The relations between the United States and Pakistan have had more ups and downs than the foothills of the Himalayas, or the back roads of Delaware County. The politics of the Cold War saw a closer relationship between India and the Soviet Union. So India’s neighbor and rival Pakistan moved closer to the United States, highlighted by a July, 1961 U.S. visit from Pakistani president Mohammad Ayub Khan, who was feted by President Kennedy at a spectacular state banquet at Mount Vernon. We did treat our friend well. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1019010.mp3
But lately Pakistan has been wracked by political instability as a war in Afghanistan spills across the border, American drones seek out and bomb Taliban locations — in a few cases killing Pakistani soldiers and civilians. For a while Pakistan refused permission for trucks carrying supplies for U.S. forces in Afghanistan to continue their journeys. The bilateral relation seems to no longer be constructive, while domestically, according to the CIA World Factbook, at least half of all Pakistanis live in poverty. Pakistan has never been considered one of the world’s choice tourist spots, even though the government and business interests do encourage visitors. “The United States had cautioned against traveling to Pakistan,” writes Denise B. Dailey, “but they had not prohibited it. Neither [her husband] Tom nor I represented any press organization or government agencies that would cause authorities to be suspicious of ulterior motives on our part. Granted, we arrived as American tourists, and I was not so naive as to forget that, as such, we were both unlikely and unpopular.” In 2006 Denise and Tom Dailey from Walton, NY were among a small group of Americans to visit Pakistan and travel from the capital of Islamabad, through the Khyber Pass, along the legendary Silk Road, into the Autonomous Area of Tajikistan and through the Hunza Valley and Gilgit. Their trip concluded in Abbottabad, which was later revealed as the final hideout of Osama bin Laden. All the while, Denise took pictures and kept a journal, and that documentation has gone into her book, “Listening to Pakistan: A Woman’s Voice in a Veiled Land.” They discovered a harsh land of mountains, deserts, rocky soil and a tough people who have adapted to this environment.
From his training as a geologist Frank H.T. Rhodes understands well the strains placed on our natural environment and resources all over the world. From his vantage point as president of Cornell University from 1977 to 1995, Dr. Rhodes could observe thousands of students moving in and out of temporary digs around Ithaca. Now as President Emeritus of Cornell, Dr. Rhodes has taken the time to share his concerns about the totality of challenges, shortages, possibilities and solutions for a planet that has been our great provider but may not always be able to yield to our demands. In “Earth: A Tenant’s Manual” he shows how difficult it is to move into a place and leave it better than you found it or, even tougher, leave it as if no one had ever been there at all. http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-1019490.mp3
The manual is enormous in its scope (what else would be possible given its subject?), containing many graphs and charts to keep things clear, but constantly readable. Its message is terribly simple: there are too many of us, we are using up the resources that have made human life worthwhile on this planet and we don’t yet have a way of protecting or replacing our air, water, soil and minerals. It starts at the beginning, with as full an explanation as possible of processes that began more than thirteen billion years ago with the formation of our universe. The Earth occupies a special place in more ways than one, situated the proper distance from the Sun to sustain life but the only inner planet in our solar system to remain geologically active. “Earth is a restless planet,” writes Dr. Rhodes. Volcanoes, tremors and earthquakes are common. The surface of the Earth is largely covered by water — it is “the blue planet” — and one of our principal mountain ranges is the mid-Atlantic Ridge, which is entirely beneath the ocean. This book describes a planet that is both familiar and strange.
WSKG strives to be a trusted partner, enriching the lives of the children, families and communities we serve. We value diversity, creativity, integrity, courage, transparency, accountability, open mindedness and responsiveness. These values are at the heart of what defines us as an organization serving our community since 1968. In 2013, WSKG provided these key local services: Arts & Culture programming that pays tribute to the talent of local artists in the Southern Tier of New York. Programs that offered a venue for individuals to gather and engage in civil dialogue about topics of interest in our communities.
As we look forward to a new fiscal year at WSKG, we wanted to take a moment to say thanks to all of you who support WSKG and make us a part of your daily lives. Without you, the past year’s successes would not have been possible – and there were many! I’d like to touch on a few of those. WSKG produced 25 new television programs – all locally-produced content. These included twelve new episodes of Expressions, six new episodes of Let’s Polka!, and three (yes, three!) new historical documentaries, Watson, Johnson and Agnes: The Flood of ’72.