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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

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...

The UK has a growing food black market – and it’s making the cost of living crisis worse

The UK food sector has faced its fair share of challenges, and issues around supply are not uncommon. In the year to January 2024, overall food prices rose by 7%. To compound this, last year, the UKs Competition and...

Why do we need a Net Zero Economy Authority? And how can it fulfil its promise?

To support its climate agenda, the Albanese government is building new institutions. One of the most important will be the Net Zero Economy Authority. The proposed laws to create this authority are currently before the...

African countries could unlock billions in local and global trade – what’s working and what’s not

Africas share of global trade remains disproportionately small, hovering around 2%-3%. Countries on the continent trade more with the rest of the world than they do among themselves. Africa needs to improve its share of...

Race still divides South Africa – study shows little transformation in new suburbs in country’s economic hub

As South Africa reflects on 30 years of democracy, its important to ask whether its cities have changed for the better when it comes to racial mixing. During apartheid, South Africas residential development was...

Politics

Trump’s lawyers in lawsuits claiming he won in 2020 are getting punished for abusing courts and making unsupported claims and false statements

Over the past four years, U.S. courts and state bar associations have taken action to protect the integrity of the U.S. judicial system by penalizing attorneys who filed meritless lawsuits claiming without evidence that...

Election 2024: polling shows voters don’t believe the tax pledges

The two main parties contesting the UK general election have been unusually cautious on their spending plans, despite urgent calls for more public funding to tackle crises in housing, social care and the...

Wisconsin is a key swing state this year – and has a history of being unpredictable

Voters in Wisconsin now considered a critical swing state ahead of the 2024 presidential election may be among the most unpredictable in the nation. Although former President Barack Obama carried the state in the 2008...

TSMC Weighed Leaving Taiwan Amid China Tensions, Deemed Move Infeasible

TSMC disclosed it had considered relocating its chip factories from Taiwan amid escalating China tensions but decided the move was impractical. TSMCs Relocation Discussions Tensions between Taiwan and China have been...

Mexico: Sheinbaum faces uphill task to buck the trend and curtail spiralling violence

Mexico has reached a political milestone. According to a quick count by the countrys electoral commission, Mexican voters have just elected their first female president. In a society that has long treated its women...

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

Altcoin Prices Decline Amid Market Volatility: Recovery Timeline Uncertain

Altcoin prices, including Ethereum and Solana, have dropped significantly due to various economic factors and market sentiment shifts, prompting speculation on recovery timelines. Examining the Causes Behind the Recent...

Trump Advocates for Bitcoin ‘Made in the USA’ After Meeting Mining Industry Heads

After meeting with cryptocurrency mining company leaders, Donald Trump stressed the need for all Bitcoin to be produced in the USA, highlighting its role in energy dominance. Trumps Call for Domestic Bitcoin...

Shiba Inu Burn Rate Jumps 3010%; 232M SHIB Tokens Reduced from Circulation

Shiba Inu (SHIB) token burn rate surged by 3010% on June 12, resulting in 232 million tokens being burned, a notable rise during the market downturn. Unprecedented SHIB Burn Rate Increase The Shiba Inu (SHIB) meme...

Critical Week Ahead: SEC to Comment on Ethereum ETF S-1 Filings

The Ethereum ETF is at a pivotal moment this week as the SEC prepares to respond to S-1 filings, potentially shaping the future of Ethereum-based investment products. Crypto Market Awaits SECs Critical Decision on...
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