Rethinking the News

The constant news cycle can leave anyone feeling unsure of what is accurate or who to believe. In this podcast, we create space for constructive conversations across a range of perspectives and give our listeners the information they need to come to their own conclusions. Hosted by staff members of The Christian Science Monitor, a nonpartisan news organization with bureaus around the globe. Visit csmonitor.com/rethinkingthenews to learn more.

Monitor Backstory: A shift on a power source?

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Sides have long been staked out on nuclear power: It’s either a poisonous menace or a means of getting past dirty, extractive energy production. The Monitor’s Stephanie Hanes, who covers climate change and the environment, explores a rising middle ground. Hosted by Samatha Laine Perfas.

Monitor Backstory: Finding dignity in war

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Writer Martin Kuz remembers his father’s love for Ukraine. As Martin traveled the country reporting, including for a story on how Ukrainians find dignity and hope in honoring people they’ve lost in the ongoing war, he could see even more clearly the depth of Ukrainians’ resolve. Hosted by Samantha Laine Perfas.

Monitor Backstory: Mining for global progress

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What goes into writing a weekly survey of where in the world things are going right? A fair assessment of what credible “progress” actually is, and a determination to present a diversity of coverage. Staff writer Erika Page talks with editor Clay Collins about the Monitor’s long-running Points of Progress feature.

Monitor Backstory: A deeper reading of ‘Goodnight Moon’

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“Goodnight Moon,” the Margaret Wise Brown classic read to children across generations, has its 75th anniversary on Sept. 3. The Monitor’s Harry Bruinius talks about a book that’s “modern and odd and elliptical” – one that was radical in its day, and that has since worked its way into so many bedtime rituals. Hosted by Samantha Laine Perfas.

Monitor Backstory: Seeing patterns in the news

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As a reporter, Ned Temko had a front-row seat to a remarkable string of world-changing events. As a Monitor columnist, he looks for global patterns. And at a time of mounting global stressors, he sees a spirit of communality emerging as a simple human response. In this episode, Ned speaks with the Monitor’s Clay Collins about the work of connecting world events and the underlying human impulses.

Monitor Backstory: Joy on a Montana shoot

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Alfredo Sosa, the Monitor’s director of photography, relishes fieldwork – no matter how challenging – for the humbling connections that it brings. He spoke to the Monitor’s Samantha Laine Perfas about his rigorous recent assignment to capture the high-altitude work of a wildfire lookout in Montana’s Bob Marshall Wilderness.

Monitor Backstory: The real Saudi shift

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How did a reporter’s story evolve from being a report on Saudi Arabia’s economic reorientation to one about that society’s fundamental, bottom-up change? The Monitor’s Taylor Luck speaks with host Samantha Laine Perfas about finding in a notebook the scribbled asides that would actually form the heart of his story.

Monitor Backstory: Covering Jan. 6

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What happened on Jan. 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol? The answers are shaded by deeply held perspectives. How can a journalist cover such an event and its fallout without being prejudicial? The Monitor’s Christa Case Bryant speaks with host Samantha Laine Perfas about the sense of fairness that guides her reporting work, and how that helps define the Monitor’s approach.

Monitor Backstory: Where education and democracy meet

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What does it mean for democracy if the public education system breaks? Host Samantha Laine Perfas and Managing Editor Amelia Newcomb discuss the Monitor’s latest series, which explores public education, democracy, and the future of America.

Monitor Backstory: Voices of Title IX

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Title IX is complicated. Reporting on the 50th anniversary of this 37-word law, the Monitor's Kendra Nordin Beato saw the many and varied ways it reshaped US society. In today's episode, she shares how women have pushed for equal treatment with courage and resilience, inspiring generation after generation. Hosted by Samantha Laine Perfas.