Wish you could listen to Latitude News as you drive to work, exercise at the gym or cook dinner? Well, we’ve got great news for you – together with our friends at the Public Radio Exchange (PRX) we’re launching a Latitude News podcast hosted by the award-winning Cleveland journalist Dan Moulthrop.
Every month we’re going to bring you storytelling about the rich and unexpected ways in which American lives are linked with the rest of the world. And we kick off in July with two very different stories – one from Africa and one from Europe.
As American evangelicals have lost battles against the gay rights movement in the U.S., some have taken the fight to countries that are friendlier to their agenda. Few countries have been more welcoming than Uganda, and few Americans have been more impactful than Scott Lively. In our report Did Uganda’s anti-gay movement start with American evangelicals? Dan traces Lively’s connection to Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and finds out how that bill is affecting the U.S. — by tearing the American evangelical community in half.
From culture wars to the dinner table. And a question: Have you cooked cod lately? Chances are you haven’t – it’s expensive and it’s not always available. But cod was once so common in American homes it was simply called “fish.” When the cod fishery collapsed in the 1990s, it devastated fishing communities around the world. American fishing towns still have not recovered; meanwhile, Norway is catching record amounts of the fish once called “fish.” What’s so special about Norway? Latitude investigates in The cod piece – two nations, under cod.
And if you want to know more about either story check out our accompanying multi-media articles:
- Producer Jack Rodolico sat down with Pastor Scott Lively in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts to ask how a fringe evangelical activist became such a big player in Uganda.
- Producer Emily Chou explains why American fishermen need a lifeguard while Norwegian fishermen are thriving.
And if you want to know more about our host Dan Moulthrop, here’s the skinny:
Dan is co-founder of The Civic Commons (theciviccommons.com), a civic startup bringing emerging forms of media, technology and journalism into the world of engagement around important issues and public projects. Dan is also the former host of 90.3 WCPN’s Sound of Ideas and co-author, with Dave Eggers and Ninive Calegari, of the best selling book Teachers Have it Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers (The New Press, 2005), which provided the basis for the 2011 documentary American Teacher. He’s an award-winning journalist, a former high school teacher and a graduate of UC-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. He lives in Shaker Heights, Ohio with his wife and three children.