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The State We're In: Sister Fa

Sister Fa is the most popular hip hop artist in Senegal, and one of the most powerful critics of female genital mutilation in her country.  Hear her story on The State We're In, Monday at Noon. 

Also on the show: Walter Morris didn’t like the color line when he was in the US military during World War II. So he moved it.  Morris and other black servicemen trained on their own, and later became the backbone of a secret airborne mission called Operation Firefly – combating Japanese attacks on the western US by parachuting into fires and putting them out. Decades later, he and surviving members were finally honoured at The Pentagon.

And Anas Aremeyaw Anas is an investigative journalist in Accra, Ghana.  Very few people know what he looks like. That’s because his job demands secrecy.  He gets inside places he’s not supposed to be, like prisons and mental hospitals, to expose corrupt and cruel practices.  That’s why some powerful people want him dead.

Matt Martin was KALW’s general manager from 2006 through 2018. Under his leadership, KALW grew into one of the most productive and innovative stations in public radio. Programs launched at KALW during Matt’s tenure as GM include the award-winning local newsmagazine Crosscurrents, the design podcast 99% Invisible, and the Spanish-language narrative journalism program Radio Ambulante. He helped create the station’s Audio Academy, a year-long program aimed at developing new talents in public radio, and led the first broad-based strategic planning process in the station’s history.