MONDAY Jan. 15, 2018 - For many years at the Rocky Mountain News, M. E. Sprengelmeyer had what a lot of people consider a dream job, lead reporter for a major regional newspaper. M. E. covered war in Iraq and Afghanistan and politics in Washington. Then the Rocky closed and M E found his real dream job running the Guadalupe County Communicator in Santa Rosa, NM. He shares that experience with us.
TUESDAY Jan. 16 - Anne Frank kept a secret diary while hiding out from the Nazi occupation of Amsterdam. She was betrayed, captured and killed by the Nazis but her diary became world famous. During the Islamic State occupation of Mosul, a young girl Anne Frank’s age also kept a secret diary, but published it right away on Facebook. Reporter Bram Janssen of the Associated Press found “Ferah” and tell us her story
WEDNESDAY Jan.17 - Glenn Simpson was an ace investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, until he took his skills private and formed the research firm Fusion GPS. Simpson calls what his company does – things like the so-called dossier of alleged connections between associates of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin – “journalism for rent.” Investigative reporter Jack Gillum of the Washington Post finds the label troubling.
THURSDAY Jan. 18 - In Vietnamese, the phrase, may you live in interesting times is considered a curse. Women in Pakistan, and much of the Islamic world know why. The times they are living through are more than just interesting. Rafia Zakaria has written two recent books, The Upstairs Wife and Veil that reveal the changes in national politics and religious practices that challenge women from Karachi to Timbuktoo.