Monday, August 18, 2008

To the Best of Our Knowledge: The New Abolitionists

The New Abolitionists
To the Best of Our Knowledge

Would you be surprised to know there are more slaves in the world today than at any other time in human history? An estimated 27 million people live in bondage.


Maria Suarez tells the story of the five years she spent as a slave and the twenty three years she spent in prison for a murder she didn't commit. Today, Maria is active with a group called "Free the Slaves." Also, Benjamin Skinnner talks with Anne Strainchamps about his book, "A Crime So Monstrous." Skinner tells the story of how he infiltrated slave markets on five continents from slave quarries in India to child markets in Haiti and says that in Manhattan, you're five hours away from negotiating the sale of another human being in broad daylight.


Journalist Adam Hochschild has written "Bury the Chains" about the anti-slavery movement in Britain two hundred years ago. He says they invented many of the political tools and tactics today's protesters still use. Also, Katrina Browne produced and directed the documentary "Traces of the Trade" in an effort to come to terms with her family's legacy of slave trading. Browne talks with Jim Fleming and we hear excerpts from her film.


Muhammad Yunus won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a visionary economist who founded the micro-credit movement and India's Grameen Bank. Yunus talks with Steve Paulson about what he calls "social business," in which charitable dollars keep working as they would in any other business. His new book is called "Creating a World Without Poverty."

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