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This Week
September 20, 2002

This week on NOW:

A few weeks ago, NOW showed how the coastline of Louisiana is crumbling and washing away because of human actions. As the barrier that protects New Orleans from the stormy Gulf of Mexico continues to vanish, the risk that a hurricane could drown the city gets worse every single year.

Then, Bill Moyers interviews Arundhati Roy, who is widely known in literary circles for her first novel, THE GOD OF SMALL THINGS. Her newest book, POWER POLITICS is not the novel her public expected -it is a collection of short essays and a defiant poke in the eye to the Enrons of capitalism, to American foreign policy, and the corruption of Indian democracy. She talks about American power, global dilemmas, and why she got arrested in her native India.

In the early 1960s, the United States placed a trade embargo on Cuba aimed at isolating the Communist country, but today you can buy apples from Washington state in the markets of Havana. And because of recent legal changes to the U.S. embargo, American companies are doing $100 million dollars in business, and an estimated 22,000 American tourists traveled there illegally last year, pumping over twenty million U.S. dollars into the Cuban economy.

In Depth

Cuban flag

Delve into the history of the relationship between the United States and Cuba

How do commodities bring the world together? A Q&A with filmmaker Bill Gentile

Field of grain
Bill Moyers talks with Arundhati Roy

Mississippi River
Why is the Mississippi River Delta disappearing?

Memorial crosses

Talk about how your life has changed since 9/11/01 on the message boards


Find out what's behind the U.S. embargo on Cuba.

We've got more resources for teachers


Learn more about the issues discussed on NOW

Read the complete transcript.


Distant Neighbors
Producer: Bill Gentile
Correspondent: Joseph Contreras
Edited by: Stephen Mack

The Sinking Of New Orleans
Producer/Camera: William Brangham
Correspondent: Daniel Zwerdling
Edited by: Amanda Zinoman

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