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Vinita Srivastava

Vinita Srivastava

Producer | Director of Innovation | Senior Editor, Culture + Society

Vinita is a journalist, educator and media innovator with experience in South Asia, South Africa and North America. She has reported and edited for the New York Times Magazine, VIBE, the Village Voice and Savoy. She cohosted the Asia Pacific Forum at WBAI radio and Masala Mixx at CKLN for over a decade. She has taught media for NGOs in Canada, the U.S. and Rwanda and at the Ryerson School of Journalism as a professor of journalism.

How Modi is using TV, film and social media to sway voters in India’s election

May 24, 2024 03:42 am UTC| Insights & Views Politics

As the worlds largest electorate goes to the polls in India, political parties are seeking to sway voters through popular culture, like film. Although cinema has long reflected and influenced the countrys political and...

The potential of psychedelics to heal our racial traumas

Nov 25, 2023 07:40 am UTC| Health

Clinical psychologist and professor Monnica Williams is on a mission to bring psychedelics to therapists offices to help people heal from their racial traumas. To do this, shes jumping over some big hurdles. Judging...

Global Geopolitics Series

Why the Israel-Gaza conflict is so hard to talk about

Oct 27, 2023 14:53 pm UTC| Insights & Views

With the intensification of war in the Middle East, comes an intense polarization within our institutions. A historian whose family was taken hostage by Hamas, and a geographer with family in the West Bank, get together to...

How corporate landlords are eroding affordable housing — and prioritizing profits over human rights

Oct 20, 2023 03:45 am UTC| Business Real Estate

One factor driving the housing crisis across the country is a shift away from publicly built housing toward large corporate-owned buildings where, as todays guest Prof. Nemoy Lewis puts it, housing is treated as a...

Detangling the roots and health risks of hair relaxers

Oct 16, 2023 06:42 am UTC| Entertainment

In this reflective and personal episode of Dont Call Me Resilient, Prof. Cheryl Thompson of Toronto Metropolitan University and author of Beauty in a Box untangles the wending history of hair relaxers for Black women and...

Why are brown and Black people supporting the far right?

Oct 06, 2023 07:01 am UTC| Politics

The Republican Party in the United States has moved farther right in recent years. And as its done so, you would think racialized Americans might be distancing themselves from it and its policies. But at last weeks GOP...

Fast Fashion: Why garment workers lives are still in danger 10 years after Rana Plaza — Podcast

Apr 14, 2023 14:11 pm UTC| Business

Fast fashion is that ever-changing need to have the latest beautiful thing at a bargain price that club-ready piece of clothing, that status symbol shoe or that must-have top you just found at the mall. But that cheap...

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Economy

Rotting sargassum is choking the Caribbean’s white sand beaches, fueling an economic and public health crisis

The Caribbeans sandy beaches, clear turquoise water and vibrant coral reefs filled with an amazing variety of sea creatures have long been the pride of the islands. The big three sun, sea and sand have made this...

Sierra Leone’s bushmeat markets pose serious health hazards – we studied two for six months to find solutions

You are walking through the bustling centre of Bo, Sierra Leones third largest city. Following the crowd, you turn off the main road onto a narrower thoroughfare and find yourself in an open-air market. Shelters...

Africa doesn’t have a choice between economic growth and protecting the environment: how they can go hand in hand

Heathrow Airport in the UK currently uses more energy than the entire west African country of Sierra Leone. Despite Africa accounting for less than 4% of all global greenhouse gas emissions, many of its countries face...

Spare us the talk about a wages explosion. There’s nothing wrong with lifting Australia’s lowest wages in line with inflation

What is it with the Coalition and wages? When, in the final days of the 2022 election campaign, the then opposition leader Anthony Albanese backed an increase in award wages to keep pace with inflation, his opposite...

Net zero is not just good science – it’s also a good deal for ordinary people

As the UK moves into a general election, a misinformed debate over the countrys climate transition and legally binding net zero targets risks further dividing people. Much of this debate in the UK focuses on the cost of...

Politics

Unmarred by Russian spying scandal, Austria’s far-right expected to cruise to victory in European elections

For the Freedom Party of Austria (FP), the weeks are going by like clockwork. The far-right party continues to top the polls. It is expected to clinch a comfortable victory in the European elections on 9 June with almost...

Indian election: Narendra Modi hasn’t delivered the expected landslide – where the BJP may have gone wrong

Narendra Modi may have led his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) to a historic third term, but the landslide victory that many had expected failed to materialise. With half of the 640...

Iran: president’s death has set hardliners jostling for position to replace ageing supreme leader

The death of Irans president, Ebrahim Raisi, in a helicopter crash in May plunged Iran into political uncertainly. Raisis death has set off an intense power struggle within the Islamic Republic. Irans consitution...

Modi’s narrow win suggests Indian voters saw through religious rhetoric, opting instead to curtail his political power

Indias ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, had hoped for a landslide victory in the countrys six-week general election the largest display of democracy, by far, in a year of voting around the world. But with results...

Science

Eye exercises to improve sight – is there any science behind them? An ophthalmologist explains why you shouldn’t buy the hype

You may have seen advertisements claiming to eliminate the need for eyeglasses through vision therapy or vision training basically, eye exercises. These exercises include putting pressure on or palming the eye; eye...

The universe’s biggest explosions made some of the elements we are composed of. But there’s another mystery source out there

After its birth in the Big Bang, the universe consisted mainly of hydrogen and a few helium atoms. These are the lightest elements in the periodic table. More-or-less all elements heavier than helium were produced in the...

Engineering cells to broadcast their behavior can help scientists study their inner workings

Waves are ubiquitous in nature and technology. Whether its the rise and fall of ocean tides or the swinging of a clocks pendulum, the predictable rhythms of waves create a signal that is easy to track and distinguish from...

If an asteroid hit Earth and all the humans died, would the dinosaurs come back?

Many, many years ago dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Six-year-old Aga knows that a meteorite wiped them out… but could another meteorite bring them back? You can read a print version of this story...

Ancient DNA from an extinct native duck reveals how far birds flew to make New Zealand home

Ask a bird lover if they have heard of the extinct giant moa or its ancient predator, Haasts eagle, and the answer will likely be yes. The same cant be said of New Zealands extinct, but equally unique, mergansers a group...

Technology

Tesla Cybertruck Deliveries Halted Amid Windshield Wiper Issue; Watch Elon’s Victory Lap

Tesla has paused Cybertruck deliveries due to a problem with its massive windshield wiper. The issue, which affects the largest wiper ever installed on a consumer vehicle, has caused a temporary halt in deliveries, with...

Shein and Temu Face Tax Crackdown in South Africa, Higher Duties Imposed

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) will impose higher import duties on low-value clothing orders from Shein and Temu, addressing local retailers concerns about unfair competition. Starting July 1, 2024, all clothing...

Elon Musk Claims the New Tesla Roadster Will Be Able to Fly

Elon Musk has revealed that the new Tesla Roadster will be able to fly, hinting at a possible collaboration with SpaceX. This exciting announcement has left many eagerly anticipating further details about the electric...

Tesla Extends FSD Transfers for Another Quarter, Confirms Elon Musk

During Teslas 2024 Annual Stockholder Meeting, Elon Musk announced that the company will extend Full Self-Driving (FSD) transfers for one more quarter, starting in Q3, following a spontaneous suggestion from an audience...
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