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Thursday, May 7, 2009

  • Manan Ahmed on the Politics of US "Hysteria" over Pakistan

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    As a truce between the Pakistani government and the Taliban collapses, clashes between the two sides have forced tens of thousands to flee Pakistan’s Swat Valley. We speak to University of Chicago historian Manan Ahmed about the distinction between legitimate and overblown concerns about Pakistan’s internal unrest. While US political culture has focused on the Taliban, it’s taken for granted the legitimacy of the US-backed Zardari government and US drone attacks that have killed hundreds of Pakistanis. [includes rush transcript]

  • David Simon, Creator of Acclaimed HBO Series "The Wire": As Profit Motive Guts Newspapers, Communities Lose Out

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    Testifying before a Senate hearing on the "Future of Journalism," former Baltimore Sun reporter David Simon, best known as the creator of the award-winning HBO series The Wire, addresses the decline of the newspaper industry in the age of rabid media consolidation and the rise of the internet. Simon calls for a non-profit model in the newspaper industry, saying "raw unencumbered capitalism is never the answer when a public trust or public mission is at issue." [includes rush transcript]

  • After 39 Years, Events Surrounding Kent State Massacre Remain Unresolved

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    Thirty-nine years ago this week, National Guardsmen opened fire on hundreds of unarmed students at an antiwar rally at Kent State University in Ohio, killing four and injuring nine. For the massacre’s survivors, the events surrounding the shootings remain unresolved. We speak to Alan Canfora, who was shot during the massacre, and his sister Roseann Canfora, who witnessed the attack. [includes rush transcript]

  • "China’s Unnatural Disaster": New HBO Documentary Chronicles Struggles of Grieving Parents Following 2008 Sichuan Earthquake

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    China says just over 5,300 schoolchildren died or remain missing after last year’s devastating Sichuan earthquake, far lower than initial reports at the time. Parents have blamed local corruption and official neglect for the collapse of so many schools and for the loss of their children. We speak to co-directors Jon Alpert and Matt O’Neill about their new HBO film China’s Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province, which visits with the parents in China in the days after the disaster. [includes rush transcript]

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