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Collaboration / Foreign Correspondence

In this collaboration with Foreign Correspondence podcast, On Spec host  Fariba Nawa gives a raw, intimate interview to Jake Spring about her  two-decade career, family, and the struggles of straddling two cultures  as a journalist. You can listen to all episodes of the podcast Foreign  Correspondence, where you will hear deep dive interviews with a diverse  group…

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OnSpec/Pandemic • Through Children’s Eyes

What has quarantine been like for children during the pandemic? Are they finding their creative little selves and building stronger family ties? Or turning into online zombies and losing their social skills? Or are they becoming child laborers to help their families survive? It depends on the kids and the country. On Spec host Fariba…

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Collaboration / Feminism in the Age of COVID-19

In this collaboration with the Continuum Collective, we are exploring the rise in gender-based violence during the pandemic and what can be done about it. On Spec’s host Fariba Nawa joins Jillian Foster, the host of the Continuum Collective’s Radicals & Revolutionaries Lab podcast, and Teri Yuan, the host of the Engendered podcast.

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OnSpec/Pandemic • Surviving as a Woman

With  families in lockdown, and social services unavailable, experts say  domestic violence is increasing, and being ignored during the  coronavirus outbreak. Menel Raach talks to a woman in Iraq who is trying  to find a safe place to live amid the lockdowns there, and to lawyers  and experts about what is being called a “shadow…

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OnSpec/Pandemic • Rediscovering Our Kitchens

You probably know someone who has discovered their inner chef in the last few months.  In New York, photographer Jackson Krule discovered he was a baker.  Unable to go out and photograph the Orthodox Jewish community he has been documenting, he started baking challah bread at home and posting photos online.  Now it’s turned into…

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OnSpec/Pandemic • Mental Health in Isolation

How is being on lock down effecting our mental health, and how are mental health professionals trying to continue to provide help when they cannot meet someone in person? On Spec intern and journalist Kasper Dilmaghani talks to therapists and one woman who opens up about her depression.  Here is the story on how the…

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OnSpec/Pandemic • Prisons and COVID19

What if you don’t have control over your own self-isolation? More than two million people are in prisons in the US, which has the highest incarceration rate in the world.  Oscar Durand speaks with Efrén Paredes, Jr about the prison where he is incarcerated serving a life sentence for a robbery and murder committed when…

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OnSpec/Pandemic • Alone but not Lonely

Whether you live across the street, or across the Atlantic, for many of us social distancing now means you cannot meet in person. Your family, your friends, that person you wanted to date…everything is on hold.  But across the world we are finding new ways of bridging the distances.  Margaux Benn and Menel Raach bring…

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OnSpec/Pandemic • Face to Face with the Virus

What’s it like to have COVID19 in Turkey?  Hilaneh Mahmoudi, a freelance photographer in Istanbul, spent weeks trying to not catch it, but one day the tell tale symptoms began.  This is her audio diary, told to host Fariba Nawa, of what it’s like to have the virus, and the struggle to keep those living…

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OnSpec/Pandemic • Faith Interrupted

You might think you’re further away from the world, but in many ways the pandemic is bringing us together. We begin with the religious, those who turn to faith and collective prayer in times of hardship. But they are not supposed to gather anymore in mosques, churches or synagogues. The entire concept of communal support…

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