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|Public Radio Documentary Probes Relevance of The United Nations|
KQED Program Marks the Return of David Brancaccio to Public Radio
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- KQED Public Radio will present the world premiere of the radio documentary UNder Fire: The United Nations' Battle for Relevance on Thursday, June 3, at 8:00pm. KQED Public Radio will repeat the program on Saturday, June 5, at 1:00pm.
The documentary, hosted by David Brancaccio, co-host and co-editor of NOW With Bill Moyers and the former host of Marketplace, reports from the United Nations' world headquarters in New York and examines the organization's struggles to meet the complex challenges of human need in every corner of the globe.
UNder Fire: The United Nations' Battle for Relevance explores the U.N.'s performance in four key areas:
Each topic is examined through a report from the field and background analysis by Brancaccio. The documentary concludes with an exclusive interview with U.N. Deputy Secretary General Louise Frechette and a personal essay from Brancaccio.
- maintenance of international peace and security
- protection of people in danger and promotion of human rights
- promotion of economic progress and increased standards of living
- promotion of international law and justice
Individual stories heard in the documentary include the following:
UNder Fire: The United Nations' Battle for Relevance is being distributed to NPR stations across the United States and to noncommercial radio stations worldwide on June 16, 2004. The documentary is being produced in association with KQED Public Radio and is made possible by the Stanley Foundation.
- Max Easterman investigates the impact of the U.N. peacekeeping force along the border between Israel and Lebanon. What emerges is a picture of peacekeeping done almost too well-the peacekeepers can't leave, and the parties to the conflict appear just fine with the status quo.
- Kristin McHugh reports from Africa's Democratic Republic of Congo to track down one of the most vexing problems facing the U.N.'s humanitarian work-people who become trapped inside their own country while fleeing war. The U.N. mandate is clear when conflict crosses international borders, but "internally displaced people" are often in limbo as they suffer and die. McHugh introduces us to these people and the international humanitarians trying to help them.
- Simon Marks examines the United Nations' efforts to rebuild Iraq both before and after the deadly bombing of the U.N.'s Baghdad headquarters.
- Anya Ardayeva probes into the United Nations' effort to fight terrorism. From nondescript office cubicles in Vienna, a small group of experts are using international law to track the identities of terrorist organizations around the world and to cut off their flow of money.
To learn more about the documentary and to access support material visit: http://www.underfire.org. To learn more about the Stanley Foundation visit: http://www.stanleyfoundation.org/.
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