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Christopher Booker is a correspondent and producer for PBS NewsHour Weekend covering music, culture, our changing economy and news of the cool and weird. He also teaches at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, following his work with Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism in Chicago and Doha, Qatar.
With more than 15 years of experience, he has worked at the Chicago Tribune and the Financial Times and reported from Greenland, India and the Middle East. He lives north of New York City with his wife and two kids, plays soccer and also says that, for now, he can still ollie.
A criminal justice reporter is using her background to build trust with men and women behind bars and to highlight conditions inside prisons. Special correspondent Christopher Booker reports from Texas for our series, “Searching for Justice.”…
Across the nation, search and rescue teams are mostly made up of a patchwork of volunteers often overseen by local sheriff’s departments. But many of these teams are now struggling to keep up as more Americans than ever are hitting…
The pandemic forced a lot of musicians to hit pause on their careers, but some artists took that time away from touring to create at home. Special correspondent Christopher Booker sat down with singer-songwriter Santigold about defying genres and addressing…
Skateboarding's popularity has skyrocketed since its early outsider origins, but for a lot of its history, the sport has seemed largely reserved for straight, white men. Special correspondent Christopher Booker reports on how the closed-off culture of skateboarding is becoming…
Following the American invasion of Afghanistan in 2001, the country saw sweeping reforms, including in its courts, with the appointment of more than 250 female judges. But with the withdrawal of U.S. forces last August and the Taliban takeover, the…
For the last 20 some years, Gregg Gillis, better known as Girl Talk, has been creating mashups, or musical reimaginations of contemporary and classic songs. Streaming services have made hearing those mashups easier, but now for the first time, Gillis…
The past few years have led to record wildfires across the U.S. Decades of suppressing fires has led to overgrown forests, and a warming climate has increased their intensity and frequency. Christopher Booker reports from California on community-led efforts to…
Livestock production—primarily cows—produce 14.5 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. The majority of that is in the form of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that is a natural byproduct of how some livestock process food. But as Christopher Booker reports,…
Cult pop sensation Mitski is poised on the brink of mainstream stardom. The 31-year-old Japanese-American musician occupies a rare and coveted artistic space: independent, and beloved by fans and critics alike. But there is nothing simple about the musical career…
Singer-songwriter Tori Amos usually takes a trip for inspiration when she begins a new record—but these last couple years, that was not in the cards. She speaks with NewsHour Weekend’s Christopher Booker about writing through the pandemic, and how staying…
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