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Can a reality TV show change Middle Eastern attitudes about science?

By Malu Halasa  

Reality TV has not always had it easy in the Middle East. Al-Ra’is (“The Boss” in Arabic), a Bahrain-based version of Big Brother, was suddenly pulled off air in 2004 because of Islamic protestors. By contrast, Stars of Science (SOS), an education and entertainment hybrid that celebrates scientific innovation, has been a huge success. It is embarking on its fifth season on the Pan Arab MBC network, which broadcasts on 17…

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