The Listening Post

Omicron coverage in overdrive

The new coronavirus variant has driven frenzied coverage – but with little known for sure, how much is accurate? And, we uncover the story behind the rise of K-drama.

A new coronavirus variant has brought uncertainty back into the pandemic story. With scientists and journalists racing to understand Omicron, news audiences have been left with more questions than answers.

Kai Kupferschmidt – Contributing Correspondent, Science Magazine
Jon Allsop  – Writer, Columbia Journalism Review
Monica Gandhi  – Infectious Diseases Doctor, University of California San Francisco
Mosa Moshabela – Deputy Vice Chancellor Research & Innovation, University of KwaZulu-Natal

On our radar:

Russian state-funded news network RT threatens to sue Meduza, an independent media outlet, over a T-shirt. Producer Flo Phillips tells Richard Gizbert why the words “foreign agent” are at the centre of the dispute.

K-Drama: Riding the Korean Wave

Binge-worthy content, slick production, romantic storylines – the story behind South Korea’s rise as a cultural superpower.

Lee Ki-hyuk – Chief Strategy Officer, Studio Dragon
Seok Kyeong Hong – Professor of Communications, Seoul University
Kyong Yoon – Associate Professor of Cultural Studies, University of British Columbia