February 16 & 19: from Santa Ana, California - South Sudan - Beijing - Berlin
Judge Wendy Lindley (left) presides over the Orange County Combat Veterans Court, an alternative to conventional justice for war veterans (photo/California Courts)
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Journalist Kennedy Jawoko in Juba, South Sudan -- before his harrowing motorcycle accident (Photo: Kennedy Jawoko)
Chinese dissident Zhu Yufu (photo: ChinaAid)
Germany hosted the Berlin Conference of 1884 in which Europe's colonial powers divided Africa among them. The past is coming back to haunt Germans. Engraving/L'Illustration 1885
Here's what's in a name
Now, a little-told story from the former West Germany, which became so consumed with its Nazi past, it overlooked the crimes of colonialism that helped set the stage for war.
It's set in the streets named after men who committed terrible offenses during the German expansion into Africa.
In fact, it's only been five years since Munich changed the name of the street honoring the man who ordered what's come to be called the first genocide of the 20th century; the massacre of the Herero people of Namibia in 1904.
In Berlin, Dispatches contributor Alexa Dvorson is standing on another street that bears ironic witness to a movement advocating a renaming revolution.
Alan Paul with members of his Beijing blues band "Woodie Alan". That's Woodie Wu on the right. (Photo/alanpaul.net)
When Alan met Woodie
When his wife transferred to China with the Wall Street Journal, Alan Paul had no idea just how much it would change his life too.
He's a journalist like her, writing for Guitar World magazine, and Slam, which covers basketball.
He aso plays a little guitar, which led him to Chinese musician Woodie Wu.
Now, put together two musicians named Woodie and Alan, and they pretty quickly come up with a name for China's first and only Sino-American blues band.
And when the band suddenly gets hot, they find themselves touring the country and seeing a side of China most correspondents never do.
It's all in his new book, Big In China: My Unlikely Adventures Raising A Family, Playing The Blues, And Becoming A Star In Beijing. Alan Paul joined us from New York.
This program is the work of producers Dawna Dingwall, Alison Masemann, Steve McNally and intern Amanda Kwan. Thanks too to intern Kazim Rizvi. Technical producers Tim Lorimer and Victor Johnston. Our senior producer is Alan Guettel.
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