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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Journalist Ahmed Rashid discusses the possibilities and the hazards of American disengagement with Afghanistan and Pakistan. Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan and actress J. Smith-Cameron tell us about their latest film, “Margaret.” Today’s installment of A History of World in 100 Objects takes a look at a lintel from the doorway of a Mayan temple. The young Russian author Alisa Ganieva talks about her award-winning story Salam, Dalgat, which she wrote under a male pseudonym. Plus, we’ll take a look at the Freedom Riders campaign in the south during the 1960s, with activist Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr. and former civil rights lawyer Gerald Stern.

The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan

Journalist Ahmed Rashid examines the complicated relationship between the United States, Pakistan, and Afghanistan as America prepares for its withdraw from Afghanistan. In Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, he investigates the future of international terrorism, the Taliban, and strategies to bring stability to a fractured region saddled with a legacy of violence and corruption.

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Kenneth Lonergan and J. Smith-Cameron the Film “Margaret”

Writer-director Kenneth Lonergan talks about his latest movie, “Margaret,” along with J. Smith-Cameron, who stars in the film. The story of self-involved teenager Lisa’s emotional turmoil after witnessing (and perhaps being in some way responsible for) the death of a pedestrian hit by a bus, “Margaret” was shot in 2005 and then spent years in the editing room. The film also stars Anna Paquin, Matt Damon, Matthew Broderick, Mark Ruffalo, and Jeannie Berlin. It opens at the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center on March 23.

J Smith-Cameron is currently appearing in "The Maids" at the Theater at St. Clement’s through April 1.

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Alisa Ganieva' s Salam, Dalgat

Alisa Ganieva talks about her award-winning story, Salam, Dalgat, which she wrote under a pseudonym when it first came out in Russia, suggesting she was a young Dagestani rebel, and the current young post-post Communist generation of writers she belongs to. The story is part of Squaring the Circle, a collection of New Russian writing.

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Freedom Riders

From May to December 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives by traveling together through the Deep South, deliberately violating Jim Crow laws. These Freedom Riders’ beliefs in non-violent activism was tested as violence and racism greeted them. Dr. Bernard LaFayette Jr., cofounder of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and participant in the Freedom Rides, and Gerald Stern, who was a young civil rights lawyer in the Justice Department at the time, discuss the Freedom Riders actions and the Civil Rights movement in the 1960s and look at the legacy of the movement today.

In 2011, PBS released Stanley Nelson’s American Experience documentary film Freedom Riders.

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