To Live or to Perish Forever

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Nicholas Schmidle discusses the two years he spent in Pakistan. To Live or to Perish Forever explores the country’s short but turbulent history and reveals the two Pakistans the author discovered: one beautiful and friendly, the other frightening and deadly.


Nicholas Schmidle

Comments [6]

gina ballinger from Graz, Austria

dear julie burstein "little did" i "(s)he know" (zach helm in stranger than fiction : ) that you are a producer on studio 360. which i look forward to listening to! i listen primarily to wnyc music which is wonderful and i just miss our womens voice on these programs. the power of silence was wonderful to listen to just now. g.ballinger

Aug. 21 2009 07:36 AM
gina ballinger from Graz, Austria

dear juöie burstein! your interview with Nicholas Schmidle means a lot to me. your questions about women in his story (and his very sensitive responses) ;your listening to his thoughts just clearly came though for me. quality listening time in graz! thank you and also leonard lopate for choosing you as his guest host! gina ballinger

Aug. 21 2009 05:52 AM
Annie from NJ

Public lashings in Pakistan may sound outlandish, but every time there is some horrible crime committed there are cries for reinstating public executions here in the US. These folks are on the fringe, but you can see the seeds of hysteria.

Aug. 20 2009 12:42 PM
Telegram Sam from Staten Island

I appreciate his intelligence and hard, dangerous work, but he seems to be somewhat turned on by the Taliban's power and ruthlessness. I'm not surprised he's from a military family.

Aug. 20 2009 12:40 PM
Peter in New York City from New York City

I agree entirely with the first comment. This reporter tells us that his is a military family. I hear in his account a Marine's machismo: "I almost encountered Alman Zawahiri." But this tells us nothing more than what we already know about this country. That philosophy book by Osama, did he ever try to find out anything more about it later?

Aug. 20 2009 12:27 PM
Taher from Croton on Hudson

Tthanks for asking the technical questions as how a reporter dose his-her reporting. But why was this reporter interested in the Pakistani Taliban? What did he find out about this movement? Why is there a movement such as the Taliban? What is their idealogical philosophy? Otherwise this reporter is nothing more then travel writer and a adventurer.

Aug. 20 2009 12:21 PM

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