Shows: June 10, 2008

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After the Earthquake: Parents Struggle for Justice in Sichuan

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The May earthquake in China devastated villages and left rescue crews scrambling to bring aid to survivors. Overall, the Chinese government has received positive reviews in the international media for its handling of the crisis. But lately, questions have begun to emerge about corruption and irregular construction practices that left schools, and the region’s children, vulnerable to the quake. Peter Kwong recently returned from a reporting trip to Sichuan where he met with parents of victims of the earthquake. He’ll share with us his findings from China.

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Domestic Workers Congress in NYC

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This past weekend concluded the first National Domestic Workers Congress held in New York. The event brought together workers rights groups from around the country and ended with a march on Saturday in Chinatown. The groups are calling for a state Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, a move that would aim to protect the New York area’s 200,000 domestic workers and become a model for states across the nation. We will be joined by Ana Liza Caballes, a coordinator with the organization, Damayan, based in Manhattan.

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Indian Guest Workers in Washington, D.C.

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Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi as much by Martin Luther King, 100 Indian Guest Workers began a historic march this Spring from New Orleans to Washington DC to demand an end to abuses created by the H2 Guest Worker program. The workers paid $20,000 to US and Indian recruiters, with promises of worker- based residency, only to be returned with 10-month temporary work visas and conditions which stripped them of proper food, pay and dignity. To give us an update on this historic struggle, and to break-down the impacts of the Guest Worker Program, we are joined by Stephen Boykevitch, of the New Orleans Workers' Center for Racial Justice.

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Art Exhibit: Abecedarium For Our Times

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Annabel Daou is an artist who was born in Beirut, Lebanon. She's part of a new exhibit, called Abecedarium For Our Times, at the Apex gallery in New York. Daou joins us in the studio, along with curator, Radhika Subramaniam, to discuss her work and the event this Thursday that kicks off the exhibit.

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