Todd Carmichael is the star of the Travel Channel show “Dangerous Grounds,” which sheds light on the places where coffee beans come from. The show documents Carmichael’s coffee sourcing expeditions, which often take him to politically unstable and conflict-ridden areas in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

Read an excerpt of the interview on The Seattle Globalist.

Todd Carmichael_Host of Travel Channel's Dangerous Grounds

Photo courtesy of the Travel Channel.


It has been six months since journalist Tom Paulson (@tompaulson) took Humanosphere independent (more on that here).

As one of the few blogs devoted to covering global health, development and humanitarian issues, its sustainability is of great interest to the community of readers who know it and consume it every day.

So I checked in with Tom to see how his non-profit enterprise is going and what the next six months might look like, and frankly, his responses might be a little worrying to Humanosphere fans (hey, it’s challenging to find the time to do journalism AND run an organization).

True to form, Tom was candid and insightful in the interview.

We cover a lot of ground in our conversation — his surprising stint as a construction worker, how he stumbled onto the global health beat during his tenure at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, what ticks him off about mainstream coverage of global health and development, and why he doesn’t think he’ll be allowed back into Rwanda (hint: he might have annoyed President Paul Kagame just a little bit).

Listen and enjoy! And by the way, let me know what you think of the new intro tune.

Show notes

  • Tom’s post about the Gates Foundation’s relationship with the media
  • An episode of Tom’s podcast with Nicholas Kristof
  • Tom’s series from Rwanda

The story of Guor Marial — the South Sudanese runner who competed as an independent athlete at last summer’s Olympic Games in London — is nothing short of amazing. So it’s easy to see why Guor’s journey caught the eye of film producer Bill Gallagher.

Now on the heels of a successful Kickstarter campaign, Bill along with Tom Law, an associate editor of the Sudan Tribune, are creating a documentary about Guor’s burgeoning running career that will include a visit back to Guor’s home in South Sudan — a country he has not visited in 20 years.

As summer in the Northern Hemisphere begins, Bill reports that filming is in full swing and crews have already captured Guor on site at his high school in New Hampshire and at the Boston Marathon (they left about an hour and a half before the blasts).

Listen to learn more about the project.

Show notes

What’s it like to take a year off from a grueling medical school residency program and trade your scalpel for a reporter’s notebook?

If nothing else, it’s a shift in perspective.

Last May, Kristina Krohn, an Internal Medicine and Pediatrics resident at the University of Minnesota Medical School, hung up her white coat to explore the ever-changing world of global health news coverage and communication. Kristina was selected to be a Stanford-NBC News Fellow in Media and Global Health.

The program, which began in 2011, provides a year-long experience for one young physician with an interest in media. The selected fellow completes rotation that includes stints at a World Health Organization regional office and NBC News in New York. Additionally, the fellowship allows time for training through Stanford’s journalism program.

Not too shabby if you’re interested in being the next Sunjay Gupta!

So as Kristina’s fellowship winds down (next year’s fellow has already been announced), we chatted about her experience — the highlights (one-on-one time with NBC News Chief Medical Editor Nancy Snyderman!), and what she’s learned so far. We also discussed her interest in media and how her time in the newsroom might affect her approach in the emergency room when she returns to her residency program.

Show notes

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