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Ufahamu Africa is a podcast about life and politics on the African continent, co-hosted by Kim Yi Dionne, professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, and Rachel Beatty Riedl, professor of government at Cornell University. Each Saturday, a new episode highlights what is happening in the news, followed by an interview with a diverse thinker or innovator who is deeply ingrained in the life, culture, and politics of the continent.

Ufahamu Africa is a podcast about life and politics on the African continent, co-hosted by Kim Yi Dionne, professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, and Rachel Beatty Riedl, professor of government at Cornell University. Each Saturday, a new episode highlights what is happening in the news, followed by an interview with a diverse thinker or innovator who is deeply ingrained in the life, culture, and politics of the continent.

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Ufahamu Africa is a podcast about life and politics on the African continent, co-hosted by Kim Yi Dionne, professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, and Rachel Beatty Riedl, professor of government at Cornell University. Each Saturday, a new episode highlights what is happening in the news, followed by an interview with a diverse thinker or innovator who is deeply ingrained in the life, culture, and politics of the continent.

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English


Episodes

Ep. 130: A conversation with Nkatha Kabira about the past, present, and future of African law

1/15/2022
African legal scholar Nkatha Kabira joins us this week for a conversation about the past, present, and future of African law. Kabira is a lecturer at the University of Nairobi and was the fall 2021 Distinguished Africanist Scholar at Cornell University's Institute for African Development. In our conversation, Kabira shares her vision for a conference on the future of law in Africa and makes recommendations for how legal education and practice can be developed on the continent when formal...

Duration:00:44:18

Ep. 129: Looking back on Ufahamu Africa in 2021 and ahead to 2022

1/8/2022
Welcome back to a new year of Ufahamu Africa! Kim and Rachel talk about some of your and our favorite episodes of 2021, the big events that affected Africa in 2021, and more! Books, Links, & Articles Ufahamu Africa on Foreign Policy PlaylistThe Lawfare Podcast: Making Sense of the Crisis in EthiopiaThe Enemy in Her Imagination: A Fable ChimurengaTake the Soul from Everyone, and the Liberty of AllAfrica Is a CountryChina's Soft-Power Advantage in AfricaA Look Back at Significant Events that...

Duration:00:30:42

Ep. 128: Introducing our Non-Resident Fellows

12/18/2021
We're excited to announce our 2021-22 non-resident fellows: Chido Nyaruwata, Wanjiku Ngugi, Samah Fawzi, and team Soinato Leboo and Gretchen Walch. On this episode, they introduce themselves and, of course, share what they're reading! You'll hear more from them throughout season 6, including episodes created and produced by each of them. In the news wrap, Kim and Rachel talk about the South African football team, the Africa Cup of Nations (AfCon), the Democracy Summit hosted by the Biden...

Duration:00:23:13

Ep. 127: Mashup with Judd Devermont and Nicole Wilett from "49"

12/11/2021
Judd Devermont and Nicole Wilett from "49," a new podcast from the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), join us this week to offer Africa policy recommendations for the Biden administration and to share their process of fitting hundreds of pages of historical research into five-minute podcast segments. Judd Devermont is the Director of the Africa Program at CSIS and was recently asked to serve as a Special Advisor for Africa Strategy to the White House. Nicole Wilett is chief...

Duration:00:26:06

An Introduction to Ufahamu Africa

12/8/2021
Ufahamu Africa is a podcast about life and politics on the African continent, co-hosted by Kim Yi Dionne, professor of political science at the University of California, Riverside, and Rachel Beatty Riedl, professor of government at Cornell University. “Ufahamu” is a Kiswahili word that translates to “understanding” or “consciousness” in English. We seek to expand our collective understanding of Africa through in-depth interviews with diverse thinkers and innovators who are deeply ingrained...

Duration:00:01:31

Bonus: Hear Laura Seay’s review of Lina Benabdallah’s book on China-Africa relations

9/4/2021
In this bonus recording, hear Ufahamu Africa host Kim Yi Dionne read Laura Seay’s review of Shaping the Future of Power: Knowledge Production and Network-Building in China-Africa Relations, a book by Lina Benabdallah (@LBenabdallah). The review was published in last year's African Politics Summer Reading Spectacular (#APSRS20), and this recording is being shared as part of a collaboration with The Monkey Cage (@monkeycageblog), a blog on politics and political science at The Washington Post.

Duration:00:06:57

Ep. 126: Season 5 Finale

8/21/2021
Kim and Rachel close up Season 5 highlighting some of the major events on the continent and enjoying hearing some good news from friends of the podcast. Have a listen and you'll hear Grieve Chelwa, Anne Meng, TJ Tallie, Hilary Matfess, Judd Devermont, and Laura Smith share some great updates so we can celebrate some wins as we look back on this challenging year. … More Ep. 126: Season 5 Finale

Duration:00:33:30

Ep. 125: A conversation with Alhousseini Diabate about land and food access in West Africa (English)

8/7/2021
Alhousseini Diabate joins us this week for a conversation about land access and food access in West Africa, particularly in Mali. This version of the episode is dubbed in English, but the original episode was conducted between Rachel and Diabate in French. You can find the French version of the episode on ufahamuafrica.com.Don't forget to also send us recorded clips of you sharing your good news with us! We will share everyone's good news in our upcoming season 5 finale episode. Books,...

Duration:00:34:46

Ep. 125: A conversation with Alhousseini Diabate about land and food access in West Africa (French)

8/7/2021
Alhousseini Diabate joins us this week for a conversation about land access and food access in West Africa, particularly in Mali. Rachel interviews Diabate in French, but check out a dubbed version of the conversation in English on ufahamuafrica.com.Don't forget to also send us recorded clips of you sharing your good news with us! We will share everyone's good news in our upcoming season 5 finale episode. Books, Links, & Articles Méthodologie du pluralisme juridique by Ghislain...

Duration:00:43:22

Ep. 124: A conversation with Tarila Marclint Ebiede about about violence and governance in Nigeria

7/24/2021
Joining us this week is Tarila Marclint Ebiede, adjunct assistant professor of international affairs at Brussels School of Governance, Brussels, Belgium. His research examines the reintegration of ex-combatants, political violence, the impact of violent conflicts on local governance, youth and violence, peacebuilding and security in Nigeria. We talk to him about his research, the recent news of a fallen military jet plane in Nigeria, and his new Conflict Research Network (CORN) West Africa...

Duration:01:01:15

Ep. 123: A conversation with Liliane Umubyeyi and Amah Edoh on reparations

7/17/2021
Earlier this year, Liliane Umubyeyi and Amah Edoh joined Cornell University's Institute for European Studies to talk about their collaborative work on reparations, especially related to Belgium and the Democratic Republic of Congo. We share selected excerpts of their talk in this week's episode, and you can find a link to watch the full panel in this week's show notes. In the news wrap, Kim and Rachel talk about the arrest of former South African President Jacob Zuma and the subsequent...

Duration:00:44:47

Ep. 122: Hear Ufahamu Africa on Migrations: A World on the Move

7/10/2021
Hear more of our conversation with Nanjala Nyabola, continued from Ep. 113: A conversation with Nanjala Nyabola. In this podcast mash-up with Cornell University's Migrations: A World on the Move podcast. Their episode shares previously unaired parts of our conversation with Nanjala and Migrations postdoctoral fellow Eleanor Paynter. Nyabola's work and writing spans themes of migration, politics, and personal experience in her new book "Travelling While Black." Listen to the episode to hear...

Duration:01:02:27

Ep. 121: A conversation with Amal Fadlalla

7/3/2021
In her book, "Branding Humanity: Competing Narratives of Rights, Violence, and Global Citizenship," Amal Fadlalla writes about the Save Darfur movement and how it gained an international following. We bring her onto the show this week for a conversation about her work and her expertise in Sudan.In the news wrap, Kim and Rachel talk about global climate change, more updates from the Tigray region of Ethiopia, the protests in Eswatini, and more.

Duration:01:09:14

Hear Ufahamu Africa on Foreign Policy Playlist

6/19/2021
Hear us on Foreign Policy Playlist this week when Rachel and Kim talk about Ufahamu Africa's vision and mission and the show features Kim's conversation about the genocide in Ethiopia's Tigray region with Dr. Goitom Gebreluel from episode 117. … More Hear Ufahamu Africa on Foreign Policy Playlist

Duration:00:01:44

Ep. 120: A conversation with Zachariah Mampilly on researching African politics

6/12/2021
Joining us this week is friend of the show, Zachariah Mampilly! He speaks with Kim about researching and teaching African politics, as well as his Program on African Social Research (PASR) which supports junior African scholars as they work to publish in academic journals.In the news wrap, Kim and Rachel talk about the Islamic State in Mozambique, news from Nigeria, and political updates in Côte d'Ivoire. … More Ep. 120: A conversation with Zachariah Mampilly on researching African politics

Duration:01:05:06

Ep. 119: A conversation with Shamiran Mako and Valentine Moghadam on “After the Arab Uprisings”

6/5/2021
In their upcoming book, "After the Arab Uprisings: Progress and Stagnation in the Middle East and North Africa," Shamiran Mako and Valentine Moghadam share their work on democracy and social transformation in North Africa after the Arab Spring. In an interview with Rachel, Mako and Moghadam talk about the six years of research leading up to the book and explain the four key frameworks of their analysis: state and regime type, civil society, gender relations and women's mobilizations, and...

Duration:00:42:31

Ep. 118: A rerun of our conversation with Ashley Currier about LGBT organizing in Africa

5/29/2021
This week, we are re-airing Kim's interview with Ashley Currier, whose work looks at LGBT organizing in Africa. Currier spoke to Kim about her books, "Out in Africa" and "Politicizing Sex in Contemporary Africa," visibility of African activists, and homophobia on the continent.In the news this week: a coup in Mali, volcanic eruptions in eastern Congo, and reduced food rations in Rwandan refugee camps. Plus, Kim and Rachel share a summer music recommendation!Don't forget to also send us your...

Duration:00:40:54

Ep. 117: A conversation with Goitom Gebreleul about the genocide in Tigray, Ethiopia

5/22/2021
As violence and unrest in the Tigray region of Ethiopia continues, we bring Goitom Gebreleul on the show. Gebreleul is a researcher in international and comparative politics of the Horn of Africa at Hatèta Policy Research. In his interview with Kim, he shares the evidence that this is a genocide and tells listeners what they can do to help. There's no news wrap this week, but you can still see what we're reading, listening to, and learning this week in the show notes on our website,...

Duration:00:26:58

Ep. 116: A conversation with Christina Cottiero and Expédit Ologou about Benin

5/15/2021
Joining us this week are special guests Christina Cottiero, a political science PhD student at UC San Diego doing award-winning research on regional security issues in West Africa, and Expédit Ologou, the founder and president at the Civic Academy for Africa’s Future, an independent research think tank in Benin, and a Senior Political Governance Officer for the Benin Office of the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung. They join Rachel for a conversation about the presidential election in Benin and...

Duration:00:53:42

Ep. 115: A conversation with Robtel Neajai Pailey on citizenship and Liberia

5/1/2021
Robtel Neajai Pailey is a writer, activist, and academic whose recent book engages with the topic of citizenship in Africa, especially in Liberia. She joins Rachel for a great conversation about her work, the scholar-activists who influence and inspire her, and how to make our work ethical, emancipatory, and accessible. We conducted this interview on the sidelines of the 52nd Annual Liberian Studies Association conference, hosted by Cornell University's Institute of African Development. In...

Duration:00:46:07