review: “afghanistan”

part one: a description

Set to looped sitar music and punctuated by first-person narration, interviews with Afghani citizens, and sound bites from President Obama, Denise looks (here and here, too) at the repercussions of a withdrawal of foreign combat troops in Afghanistan.

She speaks to Sayid and Ahmadullah, who equally fear a “return of the dark days of the Taliban,” and notes that such attitudes have resulted in a countrywide “survival of the fittest” mentality.

Magic and miracles, Denise explains, can turn things around post-occupation: both of which are in short supply.

part two: addendum

To complement Denise’s micro-podcasts, I recorded an excerpted reading of Khaled Housseini’s The Kite Runner—my first and memorable experience with Afghanistan.

In this scene, protagonist Amir encounters the Taliban for the first time.

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