Thursday, January 2, 2014

Interviews with Malala Yousafzai

Don't get too excited... we didn't get to interview Malala Yousafzai. Can you even imagine? We wish. No, this is a collection of videos of interviews with her, because I think she's not only an incredible writer but also an incredible speaker, particularly in interviews. If you have problems with public speaking, take note: Malala interviews well in English (her third language), after being shot in the head (by a group that still wants to assassinate her and her father), about topics that are controversial in her home country, in front of the world with some of the best interviewers on television. Oh yeah... and she's only sixteen.

This is an interview with Malala from 2009, when she was 11 years old (and had not yet been shot).

This is one from The Guardian, the first interview after she was shot.

Here is my personal favorite: the interview with Jon Stewart on "The Daily Show" (the extended version).

And here's one from the BBC.

And here's Diane Sawyer's interview with Malala.

Of course there's overlap in the content, so it might not be necessary to watch them all, but at least watch a couple. She's a bright, brave girl with a lot of important things to say who can say them very well. Her aspirations at the time of writing her book were to be a journalist or a politician, and I think she would be incredible at both.

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