2000 Shows

0052-Sister Cities/Carol Vaness-12/26/00
Cities around the world are joining hands to promote peace. On this edition of Common Ground, the director of Sister Cities International discusses the challenges of partnering communities around the world. Plus we profile international opera singer Carol Vaness.

0051-Polio/UNDP-12/19/00
Polio is no longer a threat in the United States, but it remains a feared disease in many parts of the world. On this edition of Common Ground, we get an update on the global polio eradication effort. And we talk with UNDP Administrator Mark Malloch Brown.

0050-Editor of the Year-12/12/00
Journalism is a dangerous profession. That's especially true for reporters and editors who live and work in Sierra Leone. On this Common Ground, we profile three award-winning journalists from Sierra Leone.

0049-Summit Review/State of Population-12/5/00
The UN Millennium Summit is over. But was it a success? On this edition of Common Ground, we review the historic summit with one of the organizers. Plus we get an update on the UN Population Fund's The State of World Population 2000 report.

0048-International Radio V and VI-11/28/00
Radio and television signals know no borders. On this edition of Common Ground, we conclude our special series on international broadcasting by focusing on how direct broadcast satellites are changing the way the radio and television industry conducts business.

0045/0031-Intervention on Behalf of Humanity-11/7/00
Humanitarian crises are springing up across the globe at an alarming rate. On this edition of Common Ground, we find out how Britain, Canada, and Australia respond to humanitarian needs.

0044-Argentina-10/31/00
The globalization trend is alarming labor unions across the world. On this edition of Common Ground, we find out how unions in Argentina are trying to protect workers from globalization's downside. Plus we learn why beef from Argentina isn't welcome in the United States.

0043-Peacekeeping: One Man's Account/Training Police-10/24/00
Thousands of law enforcement officials worldwide volunteer for peacekeeping duty. On this edition of Common Ground, a Midwest police chief recounts his peacekeeping experiences in Bosnia. We also talk with an American official who trains police forces in some of the world's most dangerous places.

0042-Uruguay-10/17/00
Nearly half the women who live in Uruguay are victims of domestic violence. On this edition of Common Ground, we find out what steps the government is taking to combat the problem. Plus we discover Uruguay's national music.

0041-Rio Negro: Gone But Not Forgotten/ICC-10/10/00
Two hundred thousand people have died in civil unrest in Guatemala since 1960. On this Common Ground, we talk with one woman who survived the 1982 Rio Negro massacre. Plus a progress report on plans for an International Criminal Court.

0040-The China Conflict-10/3/00
Serious conflicts remain in relations between the United States and China. On this edition of Common Ground, scholars and academics from both countries discuss the issues China and the United States don't agree on. Plus a television producer discusses the way news is covered in China.

0039-Hungarian Cyanide Terror/ICRC-9/26/00
Last winter, a major cyanide spill polluted waterways in Romania and Hungary. On this Common Ground, we learn how the region is coping in the aftermath of the spill. Plus we find out how the International Committee for the Red Cross lends a hand in time of crisis.

0038/0011-The Leaders of 2025-9/19/00
What will the world look like in 2025? On this edition, Common Ground will attempt to answer that question with the help of several international high school students.

0037-India and Pakistan's Tension-9/12/00
Tension between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory of Kashmir continues to mount. On this edition of Common Ground, journalists from both countries discuss the conflict and the prospects for peace. Plus we'll critique this year's Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

0036-Cuba Reacts-9/5/00
The Elian Gonzalez case and the potential easing of the decades-old embargo are refocusing attention on the current status of US-Cuban relations. On this edition of Common Ground, Cuban scholars and academics react to the changing-and sometimes volatile-relationship between their country and the United States.

0035-East Timor Revisited-8/29/00
A year ago this month, East Timor voted for independence from Indonesia. The decision sparked a violent backlash from the Indonesian military that destroyed the country's economy and infrastructure. On this edition, Common Ground revisits East Timor to assess the progress of the monumental task of rebuilding a nation.

0034-Northern Ireland/Human Development Report-8/22/00
The politics and the activism surrounding Northern Ireland are undergoing radical change. On this edition of Common Ground, we talk with an American publisher deeply involved in the movement toward peace in Northern Ireland. We also speak with the woman in charge of the United Nations' latest Human Development Report.

0033-The New and Troubled Russia-8/15/00
Vladimir Putin is ushering in a new era in Russia, but many in the West are still unsure of his motives. On this edition of Common Ground, we learn more about Putin's motivations, and we get an update on the conflict in Chechnya.

0032-Australia-8/8/00
The Olympic Games begin next month in Sydney, Australia. This week on Common Ground, we explore the impact corruption and scandals are having on the games. And we investigate Australia's controversial treatment of the Aborigines.

0031-Intervention on Behalf of Humanity-8/1/00
Humanitarian crises are springing up across the globe at an alarming rate. On this edition of Common Ground, we find out how Britain, Canada, and Australia respond to humanitarian needs.

0030/0002-Capitalism and Democracy-7/25/00
"Capitalism, Democracy, and Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery Store" is the name of a new book by Professor John Mueller. On this edition of Common Ground, Mueller explains the book's title and offers a spirited defense of capitalism and democracy as positive forces in the world.

0029-Beijing+5/Albanian Tourism-7/18/00
Albania is one of Europe's poorest countries, but the ruling Socialist party is hoping to change that distinction. On this edition of Common Ground, we find out how Albania is working to promote tourism. And we find out how women across the globe rate the recent Beijing+5 conference.

0028-Africa: Continent in Conflict-7/11/00
Africa is a continent in conflict. On this edition of Common Ground, we get an update on the border war between Ethiopia and Eritrea. Plus we find out how Mozambique and South Africa are looking toward the future.

0027-International Radio IV/Italy-7/4/00
Nearly sixty different governments have ruled Italy since World War II. But despite the apparent domestic instability, Italy is re-establishing itself as a world leader. On this edition of Common Ground, we visit with an Italian Foreign Minister about his country's future. Plus our special international radio series continues.

0026-International Radio III/Thriving Hong Kong-6/27/00
It's been nearly three years since Hong Kong transitioned from British to Chinese rule. On this edition of Common Ground, we find out how day-to-day life has changed in Hong Kong. And we air the third segment from our special series on international radio.

0025-International Radio II/Mexican Elections-6/20/00
Voters in Mexico head to the polls in July to elect a new president and Congress. We preview the election on this edition of Common Ground. And we air the second segment from our special series on international radio.

0024-International Radio I/Richard Riley-6/13/00
The global village is smaller today thanks to satellites, broadcasting, and the Internet. This week on Common Ground, we kick off a special series that explores the impact communication has on international policy. Plus, we visit with US Education Secretary Richard Riley.

0023-Serbian Refugees/UNHCR-6/6/00
A year after the war, Serbian and Albanian refugees are slowly returning to Kosovo to rebuild their lives. But on this edition of Common Ground, we find out why returning home isn't an option for some Serbs. We also explore a controversial proposal that would expand the role of the UN's High Commissioner for Human Rights.

0022/0007-The International Campaign to Ban Landmines-5/30/00
More than twenty-five thousand people around the globe are maimed or killed by landmines each year. On this edition of Common Ground, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams and others discuss the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the reason why the campaign is receiving a cool reception from the US government.

0021-Saving the Forest/Russia's New Leader-5/23/00
The jungle in Southern Mexico and Guatemala is one of the last regions of intact rainforest in the Americas. On this Common Ground, we'll travel to the region to learn more about a unique program to save the rainforest. We'll also learn more about Russia's new president, Vladimir Putin.

0020-The Architects of Justice-5/16/00
Immediately following a war, law and justice systems tend to break down just as war crimes investigations need to begin. On this edition of Common Ground, we talk with the founders of a new international movement to solve this problem.

0019-Switzerland: Past, Present, Future-5/9/00
Switzerland prides itself on being a neutral country. But the country's current immigration laws have some now questioning that claim. On this Common Ground, we examine Switzerland's past and present immigration policies. We also learn more about Switzerland's unique car-sharing program.

0018-Managing Nuclear Arms-5/2/00
The movement to reduce nuclear weapons and to keep new nations from acquiring them seems to have stalled. On this edition of Common Ground, we hear from experts around the world about the future of nuclear arms control.

0017-Pan Am 103 Trial-4/25/00
A panel of judges from Scotland is in the Netherlands for the trial of two Libyans. On this edition of Common Ground, we get an inside view of the upcoming trial of two suspects in the bombing of Pan Am flight 103.

0016/9949-Arsenic and Lace: Life in Bangladesh-4/18/00
Life is challenging for many in Bangladesh. On this edition, Common Ground travels to Bangladesh to get an inside view of the garment sweatshop industry. We'll also learn why it's not always a good idea to drink the local water.

0015-NATO's Mistakes/Kosovo Data-4/11/00
Did NATO do enough to protect civilians during last year's bombing of Yugoslavia? On this edition of Common Ground, Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth says the answer is no. We'll also hear about high-tech methods to gather evidence of war crimes in Kosovo.

0014-Austrian Racism/Zero Nukes-4/4/00
The Freedom Party's rise to power in Austria is sending shock waves throughout Europe. On this edition of Common Ground, we find out how Austrian minorities are reacting to the turmoil. We also speak with the leader of a new movement aimed at eliminating nuclear weapons.

0013/0004-Pakistan-3/28/00
Daily life in Pakistan is changing, thanks to the bloodless military coup last October. On this edition, Common Ground explores Pakistan's economic reform plans. We'll also examine the horror of so-called honor killings.

0012-UNHCR/Louise Fréchette-3/21/00
The plight of refugees around the globe is continuously testing the strength of international relief agencies and human rights organizations. On this edition of Common Ground, we explore a controversial proposal that would expand the role of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. We also speak with UN Deputy Secretary-General Louise Frechette.

0011-The Leaders of 2025-3/14/00
What will the world look like in 2025? On this edition, Common Ground will attempt to answer that question with the help of several international high school students.

0010-The Braceros/International Writers-3/7/00
During World War II, thousands of Mexican citizens worked in the United States to ease labor shortages. On this edition of Common Ground, we'll find out why former members of the Bracero program are now demanding recognition and compensation. We'll also feature the University of Iowa's International Writing Program.

0009/9937-Cuba’s Changing Society-2/29/00
Cuba's ongoing economic crisis is fueling a sharp increase in street crime. On this edition, Common Ground explores the crime explosion and Fidel Castro's plan to restore peace. We'll also visit with members of the famed Buena Vista Social Club.

0008-Energy for North Korea-2/22/00
Electricity remains a luxury for millions of people around the world. On this edition, Common Ground profiles a unique project that enables a rural North Korean village to turn wind into useful energy.

0007-The International Campaign to Ban Landmines-2/15/00
More than twenty-five thousand people around the globe are maimed or killed by landmines each year. On this edition of Common Ground, Nobel Peace Laureate Jody Williams and others discuss the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and the reason why the campaign is receiving a cool reception from the US government.

0006-The Prospect for Peace-2/8/00
The renewed Israeli-Syrian peace negotiations are off to a shaky start. On this edition of Common Ground, Middle East expert Stephen Zunes discusses the history of the Israeli-Syrian conflict and the prospect for peace.

0005-Japan's Challenges-2/1/00
Japan is facing new alliances in its internal politics, new threats from its neighbors, and a new relationship with the United States. On this edition of Common Ground, Japanese experts will explain the challenges facing Japan today.

0004-Pakistan-1/25/00
Daily life in Pakistan is changing, thanks to the bloodless military coup last October. On this edition, Common Ground explores Pakistan's economic reform plans. We'll also examine the horror of so-called honor killings.

0003-The Disappeared/Rwandan Justice-1/18/00
The detention of former Chilean Dictator Augusto Pinochet in England marks a new chapter in the worldwide struggle for human rights and governmental accountability. On this edition of Common Ground, we'll find out how nongovernmental groups in Latin America and other parts of the world are joining forces to demand justice. We'll also learn how ancient justice systems are being used to help Rwanda recover from genocide.

0002-Capitalism and Democracy-1/11/00
"Capitalism, Democracy, and Ralph's Pretty Good Grocery Store" is the name of a new book by Professor John Mueller. On this edition of Common Ground, Mueller explains the book's title and offers a spirited defense of capitalism and democracy as positive forces in the world.

0001/9941-Covering the World-1/4/00
From a perch inside UN headquarters in New York City, a handful of American journalists are covering the biggest stories in the world. On this edition of Common Ground, we'll talk with New York Times UN Correspondent Barbara Crossette and former Christian Science Monitor UN Correspondent Lucia Mouat.

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