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This edition: December 2014

Episode Details

Original tape date: December 17, 2014.

First aired: December 18, 2014.

Emel Mathlouthi
“My Word is Free” by Tunisian singer, songwriter, and composer Emel Mathlouti was inspired by the hope of a revolution. But it would be wrong to classify the young artist as a simple protest singer. To create music of social conscience she draws from sources as different as rock, traditional Arabic music, trip-hop, and electronica. CANAPE attends a concert by the artist and talks with her experimentation and move to New York.

Francoise Vergès
The 2001 Taubira Law in France recognized slave trade and slavery as a “crime against humanity.” However, the law did not put an end to slave like conditions. French writer, scholar, Francoise Vergès has devoted decades of her life to researching the past of slavery in order to make the broader public know its enduring effects. What do we know of slavery? How do we know it? How did capitalism create the inhuman institution? CANAPE catches the French thinker as she visits New York to speak on these post-colonial themes.

Henda Chennaoui
Blogger and journalist Henda Chennaoui reported on the Tunisian and Libyan revolution in 2011 by documenting what was happening at the border. In August 2014, Henda traveled back to the border of Tunisia and Libya in the Sahara desert to report on Tunisia’s situation in the south. She visited with refugees at Choucha camp who continue to struggle in their quest for asylum, and met two Somalian women stranded in Tunisia on their way to Europe. Finally, she listened to a father whose son, attempting to reach Lampedusa, drowned in the Mediterranean Sea.

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