Shows: January 10, 2011

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Salmaan Taseer's Assassination

Last Tuesday Salmaan Taseer, the governor of the Pakistani province of Punjab, was assassinated. He was killed by his bodyguard, Mumtaz Qadri, who was motivated by Taseer's opposition to the blasphemy laws in Pakistan, which forbid insulting or defaming Islam. Taseer, a businessman and member of the Pakistani People's Party, was a close ally of the president Asif Ali Zardari. He was well-known for his liberal views and his opposition to the growing influence of religion in Pakistani politics. For more on Taseer's assassination and on the situation in Pakistan, we speak with Saadia Toor of Action for Progressive Pakistan.

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Human Rights for Sex Workers

The world of sex workers is often shrouded in stigma and exploitation, but in the wake of a slew of murders on Long Island, advocates are trying to raise awareness of the risks and struggles that sex workers face every day on the job,whether they're coerced into the trade or engage in it voluntarily. Many sex workers are immigrants, too, which makes them even more vulnerable to abuse and arbitrary detention at the hands of law enforcement. We'll talk to Sienna Baskin, an attorney with the Sex Workers Project, and Juan David Gastolomendo, an advocate with the the Latino Commission on AIDS, to explore the intersection of sex work, law enforcement, the immigration system and human rights

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Food Justice in the City

We are what we eat. So the City says it plans to make the city's food system more sustainable by enhancing regional agricultural production, supporting urban farming and gardening, and expanding access to fresh, healthy foods in low-income communities. What does that mean for communities of color and immigrant neighborhoods? We'll explore how food is grown, consumed and distributed in the New York City region and how ethnic communities are working to fuse cultural tradition with an environmental framework and a broader movement for social justice. We'll discuss food politics with Valerie Imbruce, professor of Environmental Studies at Bennington College, and Neha Gautam, an organizer with South Asian Youth Action.

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