Kyle James

journalist/writer/media development consultant

March 28, 2013
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Getting rid of the middle man

Renting in Germany can be a costly affair up front

Renting in Germany can be a costly affair up front

For would-be tenants in Germany, Internet start-up Yoom aims to make high real estate commissions a thing of the past. It could dramatically alter the country’s rental market landscape. 

(Published in Earlybird Magazine Aug. 2010 issue)

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March 27, 2013
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Germans feel burden of Europe’s debt

Euro fatigue?

Euro fatigue?

The euro had a real nice day on the foreign exchange markets. European banks seem to be at least a bit stronger than anybody had thought. The German economy’s showing some surprising strength, too. So German policymakers are cautiously optimistic that the worst of the financial crisis is behind them. But with an austerity budget yet to take effect, the average person isn’t feeling quite as good. Kyle James reports now from Berlin.

(Aired on Marketplace on Feb. 8, 2011)

March 27, 2013
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Germany’s labor shortage problem

Germany needs workers

Germany needs workers

The December jobs report comes out Friday morning. We should be so lucky as to have Germany’s labor problems. While we’re trying to figure out how to replace the 8 million jobs we lost in the Great Recession, the Germans are trying to find enough workers for the jobs they have. Kyle James reports from Berlin.

(Aired on Marketplace on Jan. 5, 2011)

March 27, 2013
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Getting that crunching sound just right…

How does the cookie crumble?

How does the cookie crumble?

Alright, so you’re in the cookie aisle at the grocery store. How do you decide which ones to buy? The way the package looks? Do you remember the way they taste? How about how they sound? For one German company, it is the way the cookie crumbles that counts.Kyle James reports from Berlin.

(Aired on Marketplace on Dec. 15, 2006)

March 26, 2013
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Jailed Cambodian activist says fight must go on

Mam Sonando

Mam Sonando

Cambodian government critic Mam Sonando was sentenced to 20 years in jail on charges of inciting a “secessionist” movement. Many are calling it a government warning against protests.

Despite the prospect of spending the rest of his life in prison, prominent government critic and independent radio station owner Mam Sonando says Cambodians must continue to fight for basic rights and not let the harsh sentence handed to him by the government muzzle freedom of expression.

(Posted on DW.de on Oct. 5, 2012)

March 26, 2013
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In Cambodia, protesting logging gets deadly

Chut Wutty

Chut Wutty

The environmental movement in Cambodia has been rocked by the recent shooting death of one of its move prominent activists. Chut Wutty was shot by a military policeman investigating illegal logging activities. Chut Wutty had a reputation of for aggressively defending Cambodia’s dwindling natural resources, even against powerful business and government interests. His actions made him many enemies. So, while many were shocked to hear of his death, many were also not all that surprised.

(Aired on DW’s Living Planet on May 24, 2012)

 

 

March 26, 2013
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Mascot Fails to Capture Heart of World Cup Fans

Goleo and Pille, unloved

Goleo and Pille, unloved

Goleo VI, the official mascot for soccer’s World Cup, is a flop. The pantsless lion has been described as looking like the “out-of-wedlock child of Chewbacca and Alf.” Children and soccer fans disapprove. They’re not crazy about his talking soccer ball, Pille, either.

(Aired on NPR on June 10, 2006)

March 26, 2013
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In Cambodia, protesting logging gets deadly

Chut Wutty

Chut Wutty

Authorities in Cambodia are accused of corruption as they fail to investigate the killing of dissidents. But forest activists say they won’t be deterred from protesting.

Chut Wutty was one of Cambodia’s leading environmental activists, known for aggressive campaigns against illegal logging and land evictions, practices that have become commonplace in Cambodia.

His activism won him many admirers and more than a few enemies. He was no stranger to the threats of guards and policeman who didn’t like his investigations.

Though he was well-connected and knew how to navigate danger, on April 26, his luck ran out. Continue Reading →