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Thursday, September 20, 2007

On today’s Underreported, we’ll examine how recent clashes in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo threaten the regional stability of central Africa. Then, we’ll head closer to home to learn about why Brooklyn's Newtown Creek oil spill is far worse than anyone originally thought. Also, Edwidge Danticat on what it was like for her family to leave Haiti for New York. And a South African perspective on the African-American experience – from slavery to the 2004 election. Plus, what we can learn from Dwight D. Eisenhower today.


Edwidge Danticat

Underreported: Violent Clashes in Eastern Congo

There is renewed violence and instability in the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Clashes have erupted between troops loyal to the Congolese Tutsi general, Laurent Nkunda, and government forces. General Nkunda claims he is protecting ethnic minorities Tutsis living in Congo from the Hutu genocidal rebels that ...


Underreported: Update on Newtown Creek Oil Spill

The oil spill in Newtown Creek in Greenpoint, Brooklyn, is the largest in the country. The Environmental Protection Agency has just released a study that found the spill may be much larger than was originally reported, and that the oil may still be seeping into the waterway. Basil Seggos, Legal ...

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Brother, I'm Dying

Writer Edwidge Danticat explores the painful legacy of her native Haiti’s violent history and the consequences of its diaspora in her deeply personal memoir, Brother, I’m Dying. It’s the story of her family’s move from Haiti to New York.

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A South African's Perspective on the African-American Experience

The South African novelist and playwright Zakes Mda examines the dark and tragic experience of African-Americans in the United States – from slavery to the eve of the 2004 Presidential election – in Cion.

Cion is available for purchase at

Events: Zakes Mda will be speaking with ...


Ike: An American Hero

Michael Korda believes that Dwight Eisenhower is an American hero. In his new book, Ike, Mr. Korda describes Eisenhower’s heroism during World War II as commander of Allied armies in Europe; he also says that Eisenhower's story should still be an inspiration to Americans today.

Ike is available for purchase ...

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