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CSUEB president talks with NPR's 'Morning Edition' about his native Afghanistan


President Mo Qayoumi during a "Morning Edition" interview with NPR recorded at the KQED studio in San Francisco. (Photo: Barry Zepel)

  • June 18, 2010

Remembering his youth growing up in 1950s and 1960s Afghanistan, Cal State East Bay President Mo Qayoumi spoke with interviewer Deborah Amos on National Public Radio's "Morning Edition" about a time in his native country when singers like Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, and Tom Jones were popular, Western fashions were commonly worn and the government had enjoyed stability for nearly 100 years.

The interview, recorded Wednesday, June 16, and played during the NPR program Friday, June 18, described a period from the 1950s through 1978, a very different Afghanistan from the war-torn country of today. The interview follows an article by Qayoumi, "Once Upon a Time in Afghanistan," published in the May 27 Foreign Policy magazine -- with photos the CSUEB leader remembered from his youth in Afghanistan. That article has attracted worldwide attention.

The Qayoumi interview can be heard on the NPR Web site (; a transcript of the interview also is available on that Web site.

VIEW ARCHIVAL PHOTOS from President Qayoumi's article in Foreign Policy magazine.

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