Bending Borders explores the ways in which people experience life across cultures and countries. It reflects memorable and ordinary moments of our lives in a fresh way. For example, how does sibling rivalry, or overbearing mothers-in-law, the first kiss or the last day at work play out in places like Detroit, Kabul and South Africa? We give our audience something unscripted and offbeat – served up with wonder and humor. Part travel report, part global news outlet, part interview program, Bending Borders offers readers and listeners a novel glimpse of the world. And if events around the world make Americans feel isolated, fearful or alienated, our hope is that Bending Borders will spark conversation, introduce new ideas and create new connections among our listeners around the globe.
Karen has spent years traveling the globe, collecting and sharing stories while reporting from Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. It was all the rich, wonderful personal stories that were cut from news stories that inspired her to create Bending Borders as a portal for global raconteurs. She believes that a novel experience — the one-line comeback from a camel trainer in Cairo or sharing a joke with the Dalai Lama – is the new gold standard in a connected world. She also believes there are lots of folks – particularly young people – who may not have passports but want to explore the world beyond their borders – even if its via their iPhone. Karen has reported for This American Life, worked as the foreign editor at Marketplace Radio and was a reporter and editor for Agence France-Presse. She loves fine chocolate, cheap but passable wine, and meeting strangers who share secrets.
Evelyn was a longtime economics correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, where she got to feed her curiosity and love of adventure while covering headline events around the world. Her reporting has taken her from a prison in the Philippines to some of the most elite boardrooms in Asia. It has also allowed her to visit many of the world’s most interesting street markets, where she indulged her love of bargain-hunting and street food. In 2004 Evelyn won the Pulitzer Prize, journalism’s highest honor, for a series she co-authored on Wal-Mart. A longtime interest in Japan, her family’s ancestral homeland, led her to write “An Ocean Between Us: The Changing Relationship of Japan and the United States Told in Four Stories from the Life of an American Town.” In her spare time, she loves making wickedly rich desserts and herding cows in Montana.
Rosalie Murphy, Lead Web Producer
Rosalie Murphy is working on being as well traveled and well read as her Bending Borders colleagues. She has written, reported, edited and researched for Global Post, NASA.gov, The Atlantic, GOOD Magazine, KPCC Los Angeles, NBCLA, etc. Since graduating from the University of Southern California in 2014, she’s worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory and reported on Zoroastrians in India through a grant from the Pulitzer Center. Her go-to conversation topics include public transit, Twitter and her high school job at Dairy Queen.
Emily Frost is a radio reporter and online journalist. While based in Hong Kong, she reported for Radio Television Hong Kong. Previously, she worked as Assistant Editor at the online parenting magazine Babble.com, where she managed the news section and social media. Before joining Babble, she interned at the arts and culture program Studio 360 from WNYC, New York City’s public radio station and Public Radio International’s news and comedy evening program, Fair Game with Faith Salie. She also served as a post-production assistant for the documentary Summer Pasture, about a nomadic family facing societal change in rural Tibet. She was a fellow at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, where she was every professor’s dream student.