Nicki Lehrer and Mubashar Jawed Akbar on SPEAKING FREELY

Tuesday, April 3 at 1pm Central Standard Time. Rebroadcast Thursday, April 5 at  8 am Central Standard Time.

Nicki Lehrer 1-1:30pm

Nicki Lehrer is the Founder and President of Children of Guayaquil. Ms. Lehrer is a senior at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she majors in aerospace engineering. Last year while visiting Ecuador, Nicki was profoundly touched by the number of street children-- with no shoes, no clothing, no food, and no education. As a result of her experience, she started a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the Ecuadorian street children.

Mubashar Jawed Akbar 1:30-2pm

Mubashar Jawed Akbar is a leading Indian journalist and author. He's the founder and editor-in-chief and managing director of The Asian Age, a daily multi-edition Indian newspaper with a global perspective. He has written several books, including Byline (New Delhi: Chronicle Books, 2003), a biography of Jawaharlal Nehru titled 'Nehru: The Making of India', a book on Kashmir titled 'Kashmir: Behind the Vale', 'Riot After Riot' and 'India: The Siege Within'. He also authored 'The Shade of Swords', a cohesive history of Jihad.

M J Akbar is also the editor-in-chief of The Deccan Chronicle, a Hyderabad-based news daily. In 1982 Mr. Akbar launched what would be called India’s first modern newspaper. Conceived, designed and edited the daily newspaper, The Telegraph, which had a major impact on newspaper journalism in India. In March 2006, Mr Akbar joined The Brookings Institution, in Washington DC, as a Visiting Fellow in the Brookings Project on U.S. Policy Towards the Islamic World.