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The Takeaway

America's Longest War: When Will it End?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

A new series produced by The GroundTruth Project, "Foreverstan," considers what America’s longest war has accomplished, and its lasting consequences for the people of Afghanistan.  

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The Takeaway

The Afghan War Told Through The Eyes of An Orphaned Soldier

Thursday, February 19, 2015

An orphaned Afghan soldier is the protagonist of Elliot Ackerman's new novel, "Green on Blue."  

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The Takeaway

As War Winds Down, NPR Closes Kabul Bureau

Monday, December 22, 2014

More than a decade after America's war in Afghanistan began, journalists are leaving behind an unfinished story. NPR’s Sean Carberry reflects on leaving Kabul at the end of 2014.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

What Happened When a Soldier Tried to Report War Crimes in Afghanistan

Friday, July 25, 2014

The story of Private Adam Winfield, a soldier in Afghanistan who attempted to alert the military to war crimes his platoon was committing.

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The Takeaway

Afghan Man Threatened After Saving Navy SEAL

Monday, June 30, 2014

An Afghan villager who risked his life to rescue Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, a man immortalized in the film "Lone Survivor" starring Mark Wahlberg, is now being hunted by the Taliban and is desperate for help.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

America in Afghanistan since 2001

Monday, April 07, 2014

Carlotta Gall talks about reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan since shortly after 9/11 and gives a sweeping account of a war brought by well-intentioned American leaders against an enemy they barely understood and could not truly engage. Her book The Wrong Enemy: America in Afghanistan, 2001-2014, combines personal accounts of battles and betrayals with moving portraits of ordinary Afghanis who have endured war for more than a decade.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Crumbling Results of Mismanaged Billions in Afghanistan

Thursday, April 03, 2014

A multi-million dollar prison already falling apart. Planes losing parts on their first flight. A $19 million chicken coop. These are some of the bungled Afghan reconstruction projects funded by U.S. taxpayers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bradley Manning Verdict

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bradley Manning was convicted of violating the Espionage Act, but found not guilty of "aiding the enemy" for supplying classified information to Wikileaks. Arun Rath, reporter for Frontline and PRI's The World and new host of NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, and Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (Simon & Schuster, 2013), discuss the verdict, and what it means for the military, transparency, and journalism.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

International News: G8 on Syria; Taliban Peace Talks

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The G8 summit was nominally about economic policy, but much of the talk centered on how the US and Russia will approach the Syrian conflict. Bloomberg Businessweek economics editor Peter Coy explains the G8 economic news, and  Justin Vogt senor editor for Foreign Affairs, discusses the latest international developments. Plus, the latest from Afghanistan, where the Taliban announced yesterday that they will engage in peace talks, but then launched an attack alter in the day.

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WQXR Blog

Young Afghan Musicians to Tour US

Thursday, January 17, 2013

The Afghan Youth Orchestra is to begin a 12-day U.S. tour that includes concerts at the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall and the New England Conservatory in Boston.

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The Takeaway

Why a Stable Afghanistan May Rest on Local Government

Thursday, January 03, 2013

In parts of Afghanistan robust local government institutions have taken hold. As the Obama administration prepares for the pullout of American forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014, a question rises: Could these institutions hold the key to a stable future for the country? David Loyn, the BBC’s international development correspondent, has been reporting from Afghanistan on the run-up to the transition.

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The Takeaway

What Happens When We Leave Afghanistan

Friday, August 31, 2012

Little will be said at either of the national conventions about Afghanistan. But NATO forces have been fighting and dying for 11 years — and plan to leave within the next two. Is the job done?

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The Takeaway

Obama's Surprise Visit to Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

In a move that marks the beginning of the end of our war in Afghanistan, President Obama made a surprise visit to Kabul on Tuesday to sign a strategic partnership agreement with Afghan President Hamid Karzai. We talk with Michael Semple, fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at the Kennedy School of Government, about the political and foreign policy implications of the agreement.

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The Takeaway

US, Afghanistan Reach Strategic Partnership Agreement

Monday, April 23, 2012

After months of on and off negotiations, the U.S. and Afghanistan have announced a strategic partnership agreement that ensures an American presence in Afghanistan until at least 2024 – a full decade after U.S. combat troops are scheduled to withdraw from the country in 2014. But the agreement, whose text was not released, does not include many specifics at all. We're joined by Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Chair of Islamic Studies at American University.

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Studio 360

Commentary: Waiting for Good Art

Saturday, June 08, 2002

How quickly will art be created in reaction to our war — and how quickly will we be able to appreciate it?

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