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-----Original Message-----
Sent: Tuesday, May 27, 2003 8:36 PM

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. We’ve 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 well.

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 week’s 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 week’s 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)

Last November, for FRONTLINE/World, British war correspondent Sam Kiley covered the desperate, waning days of Saddam Hussein’s regime in "Truth and Lies in Baghdad." Now, Kiley returns with a disturbing portrait of postwar Iraq’s unresolved ethnic and political conflicts.

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 Saddam’s brutal legacy of ethnic hatred is something else."

Our Web site will feature a comprehensive history of the Kurds, showing their long struggle for a homeland.

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 experienced.

Check out our Web site on Thursday for "Liquid Vietnam," a lyrical slideshow of the journey.

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 Jewish-Arabic music.

You can also check local listings for the broadcast time on your community’sPBS station, download streaming video of our past stories, read behind-the-scenes interviews or explore interactive features, all at:

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 FRONTLINE/World.

Thank you.


Stephen Talbot
Series Editor


+ This Week: Two Live Online Discussions on

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.
Thursday, May 29, 11:00am EDT

Then, on May 30, join one of our most intrepid reporters, Sam Kiley. He’ll 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.

Berkeley, Calif.
June 4, 8:00pm
International House presents "The Road North: A Look at Nigeria"
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


FRONTLINE/World is co-produced by WGBH Boston and KQED San Francisco and is broadcast nationwide on PBS and

Major funding and underwriting support comes from PBS and CPB, the corporation ABB, Ltd., The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.



May 2003
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