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Thursday, December 23, 2010

Making Sense Of Devastation And Trauma In Iraq

Relatives of Mohamad Jassim, grieve by his grave in the Wadi al-Saalam cemetery in Najaf. Mohamad disappeared from his neighborhood in Baghdad in 2005, but it was years later that the Jassim family received news of his fate after recognizing the photograph of his body. (Photo by Moises Saman for The New York Times)

Nearly four months after President Obama declared an end to the American combat mission in Iraq, the country still has nearly 50,000 american service members present in non-combat operations.

We take a look at the reality on the ground, and the country’s new government with New York Times Baghdad bureau chief Anthony Shadid. Shadid told us that he struggles to make readers understand the devastation in the country, where everyone he meets has lost a loved one.

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Experts share a range of perspectives on how to combat the Islamic State militant group, and the role the U.S. should play.

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Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

November 26 8 Comments

Arlo Guthrie Celebrates 50 Years Of ‘Alice’s Restaurant’

Listening to the 18-minute musical monologue has been a Thanksgiving tradition among folk music fans for decades.

November 26 Comment

One Refugee’s Story Of Coming To America

Paul Okot vividly remembers landing at JFK airport in New York at 7 years old, after fleeing violence in southern Sudan.

November 25 3 Comments

Rapper Le1f Finds Struggle And Moral Diversity In American Music

We've been asking musicians what they think of when they think "American music." Today we hear from Khalif Diouf, aka Le1f.

November 24 7 Comments

Ferguson: One Year Later

City council member Wesley Bell looks back on the past year since protests and violence swept the Missouri city.