June 22nd, 2010  |  By Mary Stucky

From a Friend of Round Earth

Elisa Bernick (at left) is one of those people who never had to be convinced about the importance of reliable global journalism. She’s a former radio reporter and video producer and the author of The Family Sabbatical Handbook: The Budget Guide to Living Abroad With Your Children. I’ve used the fabulous checklists in this book to plan for a reporting trip and it’s a great resource for anyone who lives or travels abroad. You can buy Elisa’s book through Amazon or Elisa currently works as a writer for The Family Handyman magazine, a national DIY home improvement magazine published by The Reader’s Digest Association, Inc. Here’s what she has to say about Round Earth.


April 22nd, 2010  |  By Round Earth Media

Mexico’s markets going mainstream

Alongside the more traditional fresh food markets in Mexico, US-style supermarkets are beginning to appear. | Photo by Mary Stucky

Alongside the more traditional fresh food markets in Mexico, US-style supermarkets are beginning to appear. | Photo by Mary Stucky

Visitors to Mexico are charmed by all of the colorful food markets – fruits and vegetables in gorgeous display and, maybe not so appetizing – raw meat hanging from hooks and piled on chopping blocks. But these traditional markets in Mexico are giving way to US-style supermarkets with produce and meat wrapped neatly in plastic. Mary Stucky reports about the recent and dramatic growth of supermarkets in Mexico.

April 10th, 2010  |  By Round Earth Media

Edible flowers in Mexico

Mexican food writer Nicholas Gilman buying colorin outside the church in Malinalco Mexico. | Photo by Mary Stucky

Mexican food writer Nicholas Gilman buying colorin outside the church in Malinalco Mexico. | Photo by Mary Stucky

In the United States it’s traditional to put a bouquet of flowers on the dinner table but we don’t think of eating those flowers. Not so in Mexico where you’re almost as likely to find flowers in the food as on the table. As Mary Stucky reports, Mexicans have been cooking with flowers – and eating them – for centuries.

April 8th, 2010  |  By Round Earth Media

Abortion and gay marriage new hot-button issues in Mexico

Busy bar scenes like this one in Pata Negra are a common occurrence in Mexico City's Condessa neighborhood. | Photo by Christopher Wilson

Busy bar scenes like this one in Pata Negra are a common occurrence in Mexico City's Condesa neighborhood. | Photo by Christopher Wilson

Hot button social issues like abortion and gay marriage are a staple of American politics. But in Mexico these controversial issues were rarely a factor in elections – until now. It all started when Mexico City legalized abortion three years ago. And, late last year Mexico’s huge capital city gave legal approval for gay marriage. This in a country that’s overwhelmingly Catholic. As Mary Stucky reports, Mexicans have broken what was once considered a taboo: mixing religion and politics.

March 14th, 2010  |  By Mary Stucky

Does Mexican Food Deserve UN Designation?

chocolateLast month, Mexico asked the United Nations to designate Mexican food a “cultural patrimony” that must be protected. Mexican cuisine dates back thousands of years to the Mayas and their diet based on diverse varieties of corn, beans and vegetables. Traditional Mexican cuisine should never be confused with what passes for “Mexican food’ in many U.S. restaurants and fast food joints. This photo shows 2 young women in Oaxaca enjoying a traditional chocolate drink called chocolate atole. Photo: Ginny Grossman


February 13th, 2010  |  By Mary Stucky


mx city earthquake from wikimediaNow, a month after the devastating earthquake in Haiti, I’m reminded of the many conversations I had with people in Mexico City over recent weeks. While I struggled to comprehend what it might have been like to feel the earth shake and buildings topple, many Chilangos, as residents of Mexico City sometimes call themselves, were eager to tell me what had happened and how it had felt in 1985 when a massive earthquake killed at least 4500 people – most likely many more. 

(Photo of Mexico City earthquake: Wikimedia)

February 9th, 2010  |  By Mary Stucky

Reporting from the Mexican village of Malinalco

MalnalcoVendor In one of our reports from Mexico, we’ll explain what this 83 year old woman is selling in the market in Malinalco, a village nestled in a valley several hours from Mexico City. It can’t be found in U.S. supermarkets but has been an important food in Mexico since pre-hispanic times.

(Hint: they’re not chilies.)

Coming soon from Mexico, Round Earth stories on social issues, culture and politics which will be broadcast on PRI’s The World, the World Vision Report and other outlets. We are honored to bring these stories and voices from Mexico to millions of people in the United States.

February 5th, 2010  |  By Mary Stucky

Brave Mexican Journalists

LuciaForty six journalists have been murdered in Mexico since 2000 and eight more have disappeared, according to Reporters Without Borders. Many of those killed have reported on drug cartels or other illegal activity.

Some of the bravest Mexican journalists are women working for CIMAC, directed by Lucia Lagunes (photo left in our interview in Mexico City). CIMAC was founded in the 1980s with a propositon that was then radical in Mexico– to prove that women’s issues constitute news.


February 1st, 2010  |  By Round Earth Media

The Taste of Freedom

Rodwan Nakshabandi became well-known for his cooking in a refugee camp before opening his St. Paul restaurant. | Photo by JoAnn Verburg

Rodwan Nakshabandi | © JoAnn Verburg

These five restaurateurs survived war, genocide, and long journeys to bring their native cuisine to the Twin Cities.


January 28th, 2010  |  By Mary Stucky

Planning to be flexible BY PAULINA YANEZ NAVARRO

Paulina checking her notes

More from Paulina Yanez Navarro, NextGen journalist reporting in Mexico, (Paulina, left, checking her notes).

Paulina, who is from Chile, has been assisting us in our reporting from Mexico City and is one of the NextGen journalists mentored by Round Earth. Paulina blogs about one important thing she’s learning on this reporting trip, an essential tension in all reporting. –Mary Stucky

Paulina: Where are we going now? That is the worst question that you can ever have when you are working on a story.


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