April 23rd Show : Blog Of The Nation In our first hour, Pakistan becomes a "mortal threat". In our second hour, the challenge for Africa, and dreams of hitting it big with the band Anvil. .
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April 23rd Show

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the House Foreign Affairs Committee Wednesday in Washington, DC. TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Here's what's happening today:

Our first hour will feature a discussion about Pakistan. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said yesterday that Pakistan "poses a mortal threat to the security and safety of our country and the world." As the Taliban closes in on Pakistan's nuclear-armed capital, should the rest of the world worry? We'll talk with NPR national correspondent Jackie Northam, Pakistani journalist Ahmed Rashid and PBS Frontline Worldcorrespondent Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.

We're working on our segment for the end of the hour. Stay glued to our website for an update!!

Africa is much more than media images of poverty and debt, argues Wangari Maathai. It's time, she says, for African leaders to move past the legacy of colonialism and take responsibility for their own futures. In our second hour, we'll talk with the Nobel Peace Prize winner about her plan to tackle the many challenges facing Africa.

At the end of the second hour, we'll talk about holding fast to a lifelong dream. Twenty-five years ago, the heavy metal band Anvil was red hot. Decades later, with no big-time record contracts or platinum albums, Anvil hangs on to the thin hope of hitting it big... as 50-year old rock stars. Sound familiar? Tell us your story. What dream do you refuse to give up, no matter how far fetched?