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Improving Women's Rights in Pakistan, Improving Agriculture in America

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Friday, May 23, 2014

On today’s show, we're re-airing some favorite recent interviews. 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. Edmund White talks about moving to Paris in 1983, and how he fell in love with the city and its culture during the 15 years he lived and wrote there. And we’ll find out how a few large companies control most of the country’s meat supply, and why that’s hurting both consumers and farmers alike.

Humaira Awais Shahid Fights for Women’s Rights in Pakistan

Humaira Awais Shahid tells how she became an advocate for the rights of women, girls, and the poor.

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Murder, Madness, Tyranny, and Perversion in Ancient Rome

Classical historian James Romm tells the juicy story of Seneca, a famous writer and philosopher in ancient Rome who was appointed as tutor to 12-year-old Nero, the future emperor of Rome.

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Writer Edmund White's Fifteen Years in Paris

He moved from New York City to Paris in 1983, in the midst of the AIDS crisis, without knowing French.

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The Stranglehold of Industrial Farming

Factory farms have been blamed for all kinds of problems – from the treatment of the animals they raise and slaughter to the pollution they create to the safety of the meat they produce. But they're also responsible for another problem: The disappearance of small, independent slaughterhouses across the country.

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