Welcome to the SI Media Podcast with Jimmy Traina. This podcast, which will be published weekly, will focus on all things sports media via interviews and roundtable discussions. Occasionally, an athlete or celebrity will drop by for a chat as well.
Episode 137 of the Sports Illustrated Media podcast features Evan Osnos, a staff writer for the New Yorker, whose latest piece from the Sept. 18, 2017 Issue is the titled “The Risk of Nuclear War with North Korea.”
In this podcast, Osnos discusses his reporting inside Pyongyang; how he was able to get permission from the North Korean government to travel for his reporting; the real and perceived tension between North Korea and the United States; how Americans should view the North Korean diplomats who work in New York City; how forthcoming his North Korean minders were to him; whether he worked under the assumption that he was being filmed and his phone was tapped; how much anxiety he had on the assignment; how to report on U.S. intelligence’s data on the progress of North Korea’s weapons development; what North Koreans thought of Donald Trump; meeting children at the Pyongyang Orphans’ Secondary School; what it was like to wake up in Pyongyang to a Donald Trump tweet on North Korea; how far he was able to extend outside the capital; whether Kim Jong-Un knew he was there; what his first 48 hours were like in North Korea, and much more.
The second half of the podcast features a conversation with ESPN national baseball writer and Nación ESPN co-host Marly Rivera, and Sports Illustrated soccer and Latino sports editor Luis Miguel Echegaray. The topics include ESPN’s Sergio Dipp and Jemele Hill. On Dipp, Rivera and Echegaray discuss their reactions as Latino journalists to Dipp’s work on Monday Night Football and the social media coverage afterward; how Latinos in the sports media are portrayed and the challenge of working in a second language on television. On Hill, Rivera and Echegaray discuss her Twitter comments on Donald Trump; ESPN management’s reaction to those comments; and the climate for journalists of color in the sports media.
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