The State We're In: 2008 Specials Series

Series produced by Radio Netherlands Worldwide

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Human rights, human wrongs, and what we do about it.

The State We're In (TSWI) brings you stories from all over the world, covering important global matters as well as seemingly small issues, because they too can have a big impact. The main focus is on human right issues.

TSWI is a co-production of Radio Netherlands Worldwide and WAMU 88.5, American University Radio from Washington, DC.

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Rundown 'The State We're In, Labor Day special: The Right to work'

SEGMENT A: THE DAY OF THE DISAPPEARED (12:59)

PROGAM TAG: (:29)

AMINA?S STORY: Three years ago Amina Massood Janjua prepared breakfast for her husband, a well-liked businessman who ran a college in Rawalpindi in Pakistan. She kissed him goodbye?.and she never saw him again. He became one of the many people who have disappeared in Pakistan. Amina tells Jonathan about her efforts to find her husband.

DISAPPEARED IN PAKISTAN: After the attacks on 9/11, the U.S. government recruited Pakistan as an ally in an efforts to round-up suspected terrorists. Since that time, Sohail Akbar Warraich of Amnesty International says hundreds, possibly thousands of people have been ?disappeared?.

TEASER B: Jonathan tells us what?s coming up in the B segment

MUSIC BED (2:00)

SEGMENT B: 18:30 THIS WEEK?S THEME IS ?THE RIGHT TO GOOD WORKING CONDITIONS?

JONATHAN?S HISTORY OF ?HARD? WORK: As part of this Labor Day special, host Jonathan Groubert recounts all of the bad jobs he?s had over the years ? but notes that no matter how bad, none of his workplace rights were violated.

THE RED THREAD: Host Jonathan Groubert speaks with Sietske Altink of De Rode Draad or Red Thread, Holland?s trade union for sex workers.

TURKISH ?SERFS? TAKE ON THEIR AGA: Dorian Jones reports how Turkish villagers are taking their local feudal lord, or Aga, to court to fight against his total control over their work and their property.

THE END OF THE CAMBODIAN SWEAT SHOP: The garment industry is one of Cambodia?s leading export sectors, but workers often have to work long hours for little pay. Since 2001, a project has been working to improve working conditions in the sector. (4:00)

TEASER C: Jonathan tells us what?s coming up in the C segment
MUSIC BED (2:00)

SEGMENT C: 19:00

HUMAN RIGHTS NEWS: Eric Beauchemin joins host Jonathan Groubert to recap the top human rights news of the week.

?PARALLEL LIVES? MCDONALDS: A montage featuring two MacDonald?s employees ? Gregory McEwan in New York and Xiao She (shoya asho) in Beijing. They reflect on their respective jobs and what it means to work at McDonalds in their respective cultures. 5:00

RIGHT TO BE UNEMPLOYED: Jonathan talks to Dutchman Gert Jan (KHEHRT-YAN) van Beijnum (BYE-num). He?s 51 years old, lives in a squat in the city of Den Bosch (BOSS) and he hasn?t had a paying job for 29 years. But he says he does work: he writes and distributes a small, local newspaper. And because he feels he is useful, he has the right to be subsidized. 4:00

HOW TO GET RID OF THE OTHERS: A new satirical Danish film asks what would happen if a country got tired of its freeloaders and tax cheats who don?t make a contribution to society and rounded them all up. Producer Susan Stone spoke with director Anders Ronnov (RAHN-ahv) Klarlund and tells Jonathan why the film has a special insight about the country recently caught up in the cartoon controversy. (4:30)

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CLOSING MONTAGE:
MUSIC BED (1:00)

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The State We're In (TSWI) brings you stories from all over the world, covering important global matters as well as seemingly small issues, because they too can have a big impact. The main focus is on human right issues. TSWI is a co-production of Radio Netherlands Worldwide and WAMU 88.5, American University Radio from Washington, DC. *************************************** Rundown 'The State We're In, Labor Day special: The Right to work' SEGMENT A: THE DAY OF THE DISAPPEARED (12:59) PROGAM TAG: (:29) AMINA?S STORY: Three years ago Amina Massood Janjua prepared breakfast for her husband, a well-liked businessman who ran a college in Rawalpindi in Pakistan. She kissed him goodbye?.and she never saw him again. He became one of the many people who have disappeared in... Show full description


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  • Added: Sep 06, 2009
  • Length: 53:29
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In this special edition of The State Were In, we speak to human rights defenders from across the globe, including Uzbekistan, Burma, Congo Brazil a...

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  • Added: Dec 18, 2008
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We look at the right to silence, the right to sex, and feature an acclaimed Dutch photographer who has compiled a remarkable portrait of worn-torn ...

  • Added: Dec 16, 2008
  • Length: 53:29
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We mark the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We talk with musician Angélique Kidjo about how she uses music to spread...

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  • Added: Dec 09, 2008
  • Length: 53:29
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A special on technology and human rights, including social networking sites in the Middle East, a site that counts the murdered in a Brazilian sta...

  • Added: Sep 11, 2008
  • Length: 53:29