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NOW returns to the air on most PBS stations on Friday, Aug. 22, 2003, at its regularly scheduled time (check your local listings) with its usual mix of documentary reporting, news analysis, interviews, and articulate commentary.
Positive Change Predicted from Iraqi Defeat
Anti-American, antiwar protests decrease across the Arab world, but the anger persists. Many Arabs say they're suspicious of U.S. intentions for Iraq. But some Arab pundits say the U.S. victory can lead to positive changes -- not just in Baghdad, but feasibly across the Middle East. NPR's Deborah Amos reports from Cairo. April 25, 2003
FCC May Lift Restrictions on TV, Radio Ownership
The Federal Communications Commission considers removing all restrictions on the number of radio and television stations and networks media conglomerates can own. But community groups and independent broadcasters say there's been little room for public input in the process. NPR's Rick Karrr reports for All Things Considered. April 4, 2003
Tech Issues May Divide Publishers, Libraries
Modern technology creates problems between book publishers and libraries. The Association of American Publishers worries about the onset of the "e-book." Meanwhile, libraries are committed to giving the public access to old-fashioned books and e-books alike. NPR's Rick Karr reports for All Things Considered. Jan. 17, 2003
Critics: Terrorists Manipulate Loopholes in U.S. Gun Laws
Though the Bush administration has altered many laws to help its war on terrorism, the nation's gun laws remain unchanged. Some critics express concern that terrorists are finding it too easy to exploit loopholes in the system and get their hands on guns. NPR's Deborah Amos reports for All Things Considered. Nov. 15, 2002
Public Schools Look for Alternative Funding
With tax revenues waning, many public schools are looking for new sources of
money. In the first part of "Beyond the Bake Sale," a Morning Edition
series, NPR's Emily Harris looks at the debate over exclusive soft drink contracts with schools that have some parents and physicians worried. Oct. 18, 2002. Expanded Coverage.
New Orleans' Hurricane Risk
As part of an American RadioWorks series on Louisiana's
vanishing wetlands, NPR's Daniel Zwerdling reports on how New
Orleans is uniquely vulnerable to hurricanes. Officials say that if a
fierce Category 5 hurricane were to hit the coast, the city could be
devastated -- and the death toll could be staggering. Sept. 20, 2002.
Louisiana's Vanishing Wetlands
Every year, a chunk of land almost the size of Manhattan turns into open water in Louisiana, threatening the state's economy as well as vital U.S. industries including seafood and oil and gas. On All Things Considered, hear an American RadioWorks report from Daniel Zwerdling on a plan to unleash the Mississippi River to restore Louisiana's wetlands. Sept. 6, 2002.
Superfund Cleanup Controversy
NPR's Emily Harris reports on the controversy brewing at the second biggest Superfund clean-up site in Kellogg, Idaho. The toxic pile is located in the middle of Idaho's Silver Valley, near Kellogg's middle and elementary schools. Some are worried that the toxic particles from the site will get into children's lungs. Aug. 23, 2002.
Electronics' Final Cost
Old computer monitors and TV picture tubes dumped in landfills can leach hazardous amounts of lead into groundwater, according to a scientific study. The research is playing a key role in the fight to keep electronics out of landfills and has intensified a controversy over who should pay to recycle them. NPR's Emily Harris reports for Morning Edition. July 19, 2002.
Young Egyptians Speak Up
Sixty-five percent of Egypt's population is under 25 years old. And most of these young people are angered by the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and by U.S. foreign policy. They are becoming increasingly vocal about their discontent. Deborah Amos reports on All Things Considered. July 12, 2002.
Many Mammograms Inaccurate
Despite a decade of government regulation, many women are still getting inaccurate mammograms because of doctors' mistakes. Reporter Michael Moss of the New York Times writes this in a two-part series. Moss says physicians' lack of skill in interpreting mammograms results in many breast cancer cases going undetected. Moss discusses the series with Morning Edition host Bob Edwards. June 28, 2002.
Are Egypt's Islamists Ready to Give Up Violence?
Some of the militant groups which targeted two U.S. embassies in east Africa, the USS Cole in Yemen and planned the Sept. 11 attacks were veterans of Egypt's violent Islamic movements. Now, one of the largest groups in Egypt claims it has renounced violence. On Morning Edition, NPR's Deborah Amos reports from Cairo. June 14, 2002.
Some Israelis Urge Separation
With a revival of suicide bombings in Israel, there is a growing awareness that military crackdowns do not guarantee civilian security. As a result, there is a growing grassroots movement in Israel for unilateral separation from the captive territories in the West Bank. NPR's Deborah Amos reports for All Things Considered. May 31, 2002.
Palestinian Reform Uncertain
On All Things Considered, NPR's Deborah Amos reports from Ramallah that out of the destruction of last month's Israeli offensive into the Palestinian cities, there is awareness that Yasser Arafat's past policies and rule have failed. Many are eager for democratic reform, but whether that will happen anytime soon remains unclear. May 30, 2002.
Maine Faces Health Care Crisis
Many of Maine's health insurers have left the state and premiums have skyrocketed. The state is weighing a radical solution: a government takeover of the health insurance system. NPR's Julie Rovner reports for Morning Edition. May 17, 2002.
Connecticut Beach Battle
A Connecticut state court decision is forcing towns to open their beaches to non-residents. But some are responding by slapping non-residents with such hefty admission fees that many working-class people can't afford a spot on the sand. NPR's Emily Harris reports for All Things Considered. May 17, 2002.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Malvina Harlan
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg discovered the memoirs of Malvina Harlan, wife of a former justice, and was so taken by the manuscript that she pushed to have it published. In a two-part interview on Morning Edition, Ginsburg discusses the book -- and her life on the Supreme Court -- with NPR's Nina Totenberg. May 2, 2002.
Commercial Radio Changes
The number of Americans listening to the radio drops 10 percent from four years ago. On All Things Considered, NPR's Rick Karr looks at consolidation and its effects -- focus group-tested play lists, DJs who literally phone it in from another city, and lots of commercials. April 26, 2002.
The Spy Who Served Me
Born a slave, Mary Bowser went on to be one of the Union's best assets in the Civil War. On Morning Edition, NPR's Vertamae Grosvenor has the story of the woman who spied for the North -- while working in the Confederate White House. April 19, 2002.
Miami Police Feel the Heat
A series of questionable shootings and a corruption scandal are bringing Miami police criticism from the city's black and Cuban-American communities. Law enforcement officials face federal probes and new scrutiny by citizen panels. NPR's Phillip Davis reports for Morning Edition. April 12, 2002.
Scott Simon's Reflections on Afghanistan
NPR's Scott Simon recently returned from three weeks in Afghanistan, where he reported on the aftermath of the U.S. campaign and the country's halting first steps toward post-Taliban normalcy. Simon shares his experiences with Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan. Feb. 26, 2002.
In Praise of Langston Hughes
The writings of American poet Langston Hughes reach across generations, cultures and languages. Celebration of what would have been his 100th birthday this month -- and a granddaughter's discovery of Hughes' work in an elementary school textbook -- inspired this essay by NPR's Vertamae Grosvenor. Feb. 1, 2002.
Deadly Raid a Mistake
In an exclusive report from NPR's Steve Inskeep, residents of an Afghan village claim American soldiers killed at least 18 people who were actually loyal to the new government -- and that American officials paid the victims' relatives $1,000 in reparations. Feb. 4, 2002.
A Just War?
NPR's Jacki Lyden reports on how the pursuit of terrorists in Afghanistan -- and possibly other countries -- renews the age-old debate over whether the conflict is a "just war" under traditional religious teachings. Lyden interviews the Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, a leading Catholic theologian and an expert on the "just war" doctrine. Jan. 25, 2002.
The Imam in Cleveland
For the premiere of NOW with Bill Moyers, NPR's senior correspondent Juan Williams reports on Imam Fawaz Damra, the head of the Islamic Center of Greater Cleveland. Damra is spiritual leader for thousands of Muslims. But his life has changed with recent disclosures that he was an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. A 1991 tape was also released in which Damra solicits money for the radical group Islamic Jihad. Jan. 18, 2002.
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