I find it encouraging, therefore, when journalists and activists use TV intelligently to educate the American public on important issues. This week, two such TV presentations particularly impress.
Brad Pitt and Global Green USA
Today and tomorrow on NBC's Today Show, actor and activist Brad Pitt continues his crusade to rebuild New Orleans Ninth Ward devastated two years ago by Hurricane Katrina, and to remake New Orleans using environmentally friendly and energy-efficient building methods and materials. If you missed Pitt on TV, check out the videos at MSNBC.
To learn about Brad Pitt's extensive work for green building strategies and New Orleans, as well as his efforts to combat AIDS and poverty in Africa, read Profile of Brad Pitt, Activist & Film Actor.
(Photo: Mark Mainz/Getty Images) Brad Pitt attends a press conference for the Global Green USA's first house project at the Holy Cross Neigborhood association project in the 9th ward district, on August 21, 2007 in New Orleans.
CNN's Christiane Amanpour on Jewish, Christian and Islamic Fundamentalism
CNN's Christiane Amanpour is presenting a compelling, truly extraordinary three-part documentary report entitled God's Warriors. Each part traces history, explains religious beliefs and examines modern-day practices. Part one last night was devoted to Jewish Warriors. Tonight is devoted to Muslim Warriors, and tomorrow to Christian Warriors.
Christiane Amanpour is CNN's Chief International Correspondent and one of the most honored TV journalists in the U.S. She's often given entree where other reporters are neither welcomed nor allowed, especially in the Middle East where she has extensive connections.
To learn more, read Profile of Christiane Amanpour, CNN Chief International Correspondent.
I urge you to not miss God's Warriors. The worldwide influence of religious fundamentalism in the 21st century is pervasive... and frightening. Take time to learn more about it.
(Photo of Christiane Amanpour: Peter Kramer/Getty Images)