Canadian journalist Paul Watson won the 1994 Pulitizer Prize for his photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu, Somalia. His war-zone work leaves him suffering from chronic post-traumatic stress, and he says the Mogadishu photo still haunts him.
In his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, writer KHALED HOSSEINI explores the struggles of Afghan women, who he says live in a male-dominated society where they are routinely denied freedom or dignity. Hosseini’s first novel, The Kite Runner, was also about life in his native Afghanistan. This is a rebroadcast, so tune in but don’t call in.
THE WORLD CAFE
Michaela Majoun welcomes New Jersey rockers The Smithereens in this special World Cafe re-broadcast. Their new album, Meet The Smithereens, is a track-by-track cover of The Beatles’ American debut, which frontman Pat DiNizio believes to be the most important record in history. Over their 27 year-long career, The Smithereens have mixed classic rock and roll with heavier alt-rock sensibilities. With Meet The Smithereens, the band returns not only to the roots of contemporary rock, but to The Smithereens’ musical foundation as well.
THE SMITHEREENS: I Wanna Hold Your Hand