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December 23, 2011 Comment

Military Family Together For Christmas, But War Stays With Them

For the first time in three years, the Nordman family is spending Christmas all together after Sgt. Jim Nordman returned home from Iraq in November.

December 20, 2011 18 Comments

Looking Back On The Iraq War, After Losing A Son There

About a week before he was killed in Iraq, Pfc. John Hart called his parents and said he was concerned because soldiers didn’t have enough protection. His parents’ efforts to help came too late for John, but have saved the lives of others.

December 12, 2011 3 Comments

What Did James Murdoch Know And What Will It Mean For Rupert’s Empire?

More reporters are saying that editors knew about the phone hacking at News of the World, calling into question James Murdoch’s claims that he knew nothing when he led News Corporation’s British operations.

November 23, 2011 4 Comments

Libyan Author Plans His Return, With Hopes Of Finding His Father

Author Hisham Matar is returning to Libya for the first time in 30 years. In part, he’s hoping to find his father, a dissident who was jailed under Moammar Gadhafi.

November 14, 2011 22 Comments

PSU Abuse Allegations Raise Question, ‘Why Didn’t Anyone Call The Cops?’

The Penn State University sexual abuse scandal has people asking why someone didn’t act sooner to stop the abuse? For instance, how could a grown man say he witnessed a rape and not call the police immediately? Psychologists say the “bystander effect” may be at play.

November 10, 2011 24 Comments

Penn State Students Push Back Against Paterno Firing

Penn State senior Alex Braunbeck was at the protests against Paterno’s firing and he wondered “does doing the right thing and being loyal for 61 years mean nothing in this society?”

November 4, 2011 Comment

Osama Bin Laden’s Final Days

In 1997, Peter Bergen produced the first TV interview with Osama Bin Laden. Now in a new film for the National Geographic Channel, Bergen chronicles the end of the Al Qaeda leader’s life.

October 20, 2011 4 Comments

Gadhafi, Libya’s Leader For 42 Years, Killed

Moammar Gadhafi, who ruled Libya with a dictatorial grip for 42 years until he was ousted by his own people in an uprising that turned into a bloody civil war, was killed Thursday.

September 13, 2011 Comment

Inside Japan’s Ghost Zone

Six months after Japan’s nuclear crisis, BBC reporter David Shukman made his way inside the exclusion zone that was evacuated during the disaster.

September 9, 2011 5 Comments

A Reluctant 9/11 Hero Looks Back

On Sept. 11 Michael Benfante carried a woman in a wheelchair down 68 floors of the north tower of the World Trade Center to safety. Everyone called him a hero, but ten years on he can’t stop thinking of the firemen he passed on the way down.

August 26, 2011 5 Comments

Libya’s Revolution: Made In Qatar?

The small Arab emirate of Qatar has been playing an outsize role in the Arab Spring rebellions across the Middle East leading to a perception that “all roads” lead there.

July 28, 2011 43 Comments

Norway Attacker Said To Be Influenced By British Nationalist Group

Confessed Norway attacker Anders Breivik may have been influenced by the British nationalist group, the English Defence League, whose members are against immigration and believe Muslims are culturally incompatible with westerners.

July 5, 2011 6 Comments

Was The Arab Spring Inspired By Moses?

Author Bruce Feiler argues that the yearning for freedom reverberating through the Arab world originated with the stories of Moses and Abraham.

June 9, 2011 2 Comments

‘A Gay Girl In Damascus’ Blog

After reports that the blogger known as “A Gay Girl In Damascus” was detained by Syrian police, questions have emerged as to whether she’s even a real person. We sort through the details with NPR senior social media strategist Andy Carvin.

June 9, 2011 2 Comments

‘Keyboard Cowboy’ Blogs To Keep Residents Safe From Fire

Springerville, Arizona resident Wesley McBride had to leave his home yesterday because of the massive Wallow wildfire. Now he says he’s acting as a “keyboard cowboy,” blogging to keep community members up to date on the fires.

June 1, 2011 2 Comments

FEMA Grapples With String Of Natural Disasters

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, or FEMA, is grappling with a string of natural disasters across the country. What is the agency doing to avoid the kinds of mistakes that plagued it in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina?

May 26, 2011 Comment

As Search Continues, Joplin Radio Station Helps Connect Tornado Survivors

We speak with Chad Elliot of KZRG in Joplin, Missouri, who has been on the air practically around the clock since Sunday’s deadly tornado, trying to connect people in need in Joplin.

May 23, 2011 Comment

Egypt’s Wael Ghonim: ‘Through Technology You Can Actually Help Change The World’

We sat down with Wael Ghonim, the Google executive who launched a Facebook page that became the online heart of the Egyptian revolution. Should the U.S. support the opposition in Libya?

May 23, 2011 Comment

Deadly Tornado Tears Apart Joplin, Missouri

Officials say a tornado that cut through the Missouri city of Joplin, demolished a third of the city, ripping into a hospital and damaging thousands of buildings.

May 17, 2011 2 Comments

Journalist Sebastian Junger Reflects On Colleague’s Death, His Own Close Call

Journalist Sebastian Junger was supposed to be in Libya, covering the conflict there with photojournalist Tim Hetherington last month. A personal matter kept him home, when Hetherington and another photographer, Chris Hondros, were killed in a battle in Misrata.

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October 30 2 Comments

How Athletes Are Getting ‘Faster, Higher, Stronger’

Mark McClusky says for elite athletes today, pushing boundaries and breaking records is all about "the aggregation of marginal gains."

October 30 12 Comments

A Computer Model Forecasts Ebola’s Future Path

With the virus in Africa, the U.S. and Europe, experts have created a computer model to predict where it could go next.

October 29 Comment

Reporter Crosses Into Syria To Tell Stories Of Fighters

Holly Williams of CBS discusses some of the people she's interviewed, including women soldiers on the frontlines.

October 29 9 Comments

How Far Have We Come Since The Financial Crisis?

Or are we already going backwards? We ask Michael Lewis, author of books including "Flash Boys" and "Liar's Poker."