Speaking & Interviews

Tina Brown’s NPR Must Reads

Discussion of Lost City, Chilson’s Foreign Policy essay on Timbuktu and the conflict in northern Mali
Tina Brown’s Must-Reads: Modern Warfare : NPR

With the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Journalist Peter Chilson on West Africa’s Borderlands (Dec. 12, 2012)
Chilson discusses his project on the borders of French West Africa, including his time in Mali during a coup d’etat.

With Rolf Potts, Summer 2012

How did you get started traveling?
When I graduated from college in 1984, I desperately wanted to travel. I wanted to go someplace radically different from what I knew. I wanted to push my limits, develop some understanding of the wider world. This desire goes with wanting to be a writer. Maybe I also felt I had something to prove…(Travel Writers: Peter Chilson)

With the Spokane Spokesman Review – Oct. 2, 2007

For the Spokesman Review online book club regarding story collection Disturbance-Loving Species: 

Since the days of “Heart of Darkness” author Joseph Conrad, and maybe even before, writers have talked about visitors to the continent “going African.”

It’s hard to say exactly what that means. As with all other all-inclusive descriptions, definitions probably are linked to the individuals they’re applied to.. (Since the days of “Heart of Darkness” author Joseph Conrad, and maybe even before, writers have talked about visitors to the continent “going African.”

It’s hard to say exactly what that means. As with all other all-inclusive descriptions, definitions probably are linked to the individuals they’re applied to… (Peter Chilson – spokesmanreview.com — Online Book Club)

With Peace Corps Writers, May 2000

Where were you a Peace Corps Volunteer, Peter?
I was in Niger, West Africa, from 1985 to 1987. I taught English in a district junior high school in the town of Bouza, south central Niger, about 60 miles north of the border with Nigeria… (Talking with Peter Chilson – Peace Corps Writers)

Recent Interviews on the Mali Crisis:

February 25, 2013

Washington State University
On the edge of turmoil

January 29

BBC World News America
Chilson BBC World News 2013-01-29

Jan. 26

“Listening Post” on Al Jazeera English
Peter Chilson – Al Jazeera English – News

Jan. 14

Jan. 13

RTE News This Week (eight minutes into broadcast)