Curious minds select the most fascinating podcasts from around the world. Discover hand-piqd audio recommendations on your favorite topics.
Malia Politzer is the executive editor of piqd.com, and an award-winning long-form journalist based out of Spain. She specializes in reporting on migration, international development, human rights issues and investigative reporting.
Originally from California, she's lived in China, Spain, Mexico and India, and reported from various countries in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. Her primary beats relate to immigration, economics and international development. She has published articles in Huffington Post Highline, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, Vogue India, Mint, Far Eastern Economic Review, Foreign Policy, Reason Magazine, and the Phoenix New Times. She is also a regular contributor to Devex.
Her Huffington Post Highline series, "The 21st Century Gold Rush" won awards from the National Association of Magazine Editors, Overseas Press Club, and American Society of Newspaper Editors. She's also won multiple awards for feature writing in India and the United States.
Her reporting has been supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The Institute For Current World Affairs, and the Global Migration Grant.
Degrees include a BA from Hampshire College and MS from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, where was a Stabile Fellow at the Center for Investigative Journalism.
Investigative journalists play a vital role in society. They uncover corruption, providing important checks on those in power, expose injustices affecting the most vulnerable in society, and give a voice to the voiceless. 2018 saw the debuts of a number of deeply reported investigative podcasts. We've rounded up the top 5, for you to enjoy. Happy listening!
This podcast, which debuted this year, takes on the criminal justice system in the United States and chronicles the impact of local jails in communities across the country and what communities are doing about it.
Now in its third season, this investigative podcast—produced in Hawaii—investigates massive adoption fraud that took place in the Marshall Islands.
Sports and true crime fans may enjoy this series, which untangles the story of Rae Carruth, a former wide receiver of the Carolina Panthers. He was sentenced to 18–24 years for conspiracy to kill his pregnant girlfriend, Cherika Adams.
This series, which debuted this year, is an in-depth investigation into the gross medical malpractice of one Dallas-based neurosurgeon, Dr. Christopher Duntsch, and highlights the institutional problems in the American medical system that let him get away with it.
While not new, this podcast series is invaluable to anyone interested in investigative reporting. Each highly engaging episode delves into how an investigative reporter got a story, from the initial idea to the reporting and writing process.