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TED talk about the surprising effects of reality talent shows

Cultural diplomacy expert Cynthia Schneider talks about American Idol-style talent competitions, and how they are impacting tribal societies in the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan. Programs like Afghan Star and Poet of the Millions have volunteers campaigning for contestants, females competing, and is reviving traditions.
November 16, 2009

Cultural diplomacy expert Cynthia Schneider talks about American Idol-style talent competitions, and how they are impacting tribal societies in the United Arab Emirates and Afghanistan. Programs like Afghan Star and Poet of the Millions have volunteers campaigning for contestants, females competing, and is reviving traditions.

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