From 1980-2004, the Stanley Center produced Common Ground on public radio and until 2009, longer radio documentaries on specific global issues. Below are the audio and transcript files capturing those 30 years of public outreach.
The Mumbai attacks were a well-coordinated strike on India’s economy, its internationalism, its pluralism, its openness. Now this nuclear-armed nation, the world’s biggest democracy, faces a historic challenge—one that will test its mettle and shape its role on the world stage.
Released in March 2009, veteran public radio journalist David Brown takes listeners on a journey around this potential superpower: “India Rising.”
Brazil today is one of the fastest growing players in the global economy, a bio-fuels pioneer on the fast track to energy self-sufficiency, a booming haven for foreign investment, and a test case for a new approach to governance in Latin America.
Can Brazil successfully chart a new path that overcomes the country’s grinding poverty and its tide of violent crime, while still preserving the country’s unique environment? Will the new Brazil continue as a strategic partner for the United States or could it become a formidable competitor? How will the rest of the world accommodate Brazil’s seemingly unstoppable growth?
In “Brazil Rising,” released in June 2008, veteran public radio journalist David Brown takes listeners on a personal journey across the country, exploring Brazil’s view of itself, its neighbors, and the world.
Every day the latest headlines reflect a world filled with fear. Terrorism, war, disaster, and disease are grim realities brought closer to home in our increasingly connected world. And, they ultimately shape America’s national security and foreign policies. But fear itself cannot drive our daily lives. Released in spring 2007, “Beyond Fear: America’s Role in an Uncertain World” went beyond the headlines with expert insight and field reporting from Africa, Asia, and Europe and explored new scenarios for US global leadership built on common action, trust, and hope. David Brancaccio hosts and reports for this special one-hour documentary.
Released in April 2006, “24/7: The Rise and Influence of Arab Media” examines the dramatic expansion of open media in the Arab world with reporting from across the region and analysis from a wide range of political and media experts. David Brancaccio hosts and reports for this special one-hour documentary.
Globalization confers a mixed blessing upon the world. Threats to health and security move across national borders as easily as information and capital. Can we find global responses to these global challenges? Released in May 2005, “Security Check: Confronting Today’s Global Threats” focused on personal stories illustrating some of the most dangerous threats facing the world today. David Brancaccio hosts and reports for this special one-hour documentary.
The United Nations was formed nearly 60 years ago to maintain international peace and security, protect basic human rights, foster social progress, and promote international law. It’s survived the Cold War, dozens of hot wars, and lukewarm support. But in the post-9/11 world, is the United Nations still relevant? Released in June 2004, “UNder Fire: The United Nations’ Battle for Relevance” tackled this question with expert insight and field reports from some of the world’s toughest hot spots. David Brancaccio hosts and reports for the special, one-hour documentary.
Released in March 2003, “Children of War: Fighting, Dying, Surviving” takes listeners to the battlegrounds and refugee camps that shape the lives of millions of children around the globe. Listeners hear about child soldiers, children fleeing conflict, and the physical and psychological rehabilitation of children touched by war. Charlayne Hunter-Gault hosts and reports for the radio documentary.
Released in December 2001, “Russia: Ten Years After the Soviet Collapse” marked the tenth anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Producer Reese Erlich visits with ordinary citizens and host Walter Cronkite reminisces about his years as a foreign correspondent in Moscow.
Released in December 2001, “Russia: Can This Be Democracy?” marked the tenth anniversary of the collapse of the Soviet Union. Reports examine potential nuclear and environmental disaster, the human toll of the war in Chechnya, the fate of Soviet dissidents, and a looming battle against American pop culture. Host Walter Cronkite and Russian journalist Vladimir Pozner compare press freedom in Russia and the United States.
Released in January 2001, “The Iran Project: The Struggle for Iran” coincided with the 20th anniversary of the release of the American hostages from Iran and examines the changes in modern Iran. This one-hour public radio documentary was hosted by Walter Cronkite and produced by Reese Erlich in association with KQED Public Radio.
In spring 2000, the Stanley Center partnered with American RadioWorks™ to produce the two-hour radio project Revisiting Vietnam. The show addressed the cultural significance of the Vietnam War, as well as changes inside Vietnam 25 years after the war’s conclusion.