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photoSaira Shah grew up in Britain with a romantic picture of her Afghan ancestral homeland created through her father's stories. Years later as a journalist and documentary producer, she would bear witness to the country's war-torn reality and its years of warlordism, civil war, and finally oppression under the Taliban.

In her new memoir, "The Storyteller's Daughter," Saira Shah paints an intimate portrait of Afghanistan's wounded recent past, and its frail future prospects. Now that Afghanistan is wrestling with a 21st century understanding of gender equity and democracy, is it ready to embrace tolerance and women's rights?

Click the "Listen" to hear journalist Saira Shah talk about her new memoir and the future of Afghanistan.


Saira Shah, journalist and author, "The Storyteller's Daughter"

This program aired on September 29, 2003.