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May 16, 2007

An Afghan Love Affair


The news from Afghanistan and neighboring Pakistan is grim. Yesterday, an explosion rocked a hotel in central Peshawar. In southern Afghanistan, fighting between NATO and Taliban forces continues to kill civilians.

When Nancy Hatch Dupree first went to Afghanistan 45 years ago, it was in some ways a different world. Kabul was a capital city glittering with diplomats and cocktail parties. After she visited the site of the Bamiyan Buddhas, Nancy wrote the first guidebook to Afghanistan's cultural treasures. Nancy met and married her husband, Louis Dupree, in Afghanistan, and spent her happiest years there. 

Today, she's almost 80, still living between Peshawar and Kabul, and carrying on the work she started with Louis before he passed away.

Dick Gordon talks with Nancy Dupree about what she is seeing on the streets of Kabul now, and what gives her hope about Afghanistan's future.



Drs. Satish and Vijaya Prabhu are profiled in a new book "Otherwise Normal People: Inside the Thorny World of Competitive Rose Gardening." They compete yearly with other rose gardeners from around the world to grow the perfect blooms.

But their story is one of love, not competition. It started when they were medical students, and Satish delivered Vijaya roses. Daily.

They join Dick from their home and rose garden in Columbia South Carolina.

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