Massoud Hassani talks of growing up in Afghanistan and how he and other children had to be aware of where land mines were. He left his country and now, as an adult, he has invented a wind-powered ball that skips along the ground to detect land mines.
Ahmed's latest entry is a study of the two Baghdads that he sees in Iraq. During the day, the city has become somewhat calmer, but at night, the city itself becomes the biggest fear weighing on its citizens' minds.
"They are thinking up new ways to kill people than even the most evil mind can imagine. I am going to tell you the latest story that I heard. You might now want to listen to it. It is our lives, not yours.”
Alex Hanna is a University of Wisconsin Ph.D. student and teaching assistant right at the center of protests against the education cuts in occurring in the state - he’s even sleeping at the state capitol. While he doesn’t buy the argument that the action is similar to what’s sweeping across the Middle East, he does see a couple of parallels, and he’s a good one to judge: he was also a part of the protests in Egypt.Also in this episode: working at the very first Borders bookstore. And: and update with the owners of the Harry W. Schwartz bookshops.
Tomorrow, Tony Blair is set to speak to Britain's Iraq Inquiry, which has been set up to review Britain's policies before and after the war. Sir Christopher Meyer will likely be following the hearing intently. He was the U.K.'s Ambassador to the U.S. when planes slammed into the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
In the coming year, over 30,000 troops will be coming back from Afghanistan. They will join the thousands of other veterans who are trying to readjust to civilian life. Mike Kim is a veteran of the war in Iraq. He’s been working to understand his time in war through writing. When Mike read his work at the Veteran-Civilian Dialogue, he caught the attention of novelist Matt Sharpe. Now the two work together to help heal combat veterans using the power of words.
Protesters in Syria have called for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad, once a London physician who succeeded his father as head of state when he died. Few outsiders have had the chance to speak with him. Dick speaks to Abdul Rahman al-Rashed, a journalist who has interviewed him multiple times. He can describe the man ruling Syria.