Farai's blog

Read the latest ideas on the blog

About

Farai has combined media, technology, and socio-political analysis during her 20-year career as an award-winning author, journalist, professor, and lecturer. She is a Distinguished Writer in Residence at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. She was also a spring 2012 fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics. She frequently …

Book a Lecture or Event

Since 1995, when she began appearing on cable news as an analyst for CNN, Farai Chideya has given thousands of speeches and hosted hundreds of events. Her bookings have included Ivies Harvard and Yale, large state universities and regional colleges, events at the United Nations and on Capitol Hill, and …

One with Farai

Stay tuned, podcasts for One with Farai will be showing here shortly!

RIP, Chinua Achebe

via Reuters: http://reut.rs/10stEyp

The influential novelist Chinua Achebe passed away, leaving behind a legacy of fiction, poetry, and political discourse. He’s the author of the seminal novel Things Fall Apart.

I spoke with him in 2007 for NPR’s News and Notes. Unfortunately we had a vexingly bad phone line. But listen carefully to his words not just on human nature and creativity, but also politics and the Biafra Civil War.

Audio is here.

(Read More...)
March 22, 2013 Blog No Comments

NPR Changes Leadership and RIP, David Broder

I’m sure many of you newshound pals of mine are following the leadership change at NPR.

This account comes from an online transcription of NPR’s Morning Edition:

NPR announced Wednesday that CEO Vivian Schiller has resigned after controversial comments made by NPR’s former top fundraising executive came to light in a secret video. read more

(Read More...)
March 10, 2011 Blog No Comments

Why to “Save” Public Media: It’s Yours

One of my favorite routines from George Carlin is about people wanting to save the planet. He said, It’s not about saving the planet. “The planet is fine. The people are f***ed… The planet isn’t going anywhere. We are.”

I feel the same way about public media. Once again, some members of Congress want to kill funding for public media. Now, not only do I disagree with that, but I also disagree with a lot of the ways people are framing why and how to “save” public media. We can talk all we want about saving NPR and PBS, but really what we are saving is our own access to information and community.

First of all, America’s public media is a shadow of that in many developed countries. If we want to wallow in our own ignorance, then we can try to eliminate the funding pipeline. At the same time — not to be dismissive, but not to be alarmist — what we call public media is already

(Read More...)
February 14, 2011 Blog No Comments

Internal Audit At NPR

NPR announced the resignation of its vice president of news, Ellen Weiss, who presided over the firing of Juan Williams. From what I understand, however, the decision is based on much larger and longer standing issues, including ones of diversity.

From NPR:

NPR Announces Completion of Review of

The Termination of Juan Williams’ Contract

Washington, DC January 6, 2011 – The NPR Board of Directors announced today that it has completed its review into the facts and circumstances leading to the termination of NPR’s contract with senior news analyst Juan Williams. The review also included an examination of how other NPR analysts and correspondents have been treated under the NPR Ethics Code with respect to on-air comments. The independent members of NPR’s Board (the “Board”) worked with outside legal counsel, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP (“Weil”), to gather information related to the contract te

(Read More...)
January 6, 2011 Blog No Comments

What Everyone Is Missing About NPR’s WilliamsGate

“juan, gettin ugly. wonder if it will result in him severing ties, or mutual”

That was my note at the top of an email I sent back in September of 2007 to a colleague at NPR. In full disclosure, I am a former employee of NPR, let go in 2008 as part of the cancellation of three shows, including one I hosted. In the email, I’d forwarded a Washington Post column by Howard Kurtz dissecting a Fox/NPR/Juan Williams triad of recrimination. The headline: “NPR Rebuffs White House On Bush Talk — Radio Network Wanted To Choose Its Interviewer.” In Kurtz’s words:

The White House reached out to National Public Radio over the weekend, offering analyst Juan Williams a presidential interview to mark yesterday’s 50th anniversary of school desegregation in Little Rock. But NPR turned down the interview, and Williams’s talk with Bush wound up in a very different media venue: Fox News. Williams said yesterday he was “stunn

(Read More...)
October 25, 2010 Blog 4 Comments

ShortTease

Discover Magazine: The Bypass Cure

Screen Shot 2013-06-10 at 5.29.07 PM

Worth a read — this Discover Magazine article on how the Roux-en-Y bypass technique for weight loss can literally cure diabetes overnight.

(No Comments)

Mayor Bloomberg to Talk Climate Change

Via Politico: At 1:30 p.m. tomorrow, New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg will deliver a major speech in Brooklyn’s Navy Yard outlining the risks New York City faces from climate change and the steps the city should take to protect neighborhoods.

(No Comments)

Notebook: Climate Change and New York

Watch the video of this panel on climate change and Sandy. Columbia University scientist Klaus Jacob said “On a nice sunny day in the year 2100, the water level will be almost as high as it was during Sandy.”

(No Comments)

Consumer Culture and Freedom

Consumer culture is not freedom.

(No Comments)

Voter Suppression: It’s Real. Now What Do We Do About It?

Voting lines in Florida. AP/Alan Diaz via TheDailyBanter.com

“Many vivid anecdotes of purported voter fraud have been proven false or do not demonstrate fraud,” says the Brennan Center for Justice. A new article by Roger Simon of Politico blows open GOP plans to block the vote.

(No Comments)

Giving Thanks 2012

AtTemple

A long list of gratitude for things that are both beautiful and troubling — all of them are part of our world, and our lives, our realities.

(No Comments)

A Hot New Musical About the Search for Home

Imani_Fierce

Because the story is about a black woman and not a black archetype or stereotype, anyone who loves the art of theatre and the place where struggle meets the sublime can relate to GIRL shakes loose her skin. I don’t know when it will hit the stage next, or what major theatrical producer will step up to bankroll it, but I’ll be there.

(No Comments)

Should President Obama Push for Criminal Justice Reform?

Screen Shot 2012-11-15 at 4.20.44 PM

Head on over to the Columbia Journalism Review’s site to read my piece on the President and criminal justice reform. Now that the election is over, these questions are more imperative than ever.

(No Comments)

Why the “Foreign Policy” Debate Wasn’t One

Please go to The Root and check out my piece on why the “foreign policy” debate was nothing of the sort….

(No Comments)

Politically Viral: Videos to Watch

Picture 52

Props to Thanh Tan for her article about the GOP Washington State gubernatorial candidate bringing it Gangnam Style; plus Sesame wants Big Bird out of Obama ad.

(No Comments)

Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events at this time.