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In this episode, Sarah Chayes, former journalist for National Public Radio tells the harrowing, humorous and poignant stories of her experiences in Afghanistan. Assigned to cover the end of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan for NPR, Ms. Chayes became immersed in the human and political struggles in Afghanistan. In 2002, she left NPR to head up a non-profit organization to help the Afghani people re-build their economy. Ms. Chayes speaks candidly about her personal decisions, struggles and successes in working with the Afghani people. With "behind the scenes" insight from her book, "The Punishment of Virtue: Inside Afghanistan after the Taliban", Ms. Chayes tells stories of culture, corruption and capitalism on this critical front in the war on terror.

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In this episode, Wesley Brown will present, How the 1859 Gold Rush Put Colorado on the Map, Mayoral-appointed Commissioner of the Denver Public Library and collector, student and author of old maps for thirty years. In the spring of 1858, Colorado's Front Range area was uncharted and inhabited only by natives. But by the close of 1859, 100,000 fortune seekers had thoroughly explored the Front Range, north of Pueblo to the Wyoming border. In their quest for gold, they left their footprints on the landscape, establishing dozens of settlements and blazing numerous trails. This slide show and lecture will teach you about Colorado’s gold rush and how this important chapter of history influenced Colorado maps of today. Wes is an "historic" treasure himself.

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The Life and Culture at the University of Colorado, presented by Hank Brown, named the 21st President of the University of Colorado in April of 2005. Hank Brown joined the Daniels Fund as President and CEO on July 1, 2002, and served there until his appointment at the University of Colorado. The Daniels Fund is a billion dollar foundation left by the late cable entrepreneur, Bill Daniels. In his first two years at the Daniels Fund, he reduced overhead by 35% and shifted $2 million a year to increase grants and scholarships. He will share his vision of the University of Colorado and facilitate an open dialogue. Don’t miss this wonderful program!

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In this episode, we will present a special holiday concert: The Spirituals Project Ensemble, presented by a select few of the Spirituals Project Choir, presenting their style of music as the expression of the spirit. Founded by Arthur C. Jones, Ph.D., the guiding vision of the Spirituals Project is to explore the many varied dimensions of African American Spirituals as art form, tradition and tool. Spirituals uplift in times of crisis, heal, comfort, inspire and install hopes and dreams. We invite all people to experience the joy and power of this dynamic music which will include personal interviews with Bennie L. Williams Co-Director of the Spirituals Project Choir, Connie Rule is the Executive Director and Arthur C. Jones, Ph.D., Chair of the Board.

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In this episode, Kelly Kinner and Carol Francis-Rinehart is a true experience of the struggle in Darfur present, Crisis and Opportunity: Southern Sudan and Hope for Darfur, presented by Kelly Kinner and Carol Francis-Rinehart. Kelly will begin by giving an overview of the historical context of the complexities of the crisis in Darfur, starting with the civil war in southern Sudan in 1983. She will also address media coverage of the Darfur crisis, addressing both the lack of coverage and the lack of positive developments in the aftermath of the civil war. Carol will address the impact the civil war had on southern Sudanese regarding the genocide that took over 2 million lives. Carol will share the social infrastructure problems, land issues and emotional trauma that the Southern Sudanese have had to endure, and the resiliency in which they are moving forward with rebuilding their lives. She will also address hope for the region, based on her experience with her work in Southern Sudan and her perspective as a volunteer working with African refugees for over 25 years.

Kelly Kinner teaches at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She holds a Master’s in Communication Research from CU, and her thesis compared female and male reporter coverage of the crisis in Darfur, Sudan. She is currently co-writing a book on media coverage of Darfur with other faculty members at CU, with her chapter focusing on the BBC and Al Jazeera.

Carol Rinehart is Executive Director of Project Education Sudan, a non-profit organization dedicated to working in partnership with southern Sudanese, both in the U.S. and in Sudan, to help build the educational infrastructure after 25 years of civil war in southern Sudan.

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