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Thursday, August 02, 2007

First, on this week's Underreported, we'll look at El Salvador's plans for the privatization of their water resources, then we'll investigate the case of the "Suchitoto 13." Next, a pediatrician and noted author discusses the advice she gave her son when he decided to apply to medical school. Also, an Iranian author talks about her literary debut, and Ralph Baruch explains how he rose from being a factory worker to the first CEO of Viacom.


Ralph Baruch

Underreported: El Salvador’s Water Issues

Across Latin America, governments have been privatizing water resources, usually amid protests and always with mixed results. The argument for it is that private companies will invest in much-needed infrastructure, but the result is often even lower quality water, no major infrastructure improvements, and prices that hurt the poorest citizens. ...


Underreported: El Salvador and the “Suchitoto 13”

On the second part of Underreported, Mike Ring, Former National Director of US-El Salvador Sister Cities, joins Maj Fiil to talk about the case of the “Suchitoto 13.” These 13 anti-privatization protesters, including one journalist, were arrested on July 2 during a nonviolent protest in Suchitoto. They were subsequently detained ...

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Advice to Young Doctors

Pediatrician and noted author Dr. Perri Klass wrote a series of letters to her son when he decided to follow in her footsteps and apply to medical school. Her advice is relevant not just to her son, but to every young doctor about to enter the field of medicine. In ...


The Iranian Revolution Aftermath

In 1982, when she was 10 years old, Dalia Sofer and her family escaped Iran. It was an experience that may explain the intense detail of her literary debut, The Septembers of Shiraz. The novel captures the chaotic spirit of post-revolutionary Iran and a family’s efforts to reconcile the collapse ...


From Rags to Riches

In 1933, when Ralph Baruch was nine years old, his family fled Frankfurt, because of growing Nazi restrictions, and eventually settled in New York City. Baruch got his first job at a footwear factory in Brooklyn, but eventually rose to become a group president at CBS before becoming Viacom’s first ...

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