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This is great–as much for the audio journalists out there as those who listen to them:
It’s Friday, time to post another podcast. This week’s is perfect for the history-behind-the-headlines theme–The World’s Clark Boyd takes us to Guatemala and the unfolding story of the archives of the former National Police there. They were discovered in 2005 and Clark did a story last year about the massive project underway to clean up, preserve ,and scan the documents so they could be used by prosecutors, human rights activists, journalists, historians, and posterity. Now he’s updated the story with news of the first arrest in connection with evidence from the archives. It’s great stuff–the story itself and the radio journalism unpacking it. Clark also did a TV piece for the PBS show Frontline/World.
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And some links to the Guatemala info:
The National Security Archive
Guatemalan National Police Archive Project
It’s 90 years since the end of the fighting on the Western Front. There’s great stuff from Clark Boyd and Carol Hills about WWI veterans and their letters home on PRI’s The World today. There’s tons of stuff on the BBC website too. I did a segment about the end of WWI for my recent series on how wars end and it got me fascinated at the way historical memory is formed. Historian Dan Todman, who’s written a book called The Great War: Myth and Memory, has an interesting piece at OpenDemocracy on how World War One is remembered. He notes the divergence between what he calls “the public and academic discourses about the 1914-18 war.” It’s fascinating reading.
My colleague Clark Boyd, Technology Correspondent for PRI’s The World, has a must-watch piece about the Guatemalan National Police Archive on PBS’s Frontline/World tonight. The original radio story aired on The World in September 2007. I found it riveting.
Here’s Clark’s “nutshell” description of the story:
More than 200,000 people died and went missing during Guatemala’s 36 year civil war. While the army was responsible for atrocities against indigenous people in the countryside, many have wondered about the targeted campaigns against dissidents and activists in the cities. It’s long been thought that the country’s National Police were responsible. Three years ago, the archives of the National Police were discovered by chance in a derelict police building in the middle of Guatemala City. Now, with the help of a Silicon Valley non-profit called Benetech, some 80 million documents are being cleaned, scanned, and analyzed for potential human rights abuses.
PBS local listings are here: