- The future of the space program, 50 years after JFK
In May 1961, President Kennedy asked a joint session of Congress to put a man on the moon within the decade, and return him safely to earth. The final space shuttle launches in a few weeks. What have we learned from these explorations?11:00 a.m.
Robert Pepin: Emeritus professor of physics and astronomy, University of Minnesota. Director of the Institute of Technology Honors Program for more than 20 years. NASA Medal for Exceptional Scientific Achievement. Chair or member of 12 NASA committees 1974-2008. Director of the Lunar Science Institute in Houston 1974-77. Asteroid "robertpepin", 2002.
- Women's rights in today's Afghanistan
America Abroad Media and NPR-affliate WAMU present a discussion on the state of women's rights in Afghanistan since U.S. and NATO allies invaded the country in 2001 and ousted the Taliban. The program connects speakers and audience members in Kabul and Washington D.C.12:00 p.m.
Michelle Barsa: Lead advocate on Afghanistan at The Institute for Inclusive Security, where she focuses on expanding the role for women in Afghanistan's peace and reconstruction processes.
Anita McBride: Member of the US-Afghan Women's Council, a public-private partnership between the US and Afghan Governments, housed at Georgetown University.
Sima Samar: Chairperson of the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission and United Nations Special Reporter on the situation of human rights in Sudan.
Safia Sidiqi: Former Secretary and Assistant of Afghanistan Constitutional Loya Jirga. She was also a member of the National Economy committee.
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