Shows: November 15, 2010

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Burma's "Golden Moment"

21 years after she was denied her rightful claim to lead Burma as prime minister, Aung San Suu Kyi was freed from house arrest on Saturday -- just days after Burma's first election in in decades. Kyi's release coincides with efforts of several ethnic minority groups to consolidate opposition to the military junta. We speak to journalist Stephanie Guyer-Stevens in Mae Sot, the Thai-Burmese border about what she describes as a "golden moment" for Burma.

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India's Microfinance-Driven Suicides?

A recently passed Indian state ordinance restricts the operations of microfinance institutions, asserting that their usurious rates are responsible for a recent spike in suicides in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Santhosh Ramdoss of ThinkChange India joins us in the studio to shed light on the motivations behind the legislation and the effectiveness of microfinance as a poverty-alleviation strategy

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A Jihad Comedy

The film Four Lions features five bumbling jihadists--four second-generation English-Pakistani guys and a crazy white convert to Islam--who plan to blow themselves up at the London marathon, but can't seem to get anything right. We discuss the controversy surrounding the film with the film's director, British satirist Chris Morris.

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