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Africa: how the West sees it, how the West helps it and how the West all too often may be getting the whole thing wrong. Do westerners really listen to Africans when it comes to solving problems or are we too busy telling them what to do? New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof stirred up a lot of debate recently when he talked about why he features whites in his reporting from Africa. Why do news stories about Africa often feature white people "saving" the continent? Also, the BP well is capped, but has the leak been stopped? On Reporter's Notebook, an Internet first. A global documentary, shot by anyone with a camera…and done in a day. Sara Terry sits in for Warren Olney, who returns on Monday.

Banner image: Irish rocker turned concert organizer Bob Geldof poses in front of a poster of the Live-8 charity concerts 21 June 2005. Photo" Tiziana Fabi/AFP/Getty Images

Making News BP Well Capped, but Has the Leak Been Stopped? 7 MIN, 47 SEC

In the Gulf of Mexico, the runaway BP well remained sealed this morning with no oil leaking. But scientists are keeping a close watch on the pressure building in the well. Russell Gold reports on energy for the Wall Street Journal.

Russell Gold, Wall Street Journal (@russellgold)

Heroines & Heroes

Steve Simon

Main Topic Africa and the Unintended Consequences of Western Engagement 35 MIN, 1 SEC

The West has always had a complicated history with Africa. The slave trade and colonialism are a thing of the past, but there are different issues being raised today about relationships. While Western NGO's have committed significant amounts of time and money to help meet some of the continent's most pressing needs, do the media often portray Africa as having problems and the West as having the answers? Whose story gets told and from what perspective? Is there a danger of creating an image of Africa as helpless without Western aid?

Steve Simon, Rwanda Initiative
Stephen Morrison, Director, CSIS' Global Health Policy Center
Gerald LeMelle, Executive Director, Africa Action
John Caulker, Founder and Executive Director, Fambul Tok
Philip Gourevitch, New Yorker magazine (@PGourevitch)

Reporter's Notebook YouTube Gives Budding Filmmakers a Shot at Sundance 8 MIN, 9 SEC

The Hollywood adage, "everybody's a director," hints that everyone has an opinion on how a movie should be cut. Now, thanks to YouTube and Ridley Scott, the phrase could become "everybody's a cinematographer." They've invited people from around the world to submit footage for a feature-length documentary. The finished Life in a Day will show at the prestigious Sundance Film Festival. Rick Smolan, who's generated several photography books around the day-in-the-life theme, is working with the project.

Rick Smolan, Photographer, 'Day in the Life'

America at Home

Rick Smolan

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