Talk Radio in Afghanistan Has Pessimists and Critics Too

I’ve been assisting someone with a little bit of editing work, which has involved reading English transcripts of Afghan talk radio shows. From what I’ve seen so far, their talk radio is more monologue than dialogue and relatively polite. Below is a brief selection: 

Caller: I do not think that anyone will listen to our words on this program, except us. Therefore it is useless to talk. Nobody will solve these problems. Thank you. Bye.

Presenter: Thank you. We have the next caller.

Caller: Based on what the previous caller said, I want to say that no one can tell the truth. There was a program on this radio station and the announcer was threatened many times. Then that program was cancelled. Nowadays all the sources of information, the media, the government and non-government institutions, are puppets of the foreigners who are supporting them. There are major problems in our society, more serious than the subjects you select for this program. I hope you do not mind my words, but I am telling the truth. Thank you. Bye.

Presenter: Thank you. We have the next caller.

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