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User Image jkessel Posted: Nov 19, 2017 9:25 PM (UTC)
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"His Daughter Graduates. He Faces Deportation." My latest documentary for @nytimes with @brentmcdonald, @johnwoopocketcam , @garcia_alexandra and @lizbaylen takes a personal look at immigration policy and how its changed under the Trump administration.

On one side: An immigration officer following the law. On the side: a daughter fighting to keep her father, an illegal immigrant with no criminal record, in the country.

This is part two of our series "The Rift" which explores forces dividing Trump’s America. These aren’t necessarily divides between the right and the left or conservatives vs liberals. Our hope is to show nuance around difficult issues that many Americans are facing — be it an ICE officer or a high school senior. Our goal is to let subjects make their own cases on issues that are often represented as black and white.

Online now at nytimes.com/video or https://nyti.ms/2jGNTvv
User Image jkessel Posted: Nov 15, 2017 9:32 PM (UTC)
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"Oppressive sweet potato chips" served Down Under.
User Image jkessel Posted: Nov 6, 2017 3:42 AM (UTC)
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User Image jkessel Posted: Oct 27, 2017 2:49 AM (UTC)
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If you were just laid off, would you train your replacement? Our new film explores this question.
This is the first in a new series 'the rift' I’ve been working on this year which explores forces dividing Trump’s America. These aren’t necessarily divides between the right and the left or conservatives vs liberals. Our hope is to show nuance around difficult issues that many Americans are facing. To let subjects make their own cases on issues that are often represented as black and white issues.
On a personal note, this series is also one of the first projects I’ve worked on in the United States in almost 10 years. After being abroad for so long, traveling in this country has been fascinating. The people I’ve met range the political spectrum and have all been amazingly warm and open.
nytimes.com/video
User Image jkessel Posted: Oct 25, 2017 1:09 PM (UTC)
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At a Steel Plant, Layoffs and a Request: Train Your Replacement.
Employees at Rexnord’s factory in Indianapolis were paid as much as $25 per hour. The company hoped to save $30 million annually by moving its operations to Mexico, where workers would be paid as little as $3 per hour. If you were just laid off, would you train your replacement? My new film explores this question. This is the first of a new series exploring forces dividing Trump’s America I’m making with @brentmcdonald @garcia_alexandra @johnwoopocketcam @lizbaylen for @nytimes @nytvideo. Check it out today nytimes.com/video.
User Image jkessel Posted: Oct 9, 2017 12:14 PM (UTC)
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North Koreans react to a show at the Pyongyang Dolphinarium.

Often we see North Koreans represented in media by images of military parades and missile launches. While those images and events are certainly part of society — and an important part — they aren’t the only thing North Koreans are interested in. Much like everyone else in the world, ordinary people are also interested in having fun. And until recently, things like dolphinariums weren’t even a thing. And people here certain love it.

For me, faces in the audience were much more exciting to watch than the actual show. Both the anticipation as well as the reaction to the tricks.

While this is a nice break from socialist life outside the aquarium, as a journalist its difficult to gauge what you should take away from this when so many other serious issues are going on in the country. Only a small fraction of the population can come here — most can’t even come to Pyongyang, the capital city. A Hunger Games like caste system keeps the capital city isolated from much of the extreme poverty, human rights abuses and the country’s infamous nuclear program that the country is known for.

We went to North Korea to ask people: Is war inevitable and how can we deescalate tensions? While we cut our film, I'll share some clips from our trip here this week. #dprk
User Image jkessel Posted: Oct 7, 2017 11:54 AM (UTC)
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While in North Korea, our group was placed in a guest house outside the city near these fields filled with propaganda messages. We were placed outside the city in an isolated area “for our own safety," we were told. While at first it might seem it was just to make it impossible for us to go anywhere, the remark might show some division of opinions between the military and foreign ministry, in terms of our presence in North Korea.

While we couldn't go anywhere from our lodge, it did give us a small look at life outside the capital.

We went to North Korea to ask people: Is war inevitable and how can we deescalate tensions? While we cut our film, I'll share some clips from our trip here this week. #dprk
User Image jkessel Posted: Oct 6, 2017 11:36 AM (UTC)
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Walking into North Korea’s subway is a mix of the past and present. Citizens stand together on the platform reading newspapers while others swipe away on their smart phones. But regardless of how you get your information — be it from the radio, public newspaper or smartphone, the content is highly controlled. One common misconception about North Korean propaganda is that the messages the government deliveries to the outside world is the same message they tell their citizens. This is not necessarily the case. DPRK citizens are given one set of information. The government tells the outside world another viewpoint and the outside world has their own version of what's happening — creating at least three versions of "reality." We went to North Korea to ask people: Is war inevitable and how can we deescalate tensions? While we cut our film, I'll share some clips from our trip here this week. #dprk
User Image jkessel Posted: Oct 5, 2017 12:23 PM (UTC)
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“The U.S. administration, or some people with a certain intention, let him die,” said a senior official with North Korea’s foreign ministry about Otto Warmbier. “This must be intended to foster and spread anti-Communist hatred within America.” Today, we share a clip from an interview where @nickkristof bravely pushes back on the DPRK side of this sad story. Read Nick’s column and see the full clip at @nytimes #nytopinion today.

We went to North Korea to ask people: Is war inevitable and how can we deescalate tensions? While we cut our film, I'll share some clips from our trip here this week. #dprk
User Image jkessel Posted: Oct 4, 2017 11:49 AM (UTC)
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While North Korea has been building up its nuclear arsenal, its also quietly been building its economy. From subway riders with mobile phones and food kiosks on the street to people with expandable income — North Korea’s economy is growing faster than most realize. This silk factory in Pyongyang looks like the economic model we’ve seen from North Korea in the past. But the details of how people are paid actually shows signs of economic liberalization. Managers now have some ability to control pay scales in their factories and employees have seen their salaries rise dramatically.
We went to North Korea to ask people: Is war inevitable and how can we deescalate tensions? While we cut our film, I'll share some clips from our trip here this week. #dprk
User Image jkessel Posted: Oct 3, 2017 12:44 PM (UTC)
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Propaganda efforts begin early on in North Korea. Before some western reporters scared these toddlers, they listened to revolutionary songs. Outside their school, illustrations of tanks and war planes fill their school yard.

North Koreans are taught an entirely different version of history from the rest of the world. This version teaches children and adults alike to hate “United States imperialism” amongst other lessons. Speakers in villages and apartment buildings play propaganda messages throughout the day. Trucks with speakers travel through the city and countryside playing messages. Even after students finish school, all citizens are required to study Kim philosophy, including an entire day sessions on Saturdays.
We went to North Korea to ask people: Is war inevitable and how can we deescalate tensions? While we cut our film, I'll share some clips from our trip here this week. #dprk
User Image jkessel Posted: Oct 2, 2017 1:51 PM (UTC)
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A lot of people have asked me “How was access?” Any access in DPRK is better than none; and the more communication the better.

That being said, we of course didn’t have freedom of movement and didn’t have the ability to stop our car between destinations. Given how much time we spent driving, I did do a lot of shooting out of the car in between the sanctioned places we were allowed to stop at. And if you slow down that journey you can actually see a lot of interesting things just from a car window.

However, After 48 hours of doing this I was prohibited from shooting from the car. Here’s some scenes from those first two days.
We went to North Korea to ask people: Is war inevitable and how can we deescalate tensions? While we cut our film, I'll share some clips from our trip here this week. #dprk
User Image jkessel Posted: Oct 1, 2017 12:21 PM (UTC)
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Billboards, posters and signs showing rocket launches and the destruction of the U.S. capital building line the streets of Pyongyang.

We went to North Korea to ask people: Is war inevitable and how can we deescalate tensions? While we cut our film, I'll share some clips from our trip here this week. #dprk
User Image jkessel Posted: Sep 30, 2017 8:43 PM (UTC)
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We went to North Korea to ask people: Is war inevitable and how can we deescalate tensions? While we cut our film, I'll share some clips from our trip here this week. #dprk
User Image jkessel Posted: Sep 28, 2017 3:45 PM (UTC)
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Something is missing during rush hour here, outside Pyongyang, North Korea. I'm here reporting this week with @nytimes @adamellick @nickkristof and @giacomonyt. More to come soon...
User Image jkessel Posted: Sep 26, 2017 11:51 PM (UTC)
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Wednesday, Pyongyang.
User Image jkessel Posted: Sep 24, 2017 8:49 AM (UTC)
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User Image jkessel Posted: Aug 26, 2017 3:16 AM (UTC)
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Abel eats pizza the same way zombies eat brains: with extreme focus and urgency but without silverware.
User Image jkessel Posted: Aug 13, 2017 6:34 PM (UTC)
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In America in 2017, protests to support anti-protests of protests are a thing.
User Image jkessel Posted: Aug 12, 2017 10:37 PM (UTC)
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During the day, his alter ego -- Yonah Schimmel, would hide in plane site working as an ordinary knish maker in New York City's lower east side. But at night, he kept the city of New York safe by fighting crime in the shadows with weaponized latkas. Criminals far and wide feared the wrath of Jewish Batman.