During his successful career in journalism, Nicholas Kristof has made it his mission to draw attention to the problems in the world today. Kristof focuses on international and domestic issues that affect everyone’s life, pre and post-election. He provides a unique, unbiased perspective to any conversation surrounding the 2016 election.
A Path Appears: How an Individual Can Change the World
Kristof argues that the greatest moral challenge of the 21st century, akin to fighting slavery in the 19th century or totalitarianism in the 20th century, is gender inequity around the world. Drawing from his No. 1 best-selling book, A Path Appears he explores some of the kinds of repression women face, from sexual violence to early marriage to female genital mutilation. But above all, he notes that there is a huge gain to be had if a society educates girls and ushers those educated women into the labor force. Kristof also explores areas in which the West has more to do at home to create gender equity, including domestic violence and sex trafficking.
The Film: Coming October 1 and 2 to PBS stations nationwide. Filmed in 10 countries, the series follows Nicholas Kristof and other celebrity activists on a journey to tell the stories of inspiring, courageous individuals. Across the globe oppression is being confronted, and real meaningful solutions are being fashioned through health care, education, and economic empowerment for women and girls. The linked problems of sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality — which needlessly claim one woman every 90 seconds — present to us the single most vital opportunity of our time: the opportunity to make a change.
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
Kristof explores a revolution now underway in philanthropy, giving individuals much greater chance to have impact at home and abroad. Drawing from his best-selling book and PBS documentary, he looks at donations, volunteering and advocacy, as well as hybrids between non-profits and for-profits. He cites the revolution in evidence-based interventions, such as early childhood education – and even introduces rats that have been trained to sniff out land mines as an example of innovation.
Reporting Sex Trafficking, Genocide & Other Truths of the World
Ever year in America, some 100,000 underage girls are trafficked into the sex trade. These are mostly home-grown American girls, and they are victims of a crime – yet too often, they are the ones arrested even as the pimps and johns go free. Kristof has spent decades covering sex trafficking at home and abroad and offers some extraordinary stories and lessons from his work.
Why Students Should Care About the World – & Change It
This generation of students is full of passion to change the world, but they need tools to do so more effectively. Kristof offers specific advice, drawn on his years of reporting at home and abroad, about whether to start a new organization or join an existing one, about how to tell stories and build empathy, about whether to focus on needs at home or those abroad. He'll argue that although students sometimes perceive the problems of the world as too vast to affect, in fact it's entirely possible for students to have an impact on the world. And as they help others, they'll also enrich themselves.
Lessons from 30 Years of Covering the World
A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner talks about how he journeyed from a sheep farm in Oregon to covering wars and genocide around the world. Kristof invites audiences to wrestle with ethical dilemmas that he faced: Do you help a dissident flee a repressive country, do you lie to a warlord, and should you listen to a president's private conversation with his political adviser that you've inadvertently recorded? Kristof relates his frustrations with what he sees as America's overuse of the military toolbox around the world and underuse of education and women's empowerment toolboxes, and his conviction that women's rights are one of the great challenges worldwide in the 21st century. Finally, he explains how it is that someone can spend decades covering genocide, sex trafficking, leprosy, war and starvation and yet emerge feeling pretty cheery about humanity and about our capacity to do the right thing.