Daily Archives: July 22, 2005

Journalist Andrew Meldrum

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You can kick a journalist out of the country but you still can’t shut him up.
Andrew Meldrum, the last foreign journalist in Zimbabwe, was forcibly expelled from the African nation two years ago. But he’s as big a thorn in the side as he ever was for the corrupt regime of Robert Mugabe.

The correspondent for the Guardian newspaper, 23 years in Zimbabwe, now works the phones from South Africa. Different dateline for a never-ending story: the violence and poverty that are modern day Zimbabwe.

But American-born Andrew Meldrum remembers a better time — and, somehow, he sees a better future. His memoir of Zimbabwe is called “Where We Have Hope.”

Guests:

Andrew Meldrum, author of “Where We Have Hope: A Memoir of Zimbabwe” and a journalist for The Guardian.

Responding to Terror

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There was gunfire, but no bombs, in London today. Officers shot a man dead at a subway station, and a mosque was evacuated after a bomb scare; this, on the heels of attacks that killed more than 50 people in the city two weeks ago, and four failed bombings that caused chaos on the mass transit system yesterday.

British Prime Minister Tony Blair urges people to go about their lives, and they are, but what HAS changed in London? And how about here at home? Mass transit in the U.S. is beefing up security as the question looms: are we next on the terror list and are we ready? We examine the psychological aftershocks of terror.

Guests:

Mathieu Deflem, Associate professor of Sociology at the University of South Carolina

John Danisweski, London correspondent for the Los Angeles Times

Jessica Stern, Lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and author of “Terror in the Name of God: Why Religious Militants Kill”