War Correspondence

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Monday, October 22, 2007

NPR's FBI correspondent Dina Temple-Raston tells the real story of the Yemeni-American Al Qaeda recruits known as the Lackawanna Six. And a filmmaker gets deep inside one man's struggle with manic depressive illness. Also, a novelist depicts life in small town America on the eve of World War I. But first, a panel of journalists - one joining us live from Baghdad - shares eyewitness accounts of the conflict in Iraq and explains the complexities of wartime reporting.


Dina Temple-Raston

Reporting Iraq

News outlets tell us what is happening in Iraq, but they rarely reveal anything about what it's like to be the person getting the stories. Reporting Iraq offers a narrative history of the war from the March 2003 invasion through the summer of 2006 as seen through the eyes of ...

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A Summer in the Cage

Filmmaker Ben Selkow had planned to make a movie about street basketball when he met Sam Murchison, a man struggling with debilitating manic depression. "A Summer in the Cage" is an uncomfortably close look at seven years in Sam's rapidly deteriorating life, raising questions about the responsibility a filmmaker has ...

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The Air We Breathe

Pulitzer Prize-winner Andrea Barrett's latest novel, The Air We Breathe, revisits characters from her 1996 National Book Award–winning collection Ship Fever. Set in an Adirondack lake community on the eve of World War I, the story follows the wealthy patrons of a tuberculosis hospital and the poor residents of a ...


The Jihad Next Door

In the spring of 2001, a group of Arab-American friends from Upstate New York traveled to an Al Qaeda training camp. In The Jihad Next Door, NPR’s FBI correspondent Dina Temple-Raston tells the story of the men who would become known as the "Lackawanna Six," exploring why they went, what ...


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