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Telling You More

Hi all. It's Cheryl Corley, sitting in Michel while she takes some time off.

I'm always amazed about the amount of information that gets disseminated everyday and the stories that we don't hear much about.

Two conversations today fit the "don't hear much about" category, and that's why Tell Me More wanted to make sure we had these folks on the air, and more about their work on our Web site.

First, Elouise Cobell, a leader of the Blackfoot Indian tribe in Montana brought us up to date on the lawsuit she filed more than a decade ago. Cobell claims the federal government mismanaged the land leases of more than a half million Indians across the country. She estimates that the government owes Native Americans at least 58 billion dollars. The case is at a critical juncture now in federal court in Washington with a federal judge to soon decide the liability of the U.S.

Second, Fergus Bordewich, the author of Washington: the Making of the American Capital told us all about the wheeling and dealing that went behind the building of Washington, D.C. It's not exactly a secret that slaves actually built the city. But Bordewich unveils the intricacies behind the effort to knock Philadelphia out of the race to become the permanent home of the nation's capitol, while the country's founding fathers worked to protect the institution of slavery.

Also on the show today, former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan joined us to talk about his effort to get western countries to stay true to their promise to turn over billions of dollars they've earmarked for aid to Africa. These days, Annan is the chairman of the African Progress Panel and the organization released its first report today.

And, we learned about a photo display called Access to Life profiles the daily life of AIDS victims in Africa and other places around the world. It's a before-and-after photo exhibit — a display of the hope that comes with the use of antiretroviral drugs.

Finally, what a way to round off a Monday. Check out a bit of the velvet voice of singer Lizz Wright. She talks about the music that get's her going.

That's all for now. Talk to you tomorrow.

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One of the worst-kept secrets re Western financial aid to Africa is that it does virtually no good to the people. The corruption in most of the societies and governments there soaks it up like a sponge.

If we would only wring the sponge dry the poor people on the lower rungs there would have plenty.

Sent by True_Liberal | 9:22 PM | 6-16-2008

True Liberal:

How are you so sure financial aid to Africa does "virtually no good to the people." Yes there is corruption just as it is in every continent; I could think of some "White-collar crimes" in America that left many without any savings for retirements.

By making the aforementioned statement, then you negate what Kofi Annan is doing with Africa Progress Panel. And let me give you some honorable mention: Mo Ibrahim of Sudan, Ellen Johnson-Sileaf of Liberia, or economists Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala of Nigeria and K.Y. Amoko of Ghana.

Sent by Moji | 5:30 PM | 6-17-2008

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