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During his years as the New York Times’ bureau chief in Cairo, Michael Slackman focused his reporting on what ordinary people were doing and thinking. “There is a tendency [in the Middle East] to focus on the people who do extraordinary things, like getting elected to office or blowing themselves up,” he said, “but as you’ve seen with the Arab Spring, it’s ordinary people who change things.”

During the Arab Spring, Slackman was assigned by the Times to report on the role of Arab youth in the uprisings. These video interviews, entitled “A New Arab Generation Finds Its Voice,” are connected to his print reporting on that story.

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