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PMC publications are designed to explain what we do, how we do it, and why it matters.

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Justin Mukumbuta MubitaJustin Mukumbuta Mubita

January 21, 2021

Staff Spotlight: Justin Mukumbuta Mubita

January 21, 2021 — We spoke to Justin Mukumbuta Mubita this month about his life in Zambia, his job at PMC, and the origins of his storytelling talents. What is your name, position, and how long have you worked for PMC? My name is Justin Mukumbuta Mubita. At...

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January 20, 2021

PMC’s Pandemic Response: Burundi, Rwanda, and Haiti

January 20, 2021 — As COVID-19 spread rapidly around the world, it became clear that business could not go on as usual. At Population Media Center, we found ourselves responding on numerous fronts. First, early in the pandemic it was obvious that many issues we focus on were...

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Man in Agashi shirt faces a large crowd. The back of his shirt reads "Agashi"Man in Agashi shirt faces a large crowd. The back of his shirt reads "Agashi"

January 12, 2021

What Burundians Are Saying About Agashi 3

January 12, 2021 — The Agashi series is not your average entertainment — it’s changing lives. PMC-Burundi has entertained millions of Burundians with the beloved Agashi (“Hey! Look Again!”) radio series, which started in 2014 and has been followed by two sequel programs since. The success of Agashi...

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January 4, 2021

Pre-Test: Photos of Important Kenyan Focus Groups

January 4, 2021 — At PMC, audience feedback is coveted. The insight we glean directly from our audiences is an important part of what makes our shows successful – and that includes feedback before a show hits the airwaves. In Kenya, three focus groups previewed an upcoming PMC...

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December 16, 2020

PMC Returns to Ethiopia to Address Family Planning, Gender-Based Violence, and More

December 16, 2020 — Ethiopia was the first country in which Population Media Center (PMC) broadcast long-running radio shows for social change, beginning in 2002. Now, Nekakat (“Cracked”) is live in multiple regions of Ethiopia: Amhara; Tigray; Oromia; and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Region (SNNP). “The launch...

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Two UMC employees holding radios. A Umurage banner hangs behind them.Two UMC employees holding radios. A Umurage banner hangs behind them.

December 10, 2020

How Population Media Center’s Radio Drama Series Umurage Are Positively Impacting Lives

December 10, 2020 — This article was originally posted on John Mugabo (not real name) lives in Gasabo district. He says that Umurage (“Heritage for a Better Future”) radio drama series has helped him understand how couples should find a common ground when it comes to family...

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Ephraim Okon holding his UN Ambassador awardEphraim Okon holding his UN Ambassador award

December 8, 2020

Head of PMC-Nigeria Wins Ambassador of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal Award

December 8, 2020 — Ephraim Okon has dedicated to his life to improving life in Nigeria – both in his role at Population Media Center (PMC) and as a local leader and traditional title holder in his Clan in Akwa Ibom State. In recognition of his commitment to...

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November 12, 2020

PMC Works in A Range of Political Environments

November 12, 2020 — A Message from Population Media Center President and Founder Bill Ryerson PMC works in many places where democracy has been destroyed. We are familiar with the playbook that stokes authoritarianism, attacks opposition, and makes it impossible or scary to vote. Nonetheless, we are able...

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November 10, 2020

The Impact of PMC’s Vencer el Miedo

November 10, 2020 — Every night 3.5 million viewers in Mexico switched their televisions to Televisa’s channel two to watch Vencer el Miedo (“Overcome the Fear”). The 47-episode, award-winning show followed the stories of four women at different ages as they navigated life, love, and tough choices. The...

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November 2, 2020

Vencer el Miedo Wins Four TVyNovelas Awards

November 2, 2020 — And the winner is… Vencer el Miedo! Vencer el Miedo (“Overcome the Fear”), a telenovela co-produced by Population Media Center (PMC) and Grupo Televisa, was written to make a positive impact on the lives of viewers through an engaging and emotional storyline – all while...

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