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Thursday, December 16, 2004

Last month Kabul's Supreme Court placed a ban on cable television in an attempt to clamp down on what it saw as an influx of offense images—from Charlton Heston’s portrayal of Moses in The Ten Commandments, to images of scantily clad dancers in Bollywood films. As Afghanistan transitions to a post-Taliban, democratic society, it must make tough decisions about how to adjust to a new media culture. In this week's Underreported series, we'll examine the state of broadcast media in Afghanistan, and explore role that radio and television are playing in Afghanistan’s efforts to redefine itself. Next, Robert McCrum studies the successes, frustrations, and controversies of the life of P.G. Wodehouse--the English humorist, writer, and radio broadcaster. Javier Bardem discusses his role in the new movie, "The Sea Inside," in which his character fights for 30 years for the right to end his life after a injury leaves him paralyzed. And legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach and sportswriter John Feinstein relate several decades-worth of behind-the-scenes stories.

Underreported: Media in Afghanistan

Jon Newstrom, Afghanistan Director for the Internews Network, and Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid, join us for an update on Afghanistan’s evolving broadcast media culture. And we’ll discuss how a free, independent media affects Afghanistan’s transition to democracy.

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The Sea Inside

Javier Bardem on his role in his latest film: "The Sea Inside."

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Music: Soundtrack to Sirens, music by Rachel Portman: "March Past of the Kitchen Utensils" / "Sam Sawnoff's Pipe"

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The Comics of P.G. Wodehouse

Robert McCrum shares his affectionate portrait of the comic writer P.G. Wodehouse: Wodehouse: A Life.

Music: Soundtrack to Iris "Part 2" / "Part 1"

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The Boston Celtics story

Legendary Boston Celtics coach Red Auerbach and sportswriter John Feinstein swap some of their favorite tales: Let Me Tell You a Story.

Music: M2, Marcus Miller: "Cousin John" / "Red Baron"

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