nearly 1.3 billion students worldwide. The dominant alternative model for education has been tethered to internet access and broadcast stations. But what happens to children who live in households without access to technology or an internet connection? We're going to Kenya to find out. In this episode: Catherine Soi (@C_SOI), Al Jazeera journalist in Nairobi, Kenya; Justin Sandefur (@JustinSandefur), a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development; and Evelyn Jepkemei (@Jepkemei), educational advisor at World University Service of Canada. For more: Education on hold: School closures disadvantaging Africa's poor Stigma, fears of quarantine hinder Kenya's COVID-19 fight Stamping out misinformation in Kenya's COVID-19 fight Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
May 25, 2020
Al Jazeera's coronavirus book club
In this episode, we're hearing passages read by Al Jazeera journalists and fellow bibliophiles from the books they're turning to during this pandemic. We often read to be transported, and at this time when we're very stuck in one place, we're looking to our bookshelves — and bookshops under threat — to travel to new worlds and return to old memories. In this episode: Al Jazeera senior correspondents Mohammed Jamjoom, Stefanie Dekker, and Imran Khan; Laurin-Whitney Gottbrath, Americas editor for aljazeera.com; Kyle Burk, co-owner of Capitol Hill Books (@capitolhillbooks) in Washington, DC; Tawney Bevilacqua, The Take listener in Melbourne, Australia; and Akinolo Davies, The Take listener in London, UK. The reading list: The Colossus of New York by Colson Whitehead The Plague by Albert Camus Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami Faces of Love: Hafez and the Poets of Shiraz by Hafez, Jahan Malek Khatun, Obayd-e Zakani, Dick Davis Exit West by Mohsin Hamid Connect with The Tak…
May 22, 2020
When DREAMers self-deport
The US Supreme Court will soon decide the future of DACA, the federal program that has granted a temporary reprieve from deportation for undocumented young people, known as DREAMers. That ruling will decide the fate of more than 700,000 people in the US. On this episode, we're bringing you a story about two young DREAMers who took fate into their own hands. In this episode: Tawheeda Wahabzada, a former DREAMer now working as a senior researcher in Toronto, Canada; Mauricio Lopez, a former DREAMer now working and living in Mexico City, Mexico; and Steve Yale-Loehr (@syaleloehr), a lawyer and professor of immigration law at Cornell University. For more: 2020 look ahead: 'DREAMers' await decision on their futures US Supreme Court to rule on Trump bid to end 'dreamers' programme Opinion: No Need to Deport Me. This Dreamer’s Dream Is Dead. Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
May 20, 2020
Science vs. Sweden in the battle against COVID-19
Sweden has taken a controversially lax approach to curbing COVID-19. Instead of lockdowns, the government is suggesting social distancing guidelines. The Swedish population is overwhelmingly on board with their government's plan, even while many scientists say the country is not doing enough. In this episode: Nele Brusselaers (@NeleBrusselaers), an associate professor of clinical epidemiology at Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, Sweden; Lynn Kamerlin (@kamerlinlab), a structural biology professor at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; Peter Kasson (@kassonlab), an associate professor at Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; Marcus Carlsson (@MarcusMaths), a mathematician at Lund University, Lund, Sweden; Emil Bergholtz (@EmilBergholtz), a theoretical physics professor at Stockholm University, in Stockholm, Sweden; Christina Tallberg, the president of the Swedish National Pensioners’ Organisation, in Stockholm, Sweden; Pernilla Wittung-Stafshede (@PernillaWittung), a biology prof…
May 18, 2020
Returning to life in Jerusalem
As Israel forges a united government and stares down the question of annexation of the occupied West Bank, we're returning to an episode about the ancient city at the heart of so many years of conflict. The filmmaker behind Al Jazeera's new documentary “Jerusalem: A Rock and a Hard Place” guides us through the Holy City to meet the people who call it home: a Muslim scholar, a Christian Palestinian researcher, a proud Zionist, and an ex-settler. In this episode: Awad Joumaa (@awadaje), filmmaker and executive producer at Al Jazeera English. For more: A Rock and a Hard Place: What is it like to live In Jerusalem? Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
May 15, 2020
The next test of abortion rights in the US
Any day now, the Supreme Court is expected to announce a ruling that could change abortion access across the United States. Many state laws have whittled away at women's right to choose, and these barriers to access end up impacting poor women most of all. In this episode: Imaeyen Ibanga (@iiwrites), presenter and reporter for AJ+; Rebecca Reingold, an adjunct law professor at Georgetown University. For more: What Happens When You Restrict Abortion? US Supreme Court tackles controversial Louisiana abortion law US abortion rights: Supreme Court case may change status quo Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
May 13, 2020
Confronting the hidden US war in Somalia
For 12 years, the US denied any civilian casualties from its air strikes in Somalia. But monitoring groups tell us that doesn't match the reality on the ground — air strikes are increasing. We hear from one Somali journalist who laid that disconnect bare at the feet of the US military, and from two researchers working to uncover the human toll. In this episode: Mohamed Osman Abdi (@MohamedOsma4), journalist at Somalia National News; Abdullahi Hassan (@abdullahisom1), researcher for Amnesty International in Nairobi, Kenya; Chris Woods (@chrisjwoods), the founder and director of Airwars. For more: US admits killing civilians during air attacks in Somalia A family mourns as US drone attacks in Somalia continue US air strike kills telecom worker in Somalia Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
May 11, 2020
A "slaughter them" policy that targets the poor
The Philippines' war on drugs presses on despite the coronavirus lockdown. President Rodrigo Duterte's radical policy has led to more than 20,000 deaths since 2016 — most of which were extrajudicial killings. We're turning to a filmmaker to understand how classism has upended Philippine society. In this episode: Leah Borromeo (@monstris), filmmaker of The Mortician of Manila documentary, and cofounder of Disobedient. For more: Trailer: The Mortician of Manila, on AJ Witness Duterte urged to free jailed senator amid coronavirus lockdown 'Shoot them dead': Duterte warns against violating lockdown Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
May 8, 2020
Ramadan stories under quarantine
As we wrap up the second week of Ramadan, we wanted to know how Muslims are celebrating community and fasting in the backdrop of a pandemic. On today's episode, we're turning the mic on our host and a producer, and learning from friends and community leaders how coronavirus is affecting their traditions and their spiritual experience. In this episode: Lauren Schreiber, executive director of Center DC; Nesima Aberra (@NesimaAberra) in Arizona; Omar Nassimi (@OmarCurbside) in Virginia; Edil Yusuf in California; Imam Khalid Latif (@KLatif), executive director of the Islamic Center at New York University; Mohamed Swamad in United Kingdom; and Baba Kesbeh, father of this episode's producer in Texas. For more: How will the coronavirus pandemic change Ramadan for Muslims? Ramadan under lockdown in Virginia Four Ramadan Songs Epidemics, war have impacted Muslim worship throughout history Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
May 6, 2020
Coronavirus, and Italy's radical right
COVID-19 devastated Italy. It's now emerging from one of the world's toughest lockdowns. And many fear one lingering symptom will be an ailing economy giving rise to the radical right. In this episode: Valerio Alfonso Bruno (@ValerioA_Bruno), political analyst and senior fellow at the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right. Gossam Abume in Venice, and Domenico, in Naples, Italy. For more: Italy leads Europe in easing coronavirus lockdown measures Italians concerned over COVID-19 economic impact Italy strips immunity from far-right Salvini As world struggles to stop deaths, far right celebrates COVID-19 Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
May 4, 2020
Surveillance in the time of COVID-19
Biotechnology, artificial intelligence, your smart watch, surveillance: These are the topics that concern Yuval Noah Harari. And now, they're all converging during the coronavirus pandemic. The best-selling author talks to The Take about the complicated role of technology during a health crisis and why he fears humans more than viruses. In this episode: Yuval Noah Harari (@harari_yuval), historian, professor and best-selling author. For more: Contact-tracing apps enjoy limited success amid privacy fears Pandemic panopticon: Israeli surveillance during COVID-19 Yuval Noah Harari: Technology is humanity's biggest challenge Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
May 1, 2020
After COVID-19, millennials may never recover
No age group will escape the economic hardships that the coronavirus pandemic has created. But America's millennial generation born in the '80s and '90s are being hit with a second economic downturn in just 12 years, and economists wonder if they'll ever recover. We're exploring how this generation became so vulnerable, and what needs to happen to pull them out of this economic pit. In this episode: Guest host Patricia Sabga (@patriciasabga), managing business editor of aljazeera.com. Radmilla Suleymanova (@radmillasul), senior business producer for aljazeera.com; Emily Reddix, manager of Pachute clothing boutique in Manhattan, New York; and Camille Busette, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution. For more: For millennials, coronavirus economic blow awakens bad memories US unemployment could surge to 16 percent on coronavirus More US states set to ease coronavirus lockdown measures Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTake…
Apr 29, 2020
Life after lockdown
When we first heard from Peng Peng, Al Jazeera's cameraman in Beijing, it was for our first episode on COVID-19. He and his family were suddenly trapped in Hubei province as the novel coronavirus began spreading. The world has changed since he went into lockdown, but the latest update from him is one that brought us hope. In this episode: Peng Peng, Al Jazeera's senior cameraman in Beijing, China. Jasmin Bauomy (jasminbauomy), listener, photographer and former producer on The Take. For more: Life inside the coronavirus quarantine People return to Beijing from Wuhan as lockdown ends after weeks Trapped in Hubei: A family under unexpected quarantine Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Apr 27, 2020
$1 testing kits — Senegal's approach to COVID-19
Without much of a health budget, Senegal is being championed for controlling the novel coronavirus. From early-detection mobile kits to 3D printed ventilators, the West African nation is demonstrating a possible model in curbing COVID-19, relying on their experience of managing the Ebola outbreak. In this episode: Nicolas Haque (@nicolashaque), Al Jazeera journalist in Dakar, Senegal. Anta James, a regional representative for Catholic Relief Services. Dan Honig (@rambletastic), assistant professor at John Hopkins University. Shannon Underwood, an immigration attorney in Dakar, Senegal. For more: In Pictures: Life in Dakar during coronavirus pandemic Senegal: Social distancing, hand-washing difficult amid poverty Senegal: 10-minute coronavirus test may be on its way - for $1 Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Apr 24, 2020
Where doctors fight COVID-19 with rain gear
Indonesia had one doctor per 10,000 people at the onset of the coronavirus’ spread. Now there are even fewer, as doctors are dying on the frontlines of the pandemic without adequate protective gear. Indonesia is on track to be one of the next hotspots for COVID-19 cases, and the government’s late response to the pandemic has raised fears of doomsday mortality rates. In this episode: Jessica Washington (@JesWashington), Al Jazeera journalist in Jakarta, Indonesia. For more: Indonesia protests: Burials of COVID-19 victims raise fears Indonesia bans end of Ramadan exodus amid coronavirus pandemic Indonesian health workers dying amid equipment shortages Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Apr 22, 2020
In China, fear of a second wave — and foreigners
As China's coronavirus lockdown recedes, it's left fear in its wake. Foreigners are now on the receiving end of heightened public scrutiny and discrimination as the government says it's trying to prevent importing new cases. Videos circulated on social media showing Africans in Guangzhou facing forced evictions and testing, provoking a rare open critique from African leaders. The Take hears from non-Chinese residents on life as a foreigner during the pandemic. In this episode: Katrina Yu (@Katmyu), Al Jazeera journalist in Beijing, China. For more: African nationals 'mistreated, evicted' in China over coronavirus Coronavirus: Why are Africans in China being targeted? 'Unacceptable': Nigeria condemns treatment of citizens in China Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Apr 20, 2020
An old vaccine vs. COVID-19
As scientists rush to find a way to tackle COVID-19, some think an old and widely used vaccine for tuberculosis could be an answer. The BCG vaccine is still routinely given in many countries, and there’s evidence that it might protect against the novel coronavirus. We speak with scientists in South Africa, the U.S. and Canada on the latest research. In this episode: Dr. Nokawanda Sithole from Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa; Dr. Gonzalo Otazu from the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine; Dr. Madhu Pai from McGill University in Montreal, Canada; and Professor Andreas Diacon, from TASK in Cape Town, South Africa. For more: Where does the world stand on a coronavirus vaccine? Scientists search for effective COVID-19 treatments Doctor's Note: Why will it take so long for a COVID-19 vaccine? Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Apr 17, 2020
Facing deportation while fighting COVID-19
As foreign-born doctors in the US are fighting to keep COVID-19 patients alive, deportation is also a lingering fear. Meanwhile, doctors of color in the UK's National Health Service are the first to die from the novel coronavirus disease. We speak to journalists in the US and UK on the hardships that non-white doctors are facing. In this episode: Aina Khan, (@ainajkhan), a freelance journalist for Al Jazeera in London. Ashish Malhotra (@amalhotra2), an Al Jazeera producer and reporter with the Los Angeles Times. For more: Muslim minority doctors first to die on front line of UK pandemic UK doctor who urged PM to provide protective gear dies of virus Foreign doctors on US frontlines of COVID-19 fear deportation US companies make medical supplies for New York to beat virus Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Apr 15, 2020
And now, a plague of locusts
Imagine a living, flying cloud of voracious grasshoppers so dense that it blocks out the sun. That's the scene in East Africa and parts of Asia as swarms of desert locusts are destroying crops — and if left unchecked, the pests could multiply 500 times over by June, leaving millions facing severe food insecurity. In this episode: Cyril Ferrand, a resilience team leader with the United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization. For more: Alarm as coronavirus curbs disrupt East Africa fight on locusts Can East Africa's locust plague be stopped? In Pictures: Desert locusts swarm parts of East Africa Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Apr 13, 2020
Digging for closure, Mexican mothers search for disappeared loved ones
Mexico’s drug war has left tens of thousands of casualties in secret graves. About 60,000 people have disappeared since 2006. While defying the threats of gangs and criminal organizations, the mothers of the missing are now searching for their relatives, no longer waiting for the government to fulfill promises. In this episode: John Holman (@johnholman100), Al Jazeera English journalist covering Latin America. For more: More than 61,000 missing in Mexico amid spiralling drug violence Warrior Hounds: The Mexican women searching for their disappeared Mexico drug war: Victims' families look for relatives' bodies Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Apr 10, 2020
Sweden’s climate solution is now the Sámi people’s problem
For the Sámi indigenous people, the year begins in spring when the reindeer calves are born. Nature guides how they live their lives, but they can't read nature like they used to. A warming planet is threatening their way of life in northern Sweden, and efforts to save their land and the reindeer are reigniting old tensions with the Swedish government. In this episode: Paul Rhys (@pallerhys), Al Jazeera journalist based in Sweden. For more: Sweden’s indigenous Sami people threatened by climate change Climate change: The state of our atmosphere Climate change or coronavirus? 'Pick your evil', protesters say Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Apr 8, 2020
Hungry and harassed under India's coronavirus lockdown
For millions of India's migrant workers, walking hundreds of kilometers to find a safe haven is the only option during the country's 21-day lockdown. But on the journey, out-of-work daily-wage earners are facing starvation and harassment from police. As the country continues to grapple with an ill-equipped health care system, the coronavirus crisis has further revealed India's systemic class issues. In this episode: Elizabeth Puranam (@LizPuranam), Al Jazeera's correspondent in India. For more: India: Coronavirus lockdown sees exodus from cities Indian migrant workers sprayed with disinfectant chemical Can healthcare in poor nations withstand coronavirus? Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod). April 8, 2020: We've updated this episode to include details about Liz's ability to report from the field.
Apr 6, 2020
In Lebanon, a domestic worker's last messages expose an abusive system
Faustina Tay sent dozens of chilling voice messages pleading for help. She said her employers in Lebanon were beating her. "I'm scared they might kill me," said the 23-year-old. Her detailed messages have revealed a disturbing reality in Lebanon, where two domestic workers die every week. We hear from the Al Jazeera journalist who first reported this story. In this episode: Timour Azhari (@timourazhari), Al Jazeera journalist in Beirut, Lebanon; Patricia, a caseworker with Canada-based advocacy group, This Is Lebanon. For more: The desperate final days of a domestic worker in Lebanon Lebanon to investigate Ghanaian domestic worker's death Undocumented in Lebanon: No papers, no coronavirus test Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Apr 3, 2020
Did Iran flatten the COVID-19 curve?
From the numbers, it was looking like Iran managed to flatten the coronavirus curve. But many Iranians are skeptical of those numbers. They fear the country’s severe shortage of testing and medical equipment — caused largely by US sanctions — has left Iran with few resources in a fight that’s nowhere near over, and could get a lot worse. In this episode: Dr. Rasha Ahmadi, an ER doctor in Tehran; Homa, a 27-year-old Iranian teacher; and Hamed Mousavi, a professor of political science at the University of Tehran. For more: As Iran struggles to fund virus fight, US keeps squeezing economy US extends Iran nuclear cooperation sanctions waivers How Iranians are celebrating, and social distancing, during Nowruz Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Apr 1, 2020
Why the US keeps getting the census wrong
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 census is still taking place. It's mostly online, which means many people without internet access could be left out of the count. On National Census Day, we're breaking down why inaccurate census data disproportionately hurts indigenous communities within the US. In this episode: Journalist and Cherokee Nation citizen Jen Deerinwater (@JenDeerinwater), and Al Jazeera producer Anar Virji (@anarvirji) in Washington, DC. For more: US census kicks off at remote Alaskan village Paper Genocide: The Erasure of Native People in Census Counts Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Mar 30, 2020
What happens when coronavirus hits refugee camps?
If the world doesn't act now, experts warn the coronavirus will decimate refugee camps. And it's just a matter of time before the virus reaches densely crowded camps where there is already little or no water or health care. So what are refugee communities doing to protect themselves from the highly contagious virus? In this episode: Al Jazeera senior correspondent Mohammed Jamjoom (@MIJamjoom) reports on the possible outcomes and solutions being proposed to provide aid to global refugee communities. For more: Growing calls to evacuate Greek refugee camps amid virus threat War-torn Syria braces for lockdown after first virus case Timeline: How the new coronavirus spread Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Mar 27, 2020
How one song got Egypt's hottest music genre banned
Egypt's low-tech, high-energy mahraganat music blasted out of the shantytowns to top the global charts on Soundcloud and rack up hundreds of millions of views on YouTube. But one slip-up at a massive concert in Cairo threw the entire genre's future into question. In this episode: We get the story behind some of mahraganat's biggest hits, and its biggest controversy, from Mina Girgis, an Egyptian ethnomusicologist based in California. For more: Listen to Bent el Geran / ‘The Neighbors’ Daughter' Listen to the "Mahraganat" playlist on Spotify Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Mar 25, 2020
The visible price of protesting in Chile
Tear gas and buckshot pellets are regularly aimed at protesters by Chilean police. As a result, more than 400 people have suffered eye injuries during the five months of unrest. And now, the entire movement is in jeopardy, as people are forced to move indoors during the coronavirus pandemic. In this episode: We hear from two journalists about the unprecedented way Chileans are continuing the fight away from the streets. Nicole Kramm (@nicole_kramm), a Chilean documentary filmmaker, and Charis McGowan (@charis_mcgowan), a freelance journalist in Santiago, Chile. For more: Chile protests: What prompted the unrest? He saw white: Why the eye became a symbol of Chile's unrest Chile protesters move off streets amid coronavirus outbreak Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Mar 23, 2020
An American warlord, a Libyan colonel and a suburban family
Two teenage girls received a phone call that they never hoped to hear. Their favorite uncle had been killed in Libya, where their family lives. More than 150,000 have been forced to flee their homes in Libya since General Khalifa Haftar started his offensive in Tripoli. We hear from the family in Virginia using the American court system to sue General Haftar. In this episode: Hafed Al-Ghwell, a senior fellow at Johns Hopkins University, takes us along General Haftar's journey. For more: UN urges Libyans to halt fighting, instead battle coronavirus US-Libyans sue Khalifa Haftar over civilian deaths near Tripoli Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Mar 20, 2020
Coronavirus diaries from Tehran, Berlin and Seattle
The novel coronavirus is spreading rapidly around the world. But it's also slowing to the point of containment in Hubei province, China, where it began. So far, we know that COVID-19 can spread incredibly quickly — and it is possible to stop it. But there's no unified playbook. Every country and community is approaching the outbreak in a different way. So what’s working? And what isn’t? The Take checks in with three journalists in three cities. In this episode: Zein Basravi (@virtualzein), Al Jazeera journalist in Tehran, Iran. Erik Kirschbaum (@Erik_Kirschbaum), special correspondent for the Los Angeles Times in Berlin, Germany. Ian Morse (@ianjmorse), reporting for Al Jazeera in Seattle, US. For more: Hard-hit Iran frees more prisoners amid coronavirus outbreak Germany’s extensive medical network apparently helped in early stage of coronavirus Homeless amid the coronavirus outbreak Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheT…
Mar 18, 2020
Gig workers in the time of coronavirus
As the US finally ramps up its coronavirus response, many salaried employees are working from home - and firing up apps to avoid grocery stores, public transportation and more. But the workers who depend on these gigs for their livelihoods often lack basic benefits like sick leave or healthcare. So what will the US response be for gig workers without a safety net? We talk to a freelance journalist, and a rideshare blogger to find out. In this episode: Kaelyn Forde (@kaelynforde), a freelance writer for Al Jazeera based in New York City. Harry Campbell (@TheRideshareGuy), founder of the therideshareguy.com. For more: Coronavirus highlights lack of safety net for gig workers Patchy US health insurance complicates fight against coronavirus Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Mar 16, 2020
How a multinational company scarred a small Brazilian mining town
In Brumadinho, a town in southern Brazil, residents are complaining of an outbreak of skin diseases, depression and odd illnesses they've never seen before. It all started just over a year ago after the local dam collapsed, spreading toxic mud and destroying everything in its path. In this episode: Manuel Rapalo (@Manuel_Rapalo), Al Jazeera journalist. For more: One year after Brazil's worst industrial disaster Brazil dam disaster: 'Dead or alive, we just want to know' Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Mar 13, 2020
The end of an outbreak
As coronavirus cases are on the rise, we’re turning our attention to a different virus – one that is winding down. Doctors in Democratic Republic of Congo have released the last Ebola patient, ending an outbreak that began in August 2018. Al Jazeera’s Catherine Soi shares how DRC and its community leaders brought Ebola to an end. In this episode: Catherine Soi (@C_SOI), Al Jazeera journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. Audrey Landmann, medical coordinator with Doctors without Borders. For more: Last Ebola patient discharged in DR Congo DR Congo Ebola: Officials hope country cleared in few months ADF rebels cleared from last stronghold in Beni: DR Congo army Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Mar 11, 2020
An open border, with nowhere to go
Turkey has encouraged refugees to leave. But those who want to can't find their way out. Tens of thousands are trying to reach Europe, only to be met with Greece's closed border and clouds of tear gas. Refugees who have made it across Turkey's borders are facing arrest and sporadic violence. The Take brings you stories of refugees in limbo, trying to find their way to a new home. In this episode: Natasha Ghoneim (@natashaghoneim), Al Jazeera journalist reporting from Edirne, Turkey, near the border with Greece. Franziska Grillmeier (@FranziEire), freelancer reporting from Lesbos, Greece. For more: Turkey hopes for new refugee deal with EU before March 26 Violence at Turkey-Greece border like 'a horror movie': Migrants Turkey-Greece border crisis: Thousands risk lives to reach EU . Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Mar 9, 2020
In Pope country, could abortion finally become legal?
The movement to decriminalize and legalize abortion in Argentina has been an ongoing fight. Activists came close in 2018, fueled by a powerful grassroots movement of women with green handkerchiefs, though the Senate then voted down the bill. But, in the homeland of Pope Francis, a majority Roman Catholic country, the movement has found an ally in President Alberto Fernández. So why now? In this episode: We're in our Buenos Aires bureau with Teresa Bo (@TeresaBo), Al Jazeera journalist covering Latin America. For more: Argentina president to introduce bill to legalise abortion How Argentina's economic crisis is hurting women more than men Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Mar 6, 2020
The online influencer who took on Egypt's president
With his cell phone camera and cigarettes, Mohamed Ali's confessions set off a firestorm in Egypt. Through a series of videos, millions heard the former military contractor accuse President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and the army of spending millions of the public's money on palaces and seven-star hotels during an economic crisis. When he called for Egyptians to take to the streets, it sparked protests that were the first visible sign of unrest in years. So what does Ali's story say about Egypt today? In this episode: Zein Tawfik (@zeintawfik), presenter for Al Jazeera's Arabic channel. For more: Egypt: Mohamed Ali and the return of the protesters What do Mohamed Ali's viral videos mean for Egypt's future? Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Mar 4, 2020
Diplomats for Sale: Part 4
A businessman, $450,000 and a promise. It all comes together in Part 4, but dealing Diplomatic passports would end up sending shock waves across the political spectrum in Dominica. It started with a single call. And then a snap general election is announced. Subscribe to Al Jazeera Investigates and catch the next series later this spring: Find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen. Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Mar 2, 2020
Diplomats for Sale: Part 3
We knew that people were buying diplomatic passports. We even had an idea about how they were doing it. But in order to get the full story, we had to try to buy one. In part three of our investigative series, we send someone undercover to try to purchase an ambassadorship. Subscribe to Al Jazeera Investigates and catch the next series later this spring: Find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen. Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Feb 28, 2020
Diplomats for Sale: Part 2
Buying citizenship is a surprisingly common practice. Buying a diplomatic passport is next-level. In episode two of our new investigative series — running this week and next on The Take — we bring you the story of the Iranian billionaire who bought himself an ambassadorship, and ended up as a cautionary tale in a Calypso song. Subscribe to Al Jazeera Investigates and catch the next series later this spring: Find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen. Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod). Summary This week and next week, we're bringing you the first series of a new podcast — Al Jazeera Investigates. It's a four-part look at the shocking trade in ambassadorships, and the diplomatic passports that go with them.
Feb 26, 2020
Diplomats for Sale: Part 1
This week and next week, we're bringing you the first series of a new podcast — Al Jazeera Investigates. It's a four-part look at the shocking trade in ambassadorships, and the diplomatic passports that go with them. Subscribe to Al Jazeera Investigates and catch the next series later this spring: Find it on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, or wherever you listen. Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Feb 24, 2020
India has strong anti-rape laws — so why aren't they working?
A horrific 2012 gang rape in New Delhi sparked protests and legal reform across India. That's in addition to a constitution that's already one of the most progressive in the world on women's rights. So why is sexual violence in India still so prevalent? Hint: The patriarchy. In this episode: Kalpana Sharma (@kalpana1947), a journalist in India covering women's rights. For more: One woman reports a rape every 15 minutes in India India's Ladycops Kalpana Sharma's book: The Silence and the Storm: Narratives of Violence Against Women in India Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Feb 21, 2020
Haiti's unnatural disasters
In January 2010, a 7.0 earthquake devastated Haiti. What followed was a cascade of man-made crises. The U.N. pledged $2 billion in aid, but many have yet to reap any benefits. We're revisiting Haiti in the decade after the powerful temblor. In this episode: Jeremy Dupin, Haiti producer. For more: In pictures: 10 years since Haiti's devastating earthquake President Jovenel Moise: What is next for Haiti? Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Feb 19, 2020
Gun trafficking at the US-Mexico border
Mexican security forces were outgunned by the Sinaloa Cartel in a bloody shootout in Culiacán last October. Al Jazeera's John Holman wanted to know exactly how the cartel acquired massive firepower in a country with strict gun laws. He sat down with members of the cartel to learn just how the guns are smuggled in from the U.S. In this episode: John Holman (@johnholman100), Al Jazeera English journalist covering Latin America. For more: Mexico murder rate hits record high in 2019 Mexico homicide march: Kin of deceased protest high murder rate Exclusive: Mexican cartel reveal ease of smuggling guns from US Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Feb 17, 2020
The capital city where nonsmokers are dying of lung cancer
Scientists and doctors agree: Pollution is killing Indians. In 2017, more than 1 million people in India died from pollution-related illnesses. But the Indian government denies any correlation. Amidst a public health emergency, we examine the stark differences in how the crisis is affecting Delhi's rich and poor. In this episode: Neha Tara Mehta (@NehaTaraMehta), New Delhi native and Al Jazeera producer. For more: Delhi's Deadly Air India pollution: Calls for action to improve Delhi air quality Climate change exposes children to lifelong health harm: Doctors Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Feb 14, 2020
In Gaza, berries under blockade
This is a story about Gaza that you don't ordinarily see, and it starts with strawberries. A set of under-the-radar, indirect talks between Hamas and Israel has brought some ease to economic restrictions at the border. We hear from a farmer whose livelihood has been soured by the blockade, but whose fruit remains incomparably sweet. In this episode: We're in Beit Lahia for the strawberry harvest with Al Jazeera's Stefanie Dekker (@StefanieDekker) and Gaza producer Safwat al Kahlout. For more: Growing strawberries in Gaza Gaza residents call for solutions amid blockade Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Feb 12, 2020
A Swiss cheese state, a peace plan and a Palestinian POV
Palestinians say the US proposed peace plan would strengthen an apartheid system. President Donald Trump says his "Deal of the Century" would bring Palestinians and Israelis peace. Al Jazeera's West Bank producer, Rania Zabaneh, explains why Palestinians say the plan would never work. In this episode: Rania Zabaneh (@RZabaneh), a producer in Al Jazeera's Ramallah bureau. For more: Palestinian teen killed in protest as tensions rise over US plan PA's Mahmoud Abbas says Trump plan offers 'Swiss cheese' state Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Feb 10, 2020
The miracle worker, the mall cop and broken promises in The Gambia
Yahya Jammeh, the Gambian leader with a fantastical belief that he could cure HIV, was replaced in 2016 by Adama Barrow. Plucked from obscurity, he promised to usher in an era of justice. But the country is spiraling into instability, and Gambians have yet to see change. In this episode: Nicolas Haque, Al Jazeera journalist based in Dakar, Senegal. For more: The Gambia clamps down on protests against President Barrow Still reeling from Jammeh years, Gambians wait for justice Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Feb 7, 2020
Facing climate change in two sinking towns
On opposite coasts of the U.S., two towns are facing one big problem: They're eroding and sinking. Neither community denies climate change's effects on their vanishing shorelines. But they have very different ideas about how to save their land. In this episode: Heidi Zhou-Castro (@HeidiZhouCastro), Al Jazeera English journalist covering the U.S. For more: Planet SOS: Where will climate refugees go when the tide rises? Climate change in pictures Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Feb 5, 2020
Life inside the coronavirus quarantine
Almost 60 million people in China are confined to their cities due to the 2019 novel coronavirus. Al Jazeera's senior cameraman in Beijing, Peng Peng, has been trapped in Hubei province for two weeks. Stuck 1,000 kilometers from home, he shares his story with The Take. In this episode: Peng Peng, Al Jazeera's senior cameraman in Beijing, China. Scott McNabb, a research professor at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health, Georgia, U.S. For more: Trapped in Hubei: A family under unexpected quarantine China coronavirus outbreak: All the latest updates Connect with The Take: Twitter (@AJTheTake), Instagram (@ajthetake) and Facebook (@TheTakePod).
Feb 3, 2020
No war with Iran — but no peace, either
The US and Iran have stepped back from the edge of war. But in Iran, which is still facing more than a thousand US sanctions, normal life feels like war. In this episode: Dorsa Jabbari in Tehran, Iran and Lili Ghazian in San Jose, California.
Jan 27, 2020
The Take is back — and we want to reintroduce ourselves.
Nov 29, 2019
An update — and a new show!
The Take is returning soon, and in the meantime, we've got something new for you.
Oct 4, 2019
We're away for a bit — then back with much more
The Take turns a year old next week — and we're taking a break to do some growing. When we come back in November, we'll be bringing you multiple episodes a week. In the meantime, follow us and keep in touch on Twitter and Instagram (@ajthetake) and on Facebook (@thetakepod) — we love hearing from you.
Sep 27, 2019
Are Palestinians in Israel having a political moment?
Palestinian voters turned out in record numbers in the Israeli election with a key motivation — to dethrone Benjamin Netanyahu. They may still get stuck with him as prime minister, but for the first time in more than two decades, they’ve become real players in Israeli politics. Will this lead to the formation of a Palestinian political opposition, or could this send them back into political exile?
Sep 20, 2019
The Rohingya face mobile phone blackouts
Last week we got a WhatsApp message from a Rohingya refugee in Bangladesh. It might be one of the last messages he can send. The Bangladeshi government is moving to ban the sale of SIM cards to a million Rohingya there. This week, we take you to the world’s biggest refugee camp to learn what a communications blackout could mean for the Rohingya.
Sep 13, 2019
The rise and fall of Venezuela’s ultimate oil city
The booming oil city of Maracaibo once epitomized the promise that was Venezuela. But it’s been in trouble for years: power cuts, devastating oil spills and political and economic crises. Al Jazeera’s Teresa Bo explains how the city now embodies what Venezuela has become — the poorest country that should be rich.
Sep 6, 2019
Inside the Taliban talks
US generals and Taliban commanders have been sitting in five-star hotels in Qatar, trying to knock out a peace deal to end the war in Afghanistan. The details are few, the Afghan government wasn’t invited, and success is far from certain. In Afghanistan, the only thing people know for sure is that the death toll keeps rising.
Aug 30, 2019
Life in the Brexit row
Three years after the United Kingdom voted to break off from the European Union, the country is still trying to understand what Brexit means and how it will happen. Al Jazeera’s London correspondent Laurence Lee and presenter Maryam Nemazee explain how the former empire came to vote for its own drawn-out divorce.
Aug 23, 2019
Hong Kong’s long game to secure democracy
There have been three months of unrest in Hong Kong, and the protests keep growing. This week, we’re exploring the roots of the city’s pro-democracy movement, the old demands that have long gone unanswered and how today’s youth are looking to Bruce Lee in their strategy to secure political reform.
Aug 16, 2019
Why is the US tracking journalists and immigration advocates?
They were interrogated at airports, and scrutinized at US-Mexico border crossings. Then leaked documents proved their suspicions: The US government is targeting private citizens. We speak to an Al Jazeera journalist who has been questioned repeatedly at the border, and a human rights advocate who says the US could be targeting more people.
Aug 2, 2019
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Jul 26, 2019
Hiring a hangman in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka hasn’t executed a prisoner in 43 years, but the country’s president recently signed death warrants for four people convicted of drug crimes. And he advertised for executioners. Why does Maithripala Sirisena want to end a moratorium on capital punishment?
Jul 19, 2019
Undercover with white supremacists
Al Jazeera investigated a far-right group in France for a year, exposing violence, racism and surprising ties to one of the country’s mainstream political parties. We revisit Imtiaz Tyab's talk with journalist David Harrison about the investigation — which prompted a police probe and arrests.
Jul 12, 2019
How a school for husbands is tackling rape culture
After cases of child rape made headlines in Sierra Leone this year, the government declared a national emergency around sexual violence. This week, we meet two people who made the fight personal.
Jul 5, 2019
The Israeli spyware that can target you with a text
Journalists and human rights activists from Mexico to the Middle East are being targeted by spyware purchased by their governments. This week, we talk to Josh Rushing from Al Jazeera’s Fault Lines team about the software suite that can turn your cell phone into someone else’s secret weapon.
Jun 28, 2019
How bloodshed in Mali’s villages threatens the region
The fighting in Mali looks like a tribal conflict, but it’s much bigger than that. This week, we’re reporting from a new front in the West African nation, out of the public eye. An absent government is letting old rivalries flare, groups like Al Qaeda are fueling the fire, and a major UN peacekeeping mission can’t stop the unprecedented violence.
Jun 21, 2019
Sudan’s muted massacre
Scores of protesters were killed at a sit-in in Khartoum, Sudan on June 3. Al Jazeera journalists were in the city, but banned from reporting — the military government had shut down the bureau days before. Now, they tell us what they saw and heard. For one correspondent, it hits close to home.
Jun 14, 2019
Australia’s offshore refugees
If you’re a refugee and you arrive in Australia by boat, the government will never let you in. Security forces tow away boats, and asylum seekers are sent to detention centers on remote islands. This week, we meet a doctor-turned-whistleblower who saw what happens in those camps, and a refugee who spent nearly five years in one.
Jun 7, 2019
The fate of kids who cross the US border alone
This spring, tens of thousands of children have come to the US-Mexico border alone seeking asylum. Some have died in government custody. What's happening to unaccompanied minors who try to cross into the US, and where will they end up? This week, we hear from one teen who jumped the fence.
May 31, 2019
Europe's splintering Union
A new European Parliament is ready for swearing in, and it's as divided as its 28 member states. The centrist parties have suffered heavy losses. Far-right and far-left parties gained some ground. Where did the EU come from, and with this last election, where is it headed?
May 24, 2019
Iran, the US and the standoff in the strait
It seemed like a recipe for conflict: Take the Iran nuclear deal, add a dash of John Bolton and some US warships, and top it off with a mysterious sabotage of oil tankers near one of the most sensitive stretches of water in the world. We take you there to examine just how close the US and Iran have come to the edge of war.
May 17, 2019
Al Jazeera infiltrates the NRA
It started with a reporter’s curiosity and led to a three-year undercover investigation into the world's most powerful gun lobby. Al Jazeera’s investigative unit uncovered a link between the NRA and Australia's far right.
May 10, 2019
India's missing voters
If you want to deny somebody the vote in India, you can ask the government to strip somebody from the voter list with just a name and a web connection. Is that why millions of Indians, many of them minorities, are being turned away from the polls — or are they just victims of bureaucracy?
May 3, 2019
South Africa's original sin
It's the foundation that apartheid was built on: the theft of indigenous land. Taking it back is complicated. With just a few days before elections, we look at how land motivates some South Africans to vote out of fear and others out of frustration.
Apr 26, 2019
Life in Jerusalem
A Muslim scholar and a Christian Palestinian researcher. A proud Zionist and an ex-settler. In this week's episode, the filmmaker behind Al Jazeera's new documentary “Jerusalem: A Rock and a Hard Place” guides us through the Holy City to meet the people who call it home.
Apr 19, 2019
Preview: Life in Jerusalem
Tens of thousands of Christians are in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem for Easter. But you won't find many Palestinians at the holy sites. This week, a conversation you haven't heard before, from the filmmakers of Al Jazeera's new documentary, “Jerusalem: A Rock and a Hard Place.” Next week, we dive deeper into a divided city.
Apr 12, 2019
Cameroon's hashtag war
Cameroon is at war with itself. The country has found itself in a bloody battle between the minority Anglophone citizens and the majority Francophone citizens. We look at how Al Jazeera has covered the conflict as it's unfolded through social media and on the field. Also: What's next for Sudan? The military has just ousted dictator Omar al-Bashir, ending his 30-year rule.
Apr 5, 2019
Revisiting Khashoggi's murder, six months later
What have we learned in the aftermath of the Saudi journalist's death?
Mar 29, 2019
Mueller's done. What's next for Trump?
Robert Mueller’s report couldn’t establish collusion between President Donald Trump and Russia. But there are many questions left unanswered. Al Jazeera’s investigative unit reveals how the Mueller report could expose the paper trail of Trump's lucrative foreign investments.
Mar 22, 2019
From neo-Nazis to New Zealand
The Oklahoma City bombing, Charlottesville, the attacks in Christchurch: Acts of violence show the far reach of the far right. We hear from a former neo-Nazi on why he left the movement, and from a survivor of the mosque attacks in New Zealand.
Mar 15, 2019
Can Syrians go home?
Bashar al Assad’s government has regained control over much of Syria, but the war isn't over. For many Syrian refugees, there's pressure to go home. Why are some in Lebanon choosing to return, even while the vast majority are not?
Mar 8, 2019
Making it out of North Korea
Nuclear weapons keep North Korea in the headlines, but behind the scenes, the Kim regime keeps the country's people in an iron grip. Jihyun Park was one of those people, and she wants to know why politicians aren't talking about human rights.
Mar 1, 2019
Where will the women of ISIL go?
ISIL’s so-called caliphate is almost gone, but its people are not. Thousands of women and children lived under ISIL — by force, by choice, or by birth. And there's a media frenzy over what to do with them.
Feb 22, 2019
Coffee, jazz and politics in post-revolution Iran
It's been 40 years since Iran's 1979 revolution, and two generations have grown up with religious rule. In an era of economic insecurity, what do they want for the future?
Feb 15, 2019
Africa's largest democracy votes
Nigeria's economy is a shambles and civil conflict looms. Voters are choosing between two elderly candidates, but apathy is high in a young population.
Feb 8, 2019
Who is Juan Guaido?
The man who has declared himself Venezuela's new leader has friends in the U.S. What does the White House's blessing mean for those who want to oust existing president Nicolas Maduro?
Feb 1, 2019
Dying to save lives in Sudan
Attacks on doctors are fueling a popular uprising in Sudan. It's beginning to look like the end of Omar al-Bashir's 30-year rule.
Dec 21, 2018
A Year at the Gaza Border
For nine months, Palestinians have been protesting at the fence that divides the Gaza Strip from Israel. Hundreds have died, many from Israeli sniper fire. Nearly 20,000 have been wounded. And the weekly protests are still going on. Al Jazeera English correspondent Stefanie Dekker tells host Imtiaz Tyab what she saw in Gaza in 2018. Tell us what you think of the show: https://goo.gl/RhPjj4
Dec 13, 2018
France and the Far Right
Al Jazeera went undercover to investigate a far-right group in France, exposing violence, racism and surprising ties to one of the country’s mainstream political parties. Host Imtiaz Tyab talks with journalist David Harrison about the investigation. Tell us what you think of the show: https://goo.gl/SeuNtU
Dec 7, 2018
Colorism in South Sudan
Skin bleaching is common around the world. In South Sudan, years of conflict, displacement and discrimination mean the practice is about a lot more than skin color — it’s about identity after independence. Producer Jasmin Bauomy brings us the story. Tell us what you think of the show: https://goo.gl/EeSUja
Nov 30, 2018
The Gay Rights Battle in Taiwan
Voters in Taiwan delivered a crushing blow to the country’s ruling party and the island’s gay rights movement in local elections last Sunday, despite a 2017 court ruling legalizing same-sex marriage. Host Imtiaz Tyab talks with Al Jazeera correspondent Adrian Brown and Victoria Hsu, executive director of the Taiwan Alliance to Promote Civil Partnerships. Tell us what you think of the show: https://goo.gl/8EEQjH
Nov 23, 2018
Asylum at the Border
Migrants, asylum seekers, invaders: all have been used to describe the people traveling from Central America to the U.S. The words we choose to tell their stories matter. Al Jazeera correspondent Heidi Zhou-Castro gives us the latest from Tijuana, and senior journalist Barry Malone explains why the word “migrant” doesn’t tell the whole story. Tell us what you think of the show here: https://goo.gl/VvtAvw
Nov 16, 2018
Darfur’s Forgotten War
The conflict in Darfur has shadowed Sudanese president Omar al Bashir for more than a decade. But now, he may be coming to the table with rebel leaders to broker a peace deal. Host Imtiaz Tyab talks with Al Jazeera correspondent Hiba Morgan about the war that has killed hundreds of thousands and displaced millions. Tell us what you think of the show here: goo.gl/HN4cBU
Nov 9, 2018
The Republican party held the Senate and Democrats won control of the House of Representatives in the 2018 US midterm elections. What does that mean for a President who, until now, has had few checks on his power? And what should the rest of the world take away from this election? Tell us what you think of the show here: https://goo.gl/5pLrRt
Nov 2, 2018
Khashoggi: Killing the Messenger
Jamal Khashoggi was working from within the Arab world to push the boundaries of press freedom. What does his death mean for the Middle East? Tell us what you think of the show here: https://goo.gl/Tc8D8K
Oct 26, 2018
A political earthquake is shaking Brazil, and its young democracy is at stake. Host Imtiaz Tyab breaks it down with Al Jazeera’s Latin America editor Lucia Newman. Tell us what you think of the show here: https://goo.gl/C5bc5u
Oct 19, 2018
Syria: The Endgame
It looks like President Bashar al-Assad has won the war in Syria. But who will win the peace? Host Imtiaz Tyab talks with Al Jazeera correspondent Zeina Khodr. Welcome to The Take by Al Jazeera. Tell us what you think here: goo.gl/fpuvhp
Oct 11, 2018
Coming soon . . .
The first episode of The Take by Al Jazeera arrives on Friday, October 19.