After former NPR reporter Sarah Chayes reported on the fall of the Taliban in 2001, she decided to stay in Afghanistan as the country was being rebuilt. In 2005, she established the Arghand Cooperative, a business that sells local products for use in perfumes, soaps and food. The author of The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan After the Taliban, Chayes wrote about her experiences starting the cooperative and selling beauty products in December’s Atlantic Monthly.
Several weeks ago, 28 retired admirals and generals signed a statement urging the repeal of the military’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy saying that ending the policy “would not harm and would indeed help our armed forces.” After 14 years, is it time to revisit “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell?” We talk with BETH HILLMAN, professor of law at Rutgers-Camden and JOHN ALLEN WILLIAMS, political science professor at Loyola University in Chicago. Listen to this show via Real Audio | mp3
THE WORLD CAFE
Neil Young has been very active in the past several years. He has lent his voice to songs to help America heal from its wounds suffered on Sept 11, 2001 — and more recently, in the massive flooding in New Orleans. His new album, Prairie Wind, is being hailed as a return to the wistful, wind-blown vistas of his most popular work, from Harvest and Harvest Moon. The songs represent a return from the more conceptual world of Greendale, Young’s 2003 release that led to a national stage tour with actors and dramatic interpretation of the music. But that dramatic urge has not yet left Young altogether: David Dye caught up with him in Nashville, where the singer was has been filming a new concert film due out later in 2005. The project, which incorporates much of Prairie Wind, is being helmed by director Jonathan Demme. This interview originally aired on Oct. 17, 2005.
NEIL YOUNG: Dead Man