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Fresh Air, Andrea Elliott and Joel Hafvenstein, November 29, 2007

Written by: Terry Gross
Narrated by: Terry Gross
Length: 50 mins

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Hear New York Times reporter Andrea Elliott, entrepreneur Joel Hafvenstein, and jazz critic Kevin Whitehead on this edition of Fresh Air.

Andrea Elliott talks about her recent New York Times Magazine cover story. She explains how the small Moroccan neighborhood of Jamaa Mezuak has bred terrorists responsible for a number of recent high-profile attacks. Some were involved in the Madrid train bombings, and some went to Iraq. She won a Pulitzer Prize this year for her series An Imam in America.

Then, Joel Hafvenstein, who worked in Afghanistan for a year trying to convince Afghan opium poppy farmers to give up what he calls "the perfect crop". Working for a private company funded by the United States Agency for International Development, it was Hafvenstein's job to provide Afghan farmers with small jobs like building canals and roads. His aim was to convince them to give up their alliance to the former Taliban government.

Finally, Kevin Whitehead reviews a recently reissued album by tenor saxophonist Dewey Redman. [Broadcast Date: November 29, 2007]

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