Shows: October 14, 2008

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Rinku Sen

On the Road in Southeast Asia: Indonesia

Perhaps no region of the world is more neglected by U.S. mainstream media than Southeast Asia. Tonight we begin a series of on-the-ground dispatches from APF’s DORIAN MERINA, as he travels across the region. In tonight’s report, we hear about three key issues that Indonesia faces in the weeks after Ramadan

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Forgotten Issues: Obama and McCain on Immigration

When Barack Obama and John McCain were nominated by their political parties, one might have thought we would see a thorough debate over the contentious issue of immigration—after all, Obama’s father was a foreign student, and McCain was long identified with Congressional efforts to alter national immigration policy. Instead, the candidates have barely mentioned the issue. In the first of a short series of reports on forgotten issues of the 2008 presidential campaign, we talk to immigration advocate CATHERINE TACTAQUIN to explain this silence—and to break down the candidates’ positions on the issue.

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Accidental American: A New Book by Rinku Sen with Fekkak Mamdouh

FEKKAK MAMDOUH was a waiter at Windows on the World, the luxury restaurant on the 107th floor of the World Trade Center, and on the morning of September 11, 2001, he had just worked a late shift at the restaurant. His extraordinary journey since the day he lost 73 coworkers to his co-founding of a national restaurant workers organization is recounted in RINKU SEN’s new book The Accidental American, which uses Mamdouh’s story to look closely at the lives of immigrants in the wake of 9/11, the way Americans see immigration, and national immigration policy. We’ll be joined by both SEN and MAMDOUH.

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