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Kentucky Author Forum

Pakistan, Afghanistan, Taliban: Weighing the Options With Ahmed Rashid

The final Kentucky Author Forum of the 2011-12 season took place on May 15, 2012 and featured journalist Ahmed Rashid, an authority on the Taliban, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.  Rashid is author of Pakistan on the Brink: The Future of America, Pakistan and Afghanistan. A leading journalist in Pakistan, Rashid draws on his keen knowledge of the region to explain what the future there may hold.

He was interviewed by Clarissa Ward, who was named CBS News Foreign Correspondent in Oct. 2011.  Previously, with ABC News, she spent time embedded with the Marines in Afghanistan’s Helmand Province. In April, 2012, she earned a Peabody Award, one of the oldest and most prestigious awards given for outstanding work in electronic media, for her series of reports from inside Syria for the “CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley.”

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Here and Now

Polls, Bailout Politics Shape Michigan Primary; Taliban Leaders Get Serious About Peace Talks; Derby City Film Festival Preview: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: General Motors has announced its largest profit ever and is giving record $7000 profit-sharing checks to blue-collar workers. Still, there’s a poll from the Detroit News that shows half of conservative voters in Michigan say the anti-bailout positions that Republican presidential rivals Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have taken won’t affect their vote in the Feb. 28 primary.

1:12pm: Today, the Wall Street Journal is reporting that US and Afghan officials are in negotiations with the Taliban. President Hamid Karzai says he’ll ask for Pakistan’s help in any peace settlement. We’ll get an update.

1:35pm: The fourth annual Derby City Film Festival begins tomorrow at the Clifton Center. It’s an event that has quickly grown during a relatively short existence. When Louisvillians Kristopher and Ashley Rommel launched the festival in 2008, they received about 150 submissions from independent filmmakers. This year, that number grew to more than 400. WFPL’s Rick Howlett speaks with festival co-founder Kristofer Rommel.

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Here and Now

Drone Technology Goes Global, Pakistan Charged with Supporting the Taliban, Mary Todd Lincoln’s Commitment Papers: Today on Here and Now

1:06pm: A BBC investigation finds that Pakistan is secretly supporting the Taliban, training fighters who attack American forces in Afghanistan. US military personnel have made similar charges against Pakistan recently. We’ll get the story.

1:12pm: The US is aggressively using drones against insurgents in Pakistan and Afghanistan. It’s also used armed drones in the hunt for Al Qaeda in places like Yemen. But the technology is now going global, as countries like China and Iran test them for their own use, and for sale. We’ll find out who else wants the technology.

1:35pm: The Frazier History Museum illuminates a darker period in the life of Mary Todd Lincoln — her commitment to a mental institution.

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State of Affairs

Prisoner of the Taliban

In February of 2008, acclaimed journalist Jere Van Dyk was ambushed and taken captive by the Taliban in a remote area on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. The harrowing ordeal lasted some 45 days, with the prospect of a quick and violent death ever-present. Van Dyk joins us Wednesday on State of Affairs to share his story, and his broad knowledge of the Taliban, as detailed in his book, “Captive: My Time as a Prisoner of the Taliban.”

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