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Thursday, June 17, 2010

Frank Meeink, a former Skinhead, tells us how he was recruited into the American Nazi underground and what led him to change and dedicate his life to fighting hatred. Then, we discuss the film “Hands of Love,” about life in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya and the third largest slum in the world. Also, William Dalrymple talks about how modernization has changed traditional forms of religious life in India. Plus our latest Backstory segment looks at the underlying causes of the turmoil in Kyrgyzstan.

Autobiography of a Recovering Skinhead

Frank Meeink tells how he was drawn into America’s Nazi underground and how he ultimately triumphed over drugs and hatred. 

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Hands of Love

David Were and Justus Ongera talk about the film “Hands of Love,” about Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya—where having access to simple facilities like a bathroom can be a matter of life and death—and the efforts to provide security, latrines, and clean-up projects. They’re joined by Jennifer Nedbalsky, coordinator of Human Rights Watch’s Youth Producing Change Program.

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William Dalrymple Discusses Religious Traditions in India

William Dalrymple documents traditional forms of religious life in India and discusses how they’re being transformed by the region’s rapid modernization. In Nine Lives: In Search of the Sacred in Modern India he profiles devotional dancers, a Buddhist monk, a Jain nun, among others, who continue ancient religious traditions at risk of being entirely lost in a changing India.

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Backstory: The Violence in Kyrgyzstan

The violence that broke out in Kyrgyzstan last week has killed hundreds of people and deepened mistrust of its neighbor Uzbekistan. On today’s Backstory we'll talk with Anna Neistat, senior researcher for the Emergencies Division of Human Rights Watch and with Paul Starobin, a contributor to The Atlantic and staff writer for National Journal explains what’s led to this crisis and gives us an update on the humanitarian crisis in Kyrgyzstan. He’s also the author of Five Roads to the Future: Power in the Next Global Age .

 

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