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Women's Rights Advocate Humaira Awais Shahid; Drama in Ancient Rome; Broccoli; Superfund Cleanup Makes a Mess

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

On today’s show: Humaira Awais Shahid talks about becoming a prominent Muslim woman activist in Pakistan, and how Islamic values could become an agent for change. Classical historian James Romm looks at the dramatic life of Seneca, one of Ancient Rome’s best-known writers and philosophers. Dan Pashman, host of the Sporkful food podcast, tries to explain why broccoli isn’t more appreciated. And we’ll find out how the clean-up of Superfund sites has created its own host of environmental problems across the country.

Humaira Awais Shahid, Advocate for Women’s Rights in Pakistan and Beyond

Humaira Awais Shahid took on a job editing the “women’s section” of one of Pakistan’s leading Urdu newspapers in 2001, and she soon transformed it from celebrity gossip and fashion advice to an investigation of the true lives of Pakistani women. News of acid attacks on women, the trading of girls as currency in tribal disputes, and other abuses Shahid into an advocate for women’s rights. She tells how her commitment to women led her to a seat in the Provincial Assembly of the Punjab, where she fought to protect women, girls, and the poor. In her book Devotion and Defiance: My Journey in Love, Faith and Politics, she looks at how Islamic values and ethics might yet be a vehicle for progressive change in the developing world.

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A Tale of Murder, Madness, Tyranny, and Perversion in Ancient Rome

Classical historian James Romm tells the juicy story of of murder, madness, tyranny, and perversion, set in ancient Rome. Seneca, then Rome’s preeminent writer and philosopher, was appointed as tutor to 12-year-old Nero, the future emperor of Rome. Controlling them both was Nero’s mother, Julia Agrippina the Younger, great-granddaughter of the Emperor Augustus, sister of the Emperor Caligula, niece and fourth wife of Emperor Claudius. Dying Every Day: Seneca at the Court of Nero is about the moral struggles, political intrigue, and bloody vengeance that surrounded Seneca in the twisted imperial family and the perverse, paranoid regime of Emperor Nero, who was a despot and a madman.

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Rehabbing Broccoli's Reputation

Step off haters. Dan Pashman, host of The Sporkful podcast, talks about why broccoli is exciting and versatile.

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Superfund Site Cleanups: “A Merry-Go-Round of Toxic Waste”

The clean-up at Superfund sites often creates its own trail of environmental problems as toxic waste is treated and shipped from place to place.

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Chef Tyler Kord's No. 7 Broccoli Sub

Recipe: Tyler Kord's No. 7 Sub Broccoli Sandwich

For a new way to make broccoli, try Tyler Kord's flavorful broccoli sandwiches.

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