Tag Archives: Sree Sreenivasan

BlogTalkRadio Marathoners Report on Boston Bombings from Runners’ Perspectives | 04.16.13

BlogTalkRadio runners Share info & Insight on Boston BombinGS

by The Marathon Show in NEWS

Immediately after the Boston Marathon bombings, BlogTalkRadio’s Marathon Show host Joe Taricani went live, sharing info and perspectives with fellow runners calling in across the U.S.


by The Sports Chronicles in SPORTS

Major League Baseball celebrates the anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier, on the heels of the release of the film 42. An hour into the show, Soledad O’Brien, host of the documentaries Black in America and Latino in America, reflects on the impact on civil rights.

Hear the 97th Annual Pulitzer Prizes announced

by Columbia Journalism in CURRENT EVENTS

The 2013 Pulitzer Prizes were announced live from Columbia University as part of a special event on BlogTalkRadio. Host Sree Sreenivasan welcomed guests for event analysis and interviews about the highest prize for journalists, authors, poets, playwrights and composers.

Must-Hear Music: Go Under the covers with Mickey Dolenz

by FlyLady and Friends in MUSIC

Singer Mickey Dolenz of The Monkees talks about his new solo CD, Remember, a scrapbook of covers with special significance in his life. Guitarist Phil Keaggy and Producer David Harris also join in. Hear audio clips of this amazingly textured music!

Small Biz Tips: Comedy’s role, college debt & the latest Ponzi scheme

by Barry J. Moltz in ENTREPRENEUR

Stress-reduction expert Judy Carter shares how comedy can help your business, while Scott Baxter offers hope for the college debt issue. Plus, get informed about the latest Ponzi scheme.

Alan & Friends Year-End Show Celebration with BlogTalkRadio Staff & Hosts

Alan Levy, CEO of BlogTalkRadio

BlogTalkRadio CEO Alan Levy

We’re hosting a year-end show celebration, and you’re invited! Our Host No. 1 and CEO Alan Levy is throwing a year-end extravaganza with a few friends from the network.

He’ll be co-hosting the show with BlogTalkRadio’s own Amy Domestico, Customer Service & Co-Host of BlogTalkRadio University and Chitra Agrawal, Director of Marketing & Co-Host of BlogTalkRadio University and Storytellers.

Comedian Rodney Perry

Comedian Rodney Perry

Joining Alan, will be some of our most-loved hosts including Rodney Perry, Lara Galloway, Sree Sreenivasan, Eric Olsen, Gael Sylvia, Anthony Donahue and Halli Casser-Jayne. They’ll be gathering together on December 20 for the Alan & Friends’ Year-End Celebration.

Lara Galloway

Mom Biz Coach Lara Galloway

The fun begins Dec. 20 at 8 p.m. ET (save the date by joining our Facebook event), as BlogTalkRadio Co-Founder and CEO Alan Levy celebrates 2012 by welcoming an all-star lineup to chat about their shows, what’s next in 2013 and take live callers.

ASK AWAY: Got a question you’ve always wanted to ask our CEO or one of our featured hosts on the show? Join our Facebook event to save the date and tune in online or by dialing (866) 691-7714. Don’t miss it!

After Osama: A SAJA Conversation

SAJA, the South Asian Journalists Association, presents a webcast 12 hours after President Obama announced the death of Osama Bin Laden. Join SAJA for a conversation with experts, including: Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Emmy-winning investigative filmmaker who has worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan for over a decade (“Children of Taliban” and more) and SAJA member, calling from Karachi. Omar Waraich, Time correspondent in Islamabad.Mansoor Ijaz, former Fox analyst, calling from Geneva.

Topics they will discuss – they will be taking your questions, too:

The details of the US operation, including the reaction in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
What’s next for US military operations in AfPak?
And much more.

Call-in live via phone or computer and send in your questions via email: saja at columbia.edu or via Twitter: @sajaHQ – hashtag #sajaosama


Prof. Sree Sreenivasan (@sree) of Columbia Journalism School (@columbiajourn) and SAJA co-founder.
Ismat Mangla (@ismat), writer for Money magazine and SAJA Board member.
Annie Khan (@anniealikhan), Pakistani journalist at Columbia Journalism School.

Traditional Print and Broadcast Can Thrive in the Digital Age, Say NBC’s Jean Chatzky, Hearst’s Lincoln Millstein and Other Gurus

Here’s a newsflash you don’t stumble across much these days: Old-school media isn’t going the way of hoop skirts, gas lamps and horse-drawn carriages anytime soon.

In fact, it’s poised to thrive in our ever-engulfing digital age.

“People will start feeling so overloaded by information that they’ll have to make choices,” says Jean (above). “That’s what is going to ensure that real journalist with real training will contrnue to rise to the top.”

“People will start feeling so overloaded by information that they’ll have to start making choices,” Jean (above) tells us.

So say media gurus from both sides of the equation who spoke today in Manhattan at “Don’t Write Them Off: Television, Newspapers, Magazines, Radio Reinvented,” an Algonquin 3.0 conference hosted by Kaplow Communications President Liz Kaplow.

On the panel at the event (which was streamed live on BlogTalkRadio and Ustream.tv) were Jean Chatzky, financial editor for NBC’s Today show and a columnist for New York’s Daily News; Lincoln Millstein, Hearst Newspapers’ senior vice president for digital media; Lesley Jane Seymour, editor-in-chief of More magazine, Sree Sreenivasan, new media professor at Columbia Journalism School and host of BlogTalkRadio’s SAJA; and BlogTalkRadio CEO Alan Levy.

Following are highlights from the panelists. Continue reading

Oscar-Nominated Director Danny Boyle Does the Right Thing by ‘Slum’ Kids

Not only is Danny Boyle a fabulous filmmaker, he’s a humanitarian to boot!

In an interview today on SAJA, the Slumdog Millionaire director – who got an Oscar nod for Best Director – tells host Sree Sreenivasan that he has taken measures to ensure the film’s impoverished child actors don’t return to the abject existence depicted in the film.

“We wanted to give them something that, after the film is long gone, will still benefit them.” Danny tells us about the young impoverished actors in “Slumdog.”

“We wanted to give them something that, after the film is long gone, will still benefit them,” Danny says of helping educate the impoverished child stars.

“A long time ago – over a year ago – we put the kids into an extra- ordinary school. Two of the kids are from very poor backgrounds. And we’ve agreed with their parents that they would stay in that school ‘til they’re 18,” says Danny.

“We paid for that, right through ‘til they’re 18 – any transportation costs, any medical costs, any emergencies that arrive in that time. And when they reach 18, a substantial sum of money – additional to what they were paid for making the film, like any regular actor – will be released to them. We talked long and hard about how the film could benefit them because they benefited the film.”

Danny also recounts how he almost dismissed the feel-good movie of the year – which won four Golden Globe Awards and garnered 10 Oscar nominations – as piffle.

Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, as the hit flick’s young hero, Salim.

Ayush Mahesh Khedekar, as the hit flick’s young hero, Salim.

“The [producers] sent the script and they said, rather lazily, ‘It’s a film about Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?’ And I thought, Oh, I really don’t want to make a film about that game show. And they didn’t even men- tion it was set in India,” he says.

“The only reason I started reading it was because Simon Beaufoy’s name was on it. He’s the guy who wrote The Full Monty.  Now, I’ve never met Simon, but I knew the The Fully Monty – a very big film from a small origin. So I started reading it.  And after 10, 15 pages, I knew I was going to make the film.”

To hear Danny’s interview, click here.

‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Director (and Oscar Nominee!) Danny Boyle on ‘SAJA’

The man behind the sleeper hit of ‘08.

Danny: The creative force behind the sleeper hit of the century.

You’ve seen the flick.

Now hear the man who brought this unlikely achievement to the silver screen.

Today at 12 p.m. ET, Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle drops in on SAJA to discuss the film that has the whole world talking.

And crying.

And laughing.

And cheering.

Earlier this month, the feel-good movie of the year chewed up the Golden Globes competition, snag- ing four statuettes.

It has also been nominated for 10 Academy Awards.

Among those nominations is a Best Director nod to Danny, a British native whose previous lensing achievements include Trainspotting and The Beach.

slumdog-onesheetAfter Slumdog’s original U.S. distrib- utor, Warner Independent Pictures, was shut down last spring, the studio suggested (can you imagine?) sending it straight to DVD.

Fortunately, Fox Searchlight stepped in three months later.

Soon after that, Slumdog won the People’s Choice Award at the Toronto International Film Festival.

And the rest, as (clichés be damned) they say, is history.

To tune into this special edition of SAJA, hosted by Sree Sreenivasan, click here.

Bollywood Superstar Akshay Kumar to Set ‘SAJA’ Asizzle

If India has its very own Harrison Ford, his name is surely Akshay Kumar.

The hunky action hero – who has appeared in more than 80 Bollywood flicks – is now on the verge of breaking into the U.S. market big-time.

India-na Jones-like.

Akshay: India-na Jones-like.

On January 16, his Chandni Chowk To China opens here, marking Warner Bros.’ first foray into Bollywood flicks.

The big-budget action-comedy casts Akshay as a lowly worker at a roadside food shop who dreams of a more thrilling existence.

After two Chinese strangers convince him he’s a reincarnated war hero, they whisk him off to China to battle an evil smuggler.

Hooray for Bollywood!

Deepika: Hoo-ray for Bollywood!

If you want to know more about they plot, why not ask the star himself – when he drops in on SAJA today at 3:30 p.m. ET to chat with host Sree Sreenivasan?

Joining Akshay on the show will be his co-star, the lovely Deepika Padukone, along with director Nikhil Advani.

To tune in, click here.

Obama’s Top-Doc Pick Sanjay Gupta: He Made His Bones Covering Katrina

No one can say Dr. Sanjay Gupta hasn’t paid his dues – at least in the news department.

CNN’s chief medical reporter, who’s also a neurosurgeon, is atop Barack Obama’s list of candidates for U.S. surgeon general.

“You have to be really smart,” says Dr. Gupta of surviving natural disasters.

“You have to be really smart,” says Dr. Gupta of surviving natural disasters.

As The Washington Post first reported today, Dr. Gupta was approached by the president-elect’s transition team about the cabinet position late last year in Chicago.

And though he has yet to com- ment on the re- port, CNN con- firmed Obama’s overtures toward Dr. Gupta.

So if he jumps from journalism to government, rest assured he’s up to the task.

While chatting with SAJA host Sree Sreenivasan in September about covering Hurricane Gustav, Dr. Gupta dismissed the notion that such assignments are glamorous.

“During Hurricane Katrina, I slept in a building that was on lockdown, that had no air-conditioning, no power – in the August New Orleans heat,” he said.

“For several days, I slept in my car . . . There’s nothing open. There’s no stores, no restaurants.  You can’t get food.  You can’t wash your clothes. The things you take for granted are all of a sudden all gone.”

To hear Dr. Gupta’s full interview, click here.