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Subject: FRONTLINE/World: Thurs.,
May 29, at 9 p.m
:::Stories from a small planet
+ This Week: FRONTLINE/World,
Thursday, May 29, at 9:00pm on PBS (check local listings).
Three new stories, from Iraq, Vietnam and France.
+ Live Discussion: Chats with our
reporters and producers, Thursday and Friday, May 29 and
30, at 11:00am EDT
Welcome to week No. 2 in our four-week
run of FRONTLINE/World episodes. Thanks to all
of you who watched last week and wrote to us. Weve
already posted many of your email reacts on our Web site.
New York Cityhad the most FRONTLINE/World viewers,
and we are grateful for every one of you. But by far our
highest rating was in Portland, Ore. So, thank you Oregon
Public Broadcasting, and thanks, also, to our viewers
in St. Louis, Memphis and San Diego, where we did particularly
We also appreciate the positive reviews,
especially a long piece in the Newark, New Jersey, Star-Ledger,
which described FRONTLINE/World like this: "Intelligent,
complicated and often dryly funny, it often suggests what
might happen if 60 Minutes and the public radio
series This American Life had a baby, then turned
it loose to travel the globe."
Our biggest update on last weeks
broadcast is that on May 22, Lhakpa Sherpa succeeded in
reaching the summit of Mount Everest for a third time
-- setting a world record for the number of times a woman
has reached the top of the world. You can find dispatches
from her climb on our Web site.
And now for this weeks stories
-- another FRONTLINE/World mix. We feature two
stories of war, past and present: a report from Iraq on
the tensions between Kurds and Arabs, which are threatening
to explode; and a personal journey of reconciliation,
as a Vietnamese American returns to a country once devastated
by war. And then for something completely different: a
world music story from Marseilles, France, where a techno
DJ has rediscovered an Algerian-born jazz pianist.
Airing this Thursday, May 29, at 9:00pm
(check local listings)
THE ROAD TO KIRKUK
Last November, for FRONTLINE/World, British war
correspondent Sam Kiley covered the desperate, waning
days of Saddam Husseins regime in "Truth and
Lies in Baghdad." Now, Kiley returns with a disturbing
portrait of postwar Iraqs unresolved ethnic and
Surviving a "friendly fire"
incident, Kiley enters the city of Kirkuk with Kurdish
forces and U.S. Green Berets and finds a city simmering
with tension between Kurds, Arabs and other ethnic groups.
"As it turned out, winning the war in Iraq was the
easy part," says Kiley. "Liberating the country
from Saddams brutal legacy of ethnic hatred is something
Our Web site will feature a comprehensive
history of the Kurds, showing their long struggle for
LOOKING FOR HOME
Reporter Nguyen Qui Duc returns to his family home, the
old imperial city of Hue, Vietnam, where his father was
captured by the North Vietnamese during the Tet Offensive
in 1968. He confronts his own war-shattered past and discovers
a surprising new Vietnam rushing into the future. Sixty
percent of the population was born after the American
war in Vietnam ended in 1975. Even in Hanoi, teenagers
seem more interested in pop culture than a war they never
Check out our Web site on Thursday
for "Liquid Vietnam," a lyrical slideshow of
PLAY IT AGAIN, MAURICE
Remember our story last January about the hot music scene
in Iceland? World music reporter Marco Werman is back,
this time with a profile of an extraordinary jazz pianist,
Algerian-born and -raised Maurice El Medioni, who now
lives in Marseilles, a city of immigrants and home to
a thriving North African music scene.
On the Web, sample our playlist of
You can also check local listings
for the broadcast time on your communitysPBS station,
download streaming video of our past stories, read behind-the-scenes
interviews or explore interactive features, all at: http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/
Please continue to send us your thoughts
and comments about our stories in the "React"
section of our Web site. And help spread the word about
+ This Week: Two Live Online
Discussions on Washingtonpost.com
On May 29, the 50th anniversary of
the first successful ascent of Mount Everest, join us
for an online discussion with FRONTLINE/World co-producers
Sapana Sakya and Ramyata Limbu as they answer questions
about their adventures following the first all-woman Sherpa
team to attempt to summit Everest. http://discuss.washingtonpost.com
Thursday, May 29, 11:00am EDT
Then, on May 30, join one of our most
intrepid reporters, Sam Kiley. Hell be discussing
his most recent journey, accompanying U.S. forces and
Kurdish soldiers battling their way south into the oil-rich
city of Kirkuk and dealing with the postwar conflicts
betweens Kurds and Arabs.
Friday, May 30, 11:00am EDT
+ In Your Community
We invite FRONTLINE/World viewers
in the San Francisco Bay Area to learn more about their
world by joining us at these upcoming FRONTLINE/World
community and campus events.
San Francisco, Calif.
June 4, 6:00pm
World Affairs Council of Northern California presents
"Looking for Home: Revisiting Vietnam"
312 Sutter St.
Join FRONTLINE/World and the
World Affairs Council for a screening and informal discussion
with FRONTLINE/World correspondent Nguyen Qui Duc.
Returning to Vietnam this year for Tet, the celebration
of the Lunar New Year, Nguyen confronts his own war-shattered
past and discovers a country of young people eager to
enjoy new (though still limited) freedoms and rush into
the future. Along the way, he speaks with war veterans,
old friends, teachers, students and businessmen, who discuss
the political and economic changes happening in Vietnam.
June 4, 8:00pm
International House presents "The Road North: A Look
2299 Piedmont Ave.
International House is excited to
present a special evening with FRONTLINE/World
producer Cassandra Herrman. Herrman traveled to Nigeria
to produce "The Road North," a story about Amina
Lawal, a Muslim woman awaiting death by stoning for committing
adultery. It begins with the controversial Miss World
beauty pageant that sparked Muslim-Christian rioting and
takes us on a journey through northern Nigeria, where
Islamic sharia criminal code is now the law. Herrman will
recount stories of struggle and violence in a fragile
democracy divided by religious differences, extreme poverty
and its treatment of women.
We are here to help foster dialogue
about international issues and reporting. To find out
more about how you can bring FRONTLINE/World to
your community or campus, visit http://www.pbs.org/frontlineworld/
FRONTLINE/World is co-produced
by WGBH Boston and KQED San Francisco and is broadcast
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Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The John S. and
James L. Knight Foundation.
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