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The Black History of France Part 2
We have a really cool segment submitted by a student who spoke with students and alumni who traveled to Brazil either through MISTI or Fulbright. But first, we’re going to pick up where we left off on the last episode where Brigid and Ari interviewed Kevi Donat. If you don’t know, Kevi is a French tour guide that mainly focuses on the often overlooked black history of Paris. He leads his guests through the streets and offers an alternative narrative to what may be a typical understanding of Parisian history. In the second part of this interview they go beyond history and really get into the contemporary inequities that manifest in France whether it’s the racial wealth gap, white supremacist protests, and how this idea of freedom from religion, which is popular in France, can hurt black and brown communities. What is most interesting about the rest of this interview is that they discuss how the US perception of France differs from the reality, and how charged racial discourse has actually “globalized” and even was inspired by what’s happening here in the United States. I think it’s really important to point that out when we talk about racial justice.
September 21, 2020
The Black History of France
In this episode, we feature Keví Donat, a French tour guide and founder of Le Paris Noir who provides, quote, “an alternative and authentic vision of” Paris, mainly through the lens of Black history, a perspective that’s often overlooked. In partnership with MIT-France they hosted a discussion on post-colonial France. But the conversation didn’t end there. After the event our program assistant Brigid McMahon and Ari Jacobovitz spoke more extensively with Keví about the history of race, religion, and class in France, cultural identity, and so much more that we had to split the interview into two parts. Let’s get into the first half. Also in this episode: Amy Vogel is an MIT 2020 graduate with two MISTI Israel internships under her belt and will move across the Atlantic to begin her post-grad life in the country. It’s one thing to spend 3 to six months abroad, it’s entirely another to relocate from your native country, but Amy is excited and ready to do it
September 9, 2020
Student Spotlight: Identity and Philosophy
Today we’re putting a spotlight on two MIT students; Rahul Ramakrishnan, who participated in the MIT-India program, and Mercedes Riley, who presented a philosophy workshop for girls all around the world.
August 25, 2020
Proceed with Caution
As a whole, MISTI has had to forgo almost all travel for students, staff, and faculty. It was difficult to come to terms with this as a program that centers around traveling. But two staff members made the decision to fly out of America. Matt Burt, Korea Program Manager, and Marco de Paula, Brazil Program assistant, went to… well Korea and Brazil respectively. Africa Managing Director Ari Jacobovitz interviewed them about their experiences, and how they compared to each other. Also, COVID-19 has sent shockwaves through higher education in the U.S. and around the world. Today we will share excerpts from a panel of MISTI international partner organizations to learn about how the pandemic has impacted their operations, and what the future holds for universities globally.
August 10, 2020
What Makes a Country Trust their Government?
As a whole, MIT is always looking to connect with the rest of the world in innovative ways that bring change. Students are a crucial part of that mission. Today you get to hear from two MIT undergraduates who are committed to inspiring their community to learn more about Africa. Also in the episode, we hear from our own faculty. It’s probably no surprise that a country’s response to a pandemic is correlated to the social norms of that country. At a recent panel, professors shared insights on how culture has played a role in a country’s shared response to the pandemic.
July 27, 2020
Working Somewhere Between Home and Abroad
In this episode, we have our students and partners from the U.K. and Denmark who are addressing inequities related to food and STEM spaces. While these are issues that are prevalent in the U.S., we wanted to share the work others are doing in those countries. What are the similarities? What are the differences? We also have interviews with MISTI alumni who have extensive experiences with the countries where they have interned. Conor Kirby is one of our students who had to convert his in-person internship at Sumitomo Heavy Industries in Japan, to a remote one, where he would continue working in his home country of England. Andrea McClave, a MISTI alum who interned at the FoodLab at Denmark Technical University was hired permanently.
July 13, 2020
How the World Keeps Turning
On this episode of MISTI Radio Podcast we talked with program partners from India and Denmark. With Covid continuing to spread, how does India adapt to ensure the security and safety of its people? Sloan graduates Hank Levine and Anirudh Sharma discuss how their companies are adapting to keep people employed and provide PPE sustainably in India, respectively. Though 66% of families in Denmark are traditional nuclear families living together, 44% are either co-parenting, single, in an open relationship, or in another living arrangement. The type of housing that will be built needs to adapt. So what can city planners and architects do? How can housing be more flexible for an unknown future? Ofri Earon, Architect and PhD at Ramboll, a consultancy in Denmark, discusses these questions and more. Finally we have an interview with Evan Lieberman, Professor of Political Science and Contemporary Africa at MIT and the new Faculty Director for the MIT-Africa program. In his interview with Managing Director Ari Jacobovitz they talked about what they’re looking forward to for the program. MISTI Radio is a project from MIT International Science and Technology initiatives. You can listen to us on WMBR Cambridge, 88.1 FM. or wherever you get your podcasts. To learn more, visit 
June 29, 2020
Climate, Communications, and COVID
On this episode we have a special interview and talk to share; both about how COVID-19 affects things from communications to climate change. Ari Jacobovitz, Managing Director of MIT-Africa, interviews Michala Mackay, the Chief Operating Officer and Director of the Directorate of Science, Technology, and Innovation in Sierra Leone. DSTI seeks to “transform Sierra Leone into an innovation and entrepreneurship hub.” In her work Mackay implements Sierra Leone’s National Innovation and Digitization Strategy to make technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship integral to the development of the country. In this interview Mackay discusses how the people and the government of Sierra Leone are responding to COVID-19, what the Directorate is doing, and how technology is playing an important role in conducting real-time analysis, communicating updates, and connecting people with each other in this situation. Next are excerpts from a Starr Forum hosted by MIT-Brazil and the MIT Center for International Studies. On April 24th they invited Dr. Carlos Nobre, an MIT-Brazil program partner, to talk about how the COVID-19 crisis reveals how balancing tropical ecosystems can actually reduce this risk of future pandemics. Dr. Nobre is Brazil’s leading expert on the Amazon and climate change. He is currently a Senior Scientist at University of Sao Paulo's Institute for Advanced Studies, chair of the Brazilian Panel on Climate Change and co-chair of the Science Panel for the Amazon. Nobre received a PhD in Meteorology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  MISTI Radio is a project from MIT International Science and Technology initiatives.
May 11, 2020