Booktalk: Daring to Drive: A Saudi Woman’s Awakening by Manal al-Sharif  

Manal al-Sharif grew up in Mecca. In her teens she was a religious radical, by her twenties she was a college-educated computer security engineer. She lived for a while in Boston, learned to drive and became a women’s rights advocate. Back home she defied the ban on driving, put the video on YouTube and then was arrested and sent to jail.

This interview originally aired June 23, 2017. One year later the Saudi government made it legal for women to drive.



Top authors are interviewed on this 10-minute program that captures their words about their books and ideas and often the story behind the story. The show, hosted by Diana Korte and engineered by Gene Korte, has been in production for over 20 years.