Rebecca Hersher

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Meet The Cool Girls At A High School In Kabul: #15Girls

Thursday, October 15, 2015

They're defying the rules that girls shouldn't get a higher education. But there are obstacles ahead, from pressure to marry young to the lack of slots in the country's universities.


As A Father's Alzheimer's Progresses, Family Learns To Love Him As He Is

Saturday, October 03, 2015

As his disease advances, Greg O'Brien finds his personality shifting, too. "I know I can't go back to who I was before," he says. "I've got to learn to live with the new me."


As Alzheimer's Symptoms Worsen, Hard Conversations About How To Die

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Six years after he was diagnosed with both cancer and Alzheimer's, Greg O'Brien is beginning to talk to his doctor, and to his family, about his "exit strategy" for the final years of his life.


Ebola Flashback: Nancy Snyderman's Experience Was Different From Mine

Saturday, August 29, 2015

The Today show medical editor gave a new interview about her controversial quarantine. It triggered powerful memories for an NPR journalist who was in Liberia around the same time.


When Alzheimer's Steals Your Appetite, Remember To Laugh

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Fresh grilled swordfish now tastes like rolled newspapers to Greg O'Brien, an unexpected effect of his Alzheimer's. And shopping without a grocery list is futile. But summer barbecues are still sweet.


When Losing Memory Means Losing Home

Saturday, July 18, 2015

As his Alzheimer's progresses, journalist Greg O'Brien and his wife have decided it's time to leave the home where they raised their three kids. The move is turning up some sweet discoveries.


For Families Of Heroin Addicts, Comfort Comes In Sharing Their Stories

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Parents who have lost children to addiction and overdose gather at a weekly support group south of Los Angeles. In relating their stories, they hope to cope with a pain that's growing all too common.


Seeing What Isn't There: Inside Alzheimer's Hallucinations

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Sometimes Greg O'Brien gets a tingling in the back of his brain that tells him a hallucination is coming. Lions. Spiders. Birds. Sometimes the creatures are friendly. Too often, they're not.


Notes On A Month Spent Embedded In Afghanistan

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Producer Rebecca Hersher is just back from a monthlong reporting trip to Afghanistan. She talks to host Arun Rath about her experience.


Oil-Soaked Wildlife Turn Up On California Coast, As Cleanup Efforts Continue

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Workers continue to clean the coastline near Santa Barbara, where some 105,000 gallons of crude oil were spilled. Several pelicans, both dead and alive, have been found soaked in oil.


New Fears Among Afghanistan's Minority Hazara Community

Saturday, May 16, 2015

In a prisoner swap this week, a militant group released 19 of 31 Afghan Hazara men kidnapped in February. The kidnapping raised fears in this minority community of being targeted in sectarian attacks.


In Kabul, An Uneasy Springtime Equilibrium

Saturday, April 25, 2015

At the start of Afghanistan's "fighting season," officially declared by the Taliban on Friday, NPR producer Rebecca Hersher meets a group of boys who just want to fly their kites.


Afghan Political Cartoonist Argues His Drawings Should Be More Critical

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Habib Rahman Habib has a very dangerous job in Afghanistan. He is a political cartoonist who has kept drawing through the communists, mullahs, Taliban and into the present government.


Supporting A Spouse With Alzheimer's: 'I Don't Get Angry Anymore'

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Mary Catherine O'Brien says when she first married her husband Greg in 1977, he was funny and outgoing. Alzheimer's disease has stolen much of that, she says, but the two are closer than ever.

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One Man's Race To Outrun Alzheimer's

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Cape Cod journalist Greg O'Brien has always found solace in running, and a diagnosis of Alzheimer's hasn't stopped him. But making it work — for himself and his family — isn't always easy.


Meet Mafiaboy, The 'Bratty Kid' Who Took Down The Internet

Saturday, February 07, 2015

When he was just 15, Michael Calce pulled off one of the biggest hacks in history. Today, Calce works in computer security on the other side, and he says he thinks some good came of his 2000 attack.


After Alzheimer's Diagnosis, 'The Stripping Away Of My Identity'

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Greg O'Brien talks about how his life has changed in the five years since he was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease. "More and more I don't recognize people," he says.


In LA, Women Build A Mosque Where They Can Call To Prayer

Saturday, January 31, 2015

A women-led mosque held its first jumma'a, or Friday prayer service, in Los Angeles this week. The group is hoping to strengthen the Muslim community in America by empowering the faith's women.


'How Do You Tell Your Kids That You've Got Alzheimer's?'

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Writer Greg O'Brien was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease five years ago. He describes what it was like to hear the news — and break it to his family.


A Half-Century Of Battles For The Biggest Rock Walls

Sunday, January 11, 2015

As two climbers attempt Yosemite's most daunting cliff face, documentarian Nick Rosen, co-writer and co-director of Valley Uprising, explains the park's history of climbs and culture clashes.