An Insider's View Of Morocco

07/21/09 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, Welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Coming up today we'll hear from an award-winning author who writes about the complexity that currently exists in the Middle East- a complexity rarely talked about in the West.

But first some listener comments about last Thursday's program on which we heard from a former public relations executive for the Cigna health insurance corporation- who is now blowing the whistle on the way private health insurance companies operate here in the US. After the program we received these calls about alternatives around the world to private health insurance companies.

On the first part of today's program we'll meet novelist Laila Lalami who's written a new book describing life today in Morocco. Lalami was born and raised in Morocco but now lives in Los Angeles. She was selected by the World Economic Forum this year as a young global leader. She received a Fullbright scholarship in 2007. She is the founder of the web site http://www.moorishgirl.com.

In her new book Secret Son (Algonquin) she writes about a young man who living in the slums of Casablanca with his single mother. Part of the book is about the 19 year old's search for his father. The other major part of the book is about the complex political forces at work in modern day Morocco.

Laila Lalami spoke with WMNF last week about her reasons for writing about contemporary Morocco.

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