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How a shortwave radio network is helping to counter Boko Haram

Boko Haram hasn't given up, but it's on the ropes after a push by the Nigerian military last year, and vigilance by regional peacekeepers. Also countering their influence is a regional shortwave radio network, Dandal Kura Radio International, started just over a year ago, as the world's first network to broadcast in Kanuri — the language spoken by 10 million people in the region, and by most members of Boko Haram. Anyone with a cellphone can call in and share information and ideas. This plus news, current affairs, radio dramas and other programming has started to help counter Boko Haram's power to attract, and is helping a bruised and fractured region move toward a less fraught future.

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Conflict & Justice

Nigeria plans mass execution

Nigeria plans to execute more than 300 prisoners on death row. There hasn't been an official execution in eight years. Anchor Jeb Sharp speaks with Shehu Sani, president of the Civil Rights Congress and a former political prisoner.

Global Politics

Nigerian president dies

The World's Carol Hills reports that Nigerians are mourning their president, Umaru Yar'Adua, who died last night. There were great hopes for his presidency when he came into office in 2007, but his term was marred by chronic health problems.

Global Politics

Lead poisoning disaster in Nigeria

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Richard Fuller of the Blacksmith Institute, an organization that is helping to clean up a toxic mine in northern Nigeria where at least 170 people, mostly children, have died after being exposed to high levels of lead.

Arts, Culture & Media

Nneka

Singer Nneka Egbuna goes simply by her first name. Nneka was born in Nigeria to a Nigerian father and German mother. She has been called an 'Afro-German warrior princess.' The description is a bit deceiving. We hear more today.

Sports

Geo answer

Anchor Marco Werman speaks with the BBC's Alex Capstick in Cape Town, South Africa, about the controversy surrounding Nigeria's president and his decision to ban the national team from competing, following a bad performance at the World Cup.

Arts, Culture & Media

Afro rock

For today's Global Hit � a celebration of Nigerian Afro-rock from the 1970′s. Anchor Jeb Sharp speaks with Uchenna Ikonne, who wrote the liner notes for a 2-CD set called 'The World Ends: Afro Rock and Psychedelia in 1970s Nigeria.'