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This Week
September 6, 2002

This week on NOW: The Louisiana marshes around New Orleans help supply us with more seafood than just about any other region in the country, as well as much of our oil and gas. But this vibrant and productive ecological region is slipping into the Gulf of Mexico at an alarming rate. Every year, a chunk of land nearly as big as Manhattan crumbles and washes away.

Bill Moyers talks to Kathleen Hall Jamieson, leading media analyst, author of EVERYTHING YOU THINK YOU KNOW ABOUT POLITICS…AND WHY YOU’RE WRONG, and dean of the Annenberg School of Communication, on the issue ads that will be hitting our television screens this fall.

Saad Eddin Ibrahim, one of Egypt’s best-known champions of democracy and human rights and respected sociologist from the prestigious American University in Cairo, offended the regime of Hosni Mubarak and is in prison for it. The U.S. government is one of many to protest Ibrahim’s treatment, but refuses to use the two billion dollars that Washington gives Mubarak as leverage to win Ibrahim’s release. Bill Moyers talks to the professor’s wife, Barbara Ibrahim, a distinguished sociologist in her own right, about Saad’s imprisonment, theorizing that her husband has been put in prison for "mixing his academic writing and intellectual production with activism."

In Depth

Sign in sinking Louisiana wetland

Delve into the history of the Mississippi Delta

Learn more about "Losing Ground" in Louisiana

Mississippi River
Kathleen Hall Jamieson Takes a Look at Pharmaceutical Ads

Egyptian street scene
Background on "Prisoner of Conscience"

The Earth from space

Evaluate The Earth Debate and then Talk about the environment on the message boards


Learn more about the issues discussed on NOW.

Read the complete transcript.


Losing Ground
Producer: William Brangham
NPR Correspondent: Daniel Zwerdling
Edited by: Amanda Zinoman

Prisoner of Conscience
Correspondent: Rick Davis

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