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Years After South African Woman Disappears During Apartheid, Family Still Searches For Answers

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Zulu Love Letter


From South Africa, Thembi Simelane and her lawyer Howard Varney speak about their effort to uncover the truth about her sister, who is still missing. She was a courier for the African National Congress during the apartheid struggle, and she was taken, interrogated and tortured. No one has admitted to the murder, and this is one of many cases of disappeared people still unresolved in South Africa.

We hear from the musician about how he started the group Lady Smith Black Mambazo. Produced by David Schulman and Musicians in Their Own Words.


Letters from listeners answered by writer Mark Lynas.


Nate DiMeo tells a story about the "Mad Gasser." Listen to the Memory Palace for more of his work.

Music in this episode: "Last Song" by the Clogs; and "Umathemba" and other songs by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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Before coming to North Carolina Public Radio to host The Story, Dick Gordon was host of The Connection, a daily national call-in talk show produced in Boston, from 2001 to 2005. Gordon is well-known in the profession as an experienced, seasoned journalist with an extensive background in both international and domestic reporting. He was a war correspondent and back-up host for the CBC's This Morning, a national current affairs radio program. An award winning journalist, he has also served as a Parliamentary reporter, Moscow correspondent and South Asia correspondent for both radio and television.
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