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The Brian Lehrer Show

Counter-Jihad

Friday, July 29, 2011

Journalist Robin Wright reports on the rebellions against extremists and autocrats in the Arab world in her new book, Rock the Casbah: Rage and Rebellion Across the Islamic World.

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The Takeaway

Freedom of the Press in Post-Mubarak Egypt

Friday, April 08, 2011

The Egyptian revolution has transformed more than just the government. For decades, freedom of the press was out of reach for most of the Egyptian media, but the revolution has changed all that — to an extent. Some topics such as the military are still left unreported by most traditional outlets. Blogs like "Tahrir Diaries," a website run by 25-year-old writer and activist Mona Seif, are one of the few sources reporting on military trials and violations. 

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The Takeaway

Nicholas Kristof on Post-Revolutionary Egypt

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Egyptian military high council has announced that parliamentary elections are being put off until September. Opposition leaders are asking for more time to organize themselves into political parties. Presidential elections, originally scheduled for August, will also be held then. While younger Egyptians are hopeful about elections, they have grown wary of the military high council, which has ceased to be the force for change that they had hoped for.

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Public Insight Network Blog

Revolution in Egypt - a teachable moment for NYC teachers and the Public Insight Network

Friday, March 18, 2011

WNYC Radio's Public Insight Network has about 80 educators across New York City and New Jersey. I lovingly call them our army of parents and teachers because we often need to summon them to provide insights on a variety of education-related stories.

A few days ago, Beth Fertig, our education reporter asked me to find in our Network a social studies teacher who was adapting his or her classroom lessons to the revolution in Egypt and the events occurring across the mid-east as well as Libya and Tunisia.

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The Washington Report

WQXR's The Washington Report

Monday, February 21, 2011

NYT's David Sanger weighs in on continuing protests in Bahrain and Libya, plus the U.S. budget troubles.

The Takeaway

Egypt Rewrites Its Constitution

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Egyptian military has set up an eight-person panel of legal experts to revise the country's constitution. The panel includes a Coptic Christian jurist and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood – and so far, opposition leaders have praised it as a respected and credible group of individuals. Outside experts have argued about the need to either completely rewrite or extensively revise the country's legal framework. But most agree that the ten day deadline the Egyptian military has set for completion isn't enough time — and that the process may undermine the underlying goal for more democracy in the country.

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Impressions of a Revolution

Monday, February 14, 2011

Nancy Yousef, Egyptian-American professor of English literature at CUNY Baruch was a valuable voice throughout our coverage of the uprising in Egypt. She shares her thoughts and digests all that's happened over the last three weeks, and her hopes for the future of the country. She says the military probably needs to show its good faith by doing something every few days in support of the people.

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It's A Free Country ®

Live From The Greene Space: Regime Change and its Aftermath

Friday, February 11, 2011

Hear audio above, watch the full video here, and check out the slideshow below.

On Friday, The Brian Lehrer Show and It’s A Free Country called a meeting. The agenda: understanding revolution.  At a live event in the Greene Space, people with first-hand experience of revolution from all over the world gathered with interested audience members for an in-depth conversation about what happens after an uprising. Journalists, academics and policy experts were there to inform and be informed by those with their ears to the ground — and to offer advice to Egyptians in the midst of revolution.

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It's A Free Blog

Egypt — What Happens Now?

Friday, February 11, 2011

I have been watching the events in Egypt over these 18 days and it was clear that the country had risen together for a single cause — the removal of President Hosni Mubarak. But as I have suggested before, a revolution does not a democracy make.

There can be no orderly transition of government in Egypt in the midst of chaos. The protestors have made their point. They have won the day: Murbarak has resigned.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Advice for Egypt

Friday, February 11, 2011

Guests today include: 

As well as Shinasi A. Rama, deputy director of the NYU Alexander Hamilton Center for Political Economy and one of the leaders of the Albanian student movement; Suketu Mehta, New York City-based journalist, professor of journalism at NYU, and author of Maximum City: Bombay Lost and FoundNeferti Tadiar, professor and chair of women's studies at Barnard College; Anne Nelson, adjunct associate professor of international and public affairs at Columbia University who's covered revolutions as a journalist in Central America; Omar Cheta, PhD candidate in the departments of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies and History at NYU; Shiva Sarram, who was eight years old during the 1979 revolution in Iran and the founder of the Blossom Hill Foundation, which works with children affected by conflict.; Gladys Carbo-Flower, recording artist and witness to Cuba's revolution; Didi Ogude, a recent NYU graduate who was ten years old during South Africa's regime change in the nineties; Hesham El-Meligy, a Muslim-American community organizer from Staten Island; and Ali Al Sayed, Egyptian New Yorker and owner of Kabab Café in Little Egypt, Astoria, Queens.


The Takeaway

Books: The Revolution Will Be Written

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Citizens have protested in Tunisia. There are threats of an uprising in Jordan. And it's day seventeen of public demonstrations against the government in Egypt.

Revolution is sweeping across northern Africa and the Middle East, and, in recognition of these revolutions, Patrik Henry Bass, senior editor at Essence Magazine, shares his favorite revolutionary books.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Witness to Revolution

Friday, February 04, 2011

As the eyes of the world are focused on pro-democracy protests in the Arab world, we are gathering lessons from those who have experienced uprising before. Whether it's Cuba 1959 or South Africa 1990, if you were a first-hand witness to revolution, tell us what comes next and what those in the Middle East need to know.

»» Post your Witness to Revolution Stories here, in our survey

It's A Free Country ®

Word Choice: Declaring a Revolution

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

In media coverage of recent events in Egypt, one word is used more cautiously than any other: revolution. That's with good reason—after all, we're not sure if what's happening in Egypt is really a revolution. At least, not yet.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Egypt 101: Your Questions Answered

Monday, January 31, 2011

What are your questions about the situation in Egypt? Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center and fellow at the Saban Center for middle East Policy, has answers.

Submit your question about the situation in Egypt at It's A Free Country.

On Being

Anchee Min — Surviving the Religion of Mao [remix]

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Author Anchee Min has won acclaim for her memoir of growing up in China under Mao Zedong. She's also written several works of fiction in which she explores the human hunger to survive against extreme social brutality. In this conversation, Anchee Min tell

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On Being

[Unedited] Anchee Min With Krista Tippett (On Surviving The Religion Of Mao)

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Author Anchee Min has won acclaim for her memoir of growing up in China under Mao Zedong. She's also written several works of fiction in which she explores the human hunger to survive against extreme social brutality. In this conversation, Anchee Min tell

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Studio 360

Special Guest: Sarah Jones

Saturday, January 11, 2003

Kurt Andersen and poet and playwright Sarah Jones talk about how artists identify with their subjects.

Sarah Jones is a poet, spoken word performer, actor and playwright. She's performed her award-winning solo shows Surface Transit and Women Can't Wait around the world, including at the UN's International Conference ...

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Studio 360

Revueltas

Saturday, December 14, 2002

Many of us think the first great revolution of the 20th century came in October 1917 in Russia. But before Russia, there was Mexico. And with the Mexican revolution came an unparalleled period of artistic excitement and productivity. Sara Fishko has the story of a Mexican composer who was ...

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