Shows: December 2, 2008

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Desis Rising Up and Moving Fights Student Abuse in Queens

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In March 2008, a student and a youth member of Desis Rising Up and Moving (DRUM), a Queens-based organization that serves the South Asian immigrant community, reported being brutally beaten by school safety officers at Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens. He and his family have filed a lawsuit against the education department, school chancellor, NYPD, and the police and school safety officers who were involved, leading to another beating in retaliation. Since then more students have come forward with disturbing reports of harassment and abuse in the school. Now DRUM is launching a campaign in support of the case. We’ll speak with Monami Maulik, Executive Director of DRUM, and with a former student at the school.

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Mumbai Attacks: Behind the Media Coverage

On Wednesday evening, November 26, Mumbai, India was rocked by a wave of attacks targeting multiple locations including hospitals, a police station, a major train terminal, two luxury hotels, a popular cafe, and a Jewish community center. When the 3-day siege officially ended on Saturday, it left behind more than 170 dead and over 300 wounded, extensive damage, resignations of government officials, and many mysteries. The story we've heard has been a simple and frightening one, falling into familiar tropes of “India’s 9/11” and accusations between India and Pakistan. But are these messages giving the whole story? Tonight we speak with Kalpana Sharma, a Mumbai-based journalist, to complicate these narratives and dig a little deeper for some context and perspective, seeking a more accurate story of what happened and what it means for the city, the region and the world.

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