2001 Shows

0152-NATO AWACS/Al Jazerra-12/25/01
NATO planes are patrolling U-S airspace for the first time in history. This week Common Ground takes to the skies for a ride in a NATO A-WACS plane. Plus, a behind the scenes profile of the Al Jazzerra television network.
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0151-Fair Trade/African TB-12/18/01
You wouldn’t know it from the price of your morning cup, but coffee bean growers are having economic problems. This week on Common Ground learn how some Mexican coffee farmers are surviving the crisis. Plus, South Africa’s battle against tuberculosis.
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0150-Chechen Refugees/Civilians at War-12/11/01
As the US wages war against terrorism in Afghanistan, Russia is fighting its own campaign against terror in Chechnya. This week Common Ground tours the living quarters of Chechens displaced by the Russian campaign and examines the impact conflict has on civilian populations.
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0149-New World View/Pakistan's Nukes-12/4/01
In recent years, Americans have found little to agree on in foreign policy. But September 11th changed that. On the next Common Ground, we'll hear how public opinion affects international relations. And we'll discuss the safety of nuclear weapons in India and Pakistan.
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0148-Nobel's Peace-11/27/01
The Nobel Peace Prize is perhaps the world’s most recognizable humanitarian honor. This week, Common Ground talks with a representative of 1999 recipient Doctors Without Borders and explains the process used to determine Nobel Prize winners.
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0147-Eastern European Entertainment-11/20/01
It’s not exactly Disney World, but the creator of Stalinworld has high hopes. This week on Common Ground tour an unusual Lithuanian theme park. Plus, hear the latest in high tech music from Eastern Europe.
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0146-Russia: Ten Years After (Part 2)-11/13/01
This fall marks the tenth anniversary of the official end of the Soviet Union. This week on Common Ground, we’ll wrap up our two-part series on the Soviet collapse with a report on how all the former Soviet states are doing, and later we’ll examine Russia’s quagmire in Chechnya.
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0145-Russia: Ten Years After (Part 1)-11/6/01
This fall marks the tenth anniversary of the official collapse of the Soviet Union. This week on Common Ground, we’ll begin a two-part series on the explosive politics and dangerous security situation facing the new Russia.
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0144-Exit From Hatred-10/30/01
German reunification brought down the wall, but it didn’t necessarily erase racism and hatred. This week on Common Ground, hear the emotional story of one woman who is trying to erase her neo-Nazi past.
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0143-Global Response to September 11-10/23/01
The implications of the September 11th attacks on the United States seem endless. This week on Common Ground, we'll hear how foreign journalists based in America are covering the story. And later we'll hear how the world is coping with millions of new refugees being created by the war in central Asia.
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0142-Hungary and the EU-10/16/01
Hungary is one of several former Communist states seeking entry into the European Union. On this edition of Common Ground, learn why Hungary’s health care system hardly meets European standards and how bureaucracy is threatening Hungary’s fledgling wine industry.
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0141-Crisis in Indonesia II-10/9/01
Indonesia, the world's largest Muslim country, is searching for stability amid political turmoil and separatist violence. This week on Common Ground, learn more about the country's independent media and censorship issues as we conclude our special series, “Crisis in Indonesia.”
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0140-Crisis in Indonesia I-10/2/01
Indonesia is facing an uncertain future. Political turmoil and separatist violence are threatening the stability of the world’s fourth largest country. This is the first of a two-part special series, "Crisis in Indonesia."
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0139-Development Aid/Helen Thomas-9/25/01
Every year the US government sends billions of dollars in aid to developing countries, and American corporations and organizations give millions more. This Common Ground discusses the trials and tribulations of the development aid process. Plus, Helen Thomas’ view from the “front row” of the White House press briefing room.
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0138-Global Music Celebration-9/18/01
To many, music is a form of art and entertainment. But to others around the world music is also an instrument of identity and social change. This week on Common Ground, hear the sounds of Uruguay's and Trinidad and Tobago’s native music.
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0137-The Humanitarian Intervention Debate-9/11/01
Humanitarian intervention is a hot political topic these days thanks to ongoing armed conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and the Balkans. And while the individual desire to help seems obvious, political willingness remains a source of strong debate. On this edition of Common Ground, learn why humanitarian intervention isn’t always as easy as it sounds.
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0136-The Tiananmen Papers-9/4/01
Nearly twelve years ago millions of Chinese students in Tiananmen Square grabbed the world's attention with their bold defiance of the Chinese government. On this Common Ground, an editor of "The Tiananmen Papers" details decisions made at the highest level of China’s ruling party during the crisis.
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0135-Crisis in Great Britian-8/28/01
Although foot and mouth disease is no longer front-page news, it’s still wreaking havoc in parts of Europe. This week on Common Ground, we’ll find out how the British are coping with the crisis. And we’ll learn why fewer and fewer are seeking higher education in Britain.
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0134-US-European Security-8/21/01
President George W. Bush says he supports the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but Europeans are skeptical about the level of commitment. Learn more about NATO and the Bush administration’s European security policy on this edition of Common Ground.
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0133-India Today/UN Image-8/14/01
Population surveys estimate India could surpass China as the world’s most populous nation by the middle of this century. This Common Ground examines how India is addressing the population boom, investing in new technology, and managing the conflict in Kashmir. Plus, an assessment of the United Nations’ global image.
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0132-The Global AIDS Fight-8/7/01
Thirty-six million people worldwide are living with HIV/AIDS. And despite the advancement of modern medicine, the infection rate continues to rise. This Common Ground discusses a new worldwide pledge to tackle the epidemic.
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0131-Rebuilding Serbia-7/31/01
Newly pledged Western aid is providing a glimmer of hope to Serbia and the former Yugoslavia. But after nearly a decade of war and political repression, the region faces a long rebuilding process. This edition of Common Ground visits Belgrade to assess the reconstruction.
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0130-Global Warming/Human Rights Heros-7/24/01
New studies indicate global warming is increasing at an alarming rate. The executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme [program] discusses this disturbing trend on this edition of Common Ground. Plus, profiles of human rights heroes.
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0129-African Health and Justice-7/17/01
Nearly 9 percent of all adults in Africa are infected with HIV/AIDS. Despite these epidemic numbers, there is still reason for hope. On this edition of Common Ground, one expert will tell us why. And we’ll hear about a new attempt to bring justice to Rwanda.
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0128-Japan Today: Tradition vs. 21st Century Reality-7/10/01
A new wave of nationalism is sweeping across Japan thanks, in part, to the unusual style of new Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi. This week’s Common Ground uncovers the roots of the nationalism movement and examines why Viagra is more popular than birth control pills in Japan.
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0127-Houston: The International City-7/3/01
Houston, Texas, is famous for its oil wells, rodeos, and barbecue. But Houston is also an international center for trade, technology, and culture. This edition of Common Ground explores the global connections of America’s fourth largest city.
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0126-Development Aid/Helen Thomas-6/26/01
Every year the US government sends billions of dollars in aid to developing countries, and American corporations and organizations give millions more. This Common Ground discusses the trials and tribulations of the development aid process. Plus, Helen Thomas’ view from the “front row” of the White House press briefing room.
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0125-Malaysia’s Maladies-6/19/01
Malaysian Prime Minister Mohammad Mahathir is Asia’s longest lasting dictator. Opposition leaders discuss their hopes for success on this Common Ground. Plus, Malaysia’s controversial energy solutions.
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0124-The Impact of Sanctions-6/12/01
Secretary of State Colin Powell is adding fuel to the international debate on the effectiveness of sanctions. On this edition of Common Ground, doctors and relief workers inside Iraq discuss the impact sanctions are having on that country. And an examination of the role sanctions play in international policy.
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0123-Jamaica 2001-6/7/01
Jamaica is famous for its music and tourist hotels, but it’s also a well-known haven for crime. On this edition of Common Ground, learn about grassroots efforts to fight crime in Jamaica and the impact globalization is having on the Caribbean island nation.
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0122-Nobel's Peace-5/29/01
The Nobel Peace Prize is perhaps the world’s most recognizable humanitarian honor. Common Ground talks with a representative of 1999 recipient Doctors Without Borders and explains the process used to determine Nobel Prize winners.
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0121-Hungary and the EU-5/22/01
Hungary is one of several former Communist states seeking entry into the European Union. On this edition of Common Ground, learn why Hungary’s health care system hardly meets European standards and how bureaucracy is threatening Hungary’s fledgling wine industry.
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0120-Germany’s Immigration Troubles/Human Rights Heroes-05/15/01
Germany is starving for highly skilled workers. On this edition of Common Ground, we’ll learn why many in Germany say new immigration laws are needed to attract foreign professionals. Plus, profiles of human rights heroes.
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0119-The Politics and Music of Trinidad and Tobago-05/08/01
It’s easy to think of the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad and Tobago as a land of paradise. But the country struggles with many of the same political and cultural issues found elsewhere. This edition of Common Ground profiles the controversy surrounding Trinidad and Tobago’s recent elections and the cultural phenomenon of steel pan music.
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0118-Big Weapons/ Small Arms-5/1/01
Israel is one of the few countries in the world with undeclared nuclear weapons. This week Common Ground talks with the world’s leading expert on how and why those weapons were developed. Plus, learn more about the UN’s effort to stop the worldwide flow of illegal weapons and small arms.
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0117-Revisiting Arsenic and Lace: Life in Bangladesh-4/24/01
Life is challenging for many in Bangladesh. This Common Ground highlights correspondent Reese Erlich’s acclaimed investigation of the Bangladeshi garment sweatshop industry and arsenic laced drinking wells.
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0116-ICC/UN War on Drugs-4/17/01
Among the many controversial actions taken by former President Clinton in his final days in office-he moved the International Criminal Court one step closer to reality. This Common Ground updates the timeline for creating the International Criminal Court, and profiles the UN’s fight against drugs and organized crime.
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0115-Mexico: A Government in Transition-4/10/01
Vicente Fox is ushering in a new era of government for Mexico. This Common Ground updates President Fox’s first 100 days in office and the struggle for peace in Chiapas.
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0114-The Tiananmen Papers-4/3/01
Nearly twelve years ago millions of Chinese students in Tiananmen Square grabbed the world's attention with their bold defiance of the Chinese government. On this Common Ground, an editor of "The Tiananmen Papers" details decisions made at the highest level of China’s ruling party during the crisis.
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0113-Editor of the Year-3/27/01
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.
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0112-Global Warming/Hungarian Cyanide Terror-3/20/01
New studies indicate global warming is increasing at an alarming rate. On this Common Ground, the executive director of the United Nations Environment Programme discusses this disturbing trend. Also included is an update on Hungary’s disastrous environmental spill.
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0111-The Impact of Sanctions-3/13/01
Secretary of State Colin Powell is adding fuel to the international debate on the effectiveness of sanctions. On this edition of Common Ground, doctors and relief workers inside Iraq discuss the impact sanctions are having on that country. And an examination of the role sanctions play in international policy.
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0110-Human Rights in Romania/News Reporting in China-3/6/01
Economic and social conditions are casting a shadow on Romania’s bid to join the European Union. This Common Ground investigates allegations of police violence and brutality in Romania. Also, two journalists give their insights on Chinese media.
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0109-Argentina-2/27/01
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.
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0108-Border Air Pollution/World Bank-2/20/01
Enormous growth along the US-Mexico border is reaping a harvest of environmental problems. On this edition of Common Ground, find out what both countries are doing to tackle the issue. Also, learn how the World Bank is fighting poverty.
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0107-Bosnian Hoop Dreams/AUBG-2/13/01
Civil war in the former Yugoslavia forced thousands of Bosnians to flee their homeland for parts of Europe and the United States. On this edition of Common Ground, find out how one Bosnian family is adjusting to life in America. Plus, learn how one American university is shaping young Bulgarians into future democratic leaders and freethinking journalists.
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0106-Afghan and Serbian Refugees-2/6/01
Almost two million Afghan refugees live in Iran. This edition of Common Ground includes a visit to a refugee camp just 50 miles from the Afghan border and features stories from Serbian refugees who are still stuck in Hungary.
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0105-Houston: The International City-1/30/01
Houston, Texas, is famous for its oil wells, rodeos, and barbecue. But Houston is also an international center for trade, technology, and culture. This edition of Common Ground explores the global connections of America’s fourth largest city.
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0104-Carter Reflects/Middle East Conflict-1/23/01
The US presidency is just one of many lifetime accomplishments for Jimmy Carter. On this edition of Common Ground, former President Carter reflects on the past and comments on the future. The show also explores the history behind the Middle East conflict.
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0103-Russia’s Economic and Security Interests-1/16/01
Vladimir Putin is working to rebuild Russia’s global status. Reviving Russia’s economy and evaluating the country’s security interests are key to the process. This edition of Common Ground discusses the economic and security threats facing the former Soviet Republic.
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0102-China’s Security and Economic Interests-1/9/01
China faces serious challenges as it enters the 21st century. This edition of Common Ground examines China’s regional security threats and how its economic system is taking lessons from the Western world.
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0101-Domestic Violence-1/2/01
Domestic Violence is a problem in every corner of the globe. This edition of Common Ground examines the unique domestic violence issues facing Pakistan and Uruguay.
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