Friday, May 6, 2011

Programs for the Week of May 9

Monday: A Kidnapping in Milan (Encore): The CIA snatched off the terrorist suspect Abu Omar from a street in Milan on February 17, 2003, and spirited him away to Egypt for extraordinary rendition. The Italian court responded by convicting 23 CIA agents, marking the first time the CIA has ever been brought to trial. Freelance journalist Steve Hendricks investigated the case and wrote about it in his book A Kidnapping in Milan: The CIA on Trial. Rebroadcast from December 28, 2010.

Tuesday: Benazir Bhutto: The premier of Bhutto, an Independent Lens film that airs on Tuesday night, gives us a reason to talk about the woman who broke the glass ceiling to become the first woman head-of-state to rule a Muslim nation.

Wednesday: The 99: What power do superheroes really have? Naif al-Mutawa believes that they can change the world. That’s why he created The 99: superheroes inspired by the 99 attributes of Allah. Together with The 99, Naif is out to fight radical Islam and Western misconceptions about Islam. Ever since, The 99 have teamed up with Superman to fight for a better world, and President Obama has publicly recognized the importance of Naif’s work.

Thursday: After the Dalai Lama: In March of this year, the Dalai Lama announced that he was looking for a successor who could take over his political duties as head of Tibet’s government in exile. In May, Tibetan representatives will meet to discuss the Dalai Lama’s proposal of political retirement. We’ll discuss the future of the Dalai Lama and of Tibet with Tim Johnson, author of Tragedy in Crimson: How the Dalai Lama Conquered the World but Lost the Battle with China

Friday: Ancient Grains: Think whole grains are just for health nuts? Maria Speck’s love affair with barley, farro, and millet will change your mind. She grew up in Greece and Germany and will help us rediscover old world treatments of mankind’s oldest staples.

Happy Mothers’ Day to all, and special thanks to everybody who made One Day Wednesday a huge success!


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