Category Archives: PMC in the News


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July 10, 2014

Soccer Video Game Developed by College Students Proves to Reduce Violence Against Women and Girls

July 10, 2014 — PMC has pasted the text of this article here. See original post in Huffington Post. By Kayla Hedman During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, an innovative, serial-based soccer video game debuted with the objective of reducing violence against women and girls. At present...

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July 8, 2014

Population Media Center: Slowing human population growth is key to sustainability

July 8, 2014 — PMC has pasted the text of this article here. See original post in Green Source. By Rita Cook This week, World Population Day turns 25 on July 11. And while the world’s population grows by the second – as demonstrated by the Worldometers website – many...

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July 4, 2014

Critic’s Pick TV Picks: ‘East Los High,’ Paralympics, ‘Welcome to Sweden’

July 4, 2014 — PMC has pasted the text of this article here. See original post in the LA Times. By Robert Lloyd “East Los High” (Hulu). A welcome second season for this Web-based Latino teen drama, set in East Los Angeles, begins this week, following some gap-bridging prequels....

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June 27, 2014

‘East Los High': A teen soap opera that’s a teaching tool

June 27, 2014 — PMC has pasted the text of this article here. See original post in the LA Times. By Yvonne Villerreal Inside a cramped writers room in a Hollywood office building, a team of overage teenagers was debating how a Los Angeles high schooler might carry on...

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December 2, 2013

Access to family planning alone won’t stop the population boom

December 2, 2013 — Access to family planning alone won’t stop the population boom See: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-145223/access-family-planning-alone-wont-stop-population-boom Beatrice Khalayi Shibunga is a community health worker and family planning champion, working in the slums of Korogocho in Nairobi. She goes door-to-door to offer women in her community family planning information....

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September 16, 2013

East LA Homegirl Goes Hollywood

September 16, 2013 — Evangeline Ordaz is no ordinary Hollywood show runner. When she’s not teaching constitutional law or rehabbing historic buildings, she’s writing for a racy soap opera about . East Los High was a big summer success for the TV-on-demand website Hulu, and much of the...

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July 19, 2013

Soap Operas Can Save the World

July 19, 2013 — Pacific Standard July 2, 2013 Meet Jessie, a shy Latina teen in East Los Angeles who just wants to survive chemistry class, help out her single mom, and escape high school still a member of what she and her best friend call “the virgins’...

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July 17, 2013

‘East Los High': Not Just Another Teen Soap

July 17, 2013 — NPR July 11, 2013 Despite the fact that it’s been generating a lot of buzz, Devious Maids is just not that interesting. Five Latina maids — is it a landmark for Latina actresses or another example of how the media stereotype Latinos? Either way,...

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July 16, 2013

‘East Los High’ On Hulu Is First English Language Show With All Latino Cast

July 16, 2013 — Huffington Post June 6, 2013 The video service Hulu is making history with the first English-language show with an all-Latino cast — the just premiered dramatic series “East Los High” about Hispanic students in a Los Angeles high school. With Hollywood quickly acknowledging the...

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July 16, 2013

LatinoBuzz: EAST LOS HIGH a TV Series! Exclusive Interviews!

July 16, 2013 — Indie Wire May 7, 2013 Last week, ‘East Los High’ (ELH), a project we’ve been tracking since last year announced that they had signed a deal to exclusively premiere the show on Hulu.com, making it the first English language show with an all Latino...

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January 24, 2013

Saliwansai Radio Drama

January 24, 2013 — Soul Beat Africa January 23, 2013 In February 2012, Population Media Centre (PMC), with funding from the United Nations Population Fund (UNPFA), started production on a 208-episode radio drama in Sierra Leone to promote family planning. The programme, called Saliwansai, addresses such issues as...

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January 17, 2013

Population Media Center Offers Solution to Unsustainable Population Growth in New Environmental Book

January 17, 2013 — The San Francisco Chronicle January 15, 2013 Rapid population growth on a planet already suffering from human induced climate change, species extinctions and ocean acidification is not helpful. In a new environmental book, Life on The Brink: Environmentalists Confront Overpopulation, Bill Ryerson, founder of...

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December 18, 2012

Overgrowth? Undergrowth? A Vermont Paper of Record Decides to Ask

December 18, 2012 — Thanks to George Plumb for pointing out that the Burlington Free Press has tackled the population issue, as of December 16th, 2012, with a set of 7 articles. Below is the link to the main article, from which you can access the remaining six...

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December 3, 2012

MTV Latin America, Population Media Center And The United Nations Population Fund Launch Multiplatform Campaign SexySex To Empower Young People On Sexual Health And Violence Prevention

December 3, 2012 — Innovative Campaign reinforces “Ultimo Ano’s” objective of creating awareness around unprotected sex and domestic violence through celebrity-driven PSAs and a Digital Destination That Provides Methods of Prevention and Local Counseling Services across Lat By MTV Latin America MIAMI, Dec. 3, 2012 – MIAMI, Dec....

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December 3, 2012

Beyond 7 billion: Bending the population curve

December 3, 2012 — The LA Times has followed up on their award winning population series, “Beyond 7 Billion”, by collecting short essays from a variety of scholars and experts, including Joseph Speidel, Martha Campbell, Malcolm Potts and Rajiv Shaw. You can review all the essays here: http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-population-package-20121202,0,6085735,full.story...

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September 12, 2012

MTV Latin America and Mexican Pop Sensation Dulce Maria Presented in Mexico City the Music Video for “Es un Drama,” the Theme Song for MTV Latin America New Novela “Ultimo Ano”

September 12, 2012 — August 9, 2012 MEXICO CITY, Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — MTV Latin America held a press conference in Mexico City for their new novela, the psychological thriller “Último Año.” Dulce Maria presented her new music video for “Es un Drama” (#Esundrama), the theme song...

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September 12, 2012

Nigeria: Media Supermart, NGO Partner On Advertising Platform

September 12, 2012 — September 10, 2012 By Raheem Akingbolu Integrated marketing communication agency, Media Supermart, MSM, has formed a strategic relationship with an America-based non-governmental organisation, Population Media Centre, on entertainment education programming. The relationship was formed to evolve a viable means of communication tied to educating...

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August 20, 2012

Summer 2012 Newsletter

August 20, 2012 — PMC’s Summer 2012 newsletter features our newest programs in Sierra Leone and Burkina Faso. Also, read an in-depth article about the inclusion of transmedia in entertainment-education. PMC Summer 2012 Newsletter (PDF, 2.2MB)

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June 6, 2012

A Moment for Recognizing Excellence

June 6, 2012 — Today, we take a moment to recognize some of the leaders working at the population-environment nexus. It is an easy task, because they have been winning awards and recognition. And, being familiar or acquainted with most of these fine folks, we know they feel...

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May 23, 2012

PMC, TR3S & MTV Latin America Co-Produce New Novela Thriller “Ultimo Año”

May 23, 2012 — At http://tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com/2012/05/15/tr3s-mtv-latin-america-co-produce-new-novela-thriller-ultimo-ano/134242/ , you will see the following article about Population Media Center’s collaboration with MTV to address teenage pregnancy issues in Mexico and throughout Latin America. PMC, TR3S & MTV Latin America Co-Produce New Novela Thriller “Ultimo Año” Networks Team Up With Population...

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April 19, 2012

Speaking of Women’s Bodies: Baywatch star Alexandra Paul helps women find a voice

April 19, 2012 — By Maria Fotopoulos April 13, 2012 International Women’s Day, Earth Day and Mother’s Day celebrate women and honor mothers—those we birth, those who birth us, and the one that provides for us every day of our lives: Mother Earth. So how fares the female...

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March 13, 2012

Population Media Center Opens Recording Studio in Sierra Leone

March 13, 2012 — I am happy to share two articles on PMC’s work in Sierra Leone. The first reports on the opening of a new radio station, and the second on the efforts of PMC program advisory board member and Hollywood actress Alexandra Paul to help train...

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March 5, 2012

PMC teams up with Hollywood actress to train local actors

March 5, 2012 — By Abibatu Kamara Awoko Newspaper – March 5, 2012 An International Non Governmental Organisation, Population Media Center (PMC) has teamed up with Hollywood actress Alexandra Paul to train local actors and actresses for PMC’s newest series in the country. Alexandra Paul is best known...

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March 5, 2012

In Sierra Leone, As they seek to address health issues….Population Media Center Opens Radio Station

March 5, 2012 — Awareness Times: Sierra Leone News and Information – February 29, 2012 In order to complement government efforts in the health sector, the Population Media Center (PMC) has opened a new radio studio in Sierra Leone to help entertain and educate the people on health...

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February 21, 2012

Hollywood actress, Alexandra Paul, to train local actors in Sierra Leone

February 21, 2012 — February 21, 2012 Alexandra Paul, an actress (best known for her role as Lt. Stephanie Holden in TV series “Baywatch”) and social activist, has teamed up with Population Media Center (PMC) to train local actors in Sierra Leone from February 23 – March 1,...

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January 17, 2012

At the Crossroads of Sustainability: A Conversation with Bill Ryerson

January 17, 2012 — forbes.com – January 9, 2012 By Michael Charles Tobias Imagine a country like French Guiana or Vanuatu – with human populations of 225,000 to 235,000 – emerging, every day! That is the conundrum facing humanity and the natural world. The human population explosion, multiplied by...

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November 11, 2011

Population Institute Names 32nd Annual Global Media Award Winners

November 11, 2011 — October 28, 2011 Washington, DC – An Ethiopian serial drama, a Kenyan news article series, a Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist, and the Executive Director of the United Nations Population Fund are among the 10 recipients of the Population Institute’s 2011 Global Media Awards for...

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November 4, 2011

Seven big problems for 7 billion people: Experts weigh in on predicaments caused by a burgeoning world population

November 4, 2011 — msnbc.com – October 26, 2011 By James Eng Sometime on Monday, Oct. 31, the world’s population is projected to hit 7 billion. Is that numerical milestone a cause for celebration or concern? A little bit of both, according to the United Nations Population Fund....

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November 4, 2011

Seven Billion: What Does it Mean?

November 4, 2011 — UN Dispatch – October 31, 2011 By Alanna Shaikh On October 31st, the UN Population Division has predicted the planet will see its 7 billionth person. In advance of that event, UN Dispatch spoke to William Ryerson about what that kind of population growth...

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November 4, 2011

7 Billion and Counting: Welcome to a Planet With Population Overload and Resources in Crisis

November 4, 2011 — AlterNet – October 29, 2011 By Scott Thill The definition of overpopulation has less to do with raw numbers of people than their relationship with the planet’s sustainable resources. Here’s some freaky news: According to United Nations, Earth’s seventh-billionth person could be born by...

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July 7, 2011

The decline of agriculture? Climate change induced extreme weather events and shifting weather patterns are challenging farmer’s ability to feed us.

July 7, 2011 — By Dahr Jamail Aljazeera – July 4, 2011 http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/07/201173114451998370.html Wendy Johnston with Oakwyn Farms in Athens, West Virginia, is deeply concerned about how shifting weather patterns are impacting farmers’ ability to feed the global population. “This year we’re off to a slow start,” Johnston,...

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July 7, 2011

Climate Change: It’s bad and getting worse – Severe weather events are wracking the planet, and experts warn of even greater consequences to come

July 7, 2011 — By Dahr Jamail Aljazeera – June 23, 2011 http://aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2011/06/2011622132049568952.html The rate of ice loss in two of Greenland’s largest glaciers has increased so much in the last 10 years that the amount of melted water would be enough to completely fill Lake Erie, one...

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July 7, 2011

Reawakening the Grand Narrative

July 7, 2011 — By Jeff Gomez Tribecafilm.com – May 9, 2011 http://www.tribecafilm.com/tribecaonline/future-of-film/Reawakening-the-Grand-Narrative.html While traveling a few weeks back I had the good fortune to meet an Egyptian scholar. “Isn’t it wonderful,” I said, “how the Internet and social media were used by your people to free themselves...

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July 6, 2011

UN Press Conference Features PMC’s Radio Dramas in Papua New Guinea

July 6, 2011 — On May 19th, The United Nations Papua New Guinea hosted a press conference featuring Dr. Zoanne Clack who was visiting the writers, producers, and actors of PMC’s two radio drama series in Papua New Guinea (PNG) as part of the UN’s Millennium Development Goals...

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June 11, 2011

PMC’s “Hot and Sexy” Dramas Changing Lives from the Ground-Up

June 11, 2011 — During the May 2011 PMC-Papua New Guinea Writers’ Workshop, PMC’s lead trainer, Virginia Carter, opened up the week by telling writers, “I want hot, sexy soap operas. I want to grab the audience by the throat and not let them go until 208 episodes...

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June 11, 2011

Grey’s Anatomy Writer Visits PMC’s Program in PNG

June 11, 2011 — In mid-May, writer and co-executive producer of the popular television series Grey’s Anatomy — as well as ER medical supervisor and an inspiration to women everywhere for her own rise to success – Dr. Zoanne Clack was in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to work...

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May 6, 2011

Good trash: How television and radio shows can improve behaviour

May 6, 2011 — The Economist – May 5th, 2011 http://www.economist.com/node/18648847 In the radio drama “Nau em Taim” (“Now is the time” in Pidgin) aired in Papua New Guinea, a widowed father takes up dynamite fishing—profitable but disastrous for the reef. Then he meets a dashing marine scientist...

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February 24, 2011

Bill Ryerson Interviews

February 24, 2011 — You can view a half-hour interview with PMC President William Ryerson by Fran Stoddard of Vermont Public Television’s Profile at http://video.vpt.org/video/1750675385.  It was taped on January 7, 2011 and broadcast on January 17 and 23 of 2011o. On January 31, Mr. Ryerson did a...

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February 22, 2011

Social change drama on air today

February 22, 2011 — The National – Tuesday, February 22, 2011 http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/16777 Listeners of the family show on FM 100 will have more to live, love and laugh about when the two new serial dramas on social change are aired live for the first time tonight and will...

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February 22, 2011

Colorado Filmmakers Explore Overpopulation and Women’s Rights

February 22, 2011 — By: Brendon Bosworth http://www.newwest.net/topic/article/colorado_filmmakers_explore_overpopulation/C37/L37/ A new documentary that debuted at the Boulder International Film Festival calls overpopulation a looming and underreported issue. Directed and produced by Denver-based Tiroir A Films, “Mother: Caring Our Way Out of the Population Dilemma” confronts what it labels a...

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January 27, 2011

Interview with Bill Ryerson

January 27, 2011 — Bill Ryerson appeared on Vermont Public Television’s Profile with Fran Stoddard on January 7, 2011. Watch the full episode. See more Profile.

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January 24, 2011

Integrating Women’s Human Rights into Global Health Research: An Action Framework

January 24, 2011 — Donna Baptiste, a psychologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago has published an article in the Journal of Women’s Health that describes Population Media Center’s work in northern Nigeria. It discusses PMC’s program promoting maternal health and addressing obstetric fistula, starting on the...

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January 10, 2011

Why is population control so controversial?

January 10, 2011 — On the next Your Call, we’ll rebroadcast our show about what it will take to have a substantive conversation about the growing population. There are almost 7 billion people on the planet; there could be 9 billion by 2050. What are the primary concerns...

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January 5, 2011

Compelling connections in ‘The Post Carbon Reader’

January 5, 2011 — By Juliane Poirier http://www.bohemian.com/bohemian/12.15.10/greenzone-1050.html Q: What’s even better for health and brain growth than Sudoku, green tea, dark chocolate and meditation all at once? A: Applying one’s brain to the puzzle of human survival. It’s hard work, but vastly rewarding. And one can get...

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December 22, 2010

FM100 to air radio drama on MDGs

December 22, 2010 — FM100 to air radio drama on MDGs By ELIZABETH MIAE The Population Media Centre-PNG (PMC) has partnered with Kalang Advertising Ltd (KAL)-FM100 for the broadcast of the millennium development goals (MDG) radio drama series for a two-year period commencing next February. A broadcast agreement...

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December 15, 2010

Interview with Katie Elmore – The Population Media Center

December 15, 2010 — Katie Elmore, PMC’s Director of Communications was interviewed by Jim Swanson on Progressive News Radio. To listen to the podcast, visit: http://www.progressivenewsradio.com/?p=120

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December 14, 2010

A Primer for the Post-Carbon World

December 14, 2010 — Below is an article from Reuters featuring Population Media Center’s President, Bill Ryerson, and his chapter in The Post-Carbon Reader. A Primer for the Post-Carbon World http://www.reuters.com/article/idUS233836031520101210 “When it comes to controversial issues, population is in a class by itself. Activist working to reduce...

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December 14, 2010

Population Media Center takes creative approach to overpopulation

December 14, 2010 — Below is an article about PMC’s work that appeared in the Digital Report on December 9, 2010. Population Media Center takes creative approach to overpopulation http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/301279#ixzz187icoTKl The issues surrounding humanity’s overpopulation challenge are vast and discouraging, but one organization is taking a creative approach...

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December 7, 2010

Top 50 Blogs by Global Health Organizations

December 7, 2010 — Population Media Center is noted as a top 50 Blog by Global Health Organizations http://www.mastersinglobalhealth.com/top-50-blogs-by-global-health-organizations.html#41

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December 7, 2010

Global Population & Resource Scarcity

December 7, 2010 — Below is an excerpt from Alan Baum’s blog where he mentions PMC. Global Population & Resource Scarcity Are you aware that global population has doubled in the past 40 years, going from 3.3 billion to just under 7 billion today? Think about that for...

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December 2, 2010

Mexico’s population tops 112 million, ranking 11th in the world

December 2, 2010 — Mexico recently announced its census results, reflecting a population of more than 112 million people – ranked 11th most populous country in the world – and highlighting concerns on global overpopulation. The most recent census demonstrates significant population growth in Mexico – climbing from...

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November 30, 2010

Teaching Virtual Resistance to Violence

November 30, 2010 — Below is an article featuring PMC’s electronic game, BREAKAWAY, that was published by Inter Press ServiceTeaching Virtual Resistance to Violence By Kanya D’Almeida http://ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=53662 What if young boys were imbued with a sense of empathy and fair play to counteract a culture that victimises...

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November 30, 2010

Vermont company’s soap operas promote change

November 30, 2010 — Below is an article on PMC that ran in the November 30, 2010 edition of The Burlington Free Press. ————————- Vermont company’s soap operas promote change By Tim Johnson http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20101130/NEWS02/101129015/Vermont-company-s-soap-operas-promote-change Tihitena is in labor and in extreme pain. She pleads with the attending midwife...

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November 23, 2010

Reaching the Masses

November 23, 2010 — Reaching the Masses: Radio Shows Abroad Are Connecting People with Health, Environment and Population Issues; Now, They’re Coming to Hollywood By Melissa Knopper Darkness falls over Rwanda. All across the country, thousands of people switch on their radios and tune in to Umurage Urukwiye...

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October 22, 2010

Radio that Resonates in Senegal

October 22, 2010 — Below is an article about PMC’s radio dramas in Senegal that appeared in Audience Scapes. —————————– Radio that Resonates in Senegal By Paromita Pain http://www.audiencescapes.org/radio Senegal is using the popular and entertaining medium of the radio drama to tackle some of its most pressing...

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October 19, 2010

ASAP: Area must stabilize or reduce its population

October 19, 2010 — By Brian Wheeler Charlottesville Tomorrow Monday, October 18, 2010 http://cvilletomorrow.typepad.com/charlottesville_tomorrow_/2010/10/asap.html Advocates for a Sustainable Albemarle Population wants the Charlottesville area to become a model for the rest of the country when it comes to planning how to live within its means. Jack Marshall, ASAP’s...

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October 1, 2010

PMC: Acting for Change

October 1, 2010 — From the Mulago Foundation. —————- Throughout the developing world, everyone who possibly can watches TV and listens to the radio – all want to be entertained. Recognizing the power of entertaining role models, Mexican TV producer Miguel Sabido developed a systematic method to create...

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September 28, 2010

Breakaway: Video Game Against Violence

September 28, 2010 — Channel One News featured our electronic game project, Breakaway. Below is a link to view the news piece. http://www.channelone.com/video/breakaway:-video-game-against-violence/

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September 20, 2010

PMC Announces Results in Rwanda

September 20, 2010 — PMC Rwanda’s Radio Drama Umurage Urukwiye (“Rwanda’s Brighter Future”) Report on Impact (August 2010) In Rwanda, the fertility rate is 5.5 children per woman, according to the 2008 Demographic and Health Survey (DHS), a figure that has not changed appreciably since 1992. Knowledge of...

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September 17, 2010

How serious is the population problem?

September 17, 2010 — The following is an article from Capitol Weekly featuring Population Media Center and Bill Ryerson. http://www.capitolweekly.net/features Thursday, September 09, 2010 How serious is the population problem? The growth in the world’s population is the equivalent of adding a new Sacramento every two days –...

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September 2, 2010

Using soap operas to save the planet

September 2, 2010 — PMC featured on Mother Nature Network. http://www.mnn.com/lifestyle/arts-culture/blogs ———————– When it comes to the American soap opera, few people will tell you that they’re actually inspired by anything they see in the plotlines or characters. It’s more the ridiculous on-screen drama that sucks people in...

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September 2, 2010

PMC Featured on Healthcare Technology News

September 2, 2010 — PMC is featured this month on the Healthcare Technology News blog. Healthcare Technology News reports on relevant events and examines their broader strategic context with a focus on healthcare technology, revenue cycle management, value, policy, economics and health care reform.

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August 25, 2010

Partnership to promote MDG progress on radio

August 25, 2010 — From The National http://www.thenational.com.pg/?q=node/12113 The United Nations in Papua New Guinea in cooperation with the Population Media Centre (PMC) has entered a two-year partnership programme with Colgate-Palmolive PNG on promoting the achievement of the millennium development goals (MDG) through the MDG radio drama campaign...

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August 24, 2010

Colgate-Palmolive Sponsors UN MDGs Radio Drama Campaign in Papua New Guinea

August 24, 2010 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 24, 2010 Contact: Katie Elmore Director of Communications Tel: 802-985-8156 ext. 205 elmore@populationmedia.org Colgate-Palmolive Sponsors UN MDGs Radio Drama Campaign in Papua New Guinea Port Moresby, PAPUA NEW GUINEA – The United Nations in Papua New Guinea in cooperation with...

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August 19, 2010

New Report on Population Asks Americans to Start Talking About What Really Matters

August 19, 2010 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 19, 2010 Contact: Katie Elmore Director of Communications Tel: 802-985-8156 ext. 205 elmore@populationmedia.org New Report on Population Asks Americans to Start Talking About What Really Matters Shelburne, VT (19. August 2010) – When a man and a woman have unprotected...

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August 17, 2010

POPULATION: The Multiplier of Everything Else

August 17, 2010 — PMC’s President, Bill Ryerson, wrote a report for the Post Carbon Reader. Below is an excerpt from the report and a brief video statement by Bill Ryerson. To download the full report, visit: http://www.postcarbon.org/Reader/PCReader-Ryerson-Population.pdf POPULATION: The Multiplier of Everything Else When it comes to...

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August 17, 2010

HIV/AIDS radio drama brings good social impact

August 17, 2010 — The following article appeared on the VOV News website and talks about PMC’s program in Vietnam, Khat Vong Song (“The Desire for Life”) —————————- HIV/AIDS radio drama brings good social impact http://english.vovnews.vn A ceremony to mark the end of the two-year serial radio project...

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August 3, 2010

How Soap Operas Might Save Us From Overpopulation

August 3, 2010 — Alternet conducted an interview with Bill Ryerson regarding the work of Population Media Center. —————– AlterNet / By Daniela Perdomo Strange But True: How Soap Operas Might Save Us From Overpopulation Earth reached its human capacity in the 1980s. Our planet is in crisis,...

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August 2, 2010

The MAHB, the Culture Gap, and Some Really Inconvenient Truths

August 2, 2010 — Many thanks to Paul Ehrlich for this short but important paper, which you can find at https://docs.google.com/a/populationmedia.org/leaf?id=0B5F-idWfw7TeNWYxYzZhY2QtMWNhYS00MzFjLWFjYmUtZTE4MWExOWY5OTM4&hl=en&authkey=CMrBhrIN The paper mentions Sabido soap operas as one strategy for addressing the human predicament. Miguel Sabido serves as a trainer for Population Media Center’s writers and our...

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July 28, 2010

A Participatory Assessment of Sa Pagsikat Ng Araw

July 28, 2010 — Below is a chapter on PMC’s program in the Philippines, Sa Pagsikat Ng Araw, that appeared in the book The Interrelationship of Business and Communication. The Participatory Assessment of was written by Arvind Singhal, Elizabeth Rattine-Flaherty and Molly A. Mayer. Can Communication Be Socially...

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July 28, 2010

Participatory Assessment of Ahreat Al Amal

July 28, 2010 — Below is an article from Investigacion y Desarrollo featuring a participatory assessment of PMC’s program in Sudan, Ahreat Al Amal. The participatory assessment was written by Karen Greiner, Arvind Singhal and Sarah Hurlburt. With an antenna we can stop the practice of female genital...

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July 21, 2010

Out of the Darkness of Centuries: Book Review

July 21, 2010 — Below is a book review of David Poindexters book, Out of the Darkness of Centuries. The review is written by Jane Roberts’ of RH Reality Check. http://www.rhrealitycheck.org/reader-diaries/2010/07/21/darkness-centuries-book-review ———————— You really can change outlook and behavior by scientifically based entertainment-education through the media, primarily radio...

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July 9, 2010

World Population Day – July 11th

July 9, 2010 — Population Media Center (PMC) invites you to join us in commemorating World Population Day. July 11th marks the day where we, as a world, come together and shine a light on various population issues such as the importance of family planning and gender equality,...

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July 1, 2010

Breaking Away at the World Cup

July 1, 2010 — Below is a review of Breakaway written by TheMarginalized.com ———————— Breakaway is a story-based, football-themed electronics game that uses soccer to encourage good decisions in young people. Created through Champlain College, the development team has just released the first three episodes of Chapter One...

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June 30, 2010

Learning From Soap Operas

June 30, 2010 — This New York Times OpEd covered PMC-Ethiopia’s soap operas, Yeken Kignit and Dhimbibba. ————————– A friend of mine, a physician who works the longest hours of anybody I know, makes only one exception from her demanding schedule in New York. Once a week, she...

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June 23, 2010

Breakaway During the World Cup

June 23, 2010 — Thanks to Population Institute for this blog post. ———————- This month marks the start of the World Cup, an international quadrennial competition for the world’s most popular sport, soccer (which is known everywhere else in the world as football.) During the World Cup our...

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June 23, 2010

Shelburne business and Champlain College launch online soccer game to global audience

June 23, 2010 — The following article about our electronic game project, Breakaway, appeared in the Shelburne News weekly newspaper. —————————— http://www.shelburnenews.com A two-year project with Population Media Center (PMC) in Shelburne and Champlain College, with the support of the United Nations, made its worldwide debut this week...

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June 22, 2010

Online Football (Soccer) Game Launches June 22 to Global Audience during the FIFA World Cup

June 22, 2010 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 22, 2010 Contact: Katie Elmore Director of Communications Tel: 802-985-8156 ext. 205 elmore@populationmedia.org Online Football Game Launches June 22 to Global Audience World Cup Soccer Star Samuel Eto’o Joins United Nations ‘Breakaway’ Team Breakaway, a new narrative-driven online football (soccer)...

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June 9, 2010

Champlain College Students Create World Cup Game

June 9, 2010 — PMC’s electronic game project, Breakaway, was featured on Fox 44 News. Click here to learn more about Breakaway.

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June 9, 2010

Strange But True: How Soap Operas Might Save Us From Overpopulation

June 9, 2010 — Earth reached its human capacity in the 1980s. Our planet is in crisis, and Bill Ryerson is using media to change behaviors that contribute to global overpopulation. Global warming, food and water crises, even international conflict — you can trace all these societal and...

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June 8, 2010

Soccer e-game to debut at World Cup

June 8, 2010 — The following article from The Burlington Free Press, features PMC’s electronic game project. ———————— A student-designed electronic soccer game that will make its debut in two weeks, during the World Cup, is a “Breakaway” in more ways than one. For starters, that’s the title...

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June 3, 2010

Student-Designed ‘Breakaway’ E-Game Ready for Play

June 3, 2010 — FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Stephen Mease Public Information & News Director 802-865-6432 smease@champlain.edu www.champlain.edu Student-Designed ‘Breakaway’ E-Game Ready for Play With support of the United Nations and behavior change expertise of Population Media Center, a two-year project by Champlain College will make its worldwide...

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June 2, 2010

Bill Ryerson Interviewed on KQED Radio

June 2, 2010 — On June 1, 2010, Bill Ryerson participated in an hour-long discussion of population on KQED, a public radio station in San Francisco, along with Julia Whitty, author of the Mother Jones story on population, and Kavita Ramdas, head of the Global Fund for Women....

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June 2, 2010

World excitement grows … in Winooski

June 2, 2010 — Below is a blog post about our electronic game project, written by Tim Johnson at The Burlington Free Press. ———————— Global excitement is growing about the World Cup, but you wouldn’t know it, living in this country, unless maybe you wander into the Champlain...

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May 30, 2010

Time to Breakaway!

May 30, 2010 — Moboid – Heather Kelley blog http://www.rapport.moboid.com/?p=236 As World Cup 2010 approaches, let me direct your attention to Breakaway, a game sponsored by the United Nations with the goal to end violence against women by reaching out to young men around the world. Through exciting...

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May 7, 2010

Ignore the Bluster of Demographic Winter Alarmists

May 7, 2010 — Congratulations to Joe Bish for having this column distributed by Cagle Syndication Service to 800 U.S. newspapers and magazines. ——————- Can you visualize 850 jumbo jets landing at your local airport today and each deplaning 250 people? If so, you will have a good...

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April 30, 2010

BeMobile Sponsors UN MDG’s Radio Drama Campaign in Papua New Guinea

April 30, 2010 — PMC’s new program in Papua New Guinea was featured in the April 30 edition of WanWok. WanWok Apri 30, 2010 (PDF 898KB)

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April 29, 2010

Breakaway – A Game Changing Way of Thinking That could Change The World

April 29, 2010 — PMC’s electronic game project, Breakaway, was recently featured in Champlain College’s Champlain View Spring 2010 edition. Champlain View Spring 2010 – Breakaway (PDF, 363 KB) For more information on this project, visit http://www.populationmedia.org/where/worldwide/.

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April 28, 2010

William Ryerson, President of Population Media Center, Awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage

April 28, 2010 — Global Health Council August 10, 2006 On June 13, 2006, William Ryerson, President of the Population Media Center (PMC), received the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage at the Annual General Meeting of the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development in Copenhagen, Denmark. The...

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April 28, 2010

PMC Featured in German Rotary Magazine

April 28, 2010 — Population Media Center was featured in the April 2010 issue of the German Rotary Magazine (see page 8 in the PDF below) German Rotary Magazine April 2010

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April 26, 2010

Drama on MDG to be aired soon

April 26, 2010 — The following article highlighting PMC’s new drama in Papua New Guinea, appeared in The National. ———————– Drama on MDG to be aired soon By Bosorina Robby A US-based non-governmental organisation, in co-operation with the United Nations, will soon be airing radio serial dramas dealing...

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April 23, 2010

Innovation of the Week: Highlighting Population Media Center

April 23, 2010 — The following article appeared in the Leader to Leader Institute’s April newsletter. Innovation of the Week: Highlighting Population Media Center http://www.leadertoleader.org/newsletters As a graduate student in ecology at Yale in 1968, William Ryerson became interested in the relationship between population and global sustainability. “The...

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April 20, 2010

Ngelawu Nawet and Conal Keele : First radio serial dramas in Wolf and Pulaar for health

April 20, 2010 — The following article appeared in the March/April 2010 publication of Santé Tropic’. ————————– Ngelawu Nawet and Conal Keele : First radio serial dramas in Wolf and Pulaar for health By: Mohamed Kébir Tijani KANE A few months ago, RTS and selected community radio stations...

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April 2, 2010

“Thirst of Life” Wins Listeners’ Acclaims

April 2, 2010 — PMC’s program in Vietnam, Khat Vong Song (“The Desire of Life”) also known as “Thirst of Life”, was featured on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark http://www.ambhanoi.um.dk ————————— On 19 March 2010, a meeting between Voice of Vietnam (VOV)’s listeners, the programmers and...

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April 2, 2010

Viet Nam Radio Drama Helps Reduce Stigma Related to HIV

April 2, 2010 — PMC’s project in Vietnam, Khat Vong Song (“The Desire of Life”), was featured on the UNFPA website. —————————— As the first national radio soap opera that focused on changing the behaviour of young people in Viet Nam drew to a close, producers shared some...

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March 23, 2010

Bill Ryerson Interviewed by LivingECHO.com

March 23, 2010 — PMC’s President, Bill Ryerson, was recently interviewed by LivingECHO.com’s Ken Spector at the 2010 Green Lifestyle Film Festival. http://www.livingecho.com/celebrities/william-ryerson/

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March 18, 2010

Check Out PMC’s New TV Spot on Population

March 18, 2010 — For more information on our PSA campaign, visit: http://www.populationmedia.org/where/united_states/psa-campaign/

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February 25, 2010

A Video Game to Help Prevent Domestic Violence

February 25, 2010 — In Development at Champlain College: a Video Game to Help Prevent Domestic Violence By Jill Laster A team at Champlain College wants to educate boys about the effects of violence against women. So they are creating a product using two things that appeal to...

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February 21, 2010

I Believe: ‘We are making it harder and harder for other species to exist’

February 21, 2010 — By George Plumb Sunday, February 21, 2010 (The Burlington Free Press) http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/article/20100221 Almost all of the expressed environmental concern these days is about climate change. However there is another environmental crisis happening that could be just as important, and perhaps even more important, and...

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January 19, 2010

Ignore the Bluster of Demographic Winter Alarmists

January 19, 2010 — (written by Joe Bish, Population Outreach Manager for Population Media Center) ——————————- Can you visualize 850 jumbo jets landing at your local airport today and each deplaning 250 people? If so, you will have a good grasp of daily, real-time global population growth. Indeed,...

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January 7, 2010

PMC’s Jamaica Program Featured in The Drum Beat

January 7, 2010 — Outta Road (“What’s Happening out in the Streets”) is featured in this months edition of The Drum Beat. http://www.comminit.com/en/node/301281/347

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December 29, 2009

VPR Interview — Population Media Center Wins Award

December 29, 2009 — Bill Ryerson, President of PMC, appeared on Vermont Public Radio (VPR) today to discuss the recent Drucker Award and the work of PMC. Below is a write up frmo VPR’s website along with a link to listen to the interview. —————————- A non-profit located...

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December 28, 2009

Using the media to reduce domestic violence

December 28, 2009 — Violence against women usually occurs when it is considered socially acceptable. People are attempting to use the radio soap operas in developing nations to model positive social change. Violence against women is a global problem, but its incidence varies widely. It tends to be...

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December 27, 2009

PMC’s Alleyne Regis one of Six Eco-Warriors From Around the World

December 27, 2009 — Congratulations to Alleyne Regis for being named an eco-warrior by Razoo. —————————– Alleyne Regis uses a unique method to raise awareness of environmental and social issues in the Caribbean: radio soap operas. For three years, Regis produced a radio show for residents of the...

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December 26, 2009

Albert Bandura Article on Population Media Center

December 26, 2009 — Many thanks to Stanford psychologist Albert Bandura for this article from The Psychologist. The article describes the work of Population Media Center. Dr. Bandura is a member of PMC’s Program Advisory Board. “Social cognitive theory goes global” The Psychologist June 2009 http://www.thepsychologist.org.uk

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December 1, 2009

HIV/AIDS: Education, not Discrimination, is the Best Prevention

December 1, 2009 — (From Population Institute’s Blog) Today is World AIDS Day. Observed every year on the first of December, it is an international day to raise awareness about HIV and AIDS around the world. The first World AIDS Day was celebrated twenty-one years ago. The theme...

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November 24, 2009

PMC’s Fall Newsletter is now available

November 24, 2009 — The Fall 2009 newsletter features stories about PMC’s programs in Mali, Rwanda and the Unites States. Fall 2009 Newsletter (PDF, 639 KB)

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October 27, 2009

Empowering Play: Games Tackle Violence Against Women

October 27, 2009 — Below is a link to an interview with Ann DeMarle from Emergent Media Center. PMC is working with Emergent Media Center and UNFPA to create an electronic game for adolescent boys aimed at preventing violence against women. What do you want people to know...

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October 20, 2009

The Population Media Center and Women Lead the Way

October 20, 2009 — Bill Ryerson was interviewed on Prime Time Radio, October 20, 2009. Below is a summary of the interview. If you would like to listen to the interview, please visit http://www.prx.org/pieces/41170-population-media-center Do medical dramas make you wish you’d become a doctor? Does that cheating spouse...

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October 6, 2009

Outta Road

October 6, 2009 — PMC’s Jamaica program, Outta Road (“What’s Happening out in the Streets”), was featured in the Communication Initiative. Outta Road is the story of Jamaican teens and young adults from different social strata whose lives are interconnected. The drama is designed for 10-19 year olds...

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September 29, 2009

Digital Game to Help End Violence Against Women

September 29, 2009 — The Emergent Media Center (EMC) is using the world’s favorite sport to help impact attitudes surrounding the treatment of women. Empowering Play, a virtual soccer game created by EMC, is geared toward young boys, who earn points based on how they treat each other...

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August 17, 2009

Social learning theory can change the world

August 17, 2009 — Earlier this year Professor Albert Bandura visited London and presented a fascinating talk on the application of social learning theory (SLT – now called social cognitive theory). An edited version of this talk is in the June edition of The Psychologist (which is free...

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July 15, 2009

Champlain students design global game

July 15, 2009 — Faced with the challenge of designing an educational video game that would hold the attention of the world’s youth, student designers at Champlain College came up with a motif they can run with: Soccer. Nearly one year into a three-year project to create an...

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July 14, 2009

NYT Magazine Issue on Women

July 14, 2009 — Read Emergent Media Center’s (EMC) response to Nicholas Kristof’s recent blog post, ‘NYT Magazine Issue on Women.’ http://kristof.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/06/30 PMC is working with EMC and UNFPA to create an electronic game for adolescent boys aimed at preventing violence against women. For more information on this...

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July 14, 2009

90 Billion People, 1 Planet?

July 14, 2009 — Read PMC’s response to Andrew Revkin’s recent blog post, ’90 Billion People, 1 Planet?’ http://community.nytimes.com/comments/dotearth.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/07/13/90-billion-people-no-problem

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July 10, 2009

20th Anniversary of the First World Population Day

July 10, 2009 — n commemorating the 20th Anniversary of first World Population Day, the Population Institute today urged policymakers around the globe to recommit themselves to the expansion of family planning and reproductive health services. William N. Ryerson, president of the Population Institute, said, “Much has been...

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July 7, 2009

Radio Soap Integrating Reproductive Health and HIV Transmission Messages in Nigeria

July 7, 2009 — Population Media Center’s Nigeria program, Ruwan Dare, is featured in the current issue of the Communication Initiative. For full article, visit: http://www.comminit.com/en/node/269771/cchangepicks/

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June 23, 2009

Albert Bandura Article on Population Media Center

June 23, 2009 — Many thanks to Stanford psychologist Albert Bandura for the attached article in the June 2009 issue of The Psychologist. The article describes the work of Population Media Center. Dr. Bandura is a member of PMC’s Program Advisory Board. Social Cognitive Theory Goes Global (PDF,...

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June 19, 2009

Sibrat featured in the July 2009 Edition of Harper’s Magazine

June 19, 2009 — PMC’s Ethiopian serial drama, Sibrat (”Trauma”), is featured in this month’s edition of Harper’s Magazine. Sibrat, Harper’s Magazine Article (PDF, 104 KB) Sibrat (”Trauma”) is being broadcast throughout Ethiopia on the National Service of Radio Ethiopia in the Amharic language. Sibrat is a 25...

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June 5, 2009

Sex Sells: A Tiny Nonprofit Uses Mass Media to Encourage Family Planning

June 5, 2009 — PMC was recently featured in Earth Island Journal http://www.earthisland.org/journal/index.php/eij/article/sex_sells/ Sex Sells: A Tiny Nonprofit Uses Mass Media to Encourage Family Planning Fikrite is a girl in trouble. Her grandfather has just died and now a neighbor, a man named Damte, has taken over the...

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May 4, 2009

Upcoming Radio Talk Shows on Population Issues

May 4, 2009 — Population Media Center’s Talk Show Project is generating many requests for interviews on population issues. You can listen over the air or online to the following programs. Please forward this list to your friends and colleagues as well. All times given are Eastern Time...

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April 29, 2009

“How Many People Is Too Many?”

April 29, 2009 — Population Media Center founder William Ryerson appears on Full Power Living (www.emotionalpro.com) April 30, 2009 discussing the size population that is sustainable on our earth. Listen & Call 800-630-7858. While we’re busy looking at the effects of global warming, we’ve taken our eye off...

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April 7, 2009

Showbiz Icon on Go Green Radio

April 7, 2009 — Source: The Buck Blog http://jillbuck.blogspot.com Think about your favorite ABC Afterschool special, and chances are, my guest on Go Green Radio either wrote it or produced it. Virginia Carter began her career as a physicist in the aerospace industry and in the Air Force....

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April 3, 2009

Soap operas, social content

April 3, 2009 — Thanks to Kathlene Carney for this article from the Sacramento Examiner. ————————— Can soap operas change the world? They already are according to the Population Media Center (PMC) based in Shelburne, Vermont. Since 1998, PMC’s serialized radio and television dramas have been improving the...

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March 25, 2009

PMC President, Bill Ryerson interviewed on Uganda 93.3 KFM

March 25, 2009 — On March 25, 2009, PMC President, Bill Ryerson was interviewed on Uganda 93.3 KFM, Uganda’s #1 radio station that offers its listeners news and entertainment. The issue of population and its impact on Uganda were discussed.

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March 25, 2009

PMC Featured in The Bridge

March 25, 2009 — PMC was recently featured in an issue of The Bridge (a weekly newspaper based in Montpelier, Vermont). PMC was highlighted in their ‘Speaking Out’ supplement that dealt with the sometimes overlooked public issue, population growth. http://www.montpelierbridge.com/Population%20Insert.htm

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February 27, 2009

Soap operas, social content with video

February 27, 2009 — Thanks to Kathlene Carney for this article from the Sacramento Examiner. —————————– Can soap operas change the world? They already are according to the Population Media Center (PMC) based in Shelburne, Vermont. Since 1998, PMC’s serialized radio and television dramas have been improving the...

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February 6, 2009

Interview with Bill Ryerson on Vermont Public Radio

February 6, 2009 — If you would like to hear an interview done with Bill Ryerson on Vermont Edition by Vermont Public Radio, you can download the file at: http://www.vpr.net/episode/45077/ or listen online. This was taped on November 11 and broadcast on December 26. The segment with me...

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January 27, 2009

Moving to a stable world population

January 27, 2009 — Grist Magazine Seattle, WA January 21, 20009 Some 43 countries around the world now have populations that are either essentially stable or declining slowly. In countries with the lowest fertility rates, including Japan, Russia, Germany, and Italy, populations will likely decline somewhat over the...

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January 26, 2009

Obama dumps ‘gag law’

January 26, 2009 — Toronto Star January 24, 2009 http://www.thestar.com/News/World/article/576595 Soon after President Barack Obama took office, the massive crowds that had thronged Washington’s National Mall for his inauguration were replaced by Thursday’s annual March for Life, an anti-abortion rally of tens of thousands, all eager to deliver...

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December 23, 2008

The Latest Bold Initiative to Halt Population Growth: Daytime Soap Operas?

December 23, 2008 — Did Judy sleep with Alejandro? Even though she’s married to Sebastian, who’s in a coma from leaping in front of a bullet fired at her by Don Curio, Alejandro’s jealous evil twin brother? Will she learn the error of her ways, and that promiscuity...

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December 15, 2008

The Daily Climate: Fatalistic Friday

December 15, 2008 — Get your angst on with this week’s survey of some of the week’s downbeat global warming news: What, even more methane? Yes, says Science Daily: the potent greenhouse gas is apparently being emitted from the tundra of northeast Greenland into the atmosphere not just...

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December 15, 2008

Population growth contributes to emissions growth

December 15, 2008 — Few doubt the world’s booming population contributes to rising carbon emissions. But as a U.N. climate conference in Poznan, Poland considers how to reduce heat-trapping, greenhouse gases, the talk is all about setting emissions targets and funding renewable energy projects. Stabilizing population is not...

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November 25, 2008

Hollywood aims to put climate change on prime time

November 25, 2008 — Could TV really save the world from global warming? Maybe not, but network television writers gathered on Tuesday anyway to discuss how incorporating the growing threat of climate change into primetime storylines could inspire viewers to live green. Citing evidence that shows like crime...

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November 25, 2008

TV Goes Green

November 25, 2008 — Television writers met yesterday to discuss the role TV shows can play in spreading the green message, according to a Reuters report. The group pointed out that shows have long played the part of subliminal role model. One example: “shows like crime drama CSI:...

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November 25, 2008

Network Shows May Add Global Warming Propaganda

November 25, 2008 — Apparently unsatisfied with NBC’s current “Green Week” programming (150 hours between Nov. 16 – 22), Hollywood has been working on getting more climate change agitprop on the air. According to a Nov. 18 Reuters article by Sue Zeidler, a group of network television writers...

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November 25, 2008

EMC Game Seeks To Prevent Violence Against Women

November 25, 2008 — Emergent Media Center at Vermont-based Champlain College is currently developing an educational video game designed for young boys in developing nations and targeted at preventing violence against women. The title will be a global initiative, with an initial focus in South Africa. The Center...

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November 10, 2008

Hollywood Spotlights Environment

November 10, 2008 — Hollywood is turning the silver screen “green,” but cutting waste, energy and costs in an industry known for big budgets and over-the-top productions is not easy, even in the trend setting movie business. Hollywood has long used its star power to help the environment....

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October 22, 2008

Digital Game to Help in Fight Against Domestic Violence

October 22, 2008 — Creating a fun game may seem an unlikely way to tackle the serious problem of domestic violence. But that’s the task facing a team of college students in quaint Vermont. An added challenge: The digital game has to be appealing and accessible to young...

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October 19, 2008

Interview on CBC

October 19, 2008 — An interview with Dr. Negussie Teffera, PMC’s Representative in Ethiopia, and me by Canadian Broadcasting Company’s program, “The Current,” can be heard on the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars blog, at http://newsecuritybeat.blogspot.com/2008/09/reading-radar-weekly-roundup_12.html. Link to it from the last paragraph on the page and...

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October 8, 2008

Gugar Goge (“Tell It To Me Straight”) Featured in Soul Beat

October 8, 2008 — Participatory Assessment of Gugar Goge, an Entertainment-Education Radio Soap Opera in Nigeria – A Qualitative Assessment Report by Arvind Singhal, Sarah Hurlburt and Radha Vij This report documents the results of a participatory assessment exercise conducted in Nigeria to gauge audience reception of Gugar...

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October 8, 2008

Ruwan Dare (“Midnight Rain”) Featured in Soul Beat

October 8, 2008 — Launched in July 2007, this is a 2-year radio serial drama being produced by Population Media Center (PMC) in Nigeria. Through character role-models, the drama aims to enhance knowledge and use of existing health services, provide information about reproductive and general health issues, encourage...

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October 8, 2008

Bob Engleman with Diego Mulligan, KSFR FM

October 8, 2008 — On October 8, 2008, Bob Engleman was interviewed by Diego Mulligan on KSFR FM which broadcasts throughout Santa Fe, New Mexico, as a part of Population Media Center’s Population News Media Strategy. PMC developed this program in the United States to place population experts...

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October 1, 2008

WAMC Radio Interview on the EGame

October 1, 2008 — Students at a college in Burlington, Vermont are working on a project allowing them a chance to travel internationally, create a new concept for video games and work with the United Nations. WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more. Listen to the...

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September 10, 2008

Religious Leaders from the Afar Region of Ethiopia Issue Declaration to End the Practice of Female Circumcision

September 10, 2008 — In this announcement from Nazareth, Ethiopia, thirty religious leaders from the Afar region, representatives from the Office of the Supreme Sharia Courts, Islamic Affairs Bureau, and the Women’s Affairs Bureau of Ethiopia issued a declaration to end the practice of female circumcision, also called...

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September 6, 2008

Radio Interview on “The Current” on CBC

September 6, 2008 — Population Media Center’s Ethiopia Representative, Dr. Negussie Teffera, and I were interviewed on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s National Radio’s program “The Current” that aired on Friday. The interview can be found at http://www.cbc.ca/thecurrent/2008/200809/20080905.html. Scroll to Part 2, and click on “Listen to Part Two” at...

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August 18, 2008

Worldwatch Magazine Population Issue

August 18, 2008 — Population Media Center has an article in the current issue of Worldwatch Magazine (pages 24-29) on the results of a public opinion poll we commissioned to determine the reactions of various segments of the American public to different ways of framing the population issue....

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July 31, 2008

Radio Interviews on Population

July 31, 2008 — Dave Paxson, John Feeney and I participated in a 90-minute radio program on April 20 on population issues produced by Free Range Thought in Media. You can listen to the program – one of several in a series on population – at http://www.freerangethought.com/. At...

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July 23, 2008

PMC Featured in Soul Beat

July 23, 2008 — PMC’s 2006 program in Niger, Gobe da Haske (“Tomorrow Will be a Brighter Day”), has been featured in the current issue of Soul Beat. Visit the link below for the full article. http://www.comminit.com/en/node/270336/38

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July 15, 2008

Holtz Report Covers PMC in Nigeria

July 15, 2008 — Andrew Holtz has done a nice article covering PMC’s work in Nigeria. Dateline Nigeria (PDF, 130KB)

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July 7, 2008

New Partnership Between Population Media Center and The Population Institute

July 7, 2008 — I am pleased to report to you that the Board of Directors of the Population Institute (PI) has formed a formal partnership with Population Media Center (PMC).

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June 12, 2008

PMC Featured in Soul Beat

June 12, 2008 — Participatory Assessment of Gugar Goge, an Entertainment-Education: A Qualitative Assessment Report by Arvind Singhal, Sarah Hurlburt, and Radha Vij This report documents the results of a participatory assessment exercise conducted in Nigeria to gauge audience reception of Gugar Goge (“Tell It To Me Straight”),...

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June 4, 2008

PMC Featured in E Magazine

June 4, 2008 — PMC was recently featured in The Environmental Magazine. Below is a PDF file of the article (PMC is featured on page 31 under the heading “Taught By TV”) Destination America – Immigration, the Environment and Big Population Numbers (PDF, 1,514 KB)

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May 17, 2008

Ruwan Dare (Midnight Rain) on Soul Beat Website

May 17, 2008 — Soul Beat Africa is carrying a story on PMC’s Nigeria program, Ruwan Dare (Midnight Rain). The article can be viewed at http://www.comminit.com/en/node/269771.

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April 21, 2008

Radio Interview on Population and PMC’s Work

April 21, 2008 — I participated yesterday in a 90-minute radio program on population issues produced by Free Range Thought in Media. You can listen to the program – one of several in a series planned on population – at http://www.freerangethought.com/.

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April 20, 2008

Free Range Thought: Interview – Part 2

April 20, 2008 — In April 2008, Free Range Thought conducted an interview with Bill Ryerson from the Population Media Center and David Paxson from the World Population Balance. They delivered the interview as part of their series on population, environment, ecology, economy, energy, and human rights. The...

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April 20, 2008

Free Range Thought: Interview – Part 1

April 20, 2008 — In April 2008, Free Range Thought conducted an interview with Bill Ryerson from the Population Media Center and David Paxson from the World Population Balance. They delivered the interview as part of their series on population, environment, ecology, economy, energy, and human rights. The...

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April 19, 2008

Nigeria Program Report on Soul Beat Africa Website

April 19, 2008 — Soul Beat Africa has a summary of the study, “Participatory Assessment of Gugar Goge, an Entertainment-Education, A Radio Soap Opera in Nigeria: Qualitative Assessment Report” in the evaluations section of their website, at: http://www.comminit.com/en/node/269041.

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April 13, 2008

Ethiopian Radio Serial Follows Process to Success

April 13, 2008 — The January 2008 issue of Population Reports carries a feature article on Population Media Center’s Ethiopian radio serial Yeken Kignit (“Looking Over One’s Daily Life”). The publication can be found at http://www.infoforhealth.org/pr/j56/j56.pdf. Many thanks to NaHyun Cho, who authored the article.

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March 15, 2008

Article by Dr. Negussie Teffera in Communication World

March 15, 2008 — The article below appears in the current issue of Communication World, the magazine of the International Association of Business Communicators. Congratulations to Dr. Negussie Teffera for this publication! Hearing Is Believing (PDF, 2 MB)

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March 6, 2008

How soap operas can save the environment

March 6, 2008 — Plenty Magazine ran this article about Alleyne Regis, PMC’s Caribbean Regional Director, in its current edition. It deals with the project Alleyne oversaw in the Western Pacific. You can find it on their website at http://www.plentymag.com/features/2008/03/cause_celeb.php.

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February 27, 2008

Ethiopian Radio Serial Follows Process to Success

February 27, 2008 — The January 2008 issue of Population Reports carries a feature article on Population Media Center’s Ethiopian radio serial Yeken Kignit (“Looking Over One’s Daily Life”). The publication can be found at http://www.infoforhealth.org/pr/j56/j56.pdf. Many thanks to NaHyun Cho, who authored the article.

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January 28, 2008

Two PMC Programs Featured in Mother Jones Magazine

January 28, 2008 — Two of PMC programs were featured in the January/February 2008 edition of Mother Jones magazine, Gugar Goge and Ashreat Al Amal. Read the article, “As the World Learns.”

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January 9, 2008

PMC’s Work Highlighted in the Stanford Social Innovation Review

January 9, 2008 — Below is an article on PMC’s work. It appeared in the winter 2008 issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review. For full article, download: Population Media Center 2008 Smart Soaps (PDF, 172 KB)

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December 14, 2007

Serial Dramas that Rely on Top Psychologists’ Theories are Changing Social Behaviors Worldwide

December 14, 2007 — In Ethiopia, it can be dangerous for a girl to leave the house. Not because of war, or weather, but “weddings”—specifically the long-standing cultural tradition of marriage by abduction.

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December 2, 2007

Soul Beat Africa has a story about PMC’s work in Nigeria

December 2, 2007 — Soul Beat Africa has a story about PMC’s work in Nigeria at: http://www.comminit.com/en/node/134360

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November 13, 2007

PMC featured in blog

November 13, 2007 — PMC is featured on the JHU’s INFO Project blog at http://www.infoforhealth.org/blog/?p=60

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October 24, 2007

PMC Receives 2007 Global Media Award

October 24, 2007 — WASHINGTON – A U.S. Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, a television news reporter from the Philippines and a radio show host from Cameroon are among the 12 recipients of the Population Institute’s 2007 Global Media Awards for Excellence in Population Reporting.

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October 1, 2007

Population Media Center Acquires Rare Radio

October 1, 2007 — Shelburne, VT – On October 1, 2007 Population Media Center (PMC) acquired Rare Radio. Population Media Center is the leading practitioner of the Sabido methodology, a unique form of entertainment education, which is also employed by Rare Radio.

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August 9, 2007

Sex, Soap & Social Change – The Sabido Methodology

August 9, 2007 — PMC Vice President for International Programs Kriss Barker has a feature article in the Global Health Council’s latest AIDSLink (Issue 104, 1 July, 2007). AIDSLINK, Issue 104 | July 1 2007 Written by Kriss Barker, Vice President, International Programs Population Media Center Anguach and...

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July 31, 2007

Population Media Center Launches its Second Social Content Radio Serial Drama in Northern Nigeria

July 31, 2007 — Kano, Nigeria – On July 31, 2007 Population Media Center (PMC) will launch its second social content radio serial drama in Nigeria. Through the use of character role-models, the drama aims to enhance knowledge and utilization of existing health services, provide important information about...

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July 27, 2007

Interview with Bill Ryerson by Tom Keefe

July 27, 2007 — Tom is a member of the International Association of Business Communicators and serves as Enterprise Communication Manager of VW Credit, Inc.

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March 29, 2007

1st Global Health Communicators Newsletter is Out! Features PMC’s Work!

March 29, 2007 — The link in the email below will take you to the Global Health Council’s newsletter for communications professionals. There is a story there about PMC’s work in Sudan. There is a link in the story to a detailed report on the Sudan project. I...

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February 25, 2007

PMC’s program in the Philippines featured in a chapter of the German published book, “A Forum for General and Intercultural Business Communication”

February 25, 2007 — PMC’s program in the Philippines was featured in Michael B. Hinner’s book, A Forum for General and Intercultural Business Communication, Freiberger Beitrage Zur Interkulturellen Und Wirtschaftskommunikation, Frankfurt am Main, Germany: Peter Lang GmbH. Download the full chapter:

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February 7, 2007

The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) Grants $770,000 for a Three Year Social Content Radio Serial Drama in Vietnam

February 7, 2007 — Hanoi, Vietnam – The Danish International Development Agency (DANIDA) in co-operation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) has announced that it will provide $770,000 for a three-year, social content radio serial drama project in Vietnam. The drama will be created using the Sabido...

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January 22, 2007

Save the Children Norway Grants $2.4 Million to Population Media Center for a Four Year Social Content Radio Serial Drama in Ethiopia

January 22, 2007 — Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – Save the Children Norway, with funds from the Norwegian government, has announced that it will provide Population Media Center (PMC) with $2.4 million for a four-year, social content radio serial drama project in Ethiopia. The drama will be created using...

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January 1, 2007

Chapter on PMC’s program in Sudan included in the spanish language book “Investigación y Desarrollo” (“Investigation and Development”)

January 1, 2007 — The following chapter titled “With an Antenna We Can Stop the Practice of Female Genital Cutting: A Paticipatory Assessment of Ashreat Al Amal, an Entertainment-Education Radio Soap Opera in Sudan” was included in the spanish lanuage book “Investigación y Desarrollo.” Ashreat Al Amal (“Sails...

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June 15, 2006

Changemakers Awards PMC One of Three Prizes in Online Contest

June 15, 2006 — Shelburne, Vermont, USA – June, 2005 – Population Media Center won one of three prizes in an online contest held by Changemakers calling for the best programs in combating trafficking in persons. The contest was held by the Ashoka Foundation through its website initiative...

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June 13, 2006

William Ryerson, President of Population Media Center, Awarded the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage in Copenhagen, Denmark

June 13, 2006 — On June 13th 2006 William Ryerson, President of the Population Media Center (PMC) received the Nafis Sadik Prize for Courage at the Annual General Meeting of the Rotarian Action Group on Population and Development in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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April 3, 2006

“Can Soap Operas Save Lives?” – PMC Featured in Ode Magazine

April 3, 2006 — Ode Magazine Issue 32 By Kim Ridley Steamy tales of sex, betrayal and suspense can carry important social messages Young and poor, Fikirte is in many ways Ethiopia’s Everywoman. Her life takes a turn for the worse when she meets Damtew, who is so...

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August 21, 2005

“LOWERING THE BOOM: POPULATION ACTIVIST BILL RYERSON IS SAVING THE WORLD – ONE ‘SOAP’ AT A TIME”

August 21, 2005 — By Pamela Polston, Seven Days Western women of a certain age often talk about their “biological clock” – the physical imperative to bear children before it’s too late. But for Mother Earth, that clock is ticking for quite the opposite reason: She has too...

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April 28, 2005

PMC is Featured in Ms. Magazine, “Soap Operas are Changing Lives – For the Better!”

April 28, 2005 — PMC was featured in the Spring 2005 edition of Ms. Magazine. Read the full article, “Soap Operas are Changing Lives – For the Better!”

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June 19, 2004

“PMC-Ethiopia’s Two Radio Serial Dramas Are Causing Great Behavior Change”

June 19, 2004 — Ethiopian Reporter June 16, 2004 Mr. William Ryerson, founder and President of PMC, has a 30-year history of working in the field of reproductive health, including 15 years of experience in adopting the Sabido Methodology for behavior change communication to various cultural settings worldwide....

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November 30, 2003

USAID Supports New $1.3 million PMC Radio Drama Project Tackling Child Exploitation in Mali, Burkina Faso, and Ivory Coast

November 30, 2003 — OneWorld Shelburne, Vermont, USA- In response to problems related to the exploitation of children in western Africa, Population Media Center (PMC) is launching a new behavior change communication project that will support the protection of children, promote reproductive health, and avoidance of HIV/AIDS in...

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November 2, 2003

“Love, Tears, Betrayal…and Health Messages”

November 2, 2003 — Perspectives in Health Magazine The Magazine of the Pan American Health Organization Volume 8, Number 2, 2003 by Paula Andaló Latin America’s telenovelas have long captivated TV audiences with their overwrought stories of love and betrayal, sin and punishment, and triumph over adversity. But...

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September 10, 2003

“Reality Radio: Ethiopia”, The Burlington Free Press

September 10, 2003 — On September 10, 2003, Population Media Center was featured in The Burlington Free Press. Read the article, “Reality Radio: Ethiopia.”

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