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Host: Scott LaMar
Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Malaysia, Pakistan...Muslims in these countries and more than a dozen others have been targeting U.S. interests and government facilities with protests that have sometimes led to violence over the past week. In Libya, U.S. Ambassador Christpher Stevens was killed. Meanwhile, although "friendly" forces in Afghanistan have been turning their weapons on American soldiers since 2007, the attacks have increased recently and Americans are wary that they'll be targeted more now.
The rage is in response to an obscure film on YouTube, produced by an Egyptian-American, that depicts the Prophet Muhammed in a negative way. Protestors believe the U.S. government should ban the film they find blasphemous.
On Wednesday's Radio Smart Talk, we'll get a local perspective on the anti-American protests and violence from Dr. Mehdi Noorbaksh, Associate Professor of International Affairs at Harrisburg University of Science and Technology and Joyce Davis who has written extensively about the Middle East. She is a former foreign correspondent and editor for NPR and Knight Ridder Newspapers. She is now president of the World Affairs Council of Harrisburg.
Also, Pennsylvania's elk herd is growing. So much so, that limited hunting of the animals is now permitted. But most Pennsylvanians would rather just enjoy seeing an elk in the wild. Would you? Would you know where to go to see an elk? We'll learn more about Pennsylvania's elk herd from Jerry Feaser of the state Game Commission.
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