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World Views
1:08 pm
Fri January 23, 2015

World Views: January 23, 2015

Joshua Landis discusses Tuesday night’s State of the Union address and President Obama’s proposal to combat the self-proclaimed Islamic State, and Rebecca Cruise provides an update on anti-Islam protests in Leipzig, Germany.

Then Joshua and Suzette Grillot talk with University of Oklahoma sociologist Loretta Bass about first- and second-generation immigrant populations in France, and revisit issues of race and identity.

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World Views
10:13 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Idea-Vs.-Reality For African Immigrant Families In A ‘Post-Racial’ France

Credit Quinn Dombrowski / Flickr

The relationship between racial identity and national identity is a contentious subject in France.

France’s National Assembly voted in 2013 to remove any references to race from national legislation, and French President François Hollande has asserted his belief that racial distinctions have no place in French society.

University of Oklahoma sociologist Loretta Bass calls this attitude toward racial issues the “Ostrich Policy.”

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World Views
11:30 am
Fri August 8, 2014

World Views: August 8, 2014

Suzette Grillot talks with University of Oklahoma political scientist Keith Gaddie about West Africa's worst Ebola outbreak in history, and Monday's anniversary of Britain's entry into World War I.

Later, a conversation about education and development in Africa with OU economist and international and area studies professor Moussa Blimpo.

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World Views
8:44 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Ethical Issues Surround Response To Africa's Ebola Outbreak

Aid workers prepare to respond to Ebola patients in the West African nation of Guinea
European Commission DG ECHO Flickr Creative Commons

Friday the World Health Organization declared the Ebola outbreak in West Africa to be an international public health emergency that requires an extraordinary response to stop its spread.

The WHO made similar announcements in May regarding polio, and in 2009 after the outbreak of swine flu.

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World Views
2:47 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Preschool, Parents, Incentives: The New Face Of Educational Development In Africa

Children at the Bakau Primary School, The Gambia - March 12, 2013
Tina_Sauwens Flickr Creative Commons

Traditionally, educational development work in Africa has focused on building schools and training teachers.

They’ve been successful in many African countries, but University of Oklahoma economist Moussa Blimpo says they’re not enough.

“In the past 20 years, what you see, and what has been celebrated, is the growth of access to education,” Blimpo says. “A lot of kids are getting to school. More than before. But they're not necessarily learning, and the learning outcomes are extremely poor.”

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Health
2:44 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Missionaries Receive Experimental Ebola Serum

Emory University Hospital is seen on August 1, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Jessica McGowan/Getty Images)

Originally published on Mon August 4, 2014 2:27 pm

The two American missionaries infected with Ebola in Liberia have received an experimental serum, according to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health, one of the county’s top infectious disease experts.

Dr. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol of Samaritan’s Purse took the experimental treatment in Liberia, and Brantly reportedly saw his condition reverse within the hour.

However Fauci told Here & Now’s Robin Young that he’s skeptical of so-called “medical miracles.”

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World Views
2:16 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

World Views: March 14, 2014

Joshua Landis joins Suzette Grillot to discuss the continued escalation in Ukraine, and provide an update on Syria as the third anniversary of the country's civil war approaches.

Later, a conversation about Afrocentricity and identity with author, Temple University professor, and activist Molefi Kete Asante.

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World Views
2:48 pm
Wed March 12, 2014

On African Heritage, Activist Intellectual Says Knowledge Is Nothing Without Action

Molefi Kete Asante
Credit Provided / asante.net

Born and raised in Georgia’s most rural county, Molefi Kete Asante’s path has led him on a quest to discover the roots of African Americans and African people. He is now recognized as one of the foremost contemporary African American scholars. 

Asante’s story begins with his name.

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World Views
4:30 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

World Views: January 24, 2014

Joshua Landis provides an update on this week's Syrian peace talks in Switzerland, and Rebecca Cruise discusses the escalation of violence in Ukraine.

Later, a conversation about mother tongue-based bilingual instruction in West Africa with Alice Iddi-Gubbels, the founder and executive director of PAMBE Ghana.

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World Views
2:26 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Oklahoma City Non-Profit Brings Local Language Instruction To West Africa

Students of the La'Angum Learning Center in the remote East Mamprusi district of Ghana.
Credit Alice Iddi-Gubbels / PAMBE Ghana

Alice Iddi-Gubbels grew up in northeastern Ghana - the oldest of 17 children and one of the first from her rural village of Bongbini to attend school.

English is the country’s official language, but most of Ghana’s rural population only speaks one of the dozens of local languages. But Iddi-Gubbels started school in an era when educators thrust unfamiliar English-only instruction upon students.

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