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Alisa Ganieva Explores Complexities Of Culture And Marriage In Dagestan

Dec 8, 2017
Alisa Ganieva
Storme Jones / KGOU

Award-winning novelist Alisa Ganieva’s books describe the complexities of her home, the Russian republic of Dagestan.

An English translation of her second book, Bride and Groom, will be released in January 2018. It’s a fictional depiction of marriage in her home.

Ganieva spoke to KGOU’s World Views when she was in Norman for the annual Neustadt Festival of International Literature and Culture. She says her novel begins when the groom’s family book a large banquet for his wedding. However, he does not yet have a bride.

World Views: December 8, 2017

Dec 8, 2017

Rebecca Cruise talks with Gershon Lewental and  Samer Shehata about President Trump's decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem,  and to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capitol.

Then, Rebecca talks with Alisa Ganieva, an author from the Russian republic of Dagetan. Ganieva's work includes Salaam Dagat!, The Mountain and the Wall and The Bridge and Groom.

World Views: December 1, 2017

Dec 1, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss this week's decision at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia in the The Hague.

Then, Suzette talks to Arturo Sarukhan, former Mexican ambassador to the United States, about the importance of cooperative US-Mexico relations.

Former Mexican Ambassador: More Cooperation Needed, Not Less

Dec 1, 2017
Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S., Arturo Sarukhan Casamitjana, pauses before answering question during his interview with the Associated Press in Washington, Monday, Jan. 26, 2009.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais / AP

The United States and Mexico have a daily economic impact on each other, but citizens of both countries often don’t grasp the importance of the U.S.-Mexico relationship and how necessary cooperation is, according to a former Mexican ambassador.

World Views: November 24, 2017

Nov 24, 2017

Rebecca Cruise talks with poet Sasha Pimentel about the sound of language, the US-Mexico border and her experience as an immigrant.

Then, Suzette Grillot discusses invasive species and ecosystems in Brazil with University of Oklahoma PhD student Karen Castillioni.

Poet Sasha Pimentel at the KGOU studios.
Storme Jones / KGOU

Even though she doesn’t speak Arabic and is not a Muslim, poet Sasha Pimentel says the call to prayer in Saudi Arabia has influenced her work.

Investment In Future Helps Reconcile Human Rights Abuses In Uganda

Nov 17, 2017
Ben Curtis / AP Images

The Ugandan government has much work to do to reconcile a history of human rights abuses, says social justice activist Michael Otim.

Otim recently visited KGOU’s World Views to tell his story and talk about his work with non-governmental organizations in his native country.

World Views: November 17, 2017

Nov 17, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise talk about an impending soda tax in Colombia, and the resulting threats. 

Then,  Suzette talks to Michael Otim about social justice in Uganda.

U.S. President Donald Trump and China's President Xi Jinping arrive for the state dinner with the first ladies at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017.
Thomas Peter / Pool Photo via AP

The relationship between China and the United States is difficult, but there is a chance for a harmonious path forward.

World Views: November 10, 2017

Nov 10, 2017

Suzette Grillot talks to Joshua Landis about the end of ISIS as a territorial state. 

Then,  Rebecca Cruise talks with China expert Yukon Huang about the U.S.-China relationship.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, left, is greeted by his Indonesian counterpart Jusuf Kalla during their meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 20, 2017.
Pool / AP

Indonesia, a country made up of 17,000 islands, is home to approximately 260 million people. The archipelago nation has the 4th largest population on the planet, and with 203 million followers of Islam, it is the world’s largest Muslim-majority country.

World Views: November 3, 2017

Nov 3, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss how Pakistani women are finding independence and managing their security through a transportation app.

Then, Suzette talks to Indonesian consul general Nana Yuliana about bilateral relations between her country and the U.S., and Indonesia's diversity.

Splash CEO Eric Stowe On Clean Water In The Developing World

Oct 27, 2017
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In many countries, clean drinking water is scarce and healthy water sanitation practices are not common. In some cases, potable water is available, but it is not available to everyone. Clean water may be available at a fancy hotel, but not at the orphanage next door.

World Views: October 27, 2017

Oct 27, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise discuss Boko Haram's use of women and girls as suicide bombers. 

Then, Suzette talks with Splash CEO Eric Stowe about clean water projects.

People watch a TV screen showing an image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un delivering a statement in response to U.S. President Donald Trump's speech to the United Nations, in Pyongyang, North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea.
Ahn Young-joon / AP

North Korea is on the verge of becoming world’s ninth nuclear power, and the United States is entering a transition stage of having to accept Kim Jung Un’s role in the world.

World Views: October 20, 2017

Oct 20, 2017

From Mexico City,  Suzette Grillot talks with University of Oklahoma professor of Spanish Luis Cortest about the relationship between the United States and Mexico.

Then, Rebecca Cruise talks with nuclear proliferation expert Jeffrey Lewis about North Korea's nuclear program.

World Views: October 13, 2017

Oct 13, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca talk about women in leadership role worldwide, and in Germany.

Then, Suzette discusses the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution with historian Joshua Sanborn.

During 100th Anniversary Of Russian Revolution, A Look At Its Causes

Oct 13, 2017
A demonstration of workers from the Putilov plant in Petrograd (modern day St. Peterburg), Russia, during the February Revolution.
State museum of political history of Russia

This year is the 100th anniversary of the Russian revolution of 1917, one of the most important geopolitical events of the 20th century. The revolution was a product of several domestic factors and the First World War, which was especially destructive for Eastern Europe.

World Views: October 6, 2017

Oct 6, 2017

Suzette Grillot and Rebecca Cruise will discuss the independence vote in Spain's Catalan region, and the Trump administration's expulsion of Cuban diplomats.

Then, Suzette talks with British Consul General Karen Bell about trade, security and Brexit.

Conservative Party Leader and Prime Minister, Theresa May, addresses delegates during a speech at the Conservative Party Conference at Manchester Central, in Manchester, England, Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017.
Rui Vieira / AP

Trade between Oklahoma and the United Kingdom is thriving, and it’s Karen Bell’s job to promote and enhance trade and investment.

Karen Bell is the Consul General of the United Kingdom, stationed in Houston, Texas. Oklahoma falls within the five-state area in which she works.

“The UK is already the fifth largest market for exports of goods and services from Oklahoma. And the value actually to your local economy on trade with the UK, is getting on for half a billion dollars,” Bell told KGOU’s World Views.

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