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Splitting Sudan

Saturday, January 8, 2011 9pm

Producer: America Abroad Media
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Sudan has been at war with itself for decades. Arab Muslims in the north have long dominated Christian and animist Africans in the south. But, in a referendum scheduled for January 9, 2011, southerners are expected to vote for separation. And the divorce may not be pretty. The south will take water, land, and about three quarters of Sudan’s oil with it. That’s one of many reasons the north opposes the divorce, and why there’s fear of a return to conflict. Deborah Amos hosts.

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Remembering the Cole

Saturday, October 30, 2010 9pm

Producer: America Abroad
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The USS Cole was the target of a terrorist attack on October 12, 2000. The blast tore a 40-foot hole in the side of the ship, and killed seventeen sailors. “We will find out who is responsible,” vowed President Clinton, “and hold them accountable.”

The US found out al Qaeda was responsible, but did not hold them accountable: no missile strikes, no court trials. Ten years gone, the Cole bombing is still an open wound.

America Abroad examines the attack and the investigation. Producers also talk with sailors who were aboard when the attack occurred, and families of the victims who are looking for closure ten years after the attack.

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Stories from the Heart of the Land, part I

Saturday, October 23, 2010 9pm

Producer: Atlantic Public Media
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You may have noticed that every time you print from your computer, you are faced with a choice: Portrait or Landscape. That can represent a way of looking at the world. One or the other: The head and shoulders of the human form vs. the broad spread of the world we occupy. Or maybe not.

Maybe we actually find ourselves, each of us, as portraits within landscapes.

In this episode, Elizabeth Arnold discovers that, though she may be ready for the “Great”, and for the “Rainforest”, she is not so ready for the “Bear.” Armed only with a tent, a pack of hot dogs, and a twelve-year old, Jonathan Goldstein confronts his fear of the woods. The Kitchen Sisters contribute a portrait of activist Mark DuBois and his dramatic effort to save a wild river in the west. What is it like to be exiled from a landscape that you can see from your window? When his legs fail him, Chris Brookes finds out. We’ll also hear the story of one man’s prairie, and his work to let it flourish, even after he dies. Kelly McEvers visits Bob’s Prairie in Illinois. And, finally, through every season, 97-year-old rancher Attilio Genasci tends to his cattle and his alpine valley in California. A portrait of a man in his landscape by Jesikah Maria Ross.

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The Hyzdu Diaries

Saturday, October 16, 2010 9pm

Producer: Mark Moran, KJZZ
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The history of professional baseball is checkered with can’t miss prospects who never made it to the big leagues. But most guys quit trying after five, six, 10, 15 years. Not Adam Hyzdu.

The first round draft pick tried for 16 seasons to get his big break. He still holds his Cincinnati area high school’s home run record, passing Ken Griffey, Jr. He took a tape recorder with him to spring training for several years in a row. You’ll never guess where he’s playing now.

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Divorced Kid

Saturday, October 9, 2010 9pm

Producer: Sasha Aslanian/American Public Media
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Award-winning former American RadioWorks’ producer Sasha Aslanian explores the “divorce revolution” of the 1970s through the perspective of kids–like herself–who lived through it, and experts who have had three decades to make sense of it.

The documentary includes interviews with Avery Corman, the author of Kramer vs. Kramer, and the now-grown kids who wrote “The Kids Book of Divorce” in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1979.

The second half of the program examines how the experience of divorce has changed for kids since the 70s. We hear the voices of 4th and 5th graders in a court-mandated class for kids in Minneapolis as they learn how to avoid “divorce traps” kids can fall into. Aslanian follows one of the kids in the class, 10-year-old Lizzy, as she gets a new stepmom, half-brother and stepbrother, and enters adolescence. The program also features judicial reforms to improve divorce.

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Inside the Adoption Circle

Saturday, October 2, 2010 9pm

Producer: Atlantic Public Media
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Adoption reveals some profound but basic aspects of the human story. It’s an act of caring, love and bravery. An emphatic and ancient statement about human nature, it is also rife with questions about identity. We wanted to get to the stories that live inside those questions. We hear first-person voices from all sides of adoption. Stories about living with questions and searching for answers. We feature birth families (mothers, siblings and a father), adoptees (both kids and adults), and various adoptive families including open adoption and international adoption (China).

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War Vets

Saturday, September 18, 2010 9pm

Producer: Conrad Bishop
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The voices of fourteen men and women who served in the military during times of war. What got you into the service? What did you do there? How were you different when you came home?

The program includes veterans from the Spanish Civil War through Vietnam – a perspective that allows them to look back on how their extremely diverse experiences affected the whole span of their lives. It includes infantrymen, nurses, mechanics, a pilot, a medic, and people just sitting behind a desk. It’s interspersed with musical settings of quotes (both pro- and anti-war) from literature and history.

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Dina’s Diary: Journey of a Cancer Survivor

Saturday, September 11, 2010 9pm

Producer: Capital Public Radio
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Two weeks before Thanksgiving Day 2005, Dina Howard was diagnosed with breast cancer. Over the ensuing months, the 39-year-old mother of two faced agonizing decisions about surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

At the time of her diagnosis, Dina, a former actress and arts administrator, was starting work as a freelance arts reporter for public radio station KXJZ in Sacramento. Despite having no radio experience, she had reporter-like instincts and lots of enthusiasm. While still dealing with the shock of the diagnosis, Dina had an idea: maybe she should keep the equipment she borrowed from the station and document her own battle with cancer. It would give her a task to focus on, she reasoned. And maybe the finished product would be helpful to others someday.

And so, for one year between Thanksgivings, Dina kept an audio diary. But she didn’t just record end-of-the-day reflections about her ordeal. She recorded her raw reactions during the most crucial moments of treatment: while she was in the pre-op waiting room before mastectomy surgery, in the infusion lounge during chemotherapy, and during radiation treatments with a giant machine hovering overhead.

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Sisters in Pain

Saturday, September 4, 2010 9pm

Producer: Down to Earth Productions
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When a battered woman resorts to violence against her abuser, is she guilty of a crime? Or do her actions qualify as justifiable self-defense?

In the Peabody Award-winning documentary Sisters in Pain, three formerly battered women share their riveting, intimate and honest stories of abuse, arrest, imprisonment, and, finally, freedom.

These women are among the “sisters in pain,” 13 battered women in Kentucky who, in the 1980s and early 1990s, stood up to their brutally abusive husbands and boyfriends, and were subsequently found guilty of violent crimes.

When Kentucky’s Governor Brereton Jones learned of the “sisters in pain” and their stories, he became convinced the women had acted in self-defense. In a controversial move, Jones granted all of the women clemency on his last day in office. This was only the third mass clemency for battered women in U.S. history.

image: Quilt square made by the Sisters in Pain while in prison.

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Aspen Ideas Festival: Living Digitally

Saturday, August 28, 2010 9pm

Producer: American Public Media
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Twitter, iPads, smart phones. What’s next in the digital revolution? Go inside the Aspen Ideas Festival to find out how your digital life will change. Marketplace’s Kai Ryssdal hosts this second of two specials from Aspen.