- Making News: Achieving Social Change through Soap Operas
AIDS is ravaging parts of the world where even discussing sex is traditionally taboo. Yet even in poverty stricken areas, there is access to TV. In November, Population Communications International hosted the Soap Opera Summit in Los Angeles, with writing and production teams from Asia, Africa, the Caribbean, South America and the Middle East. Actor David Dennis, who appears in the South African soap opera, Soul City, says entertainment is proving effective in promoting social change. (This segment was originally broadcast November 11.)
- Reporter's Notebook: The Holy Warrior
President Bush once said September 11 should inspire a -crusade- against terrorism. Though he quickly retracted what was seen as inflammatory language to Muslims, he then assigned the job of tracking and eliminating Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein to Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, an outspoken evangelical Christian. Is the Pentagon sending the wrong message to the Muslim world? Military affairs analyst William Arkin is a columnist for the Washington Post. (This segment was originally broadcast October 16.)
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