Category Archives: Podcast

Episode 103: On the Ground in Western Sahara

Photo of art installation by Sam Jury

Producing, To Be Here. Photo Sam Jury

Artist Sam Jury on the neglected situation of Sahrawi peoples’ refugee camps, her video installation To Be Here on their daily lives, and about the women who built the camps.

Additional background on the Sahrawi movement is provided by Richard Knight (African Activist Archive).



Episode 102: Photojournalism and the “Real Story of the Marikana Massacre” with Greg Marinovich

Marikana, North West Province, South Africa. September 5, 2012. Striking Marikana Lonmin miners march to deliever their demands to Lonmin management. They hold up the image of mambush, one of the strike leaders killed by police. Photo Greg Marinovich

Marikana, South Africa. September 5, 2012. Striking Lonmin miners. Photo Greg Marinovich

Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Greg Marinovich (Boston University) on the genealogy and ethics of his work and on his new book: Murder at Small Koppie: The Real Story of the Marikana Massacre—the largest killing of civilians in South Africa since 1960.

For more: read the Marikana Commission of Inquiry Report here and watch Miners Shot Down here.

Episode 101: Corpulence, Cartoonists, and Politics

Portrait of Teju OlaniyanTejumola Olaniyan (Wisconsin–Madison) on African cartoonists, their depictions of the body and struggles with censorship, and the aesthetics of corpulence in African political cartooning. He elaborates on the deeper origins and gendered nature of satire in African societies and also discusses his website Africa

Episode 100: The Afripod Centenary Special

750px-wv-100-svgThis centenary episode brings together selections from the first eight years of the podcast. The chosen segments broadly represent earliest and latest episodes, different African countries and regions, and notable contributions by local and international guests on a number of subjects and themes.

Episode 99: Artisanal Mining in Tanzania

Rosemarie_MwaipopoAnthropologist Rosemarie Mwaipopo (U. of Dar es Salaam) on artisanal and small-scale mining in Tanzania. She discusses the roles of women;grassroots dimensions, including cultural and gender dynamics; and government policies. The interview concludes with a comparative look at small-scale mining in Africa.

Episode 98: City of Thorns—Inside the World’s Largest Refugee Camp

City-of-Thorns-eBookAuthor Ben Rawlence (Open Society Foundations Fellow) on his new book: City of Thorns: Nine Lives in the World’s Largest Refugee Camp. He describes working in Dadaab, Kenya, and discusses Somali refugees’ daily struggles, their personal lives, social relationships, trade, and Islam. The interview closes with reflections on the international dimensions of the conflict in Somalia and prospects for peace.

Episode 97: Reproductive Rights in South Africa

9780199844494Susanne Klausen (History, Carleton U.) on the history and politics of women’s reproductive rights in South Africa. Our discussion of race, nationalism, and women’s sexuality focuses on her new book, Abortion Under Apartheid, the first full-length study of the history of abortion in an African context. The interview concludes with an assessment of the present and future of abortion rights in South Africa and internationally.

Episode 96: Creativity and Decolonization: Nigerian Cultures and African Epistemologies

Falola_UT copyToyin Falola (History, Texas; President, African Studies Association) on Yoruba history and culture; language policy in Nigeria; creativity and decolonization; forms of community action in “hyper-modern” times; and the meaning of Buhari’s victory in the 2015 presidential election.

Episode 95: Nigerian Politics and Society in Cartoon Art

Cartoon courtesy of Jimga

Cartoon courtesy of Jimga

Ganiyu Akinloye Jimoh (Creative Arts, University of Lagos) on his work in Nigeria as a popular cartoonist, with the pen name “Jimga,” and as a cartoon scholar. Issues discussed include: political aspects of cartooning; visual aspects of the art; language and graphic styles; and the future of cartooning in Nigeria.

Episode 94: The Bomb, a Professor, and Higher Education in South Africa

Christie_RenfrewProfessor Renfrew Christie (University of the Western Cape) on South African advances and challenges since 1994; educational transformations at UWC; his role as an anti-apartheid student activist, exposure of South Africa’s nuclear bomb and subsequent imprisonment, and nuclear issues today.