Both Democratic and Republican presidential candidates have touched on U.S. policy in the Middle East during recent debates. But New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman says that the usual “platitudes” won’t work because the next president will “have to deal with a totally different Middle East.” Friedman joins us to explain.We discuss Michael Moore's latest film, “Where To Invade Next,” which looks at how other countries have tackled a range of issues, everything from healthcare to school lunch.And we take a look at a new bill which aims to make the visa process for international artists and performers more reliable and affordable.
Though Suu Kyi is the overwhelming favorite to become president of Burma, there are constitutional snags to her taking office, including being a woman and the ethnicity of her husband and children. We take a closer look. And filmmaker Usama Alshaibi joins us to talk about his latest documentary, “American Arab,". Plus, we talk about some of the societal intricacies of Brazilian electoral politics.
Montenegro joins NATO, a new exhibit sheds light on the Afro-Colombian experience, and we learn about the first heart transplant. Also, we learn about the efforts of two men from starkly different backgrounds, aiming to change lives through circus arts.
WBEZ's film contributor Milos Stehlik fills in for Jerome McDonnell as we discuss the role of film in French multiculturalism, and the state of documentary film. Also, on this week's Weekend Passport, we feature a kid's orchestra from Paraguay whose instruments are made of recycled materials.