7/23: The Underground Girls of Kabul, Stargate Theatre Company, Jim Dwyer on Diaspora, Bald Eagles

July 23, 2015 at 11:41 am

While on assignment in Afghanistan in 2009, journalist Jenny Nordberg discovered the “bacha posh” – daughters who are temporarily raised as sons and presented to the world as boys. Nordberg shares her experiences reporting on this hidden practice, the subject of her new book The Underground Girls of Kabul which was named a Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2014 and finalist for the Goodreads Choice Award, Nonfiction.

The Manhattan Theatre Club founded the Stargate Theatre Company in 2013 to help teens with criminal records by having them create and perform a show based on their own experiences. WLIW producer Ally Gimbel spent time on stage with the students and mentors as they wrote, rehearsed and presented their play Weathering the Storm.

Host Rafael Pi Roman talks to Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and New York Times columnist Jim Dwyer about his book, More Awesome Than Money: Four Boys and Their Heroic Quest to Save Your Privacy from Facebook. Dwyer tells the story behind the creation of Diaspora, a social network that would allow users to monitor their own personal data, and speaks with Pi Roman about social networks, the state of internet privacy, and the technological contribution Diaspora has made.

And NJTV News reporter Lauren Wanko travels to Mercer County where New Jersey’s bald eagle population, once critically endangered, is making a comeback.