Eutopya PodcastsDec 26, 2021
Episode 14 - The Taliban takeover
In this episode, we are sharing an interview with an anonymous young Afghan woman that was recorded in November 2021. Now a student in the US, our guest spent time working within Afghanistan's political civil society and public sector prior to the August 2021 Taliban takeover. She tells us about her experience under the US occupation, her assessment of the rapid fall of Kabul, and the implications of Taliban rule. When compared to the state of affairs today, the discussion offers a prescient look at what went wrong—and what could go wrong in the future if the international community fails to draw a harder line. This episode was produced by Anya Bégué.
Episode 13 - Burmese filmmakers speak out: Resisting the Myanmar coup
In this episode, Eutopya sits down with the anonymous Burmese filmmakers behind the new documentary project called Myanmar Diaries. The film is a collection of short movies that depict everyday life and resistance under junta violence. The conversation covers contemporary civil disobedience movements, the role of film in resisting authoritarianism, and more. This episode was produced—across 4 countries and 2 continents—by Manju von Rospatt, Anya Bégué, Sarah Lewis, and Mario Simmaco.
Environmental Crime, Pt. 2 - Caio Guatelli and Brazil's environmental blindness
In this episode, Caio Guatelli—a Brazilian journalist and photographer—shares his exclusive testimony with Eutopya surrounding the environmental crisis occurring in Brazil. Caio explains how the country’s political class has historically decided to be blind to the destruction of its environment. Today, the government is actively facilitating this devastation. In this way, Caio explains the notion of "Environmental Blindness” that he used for one of his photographic series (available in his online portfolio). Caio explains how geography, social issues, and economic interests complicate journalism in the Brazilian Amazon and hinder environmental justice. This episode was produced—across 4 countries and 3 continents—by Lidia Varda, Manju von Rospatt and Anya Bégué.
Episode 12 - Russia’s “Ghost Armies”
In this episode, Anya sits down with Dr. Federica Fasanotti of the Brookings Institution and the Italian Institute for International Political Studies to discuss Russian private military companies. These underground groups act as informal—and brutal—strategic players who covertly carry out Russia’s foreign policy aims. Despite their relative lack of mainstream media coverage, the geopolitical implications of PMC involvement worldwide are immensely consequential. This episode was produced—across 2 countries and 2 continents—by Anya Bégué.
Environmental Crime, Pt. 1 - Giving a voice to the voiceless: Deforestation in the Amazon and the challenge of documentary filmmaking
In this episode, Lidia and Manju sit down with photographer and journalist Fábio Nascimento for the first instalment of our brand new Environmental Crimes series. Fábio has worked with groups like National Geographic, Greenpeace, The New York Times, and BBC. He recently finished directing and shooting MATA, a documentary that examines the impact of illegal land grabbing on indigenous Brazilians. In this piece, we discuss the nature of environmental crime in Brazil, the problems and processes of activist filmmaking, and the broader challenges (and potential solutions) we face as a society. This episode was produced—across 4 countries and 3 continents—by Lidia Varda, Manju von Rospatt, and Anya Bégué.
Episode 11 - Smuggling flash drives into North Korea: A fight for freedom
In this episode, Eutopya sits down with Jiye Seong-Yu of the Human Rights Foundation. She is the Program Manager of Flash Drives for Freedom, which is a program that smuggles flash drives full of information into North Korea—with the aim of giving citizens a taste of the outside world. We talk about what this initiative means, what it’s like to defect from North Korea and the country’s prospects for change. Today’s episode was produced—across four countries and three continents—by Manju von Rospatt, Anya Bégué, Paula Medina Agromayor, and Mario Simmaco. Visit Flash Drive for Freedom’s website at https://flashdrivesforfreedom.org/
Episode 10 - Death, drugs, and power in the Philippines
In this episode, the team sits down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Manuel Mogato to discuss Filipino president Duterte’s domestic, and shockingly deadly, war on drugs. This episode was produced—across four countries and three continents—by Anya Bégué, Paula Medina Agromayor, Mario Simmaco, and Manju von Rospatt
Episode 9 - STAND: The student-led movement to end mass atrocities
The team recently sat down with Caroline Mendoza, the Student Director of STAND—a youth-led organization combatting genocide—for a conversation about the group’s operations and the state of atrocity prevention today. Since the early 2000s, STAND has become one of the most prominent human rights organizations in the United States. You can check out STAND’s website at <https://standnow.org/>. This episode was developed across four countries by producers Paula Medina Agromayor, Anya Bégué, Mario Simmaco, and Manju von Rospatt.
2021 Summit Snapshot
Bump: Santo Stefano Summit 2021
Anya sits down with Manju von Rospatt to discuss the upcoming Santo Stefano Summit. Applications to the conference can be found at
Episode 8 - Myanmar, then and now
In March, the team sat down with Dr. Seinenu Thein-Lemelson of UCLA and the Foundation for Psychocultural Research for a deep dive into the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Myanmar following the recent coup. She tracks for us the development of the conflict over decades, assessing the military’s relationship with Burmese civilians and the recent escalation of violence. This episode was developed across 3 countries and two continents, and it was produced by Anya Bégué, Paula Medina Agromayor, and Mario Edoardo Simmaco. Special thanks to Sophia Gaffney.
Episode 7 - Protests in Senegal: A new Africa?
Special Episode: A coup in Myanmar
After yesterday’s dramatic events, the team developed a special episode to talk with Carlo Ferrari, President of the Association of the Italy-Burma Friendship to discuss the ongoing coup in Myanmar. We cover the reputation of Aung San Suu Kyi, the nature of the Myanmar-China relationship, the military’s involvement in the Rohingya genocide, and everything in between. This episode was produced by Anya Bégué and Mario Simmaco.
Episode 6 - Omar Alshogre and the power of small actions
From age 17 to 20, Omar Alshogre was detained as a political prisoner by the Assad regime—simply for attending opposition demonstrations. Syria is known for its brutal torture prisons; Omar spent time in the nation’s most notorious detention center, Saydnaya, where Syrian people are systematically executed. Listen to our conversation with Omar as he describes his three years of incarceration and his inspiring resilience after being released. This episode was developed across 4 countries and 2 continents and produced by Paula Medina Agromayor, Anya Bégué, and Mario Edoardo Simmaco.
Erased, Pt. 2: The incredible story of the Diego Garcia US military base and the Chagossians
Episode 5 - Cyprus, revisited
In this episode, Anya talks with two students from southern Cyprus, Velislava Vasileva and Ioannis Sterckx, about their thoughts on Turkey, Cyprus, and the international community. This installment was produced—across 6 countries and 3 continents—by Paula Medina Agromayor, Anya Bégué, Adam Kiela, and Mario Simmaco. You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or through our social media (@eutopya.worldwide).
Bump: Western Sahara
A three-decades-old ceasefire has been broken. Now, a frozen conflict might be erupting. What will happen to Western Sahara?
Special thanks to our host and editor, Paula Medina Agromayor
Erased, Pt 1: Cyprus
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Episode 4 - How are students feeling?
We sit down with a group of students from the UK to talk about school, Covid-19, and everything in between. This episode was produced across four countries. For more information, check out our social media @eutopya.worldwide. See you soon!
Episode 3 - The future of GDP
In this episode, we hear from student Paula Medina Agromeyor, who discusses how the coronavirus outbreak has demonstrated the failings of a GDP-centric global system. This episode was produced—across two continents and three countries—by Paula Medina Agromeyor, Anya Bégué, and Mario Edoardo Simmaco. For more information, visit our website at eutopyapodcast.org or tweet us @EutopyaPodcast. See you next time!
Our first Bump is here!
1,000 tons of oil spilled in the Indian Ocean. A wetland zone of international importance at high risk. Thousands of livelihoods pending. How can the ocean be global by definition but not respond to any global rules?
Episode 2 - “Human beings, being human”
This episode is a conversation with "icanyoucantoo" founder and financial professional Nilesh Dosa, who tells us how his personal life and career have intertwined, his experience navigating a nonprofit through the age of Covid-19, and his own advice for all of us in the post-pandemic world. Special thanks to editor Mario Simmaco and developer Paula Medina Agromayor.