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Pakistani police are cracking down on political opposition under President Musharraf 's state of emergency, creating a delicate problem for US diplomacy.  We hear from Washington and Islamabad. Also, television and film writers are on strike in New York and Los Angeles.  We hear how new media are changing what is seen and heard all over the country.


Pakistani riot police baton-charge lawyers during today's protest in Lahore. Photo: Arif Ali/AFP/Getty Images

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Christian Bordal
Andrea Brody
Sonya Geis
Karen Radziner

Main Topic The Writers' Strike 30 MIN, 41 SEC

Despite the presence of a federal mediator, yesterday's last minute talks between television and film writers and the Alliance of Film and Television producers went nowhere.  Today members of the Writers Guild of America began carrying picket signs in New York and Los Angeles.  Should the rest of the nation care? We hear how new media are changing the world of entertainment and America's cultural economy.  

Guests:
Peter Sanders, Reporter, Wall Street Journal
Robert Thompson, Syracuse University
Porter Bibb, Managing Partner, Mediatech Capital Partners
Dean Baker, Center for Economic and Policy Research (@DeanBaker13)
John Ridley, writer, director and novelist (@John_Ridley)

Main Topic Bloody Unrest for a Crucial American Ally 18 MIN, 23 SEC

On Saturday, President Pervez Musharraf imposed a state of emergency on Pakistan, claiming that militant violence and an unruly judiciary had created a crisis. Today, protesters in several cities have been tear-gassed and beaten as police arrested thousands of opposition leaders and shut down some media. The worsening situation complicates the US relationship with a country President Bush calls a vital ally in the war on terror. Since September 11, the US has poured billions of dollars into Pakistan, supposedly for help in controlling al Qaeda. Pakistan also provides bases and routes for US military supplies going into Afghanistan. We hear how Musharraf's state of emergency is creating a delicate problem for US diplomacy.

Guests:
Shahan Mufti, Correspondent, Christian Science Monitor
Peter Spiegel, Financial Times (@SpiegelPeter)
Paula Newberg, Georgetown University
Talat Masood, former General, Pakistani Army

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