In this special broadcast – part of Front and Center's literacy series – we look into India's booming book industry. Then we examine how literacy rates have impacted the training of Afghan security forces. In a country estimated to be only 28 percent literate, Afghan soldiers can’t even read ID badges to determine who should be allowed through security checkpoints.
Big agribusiness companies claim their genetically modified seeds offer effective solutions to feeding the planet. But there’s growing concern over such technological trade-offs. The situation is especially desperate in India, where an epidemic of farmer suicides has claimed over a quarter-million lives in the last 17 years.
We preview the upcoming Egyptian elections now that the field of candidates has been narrowed down to two, then discuss the power of music in this political campaign. Finally, we explore India's rash of farmer suicides with documentary filmmaker Micha X. Peled.