The Current

The Current for Aug 17. 2021

Afghan educator says now is the time to speak up for women’s rights; Haitians working to build resilience after successive crises; and Malcolm Gladwell on the firebombing of Tokyo and his book, The Bomber Mafia
Nora Young is this week's guest host of The Current. (Gilberto Prioste)

Full Episode Transcript

Today on The Current:

With the Taliban now in control of most of Afghanistan, educators and activists are worried that hard-won women's rights will vanish. Guest host Nora Young talks to freelance journalist Ali Latifi about the situation in Kabul; and Pashtana Durrani, a teacher and founder and executive director of LEARN Afghanistan, a charity focused on education. 

Plus, Haiti is struggling to cope as crisis follows crisis: a president assassinated, a 7.2-magnitude earthquake, and now a tropical storm, all amid the COVID-19 pandemic. We talk to aid worker Muhamed Bizimana, assistant country director for CARE in Haiti; and Rose-May Guignard, an urban planner and resilience expert.

And the firebombing of Tokyo was one of the single most destructive nights of the Second World War. But before that mission, Malcolm Gladwell says there were efforts to fight less deadly wars, and to end them faster with precision bombing. In a conversation with Matt Galloway from April, Gladwell explores those efforts and discusses his book, The Bomber Mafia: A Dream, a Temptation, and the Longest Night of the Second World War.

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