Tuesday, December 9, 2008

  • The History of the Nobel Prize: A Look at Alfred Nobel, the Man Who Invented Dynamite

    Nobelweb

    We broadcast from Sweden, where the Nobel Prize will be handed out at ceremonies here in Stockholm and in Oslo. The prize is awarded in the categories of Chemistry, Physics, Medicine, Literature, Peace and Economics. They’re handed out every year on the anniversary of the death of the Nobel Prize’s founder, the Swedish industrialist Alfred Nobel, who invented dynamite. We speak with Peter Zander, the curator of the Nobel Museum. [includes rush transcript]

  • Bush, Rove Tied to Effort to Dismantle Sweden’s Social Welfare Program

    Bushroveweb

    Sweden’s three main left-leaning opposition parties have just announced plans to build a coalition for next year’s parliamentary elections. The Social Democrats, the Green Party and the Left Party say collectively they’ll try to wrest power from the Moderate Party, which leads a coalition of center-right groups. We speak with social anthropology professor Brian Palmer. [includes rush transcript]

  • Sweden Ranks Second in the World in Per Capita Weapons Exports

    Swedenweaponweb

    Institutions like the Nobel Prize have helped link Sweden’s international reputation to peace and reconciliation, but few people know Sweden is also one of the world’s top exporters of weapons. Sweden is among the world’s top arms exporters in per capita terms. Its clients include the United States and Britain, with shipments more than doubling since 2000. We speak with two activists in Sweden. [includes rush transcript]

  • Blackwater Guards Indicted for Role in Nisoor Square Massacre

    Blackwaterguardsweb

    Five Blackwater security guards were charged on Monday for their role in the 2007 Nisoor Square massacre in Baghdad that left seventeen Iraqis dead and more than twenty wounded. The federal prosecutors accused the Blackwater guards of opening machine gun fire on innocent Iraqis and launching a grenade into a girls’ school. We speak with Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World’s Most Powerful Mercenary Army. [includes rush transcript]

  • Sweden Opens Doors for Iraqi and Afghan Refugees

    Khanweb

    Sweden is home to more Iraqi refugees than other European countries. The nation has also let in many Afghan refugees. We speak to Faisal Enayat Khan. He is a reporter for the Swedish newspaper The Local. Originally from Afghanistan, he is in Sweden after being granted asylum. [includes rush transcript]

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