Has Obama's health care reform bill dented his popularity? [AFP]

On this episode of Frost over the World: Howard Dean on the Democratic party's mid-term election chances; growing support for the Liberal Democrats in the UK election campaign; filmmaker Gurinder Chadha on her new film; and a debate on Sudan's elections.

This episode aired from Friday, April 24, 2010.

Howard Dean

After Barack Obama's narrow victory with his healthcare bill last month, it was widely assumed that his Democratic party would begin surging up the opinion polls again. But that has not happened yet and with mid-term elections approaching, time may be running out.

Howard Dean, the former chairman of the Democratic party and a former US presidential candidate, joins the show to discuss this.

Lord David Steel

The UK is in the middle of an election campaign which has been marked by a surge in support for the country's third party, the Liberal Democrats.

That huge boost in support came one week ago, straight after the UK's first televised prime ministerial debate.

The second debate took place last night and we are joined by Lord David Steel, the former leader of the Liberal Democrats, to discuss the debate and the growing popularity of Nick Clegg, the current leader of the party.

Gurinder Chadha

With films such as Bend it like Beckham and Bride and Prejudice, Gurinder Chadha has become one of Britain's most successful filmmakers.

Her latest film opens this weekend. It's a Wonderful Afterlife tells the story of a Punjabi mother who stops at nothing - not even multiple murder - in her attempts to marry off her nice, overweight daughter.

Sudan's elections

Last week, voters in Africa's largest country went to the polls. But is the fact that the elections went ahead as scheduled a positive sign, or could they serve to further the divisions within the country?

Omar Muhammad Siddiq, the Sudanese ambassador to the UK, and Jendayi Frazer, a former US assistant secretary of state, join the show to discuss.

Source: Al Jazeera