Shows: March 21, 2011

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Some important stories from the news this week:

The latest from the ongoing crisis in Japan.

An Indian daily publishes Wikileaks cables from India.

Amnesty International calls for the Indonesian government to investigate attacks on Ahmadiyya Muslims.

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Migrant Workers Trapped in Libya

Over the past month, Libya has been thrown into turmoil as the government’s forces have violently suppressed a popular uprising against Libyan leader Muammar Qaddhafi. As a result of the violence, tens of thousands of migrant workers in the country have been forced to flee. We're joined by ANJALI KAMAT, independent journalist and correspondent for Democracy Now!, who was recently in Libya reporting on the ongoing situation. We'll also speak with AMINUL ISLAM of BRAC, a Bangladeshi NGO helping workers returning from Libya.

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Indonesia Tries Male Birth Control

Contraception is often seen as something women should worry about, not their partners. But what if men could prevent pregnancy by taking birth control? An innovative medical project in Indonesia is trying to aid family planning in the country by getting men on the pill. It’s called Gandarusa, and if it works for Indonesians, it could be a sign of things to come for America.

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From the Quran to Comics, The 99 Save the World

Around the world, Muslim peoples have struggled with political turmoil and negative portrayals in the media. Now a new set of superheroes is coming to their rescue. We’ll explore the world of The 99, a multi-ethnic group of young heroes and heroines who are on a mission to save the universe--and who happen to embody archetypes from Islamic teachings. Its creator, Dr. Naif Al-Mutawa, is on a mission of his own to bring positive role models to Muslim youth.

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