Week of October 26, 2014
Segment 1: Dancing with the Enemy
When he created Dancing Classrooms, four-time world-champion Pierre Dulaine knew that ballroom dancing could be a tool for getting children to break down social barriers, learn about honor and respect, improve self-confidence, communicate and cooperate, and accept others even if they are different. In 2011, he decided to try the same 10-week program in Jaffa, Israel, his birthplace. This time, Israeli and Palestinian 11 year olds would learn to dance together. The program was documented in a movie, produced by Diane Nabatoff, Dancing in Jaffa.
"I want so much for the Middle Eastern countries to take advantage of what touching another human being can do in one's own life. Having respect for each other, having respect for oneself, becoming confident."
Segment 2: The Bizarre Inner Workings of the Israeli Government
"It was my first time in a meeting, I sit down and I thought, 'oh my God, Iran is supposed to sit right next to me. This is gonna be awkward.' And they didn't sit next to me."
Week of October 19, 2014
Segment 1: Update on the Syrian Civil War
Many Syrians understandably have fled the civil war. Edward Dark (not his real name) is still there and writing from the once prosperous city of Aleppo. He updates us on how and why things went so terribly wrong there, what day to day life is like in Aleppo, and the situation of the indeginous Syrian Christians. Read his latest article on Syria here.
"The revolution morphed into just a mirror image of the regime. ... And they both didn't give two damns about the Syrian people. They were both targeting civilians and they still do on a daily basis - they murder Syrians like they were cattle."
Segment 2: Plumb - "Need You Now"
Tiffany Arbuckle Lee, known as Plumb, suffered from painful anxiety and panic attacks in high school. She thought of those days of hiding in the bathroom, crying out to God as she wrote the title track of her album, Need You Now. Recently, the song had renewed relevance as her marriage crumbled and she faced divorce. She discusses her career, her music and her reconciliation with her husband.
"I wanted there to be a song that said, out loud, it's OK to cry for help, it's OK to just scream it at the top of your lungs."