Our 50th Episode featuring Ira Glass

This American Life Host and Producer Ira Glass has taken home seven duPont silver batons for the radio documentary series since he created it in 1995. In our special 50th episode, find out what goes into the making of one of the most listened to radio shows - one that spawned a generation of podcasts.

Bonus: Hear Ira’s sage advice from his speech to the Columbia Journalism School graduating class of 2018.

CNN’s Nima Elbagir on risking her life for the stories that must be told, and the challenges of being a female, Muslim journalist of color.

Nima Elbagir’s acceptance speech at the 2019 duPont Award Ceremony, Columbia University.

Nima Elbagir’s acceptance speech at the 2019 duPont Award Ceremony, Columbia University.

CNN’s Senior International Correspondent Nima Elbagir has reported fearlessly across Africa. For her 2019 duPont-Columbia award winning work, she and her producer snuck into a modern day slave market in Libya, exposed child labor in Congo and trailed a smuggler’s network in Nigeria to show the world rarely seen exploitation and corruption. In this episode, she talks about the challenges of taking such risks as well as the challenges of being a Muslim, female journalist of color. “People like me 10 years ago didn't end up in front of the camera. People like me were fixers.”

She also talks about some of the advantages. In her human rights abuses reporting, “it was eas(ier) for us to disappear. It was easier to have Arabic speakers. It took the temperature down a lot for it to be women in such a chauvinist cultural context as Libya.”

Elbagir talks to Columbia J School student Sarah Moawad in a wide-ranging conversation about her work, being a new mom on the frontlines and how she learned what “Selena Gomez viral” was --  when it happened to her.

And a reminder to be like Nima Elbagir and enter your best audio or video reporting for #duPont2020 while we’re open for submissions (Deadline July 1). Visit www.duPont.org for info and to enter.

“On Her Shoulders” Director Alexandria Bombach on telling survivors’ stories.

In our latest, we catch up with 2019 duPont award winning director Alexandria Bombach about her latest film, “On Her Shoulders.” It’s an achingly beautiful 3-month snapshot of the life of activist and Yazidi genocide survivor, Nadia Murad. But it’s also a call to action for journalists and filmmakers, to think about the stories we tell, how we tell them and most importantly, why.

“I Am Evidence” Directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir on the outrage of untested rape kits.

2019 duPont-winning Directors Trish Adlesic and Geeta Gandbhir interviewed 14 eloquent, emotional rape survivors for “I Am Evidence,” but only four women’s stories made it into the film. Tune in to this episode to hear about the painstaking choices they had to make as they navigated finding, selecting and telling these stories with honesty, integrity and care.

First-time Director Bing Liu makes things personal in his Oscar nominated film “Minding the Gap.”

Director Bing Liu started making “Minding the Gap,” when he was 23-years-old. Now, six years later, he’s premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and snagged himself an Oscar nomination.

As the countdown to the Academy Awards begins, get a behind the scenes look at how Liu made the film, plus hear about some of his ethical dilemmas while filming. But before you listen, be warned. There will be spoilers.

Producer Will Cohen on the Fox News founder who helped create our current political landscape

Roger Ailes founded Fox News, kicked off #MeToo, and helped elect Donald Trump. “It was about using Roger's story to try to make sense of where we were as a country...it gave us a point of entry to a difficult, complicated, national moment,” says Producer Will Cohen. In this episode of On Assignment, Cohen discusses navigating Fox News for access, the challenge of profiling a dead man, and how Ailes influenced the current media and political climate.

Isabel Wilkerson on her Mark Lynton History Prize-Winning book "The Warmth of Other Suns."

When you spend 15 years on a story, you tend to get so close to your sources, they sometimes get jealous: “They felt as if I was in some ways cheating on them by talking with other people.” Lukas Prize winning author Isabel Wilkerson talks about how to navigate source relationships in her immersive book “The Warmth of Other Suns”.

NBC Bay Area's Bigad Shaban schools us about questionable student arrests.

“So a kid did scribble on a sidewalk. Is that technically vandalism? Sure. But is the best way to handle it really for the officer to arrest that kid?

As the new school year begins, a new On Assignment episode explores how schools across the country are disciplining students...by arresting them.

Filmmakers Sebastian Junger and Nick Quested on their 2018 duPont-Columbia Award winning film, “Hell on Earth.”

“Going into Syria itself at the point where we started shooting was basically a suicide mission. Not so much the risks of combat, but the risk of being kidnapped, sold to ISIS and having your head cut off. So we were making a film about the Syrian civil war and we couldn't shoot in the Syrian civil war.”