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Asylum Caravan

The trip across Mexico is notoriously dangerous for Central American migrants seeking asylum. Extortion, violence, immigration raids are common. If they make it to the U.S. border, they can spend weeks, months and even years…

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Financial Strain of Flood Recovery

Back in August, just after the historic floods, Louisiana officials expressed concern that proposed federal and state disaster recovery funds might not be enough. With deadlines for flood assistance programs passed, or looming, affected residents…







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The Battle To Keep Ho Chi Minh City Above Water

Vietnam has one of the fastest rates of urbanization of any country in the world. Almost half of its nearly 90 million residents are expected to be living in cities by 2030. Many internal migrants…


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Listening is a Revolutionary Act: Part 2

The media landscape is such a competitive, often over-saturated space, and connecting with an audience means competing with everything from CNN to Candy Crush, Facebook to the New York Times. It’s hard to know how…


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Preacher’s Kid

Radio producer Jesse Hardman has a tenuous connection with William Graham, a man who once lived as a fugitive from federal authorities for over 20 years. They both are preacher’s kids, sons of episcopal priests….




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Elevating Homes To Survive Coastal Erosion

In the 10 years since Hurricane Katrina ravaged Louisiana’s shoreline, residents who live near waterways have a new mantra – high and dry. Many are embracing home elevation. Jesse Hardman, of member station WWNO, reports….




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Cajun Mardi Gras

ACADIANA, La. — It is just after dawn on Mardi Gras, but I’m not at some Bourbon Street bar, facedown on the floor trying to rally for some morning parades. No, I’m off a country…


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Escaping from Burma but Falling into Slavery

Based on Thai government statistics, there are an estimated 2 to 3 million Burmese working in Thailand. Many of the original wave of migrants came during political turmoil in the late 1980s, but the vast…




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A Tale Of Two Coastal Towns Part 1: Staten Island

Low-lying coastal areas are the front lines for sea level rise, and increasingly frequent and destructive storms at sea. Hurricane Sandy proved it’s not just the South or the Gulf Coast at risk. Staten Island, one…



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Vanishing Points In Terrebonne Parish Louisiana

The best way to understand Louisiana’s rapidly changing coastal map may be to look from above. That’s how you see the small highways headed South, slim like bony fingers, disappearing into a blue backdrop. What…


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River Diversions And The Fate Of Louisiana’s Coast

A big part of Louisiana’s coastal Master Plan centers around something called “diversions.” Fresh water from the Mississippi River is diverted so that the water, and the silt it carries, can rebuild the sinking coast….



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Louisiana Coastal Restoration Drives An Industry Boom

This spring a state committee approved $477 million for coastal protection and restoration. When you throw in federal dollars, and private funding as well, fixing Louisiana’s coast is becoming big business. Listen Here ->



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Become Apart of Local News in New Orleans

If you came across a microphone just planted in the middle of your neighborhood, what would you say into it? What if the microphone was tucked into a hanging cardboard tree and had a series…






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Where I’m From

Where I’m From mixes entertainment, journalism, and commentary in a big-hearted mash-up that reflects the talents, experiences, and contributions of diaspora populations in the US. “CLICK” to listen to the show


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A Green Scene Is Brewing On Milwaukee’s Fresh Coast

WWNO’s Coastal Desk has been on tour, looking at water management in other cities. Austin and Philadelphia were the first stops. Now we’ll hear about the final city: Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A delegation of New Orleans city…




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Ethiopia: development yes, dissent no

A booming African city, in a police state, with remnants of its brush with colonial Europe. But a place where democracy threatens to emerge says reporter Jesse Hardman in his View From Here. Listen below:



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Burmese Migrants in Thai Fishing Industry

  The southeast Asian country of Burma may be best known for its repressive government, but it also has one of the world’s lowest per capita incomes. Government controls, inefficient financial policies and corruption have…


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My Dad’s Battle with Parkinsons

There are three black and white photographs of my dad that tell the story of the last few years. My brother, Andy, took them, and they are both beautiful and brutal.



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Tribal Radio

Jesse Hardman and Maura O’Connor recently drove around the southwestern United States visiting some of the 33 Native American reservations that have their own radio stations. They said it became clear that “radio, often dismissed as outdated for the Web 2.0 era, was the most essential medium of communication in Indian country.” Airchecks from these stations sound alive and connected, peopled by a real range of characters. On Transom, Jesse and Maura put together a report, full of photos and audio, and we also created two radio pieces. One is an NPR-style news magazine piece. The other is a Transom-style collage. Listen to both. Tell us what you think. On our discussion board, we’ll be joined by some of the staff of the tribal stations and they’d like to hear from you.


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Media Training in Sri Lanka

esse Hardman was a reporter here at WBEZ. He’s also been Worldview’s World Cup Commentator for the past two years, and writes the blog Put Me in the Game. Most recently he spent a year doing media training in Sri Lanka, working with local reporters on a project to improve access to information for people who’d been displaced by the war. His group of reporters produced a daily radio show called Lifeline. In order to gather material for the program, they went to the areas where those who’d been displaced by the war were living. Jesse talks to us about what the mood was like in the country when the civil war ended.


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This American Life – Act Three, Lost in Translation

he story of a not-very-tall, not-very-athletic man—Colin Pine—who becomes a minor celebrity in the NBA, as the translator for one of the most famous rookies in basketball history: The first Chinese player ever to go number one in the draft, Yao Ming. Reporter Jesse Hardman tells his story. (17 minutes)


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Music in the Midst of Sri Lanka’s Civil War

One of the stories of 2009 was the end of 25 years of brutal civil war in Sri Lanka. Government troops forced the surrender of the Tamil Tiger rebels in the island nation just south of the Indian continent.

One Minnesotan who got an inside view of the conflict was journalist Jesse Hardman In the midst of the chaos he came upon an amazing story of a forgotten people.


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Public Radio-Xenophobia and the World Cup

With Ghana making the Quarterfinals of the World Cup, South Africans are confronted by euphoria and support for the Black Stars, and a continued reluctance to embrace the millions of African migrants who live amongst them. Jesse Hardman reports from Johannesburg


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A Young Hawaiian Clears An Imposing Hurdle

In Hawaii, where few public schools are known for their academic achievements, a student’s chances of landing a spot in a big state school is remote. But Peni Fiuangaihetau, a larger-than-life high school senior from Maui, has beaten cultural and academic odds to land a college spot in Utah. Hawaii ranks dead last in U.S. high school academic testing. Very few students in the state go on to college.


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Worldview-Chile: Rebuilding After the Earthquake Part 1

In Chile the south of the country continues to piece itself together after it’s massive earthquake at the end of February. They’re trying to get million children back in school. 800,000 people are still homeless. Jesse Hardman is a former Chicago Public Radio reporter who’s been working with Internews in Chile. Internews is a non profit that works to empower local media in more than 70 countries. Hardman says local radio has played an important role in the Chilean recovery.


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Chile: Rebuilding After the Earthquake Part II

In Chile the south of the country continues to piece itself together after it’s massive earthquake at the end of February. They’re trying to get million children back in school. 800,000 people are still homeless. Jesse Hardman is a former Chicago Public Radio reporter who’s been working with Internews in Chile. Internews is a non profit that works to empower local media in more than 70 countries. Hardman says local radio has played an important role in the Chilean recovery.


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PRI’s The World-US Embassies Designed for Safety

Jesse Hardman reports on how US embassies around the world are designed. Security is a top priority. And that means American embassy buildings tend to look like fortresses. Some designers say more could be done to combine aesthetics and openness with security.



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NPR-Garifuna in New York

For centuries, home has been a transient notion for the ethnic community known as the Garifuna.

Pushed around the Caribbean region by various colonial powers, many sought safe haven in New York beginning in the 1940s. They’ve kept coming in small waves, but have maintained a low profile — until now.


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Community Radio in South America

Peru’s been on a wild ride in recent years. In the 80’s, the country had an increasing security threat from the “Shining Path” coinciding with a financial debacle.

The 90’s were spent with the popular authoritarian Alberto Fujimori. Now it’s back to the 80’s president again Alan Garcia.

Jesse Hardman just returned from a year in Peru, Jesse’s a radio journalist who long time listeners to this program might remember as our World Cup commentator in the two World Cups.

Jesse was a Knight International Journalism fellow in Peru. The Knight fellowship sends US media professionals to key countries where they can make a difference.


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NPR-Searching for “The Spot”

Reporter Jesse Hardman follows a surfer to a remote part of Mexico as he searches for a pristine surfing area known simply as “The Spot.”


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NPR-The Brooklyn Bike Brawl

The Brooklyn Bike Brawl has bicycles — but that’s where similarities to the Tour de France end. The recent bicycle festival in Brooklyn, N.Y., featured highlights such as jousting, chicken fighting and fireworks — all on bikes.


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NPR-Radio Provides Vital Information to Rural Tribes

At a time when most of America is inundated with new forms of communication technology, there is one segment of the country where a radio is still the most essential medium: Native American reservations. The stations broadcast cultural, language and community affairs programming to tribal members — many of whom do not have other options for timely access to news and information.


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NPR-Wet Weather Socks Hawaii

If you think Hawaii in spring means blue skies and warm beaches, think again. This year a patch of bad weather is bringing landslides, dam breaks and tornados. Experts say it hasn’t been this wet in March in Hawaii since 1951.


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NPR-Construction Boom Threatens Maui’s Pristine Sand

Maui’s pristine beaches and vast inland sand dune system are threatened as a booming construction industry digs out tons of sand to mix for concrete. Jesse Hardman reports on the the fight on the popular Hawaiian island over the precious resource.


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NPR-In Hawaii, Locals Feel the Pinch of Retirees’ Cash

Hawaii has long been the state of choice for wealthier Americans looking for a holiday home or a place to retire. But increasingly, native Hawaiians are complaining that this is squeezing them out of the housing market. Currently, the average Hawaiian makes $40,000 a year; the average house price is somewhere around $1 million.



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NPR: Only A Game-Chicago World Series from a Bar Stool

In Chicago’s Bridgeport neighborhood, voting Democratic and rooting for the White Sox are staples of local culture. Schaller’s Pump, a Bridgeport bar that sits across the street from the local Democratic headquarters and mere blocks from the old Comiskey Park and the relatively new US Cellular Field, is often the epicenter of both aforementioned causes. Producer Jesse Hardman caught up with a few Schaller’s regulars as the White Sox played the Anaheim angels in Game 2 of the ALCS, and he presents this audio portrait.


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NPR: Only A Game-Hawaiian Canoe Carving

Hawaiians of Polynesian decent have revived a fading tradition of canoe-building and sailing in the Pacific Ocean. Only A Game’s Jesse Hardman reports from Hawaii.


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Transom.org-Bob Hardman, A Body in Motion

I have wanted to document my dad’s battle with Parkinson’s for a long time. As many reporters can attest, it can be a hard transition from the detached impartiality required for most journalism to documenting someone close to you. For nearly ten years thoughts of interviewing my dad felt forced and, frankly, the idea scared me. Did I really want to know the difficult details of his battle with the disease? On a personal level I had gotten into the habit of assuming he was o.k., and only drawing from his general successes, not what is inevitably a progressive breakdown of the body. While visiting my parents a few months ago, I woke up one morning and saw my dad was getting ready to go to a Parkinson’s support event. I grabbed my recorder and a microphone and joined him.


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Third Coast Festival-Listening Your Way Around Lima, Peru

Musician Lucho Hernandez is visually impaired, but is able to “see” his native city, Lima, Peru, simply by listening carefully.

Join Lucho for a walking tour through Lima, while he muses about the modernization of the city and points out some of the aural details that reveal Lima’s true personality — from the activity of a typical marketplace to the patterns and rhythms of the traffic racing by.