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New America Now: The Power of Women

New America Now, Audio, Posted: Jan 29, 2010


New America Now:

    Odette Keeley talks to:

    Women who are undocumented in Arizona fear being held in detention centers. And as our reporter Valeria Fernandez found, women who are pregnant in detention have even more reason to worry.
    The ancient cosmetic art eyebrow threading originated in India, and many of its practitioners are South Asian women. Although eyebrow threading is increasingly popular, reporter Sunita Sohrabji of India West found that in Texas, practitioners are facing punitive requirements.


    Sandip Roy talks to:

    How do Haitian-Americans feel about the U.S. response to the devastation in Haiti? Sergio Bendixen, President of Bendixen & Associates, discusses the results of the poll sponsored by New America Media.


    Dr. Beatriz Merino made history by becoming the first and only female Prime Minister of Peru in 2003. She now serves as the national ombudsman for Peru. In 2008, she spoke with New America Now about her career and the struggles she has encountered along the way.


    April Dembosky Reports:

    A new exhibit at the Contemporary Jewish Museum of San Francisco examines how a Torah is made, as well as the rituals and rules surrounding the sacret text. At the center of the exhibit, a living scribe sits in the gallery for the next year writing each letter. She is one of the first women to ever complete a Torah.


    Sumbul Ali-Karamali:

    The portrayal of Muslim women in the media typically involves images and stories of oppression. Sumbul Ali-Karamali, author of The Muslim Next Door, cuts through the white noise to explain how Muslim women are participating in society and changing the world.


    Sandip Roy talks to:

    The 1990 Iraqi invasion of Kuwait is humorously depicted through the eyes of an outspoken and independent teenage girl named Nidali. A Map of Home is a novel by Randa Jarrar.


    New America Now is now available as a podcast through KALW and National Public Radio, so you can listen to the show on your MP3 player. Click here to subscribe.

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