Crimes Against Women Migrant Workers; Growing Up in Kabul; the Enlightenment in America; Hijacking in the 1960s

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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman looks at the lives of—and crimes committed against—migrant women working in America’s fields and packing plants. Qais Akbar Omar talks about growing up in Kabul, surviving the civil war, and defying of the Taliban. Jonathan Lyons on how Ben Franklin and his contemporaries brought the enlightenment to America. We’ll examine the rash of Airplane hijackings in the late 1960s.

Lowell Bergman Investigates Rape in the Fields

Frontline correspondent Lowell Bergman uncovers the hidden price that many migrant women working in America's fields and packing plants, especially those who are undocumented, are paying to keep their jobs and provide for their families. The documentary “Rape in the Fields” is about how female farm workers fall prey to their field bosses and co-workers—and dare not speak up against their attackers for fear that they’ll lose their jobs or be deported. It's is a collaboration between Frontline, Univision News, the Center for Investigative Reporting, and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC Berkeley. "Rape in the Fields" airs  June 25, at 10 p.m. on PBS.

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Qais Akbar Omar on Growing Up in Kabul

Qais Akbar Omar talks about growing up in Kabul, Afghanistan, in his memoir A Fort of Nine Towers , which reveals the richness and suffering of life in that country. When he was a child, Kabul was a city of gardens where he flew kites while his family drank tea, it was a time of telling stories, reciting poetry, selling carpets. Then civil war exploded, and his family fled, taking shelter in an old fort. As the Mujahedin war devolved into Taliban rule, Omar learned about quiet resistance, and opened a secret carpet factory to provide work for neighborhood girls.


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Bringing the Enlightenment to America

Jonathan Lyons describes how Benjamin Franklin and his contemporaries brought the Enlightenment to America, and how that intellectual revolution laid the foundation for the political one that followed. In The Society for Useful Knowledge, Lyons tells the story of America's coming-of-age through practical invention, applied science, and self-reliance and how that still influences American society and culture today.


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Ari Berman on the Supreme Court's Voting Rights Ruling

Ari Berman, a contributing writer for The Nation magazine and an Investigative Journalism Fellow at The Nation Institute, discusses the Supreme Court's ruling on the Voting Rights Act.


The Golden Age of Hijacking

Brendan I. Koerner describes how in 1968 airplane hijackings had become routine, and that over a five-year period the desperate and disillusioned would seize commercial jets nearly once a week, using guns, bombs, and jars of acid. Some hijackers wanted to escape to another country, others aimed to swap hostages for cash. In The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking Koerner writes about cast of characters ranging from exiled Black Panthers to African despots to French movie stars, and paints a psychological portrait of America at a turbulent time.


Guest Picks: Jesse Tyler Ferguson

Jesse Tyler Ferguson was on the Leonard Lopate Show, along with co-star Hamish Linklater, to talk about playing identical twins in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Comedy of Errors." He also told us what he's a fan of (including his co-star).


Guest Picks: Hamish Linklater

Hamish Linklater was on the Leonard Lopate Show recently, along with his co-star Jesse Tyler Ferguson. They play identical twins in the Shakespeare in the Park production of "Comedy of Errors." Hamish also told us what he's listening to and what he's a fan of. Let's just say he's a very supportive colleague. 


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