Life Lessons: In Economics, Freedom, and History

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Niima attends school each morning in a dress and a headscarf. Then she returns home and changes into “Abdul,” and goes to work in a small grocery store to earn money to help support her family.

Martin Wolf of the Financial Times explains what the financial crisis should teach us about modern economies and economics. Oscar winning filmmaker Volker Schlondorff talks about his new film, “Diplomacy.” Karen Dawisha describes how Vladimir Putin came to power, who he brought with him, and how many of his associates have become very rich. Investigative journalist Jenny Nordberg tells us about uncovering a secret in Afghanistan—some girls are raised as boys so they can avoid discrimination and enjoy freedom not granted to girls.