Zimbabwe: The Crisis Deepens

Hello All,

It's Cheryl Corley here ...

The holiday season is supposed to be about cheer and giving, right? In many places that's true. Not so for Zimbabwe. NPR Correspondent Charlayne Hunter Gault brought us up to date on the ongoing crisis in that country and the intent of Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe to "never surrender" despite calls for him to step down.

The Illinois political scandal is a much tamer crisis but Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has also promised not to resign. We talked about the possible implications the scandal has for the Chicago's Indian community. A prominent Indian businessman and fund raiser hasn't been charged with any wrong doing but might be involved in the case. Governor Blagojevich faces corruption charges for allegedly using his office for personal gain.

Also on the show today, the NAACP's latest report on diversity, or the lack of it, in network television leading roles. And more news about getting ready for the big television switch to digital TV in February.

And of course, it's the day before Christmas ... so what better way to celebrate than in song. R&B singer Howard Hewett has a new release out ... a wonderful holiday groove.

Michel is back tomorrow.

So here's hoping you have a wonderful Christmas, a happy Kwanzaa and that the New Year brings you the best.




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