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Radio relief for Rwandans’ social conflicts

A specially designed radio soap opera stimulates cooperation and tolerance toward other ethnic groups

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2:34pm, March 13, 2009

For those who see no social value in soap operas, stay tuned. A field experiment directed by Harvard University psychologist Elizabeth Levy Paluck finds that a reconciliation-themed radio soap opera that ran for a year in the genocide-ravaged nation of Rwanda encouraged greater cooperation, tolerance of public dissent and acceptance of marriage across ethnic lines among its listeners.

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