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Podcast: Serbia Insulted -- Plus Cosmic Constructions, A Kyrgyz Kindergarten, And Georgia's Janis Joplin

Students at Kindergarten No. 30 in Osh
Students at Kindergarten No. 30 in Osh
It's a milestone of sorts around "The Blender" studios. We're celebrating our 25th weekly podcast, and we've got a good one for you.

Grant Podelco
Correspondent -- and regular "Blender" host -- Daisy Sindelar, who just returned from assignment in southern Kyrgyzstan, reports from a local kindergarten in the city of Osh, which is still recovering from deadly ethnic clashes last year. The school is working hard to teach its diverse group of students about tolerance and friendship.

Chelsea Handler, a popular TV talk-show host in the United States, wasn't exactly a household name in Serbia. Until last week, that is. That's when she made some rather ignorant and disparaging remarks about Serbia in the course of taking British singer Amy Winehouse to task for an embarrassing performance at a concert in the capital, Belgrade.

A blog post at rfel.org about the affair has triggered more than 100 comments from readers. We invited Gordana Knezevic, the director of our Balkans Service -- and a Serb herself -- into the studio to discuss the controversy.

Romanian journalist Lucian Stefanescu returns with another installment of "Ear to the Ground," his monthly look at music trends, tours, and talent with a connection to RFE/RL's broadcast area. This week, he features Georgia's Nino Katamadze and her band Insight and Italian Maurizio Dami and his multi-ethnic band The Third Planet.

To round out the show, we talk to editor, author, and photographer Frederic Chaubin about his new book, "CCCP: Cosmic Communist Constructions Photographed." Chaubin traveled throughout the former Soviet Union, documenting the wild, sci-fi inspired architecture that predominated in the 1970s and '80s. You can find an audio slide show featuring his photographs here.

This week's host is Grant Podelco.

Send your feedback to podcast@rferl.org, or leave a comment below. We'd love to hear from you.

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by: Felipe Muñoz from: Santiago, Chile
July 01, 2011 18:52
''Chelsea Handler, a popular TV talk-show host in the United States, wasn't exactly a household name in Serbia. Until last week, that is. That's when she made some rather ignorant and disparaging remarks about Serbia in the course of taking British singer Amy Winehouse to task for an embarrassing performance at a concert in the capital, Belgrade.''... Not surprisingly... It's quite usual that US people of the TV or filming industry are not necesarily ''informed'' people about the world.... Even so, in the past i even remembered ''funny'' cases of people that didnt know where Irak is located lol =/ .

And about Winehouse, she is nothing more than a singer... SHE IS NOT A GOD or anything else... besides, she has very cuestionable behaviours; so, for me, she is not an example for anything. I would prefer to admire Serbia, instead of Winehouse.
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by: Hugo from: UK
July 01, 2011 20:20
Dude, your spelling....is shocking.

The most important mistake to make you aware of, Iraq not Irak.
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by: Felipe Muñoz from: Santiago, Chile
July 02, 2011 18:52
''Dude, your spelling....is shocking.''.. if it's about that, that's easy to improve for the future. But .. is that all you have to say??... shocking... So futile...

by: Andrej from: Serbia
July 01, 2011 19:38
I do not know where this Gordana person was dugout from,but definitely nobody in Serbia would have laughed to this so-called joke, genocide is no joke, ethnic cleansing is no joke, people have been killed, displaced, went missing,murdered in ethnic cleansing and genocide.
I myself am a victim of ethnic cleansing out of then Yugoslav republic of Croatia, and I am still not laughing about it.
That minister did not comment as a minister but as a private person, you should recognize the difference, and also ambassador reacted as he had the right to do,replace Serbian people with black people,jews... with that same context that Chelsea Handler used.
During the 90's there was false media coverage by then not friendly forces,and serbia and serbs did not count on the possibility that false media coverage had any weight.
As a victim of war in the 90's I should know so,I do not think or believe so, I KNOW SO!!!
Also aggression-bombing raid on Serbia that occurred during 99' in support of terrorists in southern Serbia was a clear example of false media coverage to Serbia's damage,do a little study on this matter you should find out the same.
This Gordana person has no clue about wars and maybe life all-together,life goes on and I personally do not have any miss-placed anger,I consider myself a high productive member of society,war is the biggest crime against humanity and the world supported it, and Serbia is getting blamed and judged instead of the world, so there is no possibility,whether some politician spokes out as a civilian or an ambassador to object to a ill ignorance or not,this would not,EVER be considered as funny.
Serbs,which are the people that could be found in all former Yugoslavian republics have great sense of humor,which is recognized by all that know of this,in Bosnia most prewar population made the serbs,in respect to to other entities,so that combination is also significant in recognizing the humor.
But the people who come out of a country which has been killing Serbs and Serbia are the last who can talk ill about Serbia, considering pilgrims murdering native Americans,Hiroshima,Nagasaki,Vietnam............
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by: Felipe Muñoz from: Santiago, Chile
July 02, 2011 18:59
That's because the West so usually wants to be perceived in the world as ''Superman''.... with only biased visions of a conflict. Thats why they are usually ''beaten'' by their own former ''allies''... They never learn after all... always falling in the same pitfalls xD.

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