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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Achieving stability in Afghanistan will be a top priority for the Obama administration. Hear an insider’s perspective on what the administration’s first steps there should be. Also: a look at the politics of children’s literature. Plus, on Underreported: an update on the Democratic Republic of Congo from actor and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow, who’s just returned from a humanitarian trip there.

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What’s Next in Afghanistan

Achieving stability in Afghanistan will be a top priority for the Obama administration. Sarah Chayes, former NPR correspondent and founder of soapmaking cooperative Arghand, gives us an insider’s perspective on what the administration’s first steps there should be.

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Tales for Little Rebels

Not all children’s books are as innocent or neutral as one might think. We talk about the politics behind children’s literature, from socialist messages to political activism. Editor Julia Mickenberg and contributors Charlotte Pomerantz and Joe Molner talk about their anthology of radical children’s literature, Tales for Little Rebels. ...

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Horton Foote’s “Dividing the Estate”

Hallie Foote talks about starring in her father Horton Foote’s latest play, "Dividing the Estate." It’s about a family that must deal with its past in order to prepare for its future. It’s gotten great reviews, and it’s now at Lincoln Center Theater through Jan. 4.

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Underreported: Disappearing Fireflies

Fireflies seem to be disappearing throughout the world. We look into where they’re going, why they might be disappearing, and how their absence could affect our ecosystem. Dr. Christopher Cratsley is a biology professor and firefly expert at Fitchburg State College.

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Underreported: Mia Farrow on the DRC

Actress and UNICEF ambassador Mia Farrow just returned from a humanitarian trip to the Democratic Republic of Congo. She tells us what she saw, what’s being done to stop the spread of cholera there, why fighting has resumed, and whether children are again being recruited to ...

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