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New America Now: Trust in Education, Cuban Biodiversity, Doll Diplomacy

New America Now, Audio, Posted: Apr 23, 2010


This week on New America Now: Odette Keeley with headlines from New America Media, Valeria Fernandez and Stan Washington on Ethnic Media Watch, Budd Mackenzie talks about girls education in Afghanistan, Cuban scientist Umberto Rios looks at Cuban agriculture, and Curators Melissa Rinne and Alan Pate tell the story of "doll diplomacy" between the US and Japan.

Headlines with Odette Keeley:

The American Immigrants Federation was shut down after being found guilty of swindling thousands of Latinos seeking US citizenship, on April 10 Filipino voters in the US started mailing in absentee ballots to their consulates for the Philippine presidential elections, and some scientists are considering a legal challenge to a proposed law which requires universities and museums to return remains to the tribal lands where they were found.


Ethnic Media Watch:

Media monitor Valeria Fernandez looks at Arizona's immigration laws, and Stan Washington discusses the split in a revered civil rights organization started by Martin Luther King Jr.


Sandip Roy talks to:

Budd Mackenzie, founder of Trust in Education, talks about why girls education is key in Afghanistan and the challenges in keeping girls in school.


Mary Ambrose talks to:

Environmental prize Goldman Prize winner Cuban scientist Humberto Rios brought his fellow scientists out of the lab and into the field. The union has helped Cuba turn it's agriculture from a mono culture to much needed biodiversity.


Sandip Roy talks to:

Dolls to - and from - Japan became tokens of diplomacy between the US and Japan. They're part of an exhibit at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. Curators Melissa Rinne and Alan Pate tell the story.


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