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Nairobi: The XYZ Show

Creative Times Reports editor Marisa Mazria Katz visits the Nairobi studio of The XYZ Show, a popular program in Kenya. XYZ is a weekly satirical news show hosted by handcrafted latex puppets that tackles thorny political issues, from poverty in the streets of Nairobi to Kenyan politicians indicted by the International Criminal Court.

Godfrey Mampembwe ("Gado"), one of Africa's most famous cartoonists, created XYZ in 2009, with the intention of exposing corruption and injustice while keeping the audience laughing along the way.

This program made available here by a partnership between Creative Time and the radio station of the Clocktower Gallery,


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