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Feb 1, 2013

The balance of global power is in transition. CNN Host Fareed Zakaria has been praised and panned for his 

Credit Institute for Policy Studies

book that discusses the global power picture of a post-American world. But the fact is that there are rising powers and indications that the US days of wielding a big stick may be waning.  Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at the Institute for Policy Studies in Washington and is a Fellow at the Transnational Institute in the Netherlands. And she’s authored several books on the UN and global issues.

She will be in Albany, New York speaking at the State University at Albany and the Albany Public Library on February sixth.

Coming up, a very personal view of the Russian ban on American adoptions…and a mom whose goal is to be the commencement speaker at her daughter’s graduation. 

Tina & Julia Traster

  When the Russian government announced its ban on American adoptions of Russian children at the beginning of the year, it set off protests in Moscow and a huge outcry in the states. The ban is seen as a political move… and writer Tina Traster, the author of a book about her own experience adopting a Russian child, said it’s a huge mistake that hurts the children as well as parents hoping to adopt.

And finally, I would like to introduce you to Sumayah Hodges of Las Vegas, Nevada.  She’s the owner of a beauty salon and the proud mom of a college student. She’s got a dream – she wants to be the commencement speaker at her daughter’s graduation. And she wants your help.

Sumayah Hodges has started Sumayah Takes Flight on Facebook and Twitter in an effort to be selected as commencement speaker when her daughter graduates from Spellman University. 

And that's our show for this week.  Thanks to Katie Britton for production assistance.  Our theme music is by Kevin Bartlett. This show is a national production of Northeast Public Radio.  Our executive producer is Dr. Alan Chartock.


Kevin Bartlett - Glow in the Dark

Ottmar Leibert - Dream