Friday, September 6, 1996

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  • Bob Dole and Saddam Hussein

    Republican Presidential Hopeful Bob Dole has been cautiously critical of President Clinton’s military action against Iraq. Dole has expressed his support for American soldiers carrying out the mission, but he also declared that President Clinton had precipitated the current Iraq crisis by appeasing the butcher of Baghdad. But Michael Daly, a columnist for the New York Daily News says Dole has a long history of appeasing Saddam. In a column this week, Daly tells the amazing and true story of a meeting between Bob Dole and Saddam Hussein.

  • Public Education Series

    In the 1960’s progressive education pioneers like Herbert Kohl experimented with teaching techniques that eventually became known as "the open classroom," which traded in Dick and Jane and instead used students’ real life and real experiences as the basis for educational lessons. Today, these teaching methods have become widespread and are often flashpoints for the furor of conservative education activist. In this final segment of her series "Carefully Taught," producer Barbara Bernstein looks at the underlying conflict of values that is fueling the debate over how students should be taught.

  • History of Micro-Lending and Grameen Bank

    MANY HAVE CRITICIZED PRESIDENT CLINTON’S WELFARE REFORM PLAN WHICH CUTS FEDERAL CASH ASSISTANCE TO WOMEN AND CHILDREN WITHOUT GUARANTEEING JOBS THAT WILL LIFT FAMILIES OUT OF POVERTY. ONE ALTERNATIVE TO WELFARE THAT’S GAINING POPULARITY AND SUCCESS AROUND THE WORLD IS MICRO-LENDING, PROVIDING SMALL, SHORT TERM LOANS TO WOMEN TO HELP THEM START AND SUSTAIN SMALL BUSINESSES. IT STARTED IN BANGLADESH, WHERE A MAN NAMED MUHAMMAD YUNUS FOUNDED THE GRAMEEN BANK TO MAKE LOANS TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE NO CREDIT HISTORY AND NO COLLATERAL, AND NOW SIMILAR LENDING PROGRAMS ARE UNDERWAY IN THE UNITED STATES.

  • Micro-Lending, continued