They are running out of water in South Africa. It is very real and it is happening now and it is impacting the four million people in Cape Town. The experts are looking at a date when the running water is shut off. That date could be coming soon. Indiana Daily Student news editor Dominick Jean tells us about the upcoming "Day Zero."
Maybe you've been watching the Olympics. Maybe you've seen some of the events on the ice. But have you seen the people who are shaping that ice into perfection for some of the best athletic performances in the world? Now you can. Former Indiana Daily Student editor-in-chief Jamie Zega, who is soon on her way to the Washington Post, joins us to share a story about the ice crews behind the athletic glory. They're riding machines that make those medal pursuits happen. Zamboni drivers are playing a key role as things heat up on the ice. And as we learn in this story, there's a whole lot more to it than simply driving the thing.
You'll learn a lot. It's a great topic. Give this a listen and read the story.
Football at all levels is getting a long, hard look from doctors and fans and parents and, now, in California, lawmakers are getting involved as well. Sports research Jimmy Sanderson joins us to share a story about pending legislation on the west coast that, if passed, would end tackling in youth football. (You can read more about it here.)
Sanderson touches on the medical research, the government involvement and we also talk about how this might impact quality of play and regional strength of the sport. Give it a listen.
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Indianapolis Star reporter Zak Keefer joins us to talk about a story of segregation and Jim Crow in northern Indiana. It was the advent of the jump shot, the height of high school basketball in the Hoosier State and a time that many of us simply don't have a memory of. Keefer is sharing Matthew Werner's story of 1950s Michigan City and the tale of a program that somehow gets forgotten, and the struggle the boys playing basketball endured. It's a rich story, and another great episode of the program for you to enjoy.
Carley Lanich is the editor-in-chief of the award-winning Indiana Daily Student. An aspiring investigative reporter herself, she joins us today to talk about the ongoing 10-part series The Exploited, which is an insightful and global deep-dive into sex trafficking. Some 10,000 young people in the U.S. and an estimated one million are thought to be involved in the illicit trade each year.
If you follow the NFL at all, you might have heard that the Indianapolis Colts fired their head coach this offseason. And you might have also heard that they hired a new coach. And you might have heard that he decided he didn't want the job. Indianapolis Star writer Zach Osterman returns to the show to share a story about how all of that came apart in what is an unusual spectacle within the spectacle of the National Football League. You can read the story here.
It's an interesting look into beat reporting and an important story technique, the tick-tock story.
Seems like there is plenty of drama in the Colorado State athletic department these days. The men's basketball coach has been suspended. So has the interim coach. Players skipped a practice and they are upside down in the win-loss column. A columnist at The Coloradoan, the Fort Collins daily, has an idea about how the program might get turned around, and it involves a huge name from the campus' past.
Spencer Elliott, who is a digital producer at USA Today Network, tells us about the piece, and we talk about why such a historical hire may or may not work. It's a good column, an intriguing argument and we're glad Spencer brought it to us today. Take a listen and pass it along.
We talked today with noted anthropologist Dr. Anne Pyburn of Indiana University, who explains some of the truly fascinating research going on in the Guatemalan jungles as new technology is uncovering old mysteries about the Mayan people. The story we're discussing is from National Geographic and, as Pyburn explains, the data being collected is going to reshape a lot about what we thought we knew of the old culture. And while the understandings will necessarily change, this grand research project is really only just beginning.
Dr. Pyburn is a terrific guest with an incredible amount of expertise that compliments this research and we are grateful that she took the time to explain a few things to those of us who understand archeology by way of Indiana Jones and Jurassic Park. Give it a listen.
Journalism professor Robert Quigley, from the University of Texas, joins us to discuss a Washington Post profile of Ben Carson. The famed neurosurgeon turned head of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. Its an interesting insight into a man who took on the Cabinet position and has more-or-less kept a low profile since. Quigley talks about the man, but we also discuss the story and touch very briefly on the craft of profile writing.
Listen in to see why it feels like learning on the job - maybe. And why that maybe is there.
Quigley, by the way, also runs the Journalism Innovation program at Texas, which is a great follow for those interested in the future of journalism.
Everybody loves a caper, says television reporter Chris Pollone, who returns to the program to share with us the update on the 2016 broad daylight gold robbery in New York City. You remember that, right? The guy reached into an armored truck, grabbed a barrel full of gold, $1.6 million worth, and walked away. Only the security cameras caught him.
We know now what became of that man, and it truly is an incredible story. Pollone tells us about the terrific work done by the newsroom at WNBC in New York City, which helped tell the rest of the story that crosses the country, hits four other nations, involves some heartbreak and a whole lot more. You've got to hear it to believe it. Give it a listen and please pass it along.