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Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Author Hisham Matar. (Courtesy of Daina Matar)

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.

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Friday, November 4, 2011
Journalist Peter Bergen and Osama Bin Laden in 1997. (Photo Courtesy of Peter Bergen)

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.

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Thursday, October 20, 2011
Revolutionary fighters celebrate the capture of Sirte, Libya, Thusday. Officials in Libya's transitional government said Moammar Gadhafi was captured and possibly killed Thursday when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown, Sirte. (AP)

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.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Bycicles are left at the train station in Minamisoma, inside the 20-kilometer (12-mile) evacuation zone, in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan. (AP)

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

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Friday, September 9, 2011
Author Michael Benfante. (Courtesy of Michael Benfante)

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.

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Friday, August 26, 2011
Qatar is the small Arab Gulf Emirate that's been playing an outsize role in the democratic rebellions across the Middle East, from Yemen to Libya.

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.

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Thursday, July 28, 2011
A supporter of the English Defence League is led away by police during a counter-protest to a pro-bin Laden rally outside the U.S. Embassy in London. (AP)

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.

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Tuesday, July 5, 2011

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

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Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Felicia Boston shields her eyes against the sun outside a tent where a friend has lived since his home was destroyed by a tornado in Cordova, Ala. The city has banned the type of trailers FEMA is providing as temporary housing, prompting outrage among residents who call the decision heartless. (AP)

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?

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Nurse Danielle Sipi of Jefferson City, Mo., shines a flashlight into the crawlspace of a home in Duquesne, Mo, right outside of Joplin. (AP)

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.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
The rapper Khaled M. (left) and the hip hop artist Gon. (thisiskhaledm.com)

An American of Libyan descent pens a rap song for the country’s revolution.

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Monday, May 23, 2011
Egyptian Wael Ghonim. (AP)

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?

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Monday, May 23, 2011
A man carries a young girl who was rescued after being trapped with her mother in their home after a tornado hit Joplin, Mo. on Sunday evening, May 22, 2011. (AP)

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.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Directors and journalists Sebastian Junger, left, and Tim Hetherington are shown at the Restrepo outpost in the Korengal Valley, Afghanistan, during the filming of their documentary "Restrepo". Hetherington was recently killed while reporting from Libya. (AP/Outpost Films/Tim Hetherington)

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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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Farmer and author Gene Logsdon. (Rebecca Cartellone)

Long-time Ohio farmer Gene Logsdon says human and animal waste is our greatest- and most misunderstood natural resource. He explains how manure could be put to better use in his new book. Read an excerpt.

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Friday, May 6, 2011
A man expresses his feeling during a memorial service for the March 11 earthquake victims at Flora Memorial Hall in Soma, Fukushima Prefecture, northeastern Japan. (AP)

Survivors of the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan showed great stoicism, following Japanese custom. But psychologists are now worried that not talking about the disaster could lead to long-term mental health problems.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2011
A portion of the compound of a house, where al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was caught and killed is seen half burned in Abbottabad, Pakistan. (AP)

Today there are reports that bin Laden had 500 Euros in cash and two telephone numbers sewn into his clothing when he was killed. We examine other new details, and set straight conflicting reports.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Robert Rapley examines a family wedding album that he salvaged from the remains of his home in Forestedale, AL. (AP)

We speak with one woman who is using Facebook to help families get back their mementos, lost in last month’s tornadoes.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2011
Boston University students react to bin Laden's death. (Anna Miller/Here & Now)

College students across the country celebrated when news broke of Osama bin Laden’s death. We touch down with a group of Boston University students debating whether they should have.

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Monday, May 2, 2011
The compound where it is believed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden lived in Abbottabad, Pakistan (AP)

Two helicopters and 20 Navy Seals were involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan Sunday. How was the attack planned? Why did it succeed?

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

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Kenyan Author’s Missing Chapter: Being Openly Gay

Acclaimed memoirist Binyavanga Wainaina talks about his writing, Africa today and his new life as an openly gay man.

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Sherpas Walk Out From Everest Base Camp

On Mount Everest today, dozens of Sherpas packed up their gear and left base camp, after a lack of response to their demands.

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What Do We Have To Teach Plato?

Philosopher Rebecca Newberger Goldstein discusses her new book "Plato at the Googleplex: Why Philosophy Won't Go Away."

April 22 21 Comments

Children’s Literature: Apartheid Or Just A General Lack of Color?

African-American children's book authors Walter Dean Myers and his son Christopher Myers weigh in.