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Thursday, April 22, 2010

A leaked video showing the U.S. military shooting at and killing a Reuters photographer in Iraq has created a firestorm of controversy. We’ll look into the role WikiLeaks has played in the story and the role the Internet in investigative journalism. Then, Trey Kay, producer and host of the Peabody Award-winning documentary “The Great Textbook Wars,” talks about the controversy that sparked the culture wars. Also, Anchee Min talks about her latest novel, Pearl of China. And our Underreported segments look at the latest challenges confronting Pakistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

WikiLeaks and Investigative Journalism

The video “Collateral Murder,” depicting a missile strike in Baghdad that killed a Reuters driver and photographer in 2007, has been viewed some 6 million times since it was posted early this month by the Web site WikiLeaks. We’ll speak with Clint Hendler, staff writer at

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The Great Textbook War

Trey Kay, producer, of the radio documentary “The Great Textbook War,” discusses the controversy that broke out in 1974 in Kanawha County, West Virginia, over newly adopted school textbooks. Supporters thought the textbooks would introduce students to multiculturalism, while opponents felt they undermined traditional American values. “The Great ...

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Pearl of China

Novelist Anchee Min discusses her latest book, Pearl of China. It takes place at the end of the nineteenth century in China, and tells the story of nine-year-old Willow, the only child of a poor family, and her life-long friendship with Pearl, the eldest daughter of a zealous American ...

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Underreported Update: Refugees In Pakistan

It has been nearly a year since fighting in north-west Pakistan displaced more than 3 million people. Today, there are still an estimated 1.3 million refugees in the country. We’ll get an update on the situation from Michael Young, International Rescue Committee’s Asia Regional Director, who until ...

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Underreported Update: The Democratic Republic of Congo

Earlier this month, eight International Red Cross workers were kidnapped and later released in the Democratic Republic of Congo. On this week’s second Underreported, Jon Elliott, Africa Advocacy Director for Human Rights Watch describes the situation in the DRC and why violence there continues.

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