In this week's show, we visit the musicians of Kharabat Street in Kabul. The street -- once the spiritual home of Afghanistan's rich classical music tradition -- is suffering after years of war, harsh Taliban edicts, and the emigration of its finest talents. Jeremy Bransten
tells the story.
Speaking from exile, former Belarusian presidential candidate Ales Mikhalevich
-- imprisoned for two months in a KGB jail in Minsk -- says he believes President Alyaksandr Lukashenka has presented the opposition with a grand moment to unify. Richard Solash
, an RFE/RL Washington correspondent, reports.
And staying on the topic of Belarus, writer at large Jamie Kirchick
caught up with acclaimed British playwright Tom Stoppard
. Stoppard has been championing the causes of free speech and democracy in Belarus since 2005, when he began a relationship with the Belarus Free Theatre.
It sounds like the plot of an adventure novel -- sailors trapped for months on a ship without food, supplies, or navigation equipment, forced to fish in order to survive. But as Daisy Sindelar
tells us, it's the real-life experience of one Georgian ship
, the Vasilios N, which was held in Libya for 11 months before making a dramatic escape in early March.
This week's host is Grant Podelco
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RFE/RL's The Blender -- 4/1/11