The State We're In

THE STATE WE’RE IN, RUNDOWN
DATE: 16 March 2012
HOST: Jonathan Groubert
SHOW TITLE: “Deal With It”

SEGMENT A

SALAAM DUNK: Safa Al-Sultani lost both her father and brother in the Iraq War. She’s now putting the pieces of her life back together... on the basketball court. Safa plays for the American University in Sulaymaniyah. She’s also the team manager and tells Jonathan how playing an American sport has deepened her understanding of her own country.

SEGMENT B: THIS WEEK’S THEME IS: Deal With It

JUSTICE AT LAST! Bukeni Waruzi is a documentary filmmaker from Congo whose work centres on child soldiers. He was at the International Court in The Hague when the verdict was announced: former warlord Thomas Lubanga Diyalo was convicted of all three counts of war crimes. He tells Jonathan why he never thought this day would come.
http://www.rnw.nl/english/radioshow/how-we-treat-each-other-online (Waruzi’s film is embedded and there’s a picture of him here)
http://www.rnw.nl/africa/article/lubanga-guilty-landmark-ruling-war-crim...

ESSAY: WHOSE ARAB SPRING? Sarah Wali left Egypt largely because of the sexual harassment she experienced. But when the Mubarak regime was toppled, she decided to return -- only to find that the harassment was as bad as ever: on the street, in the car, even on horseback.

SEGMENT C:

MONOGAMY ROCKS: We recently interviewed sociologist Eric Anderson about his book “The Monogamy Gap” which argues that the ideal of fidelity is an utter failure. Well, Steve Zarpas in Norfolk, Virginia told us that he’s remained happily faithful through 19 years of marriage, despite lots of chances to cheat undetected. But then, as Steve read some fiction his wife had been writing, he became convinced that she was cheating.

Guests: 

Bukeni Waruzi
Sarah Wali
Steve Zarpas

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