Daily Archives: January 12, 2020

How Should The Press Describe Soleimani’s Death?


Jan 10, 2020

After the United States killed Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani in an airstrike, American journalists debated whether to label it an ‘assassination’ or a ‘targeted killing.’

Labour’s Abela set to succeed Malta’s PM Muscat in wake of journalist’s murder

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Jan 12, 2020

Outsider Robert Abela is set to become Malta’s new premier on Sunday after Prime Minister Joseph Muscat’s downfall over the murder of an investigative journalist.

Population Bomb: The Overpopulation Theory That Fell Flat | Retro Report on PBS


Oct 28, 2019

Not enough babies are being born to support an aging population in some parts of the world. But decades ago, there seemed to be the opposite problem: a prediction about a future with too many people. This story is an excerpt from our new broadcast show with PBS.

DDT, Malaria, and the Book That Changed Environmental Debate | Retro Report


Jan 22, 2017

Author Rachel Carson’s strike against the pesticide DDT turned her into an environmental hero, but also a foil for those who believe regulation has gone too far. Now, that fight is more relevant — and complicated — than ever. This story was produced in partnership with PBS, American Experience.

Agent Orange: Last Chapter of the Vietnam War | Retro Report


Feb 24, 2017

The use of the defoliant Agent Orange during the Vietnam War continues to cast a dark shadow over both American veterans and Vietnamese citizens.

Nuclear Power’s Public Opinion Rollercoaster from Three Mile Island to Fukushima | Retro Report


Jun 16, 2017

More than three decades after the accident at Three Mile Island cast a shadow on the atomic dream, is America again ready to give nuclear energy a chance?

GMO Food Fears and the First Test Tube Tomato | Retro Report


Jul 26, 2017

In the 1990s, a bunch of gene jockeys brought the first genetically engineered food to market. The business crashed, but biotech science has flourished far beyond the produce aisle.


Blackout: Understanding the U.S. Power Grid’s Vulnerability from the 2003 Failure | Retro Report


Aug 29, 2017

In 2003, a blackout crippled areas of the U.S. and Canada, leaving some 50 million people in the dark. Today, we’re still grappling with concerns over the vulnerability of our power grid.

Hurricane Katrina’s Aftermath and Lessons in Dealing with Disaster | Retro Report


Sep 11, 2017

How Louisiana’s troubled housing recovery in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina shaped the response to major disasters since.

Future of Food | What Happens Next | Retro Report


Oct 25, 2017

How does a small South Dakota farm hold lessons for feeding a crowded and less predictable world? “What Happens Next” is a collaboration with Quartz examining the future of society.