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October 11, 2002

This week on NOW:

In THE CASE AGAINST WAR, citizens and concerned groups are participating in rallies to protest the war, but will their concerns carry any weight in Washington? America was two countries this week. One country - hunkered inside the Washington beltway - pushed for war. The other America - spread across the continent - remains ambivalent and troubled.

This is campaign season - less than a month to the midterm election. And the prize is control of Congress. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, one of the country's top analysts of politics and the media, joins Bill Moyers once again to help figure out the real message behind political ads.

Poet Naomi Shihab Nye writes of ordinary things - things we take for granted until it's almost too late. In her new book, "Nineteen Varieties of Gazelle," ordinary things are again her subjects, even when war, politics, and terrorism put them all in jeopardy. She talks to Bill Moyers about the comfort that can be found in poetry.

The Seattle-based social services and community center, El Centro de la Raza has risen up from humble origins to become a haven for the city's underserved people of all ages, ethnicities and religions. After 30 years, the community center is still breaking down barriers of race and class, still feeding the hungry, and helping Latino children and parents discover new things about themselves through the power of words.

In Depth


NOW Viewers speak out on Iraq

Read more from all sides of the debate

Arab girl
Bill Moyers talks with poet Naomi Shihab Nye

Mural at El Centro de La Raza

Read poems by Naomi Shihab Nye

Celebrating El Centro de la Raza

War Medals

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Using poetry to explore culture and history.

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Read the complete transcript.


The Case Against War
Producer: Bryan Myers
Correspondent: Rick Davis
Editor: Amanda Zinoman

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