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A busy Wednesday

Dr. Royce and Pam Money, Dr. John Tyson, Dr. Gary McCaleb, Dr. Dwayne VanRheenen and Jack Rich have an early morning meeting with Malgasy officials at the Ministry of Education. They compare notes afterward over coffee and Coke in the Hotel Carlton lobby. We have an appointment shortly afterward at TVM, where Royce, John and Gary are interviewed for a story the network plans to air that evening on its national news program and on Teen Talk. We walk a short distance from the hotel, past people selling wares and begging on the tree-lined sidewalk. The interviews go well, but have to be done twice because of a technical glitch they discover as we are about to leave. TVN director Volatihina Ranaivomanana moderates the individual interviews as the ACU administrators take turns sitting in blue plastic chairs where Teen Talk audience members sit during that show’s filming. Volatihina tells us he plans to air the 4-minute film we gave him, plus the interviews, later tonight, and we hope to watch them as they are broadcast on TV later tonight while eating dinner at the home of Assany’s brother. The group leaves about noon for lunch at a Malagasy restaurant about 90 minutes away, then heads to a tour of the Queen’s Summer Palace atop a mountain. [Dr. Royce Money, Volatihina Ranaivomanana, Dr. John Tyson and Dr. Gary McCaleb in the studio of TVN on Wednesday; and McCaleb waits for his interview to begin]