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September 25, 2020

Thank You, Ruth Bader Ginsburg: A Letter About a Woman with Vision, Hope, and Perseverance

September 25, 2020 — What did Ruth Bader Ginsburg mean to us? Hope, perseverance, and change – long-lasting change. Women will never again be so shackled by stereotypes and discrimination. RBG methodically took aim at societal expectations and unjust laws designed to limit the potential of women and...

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August 25, 2020

A Dedication to Diverse Stories: PMC Presents “Vencer el Miedo” and Virtual Event “Latinas Unidas: Rising Together”

August 25, 2020 — On July 21, 2020, Population Media Center (PMC) celebrated the U.S. premiere of Vencer el Miedo (“Overcome the Fear”) on Univision. This 47-episode social impact TV show was a co-production between PMC and Televisa, a Mexican based mass media company that is the largest...

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July 10, 2020

PMC Announces “One Planet, Many People” Student Video Contest Winners

July 10, 2020 — Population Media Center (PMC) is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 “One Planet, Many People” video contest. Founded in 2015 and now in its fifth year, the annual creative competition saw its best year ever, with over 320 entries. Students were tasked...

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April 28, 2020


April 28, 2020 — Population Media Center (PMC), a nonprofit leader in entertainment for social good, has been named a finalist in Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas in Media and Entertainment. The winners were announced today, honoring the businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged...

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March 2, 2020

Seeking Full Range of Information Technology Support Services

March 2, 2020 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international leader in entertainment designed to empower girls and protect the environment, is currently soliciting proposals from qualified professional technology vendors for a full range of Information Technology (IT) Support Services for its assets under managed services (currently approximately 31). The qualified...

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November 21, 2019

PMC Welcomes Erica Goldberg as New Program Manager

November 21, 2019 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international leader in entertainment designed to empower girls and protect the environment, is pleased to announce the addition of Erica Goldberg as Program Manager. Goldberg, who has more than seven years’ experience managing international USAID projects, will be managing PMC’s work in...

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May 1, 2019

PMC Welcomes Carly Wickell as Prospect Research and Database Manager

May 1, 2019 — Population Media Center announced a new position earlier this year, hiring Carly Wickell as the nonprofit’s first Prospect Research and Database Manager. Carly is an Information Technology Manager with over six years of experience in relational database maintenance, SQL, user-centered research as well as experience in leadership, analytics, and reporting. Her most...

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November 20, 2018

Population Media Center Launches Season 3 of Umurage in Rwanda

November 20, 2018 — Population Media Center is excited to announce Umurage (“Inheritance for a Better Future”) will be back for another season in Rwanda! Umurage has captured the hearts and imagination of Rwandans with season two reaching an estimated 1.1 million loyal listeners every week from June 2017 to...

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October 12, 2018

Population Media Center Taps Lisa Caruso as New Head of U.S. Content

October 12, 2018 — Following the success of its multi-Emmy Award® nominated series East Los High, Population Media Center (PMC) has launched a dedicated US content arm led by Lisa Caruso. It will be focused on developing, financing, and producing original series in various formats and genres on traditional...

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October 12, 2018

‘East Los High’ Producer Hires for U.S. Push, Tees Up ‘Harlem Code’ Series (EXCLUSIVE)

October 12, 2018 — PMC has pasted the text of an article by published in October 2019 by Variety. See the original article featured  here: By Stewart Clarke Population Media Center, which counts Emmy-nominated Hulu series “East Los High” among its credits, has launched a dedicated U.S. programming arm with...

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September 18, 2018

Saving Apes with the Jane Goodall Institute

September 18, 2018 — Photo by Carlos Drews courtesy of the Jane Goodall Institute. The main objective of The Journal of Development Communication is to examine the role of communication in national and regional development. The most recent edition of the journal includes an article authored by three Population...

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September 10, 2018

Nonprofit Spotlight: Vermont’s Population Media Center Employing Mass Media to Entertain, Educate Audiences Across the World

September 10, 2018 — PMC has pasted the text of an article by published in August 2018 by mOppenheim.TV. mOppenheim.TV reports on nonprofit organizations, issues and leaders. See the original article featured  here: By Alexandra Fradelizio | m/Oppenheim Media Writer When Bill Ryerson founded Population Media Center (PMC) 20...

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July 12, 2018

Shepherding in “A New Reality”: The Context for a Shift in Values

July 12, 2018 — On June 26, 2018, A New Reality: Human Evolution for a Sustainable Future was released. Although it certainly looks at a mix of science and culture, this book diverges from many sustainability books. Its ambitions and lessons are both grand and simple, interpreting, understanding,...

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May 11, 2018

More than 350,000 Congolese tuned in every week

May 11, 2018 — It’s estimated that more than 350,000 Congolese listened regularly to Pambazuko (“New Dawn”), an entertaining radio show in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) that was designed to educate as well as entertain. Listeners showed increased knowledge in topics ranging from contraception to...

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May 2, 2018

2018 PMC Video Contest Winners Announced

May 2, 2018 — Population Media Center awarded $4,000 USD in prizes to winners of this year’s “One Planet, Many People” video contest for 14-18-year-olds around the world. The contest featured cash prizes for creating a short video, under two minutes, exploring how a rapidly growing human population might...

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May 1, 2018

PMC Shares and Learns at International Entertainment-Education Summit

May 1, 2018 — Entertainment-education is a dynamic field with diverse application. From April 16-20, 2018 the International Social and Behavior Change Communication Summit (SBCC Summit) focused on the power of entertainment-education, and Population Media Center (PMC) was a sponsoring organization for the conference. The cross-section of 1,200...

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April 16, 2018

Reverend Itang Young Joins PMC’s Board of Directors

April 16, 2018 — Reverend Itang Young tends to be drawn to big challenges. That’s why she has dedicated much of her time and talents toward advocating for youth, environmental justice, and women and girls in marginalized communities. She has built her personal and professional life around a...

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April 12, 2018

East Los High Finale Nominated for Daytime Emmy

April 12, 2018 — On March 21, 2018, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced East Los High as a nominee for “Outstanding Directing Special Class.” This is the sixth Daytime Emmy nomination for the East Los High series, which finished its U.S. broadcast in December...

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March 20, 2018

Robert Wyman: Paying it Forward

March 20, 2018 — Robert Wyman, Professor of Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology at Yale University, has been an activist concerned with overpopulation for a long time. While he was on the Board of Planned Parenthood of Connecticut, he met PMC’s President, Bill Ryerson, and started serving on...

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March 16, 2018

Wishing Paul Ugalde a Fond Farewell

March 16, 2018 — After 12 years as Population Media Center’s Director of Development, Paul Ugalde has decided it’s time to switch gears. He is excited for the learning curve that will come from supporting development efforts in a different field as Development Manager for Vermont’s Shelburne Museum....

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March 6, 2018

Toma Mi Mano Begins Broadcast in Guatemala

March 6, 2018 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit that creates hit entertainment to address the rights of women and girls and environmental sustainability, just launched a new Spanish radio show in Guatemala. The 156-episode show will broadcast from now until September 2019 and will address...

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February 19, 2018

On air to deter child marriage

February 19, 2018 — PMC has pasted the text of an article by published in February 2018 by the Nepali Times. See the original article and the other five essayists featured  here:,4185 Every year, 15 million girls around the world get married before they are 18, and Nepal has...

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February 10, 2018

In Memoriam: David Poindexter

February 10, 2018 — Population Media Center (PMC) is saddened by the loss of David Poindexter. David worked with PMC’s founder and president, Bill Ryerson, long before PMC was founded. Knowing David as colleague and friend for 47 years, Bill cites David’s mentorship as what enabled him to...

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January 15, 2018

Martin Luther King, Jr. Discusses Family Planning and Population

January 15, 2018 — Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday, January 15th, is a holiday in the United States. He was an incredible leader, speaking and organizing across the country and giving many famous speeches including the infamous “I have a dream” speech. He was a leader of the...

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January 10, 2018

rePROS Fight Back: A Podcast for everything sexual and reproductive health and rights

January 10, 2018 — The first year of the Trump/Pence administration brought with it incredible attacks on sexual and reproductive health and rights. With policies, both international and domestic in scope, that are impacting the health and lives of people around the world, Population Institute has launched rePROS...

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December 19, 2017

Population Media Center Partners with Marketing Team in Guatemala to Stop Teen Pregnancy and Sexual Abuse

December 19, 2017 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit that creates hit entertainment to address women’s rights and the environment, is celebrating a new partnership this holiday season. PMC has partnered with an international advertising agency, Lafábrica&jotabequ/GREY, to create a new hit radio show in Guatemala....

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December 12, 2017

Assessing Budgets from Burundi to Haiti: Susan Jones Joins Population Media Center

December 12, 2017 — Every business needs good accounting to succeed, and that becomes more challenging when your organization is split across continents, languages, and currencies. That challenge appealed to Susan Jones, Population Media Center’s (PMC) new Finance Associate, who will contribute to PMC’s overall plan to triple...

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November 21, 2017

Population Media Center Selects Associate Vice President of Development, Kiren Bansal

November 21, 2017 — Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit leader in entertainment-education dedicated to women’s rights and the environment, has selected Kiren Bansal to serve in the newly-created role of Associate Vice President of Development. This role is charged with shaping the strategy for contributed income...

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November 14, 2017

Looking to the Future: Population Media Center Staff from Around the World Gather

November 14, 2017 — Meetings started on Monday, October 23rd after resident representatives had arrived in the United States from Guatemala, Nepal, Burundi, Nigeria, Haiti, and others. It was the beginning of a week to plan strategically about improving operations and expanding the impact of Population Media Center...

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November 1, 2017

First Annual #GETREEL Campaign Success

November 1, 2017 — Population Media Center (PMC) launched its first annual #GETREEL campaign this fall. The 6-week effort was designed to increase awareness about the realities faced by women and girls and raise $200,000 for addressing gender inequality around the world. #GETREEL ran September 12 – October 24 and succeeded in reaching...

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August 22, 2017

Volunteer with PMC this Fall! Time to #GETREEL

August 22, 2017 — On September 12, 2017, Population Media Center (PMC) will kick-off our first ever Annual Campaign – #GETREEL. It’s an opportunity to #GETREEL about the rights of women and girls and the power entertainment has to make a difference. We want you to participate! We are looking...

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July 26, 2017

Entertaining Ideas for a Better Future in Rwanda: A New Radio Show

July 26, 2017 — On June 27th people danced in the sun at Marasa Umubano Hotel in Kigali, Rwanda to celebrate a new radio show. The Rwandan team for the Population Media Center was launching Umurage (“Inheritance for a Better Future”), a radio drama which not only features enticing...

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July 18, 2017

#GETREEL And Get Involved!

July 18, 2017 — On September 12, Population Media Center (PMC) will kick-off our first ever Annual Campaign. This inaugural effort will be called the #GETREEL Campaign: an exciting, multi-media, multi-channel effort to educate and advocate on behalf of women and girls. With support from our PMC Board of...

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June 28, 2017

Past Successes and Looking to the Future in DR Congo

June 28, 2017 — Population Media Center (PMC), a nonprofit leader in entertainment designed to attract huge audiences and simultaneously improve the rights and well-being of people around the world, often meets with inspirational world leaders. On Friday, June 23, 2017, PMC leadership met with the Minister of...

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June 19, 2017

PMC Advisors Make a Splash in Prestigious Science magazine

June 19, 2017 — An important new article was published in Science magazine this spring, The interaction of human population, food production, and biodiversity protection. Two of the three lead authors serve on Population Media Center’s Program Advisory Board: Eileen Crist and Bob Engelman. The third, Camilo Mora,...

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June 19, 2017

Volunteers Needed! PMC’s “Get Reel”

June 19, 2017 — Population Media Center’s Get Reel campaign shows the realities for women and girls around the world and showcases the power of PMC’s entertainment to create real change. Every week of the six-week campaign will illuminate a new part of the Get Reel story.  We are recruiting...

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June 5, 2017

New Book to Reverse Global Warming Shows that the Rights of Women and Girls are Pivotal

June 5, 2017 — Paul Hawken, an environmentalist and best-selling author, set out to answer a nagging question: “Do we know what we need to do in order to arrest and reverse global warming?” The result is his latest book, Drawdown: The most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse...

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May 8, 2017

2017 Arizona Video Contest Winners Announced

May 8, 2017 — Students from Desert View High School and Palo Verde Magnet High School in Tucson dominated the third annual video contest sponsored by the Population Media Center’s Arizona Chapter. The “One Planet, Many People” video contest, open to high school students throughout Arizona, featured cash...

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April 24, 2017

PMC’s Big Book with a Bigger Message Receives IPPY Award

April 24, 2017 — This year’s 21st annual Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPYs) recognized Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER) as an Outstanding Book of the Year. OVER tied for “Most Likely to Save the Planet.” Weighing in at over seven pounds, OVER features over 150 heart-wrenching images of the...

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April 17, 2017

An Unconventional Nepali Bride Hopes to End Child Marriage

April 17, 2017 — Sneha Jha spent her early childhood in the Mahottari district of Nepal and grew up in Kathmandu. Her mother instilled in her unusual ideas: she didn’t have to marry young and her studies were important. “I was only 15 when I appeared for my...

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April 16, 2017

Sustainable Impact Requires Being Part of the Community

April 16, 2017 — Dede Keita will explain that you need to fully understand a community to make a sustainable impact. Population Media Center (PMC), an international nonprofit using entertainment to address social and environmental issues, completely agrees and builds this fundamental principal into its approach to creating...

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April 14, 2017

Population Media Center Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating From Charity Navigator

April 14, 2017 — Four stars is the highest rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. Population Media Center, an international nonprofit dedicated to empowering women and girls and protecting the environment, earned a 4-star rating for the fifth consecutive year because of strong financial health...

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March 21, 2017

Games Designed for Burundi Schools to Help Deter Violence

March 21, 2017 — School grounds were full of games, dancing, laughing, listening, and learning in multiple Burundi provinces in September and November of 2016. It was part of the activities surrounding an important radio drama, Agashi (“Hey! Look Again”). This unusual entertainment project is designed to address...

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March 17, 2017

Exceeding Benchmark Projections

March 17, 2017 — PMC has pasted the text of an article by PMC’s Joe Bish published in March 2017 by the Environmental Law Institute in their “Environmental Forum” debate series. See the original article and the other five essayists featured  here: Quadrupling from 1.86 billion people in...

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March 17, 2017

Celebrating Erik Bergstrom

March 17, 2017 — It is with sadness that we share the passing of Erik E. Bergstrom. Erik was the co-executive director and one of the founders of the Erik and Edith Bergstrom Foundation based in Palo Alto, California. The foundation provides grants for organizations working in population...

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February 21, 2017

Excitement in the Streets of Nigeria

February 21, 2017 — Thousands of spectators took to the streets and markets across two Nigerian states February 10th and 11th. People clamored to watch live roadshow performances and participate in the interactive radio sessions all related to popular radio dramas Jangala (“Song of Life”) and A Dade...

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January 9, 2017

Population Media Center Welcomes Molly Frizzell

January 9, 2017 — Population Media Center (PMC), a US-based nonprofit that uses entertainment to improve the rights of women and girls and protect the environment, is pleased to announce a new member of the headquarters team. Molly Frizzell has joined PMC as Program and Partnership Development Associate....

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January 6, 2017

Seeking Young Nepali Bride, Motorbike, and $7,000

January 6, 2017 — When Lalita Raut’s brother told her “we need to follow the culture,” she was dubious and fearful. Her fears were warranted. Lalita was born and raised in Janakpur, Mujeliya in southeastern Nepal. It’s common for young girls to be married in Nepal. In fact,...

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December 5, 2016

The Power of Stories: PMC’s Five Minute Video

December 5, 2016 —   Population Media Center’s entertaining stories create change on deeply entrenched beliefs and behaviors, particularly gender equity and the rights of women and girls. How is it possible to simultaneously entertain and create real change? The video will introduce you to the power and process...

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November 14, 2016

PMC announces new strategic plan to reach more people

November 14, 2016 — In 2014, we at Population Media Center (PMC) began to critically analyze our impact. We assessed our work, current and historic, and the state of numerous related fields to determine how PMC could strategically expand to maximize delivering on our mission. The resulting Vision...

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November 14, 2016

Arizona Video Contest Asks Students to Explore Implications of Population Growth

November 14, 2016 — Population Media Center (PMC) is pleased to announce that the “One Planet, Many People” video contest for Arizona high school students returns for its third consecutive year. The contest is now open and is offering awards of more than $4,000 in prize money. Entries...

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October 18, 2016

Nigerian Radio Broadcasts Two New Dramas

October 18, 2016 — On the morning of October 11th, more than 300 people gathered at the Starview Palace Hotel in Gwarinpa. Representatives from various UN agencies, foundations, non-governmental organizations, Nigerian media outlets, community leaders, health agencies, and religious groups gathered to celebrate two new stories that began...

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October 17, 2016

Population Media Center to Contribute Thoughts Toward the Deep Ecology Manifesto

October 17, 2016 — Deep ecology takes a perspective that goes beyond the common label of environmentalism. Deep ecology indicates a commitment to the inherent value of all living creatures. It’s a shift from the emphasis that often accompanies environmental efforts, the need or benefit to human sustainability,...

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September 20, 2016

ID Comms announces global CSR partnership with Population Media Center

September 20, 2016 — ID Comms, the global media management consultancy, has announced a global partnership with Population Media Center (PMC), a non-governmental organization that uses mass media to promote the health and rights of women and girls and protect the environment. ID Comms will provide marketing advice,...

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September 12, 2016

East Los High: Entertainment that Means Something

September 12, 2016 — On July 15th, fans got what they had been waiting for – season four of East Los High was now available on Hulu. To date, the program has received no fewer than 5 Emmy nominations and is one of the top performing shows on Hulu....

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September 6, 2016

One Story Ends and Another Begins: Burundi Celebrates Progress

September 6, 2016 — On August 23rd, the drums could be heard in Bujumbura. The Drummers of Burundi are well-known for their loud, energetic percussions, their bright red, green, and white outfits, and for their acrobatic dance moves – not to mention the huge drums on their heads....

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August 12, 2016

On a Mission at Population Media Center

August 12, 2016 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Global impact requires strategy and coordination. Almost two years ago, Population Media Center gathered its headquarters staff at a retreat in Burlington, Vermont. It was an opportunity to reflect on where the organization had been and, importantly, where it wanted to...

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July 20, 2016

Population Media Center Welcomes Lauren Montgomery-Rinehart as Program Manager

July 20, 2016 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT– Population Media Center, a US-based nonprofit that uses entertainment to promote human rights, health, and environmental protection, is pleased to announce the arrival of Lauren Montgomery-Rinehart as a Program Manager. She’ll be joining the headquarters team in the South Burlington, Vermont...

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July 19, 2016

“Papa Goliath” Changes

July 19, 2016 — KANANGA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO– Valentin Mitendo, producer of a popular radio drama in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, was thrilled to learn he would get the opportunity to meet Claude Bangumba while conducting research in Kananga. Claude was known to his...

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July 11, 2016

Solving the Overpopulation Problem By Empowering Women Through TV Dramas

July 11, 2016 — PMC has pasted the text of an article by Federica Sigtnoriello featuring an interview with PMC’s Joe Bish published July 11, 2016 in The IPF. See the original here: Explore PMC’s other work on the rights of women & girls and population growth. July 11,...

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June 2, 2016

Superstar Rajesh Hamal Says “Cut” to Listen to His Favorite Radio Drama

June 2, 2016 — KATHMANDU, NEPAL – With the film crew in the midst of an action scene, the martial arts superstar being filmed says “cut!” Usually, the director makes this call, but this is a unique case. Rajesh Hamal, a Nepali actor with so much notoriety people...

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May 29, 2016

Turn on, tune in

May 29, 2016 — PMC has pasted the text of an article by Deepesh Paudel in the Kathmandu Post. See the original here: May 29, 2016 – Radio is considered to be the most widely accessible medium among various mass media outlets. In Nepal, the pervasiveness and affordability...

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May 23, 2016

Celebrating Ed Barry

May 23, 2016 — It is with sadness we share news of the passing of our colleague Edwin A. Barry (pictured in center) on Saturday night after a long battle with cancer. He founded the Sustainable World Initiative in 2008 at our sister organization, the Population Institute. Ed was a...

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May 20, 2016

Sunnyside High School Freshmen Dominate Video Contest

May 20, 2016 — TUCSON, AZ–The Freshman Academy at Sunnyside High School provided 500 participants and most of the winners in a recent video contest sponsored by the Population Media Center’s Arizona Chapter. It was the second annual “One Planet, Many People” video contest, open to high school...

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May 17, 2016

Population Media Center Joins Network Focused on Reproductive Rights and Environmental Sustainability

May 17, 2016 — Not everyone sees the direct connection between reproductive rights and sustainability, but the Population & Sustainability Network works to change that. With headquarters in London, the Population & Sustainability Network (PSN) works to enhance the understanding of population dynamics and clearly illuminate how ensuring...

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April 15, 2016

Nepal’s First President Celebrates Efforts to End Child Marriage this Nepali New Year

April 15, 2016 — KATHMANDU, NEPAL – As people gathered to celebrate the Nepali New Year, the former Nepali president was celebrating two new dramas designed to help stop child marriage. Population Media Center, a nonprofit that works on health and human rights issues globally, entertains audiences with...

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April 1, 2016

Population Media Center Appoints Executive Vice President, David Walker

April 1, 2016 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Population Media Center (PMC), a nonprofit dedicated to improving health and human rights globally with entertainment TV and radio programs, has selected David Walker to serve in the newly-created role of Executive Vice President. Walker will be joining the team...

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March 3, 2016

Dawn Arrives in the East: A Drama Designed to Change Eastern Congo

March 3, 2016 — DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO–On February 24, 2016, radios in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo played the opening episode of Pambazuko (“The Dawn”). Listeners began to learn about Jaribu’s post-war poverty, Sheriya’s jealous husband, and Mawazo’s love of school. These stories and...

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March 1, 2016

PMC Visits Awra Amba

March 1, 2016 — In February 2016, PMC visited Awra Amba. In this Ethiopian village, there are no gender roles, and every child goes to school, and their neighbors are no longer trying to kill them. Photos by Stephanie Tholand Zumra lives and guides his community with a...

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February 24, 2016

Homegrown Vermont NGO Joins Prestigious United Nation’s Environment Programme

February 24, 2016 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT– A Vermont-based international development nonprofit, Population Media Center (PMC), has been granted consultative status to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). “We’re excited and proud to have achieved accreditation by UNEP,” says Joe Bish, PMC’s Director of Issue Advocacy. “The application process...

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February 22, 2016

A New Chief in Nigeria Who Talks About Family Planning and Poverty

February 22, 2016 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Ephraim Okon grew up in the quiet village of Ikot Akata in Nigeria. His life in the village, and the fun of going to the farm in large groups to help with the crops, was an enjoyable one. But it...

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February 10, 2016

Four Stars for Four Years: PMC Receives Highest Rating for Fourth Consecutive Year

February 10, 2016 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – On February 1, 2016, Charity Navigator announced that for the fourth consecutive year Population Media Center (PMC) has been awarded the coveted 4-star rating, the top distinction from America’s largest independent charity evaluator. “Only nine percent of the charities we...

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February 4, 2016

In Memory of Alex Bozzette

February 4, 2016 — It is with deep sadness we share news of the unexpected death of our dear colleague, Alex Bozzette, on Monday, February 1st. Alex recently became a full-time Program Manager for PMC, after spending a year-long Global Health Corps fellowship working with the PMC-Burundi team....

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January 26, 2016

From Burundi to Washington, DC: Celebrating Entertainment Designed to Improve Life for Children and Mothers

January 26, 2016 — WASHINGTON, DC – On January 21st, the Population Institute of Washington, DC announced the winner for the best sexual health and population-focused radio show for 2015 at an evening gala in their offices on Capitol Hill. The radio show, Agashi (“Hey! Look Again!”) was...

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January 19, 2016

Join PMC in Bali for the International Conference on Family Planning

January 19, 2016 — BALI, INDONESIA — Population Media Center looks forward to an exciting International Conference on Family Planning in Bali next week. We hope to see you! Here are some specific events where PMC will be participating: January 25th Youth Pre-Conference: PMC Presents “Social Media: The Power...

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January 11, 2016

Population growth in Africa: grasping the scale of the challenge

January 11, 2016 — PMC has pasted the text of an article by PMC’s Joe Bish published January 11, 2016 in The Guardian. See the original here: The last 100 years have seen an incredible increase in the planet’s population. Some parts of the world are now seeing...

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December 14, 2015

A Discussion Largely Missing from Climate Talks in Paris: Number of People

December 14, 2015 — PARIS, FRANCE – In the Climate Generations Area of the Climate Talks in Paris, people filtered through a number of displays. One featured a large TV screen showing a young girl from Burundi going to school to be a nurse. How, you might ask,...

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December 10, 2015

PMC’s Joe Bish Awarded for His “Tough Work”

December 10, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Imagine if your job required daily immersion in news articles and reports that demonstrated the demise of the living world. Women dying unnecessarily in childbirth. Climate change causing massive food shortages. Parents giving their 10-year-old girls as child brides in...

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November 30, 2015

Letter to the Editor: The Guardian

November 30, 2015 — PMC has pasted the text of a letter to the editor by PMC’s Joe Bish and Center for Biological Diversity’s Stephanie Feldstein. See the original here: George Monbiot (There’s a population crisis all right. But probably not the one you’re thinking of, 20 November)...

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October 19, 2015

Popular Radio Drama Aims to Stop Child Slavery

October 19, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – What happens when you take a popular serial drama and you put it on more than 40 radio stations, including one of the most popular radio stations in Haiti? You draw huge crowds of avid listeners, including more than 450,000...

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June 15, 2015

Burundi Slides Backwards, PMC-Burundi Moves Forward

June 15, 2015 — Guest Writer: Alex Bozzette, PMC Global Health Corps fellow in Burundi SOUTH BURLINGTON, VERMONT — By GDP per capita, among 193 United Nations members, Burundi is the second poorest country on the planet.1 It is small, about the size of Maryland or two-thirds the...

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March 2, 2015

Umuganda: Communities and ‘Super Stars’ Join Together for a Common Purpose

March 2, 2015 — RWAMAGANA DISTRICT, RWANDA– On Saturday January 31st, 2015, solidarity and kinship were hard at work as Rwandans joined forces for a day of “Umuganda” or “coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome.”  On the last Saturday of every month, Rwandans work together...

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February 25, 2015

A Spicy New Radio Drama Aims to Bring Positive Social Change to the Democratic Republic of the Congo

February 25, 2015 — KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO– A new radio drama airing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo this month entices audiences into a world where high-risk sex, poverty, friendship, and desperation collide to be simultaneously entertaining, controversial, and—educational. Airing on 10 community radio stations...

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February 20, 2015

With Every New Listener this Radio Drama Improves More Lives in the Congo

February 20, 2015 — KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO – After four months of broadcast, a radio soap opera in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is seeing increased listenership and lots of audience engagement. This bodes well for its creators, Population Media Center (PMC), who hope this...

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February 11, 2015

Environmental Activists Speak Out Globally in New Awareness Campaign

February 11, 2015 — Looking to keep up-to-date with global population news? Check out our weekly news digest! SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Population Media Center is giving away more than four thousand copies of a dramatic new coffee table book beginning February 16th, 2015. Overdevelopment, Overpopulation, Overshoot (OVER)...

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February 9, 2015

High School Students in Arizona Can Create a Video to Improve the World and Win a Cash Prize

February 9, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT–High school students in Arizona can win cash prizes for creating a short video exploring how a rapidly growing human population might impact the world, Arizona, or their future quality of life. It’s a video contest called “One Planet, Many People” and is...

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February 4, 2015

Do You Build Amazing Websites? PMC Request for Proposals

February 4, 2015 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT – Population Media Center (PMC) knows that strategic and audience-specific communications have tremendous impact. This year, PMC is looking to utilize a newly acquired domain name to help audiences understand solutions to important issues and easily determine which approach to implementing...

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January 27, 2015

Short Stories With Long-Term Goals: Making Ethiopia Safer for Women and Girls

January 27, 2015 — Sometimes it has to be personal to be understood. That’s why Population Media Center-Ethiopia tells true personal stories to address crippling issues like rape, child marriage, and female genital mutilation. After publishing more than ten powerful books of short stories in Amharic, Population Media...

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January 22, 2015

A Handball Game in Rwanda Has Goals Beyond the Net, Impacting Child Nutrition and Family Planning

January 22, 2015 — KIGALI, RWANDA–On Sunday, January 11th, a crowd gathered around the handball court at Kimisagara, the biggest youth center in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda. It was the second day of a two-day handball tournament – and today the senior players were on the...

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November 18, 2014

Population Media Center Reveals New Website

November 18, 2014 — SOUTH BURLINGTON, VT–An interactive map of projects completed around the world, population projections for countries, amazing photography, and audio and video clips of dramatic TV and radio shows are just a few of the things you’ll find when you visit Population Media Center’s new...

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November 12, 2014

From the Field: The Importance of Meta Monitoring

November 12, 2014 — Guest Writer: Alex Bozzette, PMC Global Health Corps fellow in Burundi “She can’t write, so we skipped the signature. That’s OK, right?” Wrong. When you’re interviewing a patient and navigating the complex world of rural informed consent: very, very wrong. As a project coordinator...

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October 23, 2014

Radio Program Impacts Human Health in Burkina Faso, Africa

October 23, 2014 — People in Burkina Faso listen to the radio, and for the past two years the radio has provided more than just hours of entertainment, it has also provided information that leads to healthier lives. This increased information results from the work of an international...

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October 21, 2014

Burundian Community Organizer Uses US Nonprofit’s Drama as a New Tool

October 21, 2014 — MUREMERA, BURUNDI–Jeanne d’Arc Butoyi’s phone rang on June 24, 2014. When she answered, she didn’t know she’d be talking about something that had so profoundly helped her in her life. That was the first time she talked with someone from Population Media Center. Jean...

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September 29, 2014

Jean Bosco Ndayishimiye: A Burundian Dedicated to Teamwork and Serving the Poor

September 29, 2014 — BUJUMBURA, BURUNDI– Jean Bosco Ndayishimiye, a Burundian who lives in the capital city of Bujumbura, found himself needing to consult his trusted advisor about what job he should apply for next in his career dedicated to improving the lives of others. With the help...

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September 9, 2014

Democratic Republic of the Congo Turns on Their Radios on September 16th

September 9, 2014 — KINSHASA, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO–A new radio show airing in the Democratic Republic of the Congo doesn’t promise to solve every challenge, but it is promising top-notch entertainment that will spur conversation and change. Radio Okapi, a nationwide radio station in the Democratic...

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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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