December 13, 2003

Just listened to a really good This American Life:

Teenage Embed, Part Two. Last January, we brought you a special show about a California teenager, Hyder Akbar (pictured), who travelled to Afghanistan, his family’s homeland, for the first time. His father had moved back to work for Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Hyder brought along a tape recorder, and his audio diary, produced by Susan Burton, won the Silver Award for Best Documentary at the 2003 Third Coast International Audio Festival. This summer, Hyder returned to Afghanistan, to the rural province of Kunar where his father is now governor. In this new audio diary, Hyder has amazing access to all sorts of things few reporters get to see: U.S. forces interrogating a suspected terrorist, soldiers trying to mediate between the new Afghan government and local people, and more. Broadcast in most places the weekend of December 12-14, or available on thislife.org next week via RealAudio.

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