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Playlist: Jessica Partnow's Portfolio

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A sampling of my domestic and international radio work.

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Children of Refugees

From Seattle Globalist | Part of the Refugees in Puget Sound series | 07:54

Once a refugee family has been here for a while, the children often become ambassadors to the outside world. It's the kids who have to translate for their parents and deal with all the bureaucracy of life, from hospitals to schools to immigration offices.

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When a refugee family comes to Washington state, it is often easier for the children to pick up the new language and adapt to the cultural changes. But for their parents, this shift can be a lot harder. Once a refugee family has been here for a while, the children often become the ambassadors to the outside world. It's the kids who have to translate for their parents and deal with all the bureaucracy of life, from hospitals to schools to immigration offices.

For the final segment in our series about refugees in Puget Sound, reporter Jessica Partnow looks into what the refugee experience is like for the children.

The Water Walker

From Seattle Globalist | 05:49

A day in the life of an Ethiopian woman who walks hours each day fetching water.

Day6faadi_small A sound-rich piece taking us through a day in the life of Fadi Jilo, a woman in southern Ethiopia who spends four and a half hours each day walking to fetch water for her family.

Audio Postcard: Russky Jeep

From Seattle Globalist | Part of the Generation Putin series | 04:15

A Generation Putin *extra*: Audio postcard from a military jeep ride in the former Soviet stronghold of Balaklava, Ukraine.

Blackhorse_small Balaklava was a super secret nuclear submarine base in the Soviet Union. Jessica Partnow and Sarah Stuteville produced this audio postcard of a mildly terrifying ride to the top of the mountain over the city in an old military jeep, led by a young Ukrainian collector of World War II memorabilia.

This audio postcard is an extra to accompany Generation Putin, a special report on young people and political change in the former Soviet Union. 

Generation Putin - Hour Special

From Seattle Globalist | Part of the Generation Putin series | 59:01

"Generation Putin" is an hourlong special on young people and politics in the former Soviet Union. Embeddable on SoundCloud, too.

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It's been over 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Young people in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Georgia are facing unemployment, democratic pressure, and the legacy of repression, while being influenced by the West, punk music, and the Pussy Riot trials. PRX sent a reporting team from the Seattle Globalist to explore the tensions in these countries, described by The Atlantic as 'uneasily suspended' between two political eras.

Join host Brooke Gladstone for Generation Putin, an in-depth look at the millennial generation in the post-Soviet states. Embed, stream and share the special and segments on SoundCloud.


Domestic Stories

Little Mogadishu

From Seattle Globalist | Part of the Refugees in Puget Sound series | 07:45

King County is home to one of the country's largest populations of Somalis. They've been fleeing since the Somali government collapsed in 1991. The community is concentrated around the Tukwila light–rail station in an area that's sometimes known as Little Mogadishu.

Stonehill-img_8236_small King County is home to one of the country's largest populations of Somalis. They've been fleeing since the Somali government collapsed in 1991. The community is concentrated around the Tukwila light–rail station in an area that's sometimes known as Little Mogadishu.

Washington on the Front Lines

From Seattle Globalist | Part of the Between Worlds/Behind Bars series | 08:40

This story takes us to Washington state's border with Canada, where the Border Patrol arrests hundreds of people each year. Producer Jessica Partnow heads out on a ride along with border patrol and spends the night watching for smugglers.

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The Mexican border, with its tall fences and often–deadly world of coyotes and drug smuggling, gets more attention than our border to the north. But major terrorism suspects, like the Millennium Bomber and one of the men convicted in the 2002 Beltway Sniper attacks, have been arrested coming into Washington State from Canada. In 2005 authorities discovered a 360–foot smuggling tunnel under the border near Linden, Washington. Border Patrol arrests hundreds of people near the Canadian border every year.

First Peoples of the Duwamish

From Seattle Globalist | Part of the Life on the Duwamish: Rediscovering Seattle's Dirty South series | 08:45

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Prxduwe2_small South Seattle's history starts long before the city was founded. For generations Native American villages dotted the banks of the Duwamish River. In this segment of Life on the Duwamish, Jessica Partnow explores the Native history of Seattle that is right under our feet.

Expanding the Northwest Detention Center

From Seattle Globalist | 08:36

April 16, 2009 - On any given day, 30,000 people are being held in detention centers across the country. With plans to expand the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma well underway, Jessica Partnow finds out how the facility works and what it feels like to be detained there.

Nwdc-exterior-for-flash-front_image_113_small April 16, 2009 - On any given day, 30,000 people are being held in detention centers across the country. With plans to expand the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma well underway, Jessica Partnow finds out how the facility works and what it feels like to be detained there.

An Immigrants' History of South Park

From Seattle Globalist | Part of the Life on the Duwamish: Rediscovering Seattle's Dirty South series | 09:01

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Prxduwe1_small South Park was home to the founders of the Pike Place Market, Italian and Japanese truck farmers who worked the rich soil close to the Duwamish River. Our first segment in the series Life on the Duwamish traces the 100 year history of this diverse and changing neighborhood.


International Stories

Ghost Schools

From Seattle Globalist | 06:45

Primary education is compulsory in Pakistan, and the country has a large public school system. But many of these schools are just marginally functional. Corruption is rampant, teachers play hooky, and some schools exist only on paper. The problems are so widespread that the term "ghost school" has become a household phrase.

Jessica Partnow reports from Karachi.

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Primary education is compulsory in Pakistan, and the country has a large public school system. But many of these schools are just marginally functional. Corruption is rampant, teachers play hooky, and some schools exist only on paper. The problems are so widespread that the term "ghost school" has become a household phrase.

Jessica Partnow reports from Karachi.

Up All Night

From Seattle Globalist | 05:23

Jessica Partnow takes us through a night in the life of Ali Jaffri, a professional telemarketer in Lahore, Pakistan.

Untitled_image_253_small Like India, Pakistan has its share of call centers, offering everything from customer service and tech support to health insurance and home security systems. Jessica Partnow takes us through a night in the life of Ali Jaffri, a professional telemarketer in Lahore.

Syrian Rappers Get Serious

From Seattle Globalist | 05:02

As demonstrations against the Syrian government intensified last month, a Syrian rap group called the Sham MCs released a song about the protests. It's called "From Syria."

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As demonstrations against the Syrian government intensified last month, a Syrian rap group called the Sham MCs released a song about the protests. It's called "From Syria."

But the song isn't pushing the demonstrators to rise up. It's urging them to stop.

Mad Fox, one of the members of the Shams MCs, said the song raises questions about what people in the west have been seeing.

Audio Postcard: Russky Jeep

From Seattle Globalist | Part of the Generation Putin series | 04:15

A Generation Putin *extra*: Audio postcard from a military jeep ride in the former Soviet stronghold of Balaklava, Ukraine.

Blackhorse_small Balaklava was a super secret nuclear submarine base in the Soviet Union. Jessica Partnow and Sarah Stuteville produced this audio postcard of a mildly terrifying ride to the top of the mountain over the city in an old military jeep, led by a young Ukrainian collector of World War II memorabilia.

This audio postcard is an extra to accompany Generation Putin, a special report on young people and political change in the former Soviet Union. 

Audio Postcard: Zombie Fest. DIY punk show in Kazakhstan

From Seattle Globalist | Part of the Generation Putin series | 03:00

Audio postcard from DIY punk music festival in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Zombiefest_small Almaty, KAZAKHSTAN--In the hills above the city, a group of 20-something Kazakhstani punks produced the second annual Zombie Fest on Saturday, September 1st. Invited bands from Uzbekistan and Karaganda (northern Kazakhstan) couldn't make it this year, but local Almaty bands Zhulong and Turia were there in force. This is a 3-minute audio postcard from Almaty's 2012 Zombie Fest.

Generation Putin - Hour Special

From Seattle Globalist | Part of the Generation Putin series | 59:01

"Generation Putin" is an hourlong special on young people and politics in the former Soviet Union. Embeddable on SoundCloud, too.

Putin_logo_square-1_small

It's been over 20 years since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Young people in Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Georgia are facing unemployment, democratic pressure, and the legacy of repression, while being influenced by the West, punk music, and the Pussy Riot trials. PRX sent a reporting team from the Seattle Globalist to explore the tensions in these countries, described by The Atlantic as 'uneasily suspended' between two political eras.

Join host Brooke Gladstone for Generation Putin, an in-depth look at the millennial generation in the post-Soviet states. Embed, stream and share the special and segments on SoundCloud.