Borderline is journalism and community for defiant global citizens. It helps build thriving global lives and careers by informing and providing community for those whose life story and identity straddle borders. Borderline is made by, for and with immigrants, nomads, expats, third-culture kids and anyone who can't give a straight answer to that dreaded question: "Where is home?"
At a time when borders are tightening and immigrants are targeted, Borderline defends another way. It has a worldview, but no partisan agenda. It builds bridges beyond the globalist community and celebrate all kinds of relationships to place and identity. It stands for truth, wonder and compassion.
Prosaically, Borderline is a site, podcast and newsletter providing news commentary and interviews about lives lived across borders. It covers immigration, geopolitics, business, careers and more. (See all content categories.)
Borderline is convened by me, journalist and wanderer Isabelle Roughol, from a London base. I've worked on four continents as a foreign reporter and editor in newspapers and in the tech industry. You can learn more about me and my career here.
Borderline is supported by its readers and listeners through paid memberships. Consider joining and supporting independent journalism. Sign up for the free newsletter to the right. Find the podcast on all usual platforms. And read all stories right here on borderlinepod.com.
If you leave home to get home,
Borderline is for you.
Borderline is a journalistic endeavour committed to accuracy and fairness. Objectivity is a method I adhere to, but not a destination. I won’t always be neutral, but I strive to be intellectually honest, to question my assumptions and to practice doubt systematically. I'd rather be upfront about my potential biases than pretend I'm a machine. Here are a few: I'm an immigrant, I'm a feminist, I'm a liberal in the original sense (freedom is my fundamental value) and Brexit has seriously complicated my life. Committing to truth means embracing nuance and resisting outrage, but journalism cannot be devoid of morals. When the world or its leaders go bonkers, I say so.
The best reward of a global life is the discovery of new cultures. It’s finding out there are other ways to do the big and small things you never questioned, whether that’s peeling fruit or raising a family. It’s in this spirit of wonder I approach life and journalism. I strive to apply the same open mind and wide-eyed curiosity to Borderline. Come explore with me.
Living abroad requires kindness for yourself and for others in those lost-in-translation moments. So does participating in the public conversation. The internet is full of anger and outrage; Borderline will not pile on. Even as we ask for compassion for immigrants and other citizens of the world, we extend it to Borderline sources, members and to all who may or may not agree with us.
Praise for Borderline
“Hearing it, it’s making me feel for the first time like I’m part of some sort of community.” (Lynn Chouman, global citizen)
"This is one of those rare pods I listen to as soon as a new episode drops. The latest was just extraordinary." (Ana Milicevic, global citizen)
“The podcast did exactly what podcasts at their best do: it informed and moved me at the same time. Brilliant.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Apple Podcasts review)
"Finally someone dares talk positively about the millions of people whose life straddles multiple cultures and countries." ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Apple Podcasts review)
“A fascinating listen — it sheds light on ideas, issues and stories that affect all of us in an increasingly global world. I learn something new in every episode.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Apple Podcasts review)
“Really thoughtful podcast which tells a unique and underrepresented perspective (…) Highly recommended for expats and global citizens alike.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Apple Podcasts review)
“Great show! Compelling approach to a unique conversation.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Apple Podcasts review)
“Compelling and insightful podcast – This podcast tales the listener around the world, with intriguing guests who share amazing life stories. Each episode offers a fascinating about identity, belonging and making a home in the world.” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Apple Podcasts review)
“Those who live through multiple countries and cultures are easily labeled as having no roots or no sense of home. This podcast does a great job at debunking that myth. Well done!” ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (Apple Podcasts review)
Sadly, our media economy no longer supports the staff sizes it takes to have multiple sets of eyes on every bit of copy. That’s the only way to get nearly-always bullet-proof copy down to the middle name of the dog. I do my absolute best and take accuracy very seriously, but this is a one-woman operation. If you spot any typos or errors or if you feel I’ve fallen short of standards, please reach out with kindness and I will correct where appropriate without delay.
On commenting and community
Commenting on this site is restricted to supporting members. They also have access to a Discord server where we can chat civilly. On social media, I apply the block and delete buttons liberally against those who derail the conversation with spam or irrelevant comments, who spread misinformation or who abuse me or my followers. I support the freedom of expression of all, especially those who are too often cowed into silence by those who cannot behave in community.