TV tonight: ‘20/20’ features education activist Malala Yousafzai

Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai goes global with her message
Photo: Wikimedia/20/20

WASHINGTON, October 11, 2013 —Imagine putting your teenage daughter on the school bus one morning only to learn later she had been shot in the head point blank by a member of the Taliban. Targeted for her advocacy of education, Malala Yousafzai wasn’t expected to live after the attack.

Not only did Malala survive the ordeal. Since then she has become a global advocate for universal education and girls’ rights. Better yet, in the face of renewed threats from the Taliban, Malala is more outspoken than ever. Her bravery has been acknowledged with many awards, including being the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

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Malala is currently in the United States to spread her message of hope and activism and to promote her book “I Am Malala.” She started her campaign by writing a blog in 2009 in which she addressed the Taliban’s harsh position against education for women. She said being shot had only strengthened her resolve.

In a recent interview with Christiane Amanpour Malala stated “they can only shoot a body, they cannot shoot my dreams,” she said. “They shot me because they wanted to tell me that, ‘we want to kill you and to stop you campaigning,’ but they did the biggest mistake: they injured me, and they told me through that attack, that even death is supporting me, even death does not want to kill me.”

Despite being only 16 years old, Malala’s eloquence has overwhelmed more than one interviewer, including Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show.” Stewart was so impressed with Malala he jokingly suggested he wanted to adopt her. His interview with her can be seen here.

20/20 airs tonight at 10 p.m. on ABC.

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To get involved please visit Malala’s site. 

Tonight’s viewing:

All times are EDT:

8 p.m.

ABC: Last Man Standing: (New) Kristin finds herself comparing her boyfriend to John Baker (Jonathan Taylor Thomas), the ambitious owner of the restaurant she manages; as part of Eve’s sniper/hunter training, she and Mike try to catch each other unaware.

CBS: Undercover Boss: (New) Donato’s Chairwoman Jane Grote Abell goes under cover and discovers that pizza isn’t the only thing getting baked at one store.

FOX: MasterChef Junior: (New) The junior home cooks test their whipped cream in an unusual way.

NBC: The Michael J. Fox Show: (Repeat) Mike and Annie try to find a new activity for Graham; Mike’s nemesis, Susan Rodriguez-Jones, is brought on as anchor; Leigh and Ian engage in a Twitter war.

CW: The Tomorrow People: (Repeat) Stephen questions his sanity when he starts hearing voices and waking up in unusual places; a voice in Stephen’s head leads him to a genetically advanced race known as the Tomorrow People.

8:30 p.m.

ABC: The Neighbors: (New) Jackie and Debbie get makeovers by Shirley (Wendy Williams) at Jackie’s favorite hair salon; Reggie and Amber bond over nature programming; Dick tries to help Marty get in shape.

NBS: Sean Saves the World: (Repeat) Sean considers asking Liz or Lorna to help Ellie buy her first bra; Sean receives an inappropriate gift.

TBS: Major League Baseball playoffs: (Live) Los Angeles at St. Louis.

9 p.m.

ABC: Shark Tank: (New) Singer Brian McKnight and a DJ pitch a syndicated radio show featuring love song dedications; skateboards that glide like surfboards; patching holes in window and door screens; an update on the creator of a unique belt.

CBS: Hawaii Five-0: (New) When a missing artifact seems to be the key to solving a double murder, a conspiracy theorist (Jorge Garcia) helps the team.

FOX: Sleepy Hollow: (Repeat) Lt. Abbie Mills and Ichabod Crane are on a hunt to find Mills’ sister.

NBC: Dateline NBC: (New) A woman is found dead in her burning house. Her husband says it was suicide, but authorities wonder.

CW: America’s Next Top Model: (New) The contestants go to Bali where they must model swimwear while walking underwater; the models are asked to pose with leopards and snakes at a local zoo, but two models are too afraid.

PBS: Great Performances: (New) The “Hollow Crown” chronicle concludes with Shakespeare’s “Henry V,” in which the young monarch (Tom Hiddleston) sets out to conquer France. The cast includes Anton Lesser as Exerter; Paterson Joseph as York; and John Hurt as the Chorus.

10 p.m.

ABC: 20/20: (New) Pakistani teen Malala Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by Taliban assassins for wanting to go to school.

CBS: Blue Bloods: (New) Danny serves as lead hostage negotiator when Erin is held at gunpoint inside the courtroom; when Jamie is suspended for disobeying orders, Frank must determine a proper punishment.

Basic cable:

New episodes of: 

WWE SmackDown at 8 p.m. on Syfy

Gold Rush at 8 p.m. on DSC

Gold Fever at 9 p.m. on DSC

National Geographic Photographers: The Best Job In The World at 9 p.m. on NGC

Ghost Adventures at 9 p.m. on Travel Channel

Survivorman’s Survival Secrets at 10 p.m. on SCI

Haven at 10 p.m. on Syfy

What Not to Wear at 10 p.m. on TLC

Real Time With Bill Maher at 10 p.m. on HBO

House Hunters at 10 p.m. on HGTV

Kendra on Top at 10 and 10:30 p.m. on WE

House Hunters International at 10:30 p.m. on HGTV

For movie lovers:

8 p.m.

Joe Dirt on BRAVO


The Village on ENC

Hello Again on FLIX

Horror of Dracula on TCM

Real Steel on TMC

Sherlock Holmes on TNT

9 p.m.

Fantastic Four on BBC

Monsters vs. Aliens on FX

Safe House on HBO

Made in America on SHO

Oz: The Great and Powerful on STARZ

Later tonight:

Isle of the Dead at 9:30 p.m. on TCM

Straight Talk at 9:40 p.m. on FLIX

Man on a Ledge at 10 p.m. on SHO

Philadelphia at 10 p.m. on SUND

Blitz at 10:10 p.m. on TCM

Match Point at 10:30 p.m. on HBO

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