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Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana"

In conversation with Kai Ryssdal
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Episode Summary

Lemmon, a former ABC news reporter, tells the remarkable true story of an unlikely entrepreneur who, against all odds, saved her family and inspired her community in Afghanistan under the Taliban.

Participant(s) Bio

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon is a Fellow and Deputy Director of the Women and Foreign Policy Program at the Council on Foreign Relations. She covered presidential politics and public affairs for ten years as a producer with ABC News and This Week with George Stephanopoulos, before leaving to write about women entrepreneurs in war zones including Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Rwanda. Her reporting on this topic has been published widely and she frequently appears on TV news shows as a policy expert on Afghanistan. She served as an informal advisor on the topic of women's economic empowerment for General McChrystal's staff in Afghanistan as well as economic officials at the American Embassy in Kabul.

Kai Ryssdal is the host of Marketplace on American Public Media. Before joining Marketplace, Kai was a reporter and substitute host for The California Report, a news and information program distributed to public radio stations throughout California. His radio work has won first place awards from the Radio and Television News Directors Association and the national Public Radio News Directors Association.

Before his career in public radio, Kai served in the United States Navy, was a Pentagon staff officer, and was a member of the United States Foreign Service.