Shows: December 8, 2009

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Afghanistan: Conflict and Development

Beginning in early 2010, American troops will begin arriving in Afghanistan as part of President Obama's escalation of military forces in the region. But as experts discuss the military strategies and political implications of the move, we'll turn our attention to development issues there, especially how women may be affected by an increase in military force.

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Alternative Agriculture in China

Issues of food security and alternative agriculture are becoming increasingly important with an expanding global population. The environmental impact of large agribusiness and the effects of climate change on growing seasons, the predictability of the weather, and food prices are having uneven effects in villages, cities, and countries around the world. These topics are sure to be on the agenda at the UN conference on climate change, which kicked off earlier this week in Copenhagen. So what alternatives do communities have to the industrial model of farming and food production? What are people doing to ensure local access to food?

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Composer and Percussionist Susie Ibarra

Susie Ibarra blends drums, electronics, vocals, and kulintang into a unique sound. She composes for and performs both solo and in collaborative groups and ensembles, including Electric Kulintang, a collaboration with her husband, Cuban percussionist and composer Roberto Rodriguez. She will be performing a solo show this Friday at 8:30 p.m. at Roulette in Manhattan.

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