Telling the Story

Telling The Story:
Brendan Bannon's Photos of East Africa

A young boy scavenging florescent light tubes in Kenya's Dandora dump site. Image:brendanbannon.com

A young boy scavenging florescent light tubes in Kenya's Dandora dump site. Image:brendanbannon.com

Girls weigh recyclables ona scale in Dandora Dumpsite in Nairobi, Kenya. They will receive 3 shillings per kilo for materials that would sell at 9 shillings outside the dump. Image:brendanbannon.com

Dandora dump site in Nairobi, Kenya. Image:brendanbannon.com

Dandora dump site in Nairobi, Kenya. Image:brendanbannon.com

Linda Kwamboka, one of Nairobi’s tech pioneers. Image:brenanbannon.com

Linda Kwamboka, one of Nairobi’s tech pioneers. Image:brenanbannon.com

Tech pioneer Sammy Njoroge: “mobile phone applications are the king here.” Image:brendanbannon.com

Tech pioneer Sammy Njoroge: “mobile phone applications are the king here.” Image:brendanbannon.com

Segeni Ng'ethe, founder of mamamikes.com Image:brendanbannon.com

Segeni Ng'ethe, founder of mamamikes.com Image:brendanbannon.com

Walter is 12 and Charles is 10. They never knew their father. Their mother died of AIDS in 2002 and in April of 2008 their grandmother died. Image:brendanbannon.com

Walter is 12 and Charles is 10. They never knew their father. Their mother died of AIDS in 2002 and in April of 2008 their grandmother died. Image:brendanbannon.com

Walter is 12 and Charles is 10. They are alone and they are invisible.."Nobody comes from the community to visit us here. They just look at us from the outside," Walter said looking out the door of the house. Image:brendanbannon.com

Walter is 12 and Charles is 10. They are alone and they are invisible.."Nobody comes from the community to visit us here. They just look at us from the outside," Walter said looking out the door of the house. Image:brendanbannon.com

Abdi Kashel, a keeper, with one of the 18 orphaned baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi National Park. Image:brendanbannon.com

Abdi Kashel, a keeper, with one of the 18 orphaned baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi National Park. Image:brendanbannon.com

A keeper feeds grass to some of the 18 orphaned baby elephants at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi National Park. Image:brendanbannon.com

Bannon with Naikopi at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Image:brendanbannon.com

Bannon with Naikopi at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust Image:brendanbannon.com

Somali refugees in Dagahaley refugee camp carrying their sick and malnourished children to a new feeding center run by Doctors Without Borders on the outskirts of the sprawling refugee camp in Kenya. Image:brendanbannon.com

Somali refugees in Dagahaley refugee camp carrying their sick and malnourished children to a new feeding center run by Doctors Without Borders on the outskirts of the sprawling refugee camp in Kenya. Image:brendanbannon.com

A young boy taking bone-thin cattle in search of pasture at the edge of Dagahaley refugee camp in Kenya. Many Somali refugees have lost their animals in the prolonged drought. Image:brendanbannon.com

A young boy taking bone-thin cattle in search of pasture at the edge of Dagahaley refugee camp in Kenya. Many Somali refugees have lost their animals in the prolonged drought. Image:brendanbannon.com

Daud Ali, a severely malnourished child at a Doctors Without Borders' therapeautic feeding center in Dagahaley camp in Kenya. Image:brendanbannon.com

Daud Ali, a severely malnourished child at a Doctors Without Borders' therapeautic feeding center in Dagahaley camp in Kenya. Image:brendanbannon.com

A Somali refugee girl sits perched on a tree in Ifo camp. Image:brendanbannon.com

A Somali refugee girl sits perched on a tree in Ifo camp. Image:brendanbannon.com

July 28, 2013
(was 12.16.2012)

What's the best piece of reporting you read or saw or heard this year?  Today, we share stories that made us see the world in a new way.  National Book Award winner Katherine Boo reports from the slums of Mumbai. Photojournalist Brendan Bannon documents the tenacity and vitality of Africa.  Pakistani reporter Pir Zubair Shah risked his life to bring stories out of his native Waziristan.  The hosts of Radiolab invent a new kind of broadcast journalism.  And the irrepressible Tom Wolfe takes on Miami.

  1. Katherine Boo on "Behind the Beautiful Forevers"

    No book has won more raves this year than Katherine Boo’s nonfiction portrait of a Mumbai slum, "Behind the Beautiful Forevers". 

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  2. Brendan Bannon on Pictures of Africa

    Photojournalist Brendan Bannon lives and works in Africa, where he has documented refugee crises, epidemics, poverty and drought.   He's the creator of "Daily Dispatches," an effort to get away from the narrow view of Africa as a place of deep tragedy.

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  3. Pir Zubair Shah on Reporting from Pakistan

    Pir Zubair Shah is a Pakistani journalist who risked his life reporting for the New York Times from his homeland -- Waziristan, in the heart of Taliban-controlled Pashtun area.   He won a Pulitzer Prize for his work, but had to leave his country.

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  4. Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich on Radiolab

    Jad and Robert.  You probably know them by now.  They're the hosts of the hit pubradio program, RadioLab.  Steve talks with them about radio, science, and a whole lot more..

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  5. Tom Wolfe on "Back to Blood"

    Tom Wolfe is back on the bestseller list with his new novel “Back to Blood.”  In this interview, Wolfe ranges from why he picked Miami as the location for his novel; his critique of modern fiction; the early days of New Journalism; and his satirical take on the contemporary art world. 

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  6. Listener Reading List: Best Reporting from 2012

    What's the best piece of reporting you encountered this year?  TTBOOK listeners recommend these stories.   We'll add new suggestions as they come in.   

     

     

     

     

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