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Last-Minute Audits Build Little Confidence In Afghan Elections

Sunday, July 06, 2014

The election impasse continues in Afghanistan. Preliminary results are due on Monday, following an audit of ballots, but Abdullah Abdullah, who is trailing his rival, says he won't accept the results.

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Morning Edition

Afghanistan's Slow-Motion Election Strains A Fragile Country

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The presidential vote was held in April. The two-man runoff came on June 14. Preliminary results expected Wednesday have been delayed as one candidate, Abdullah Abdullah, claims widespread fraud.

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Morning Edition

Journalist Reflects On Karzai's Legacy After Rare Access To Afghan Leader

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Renee Montagne talks to Afghan journalist Mujib Mashal about his recent profile of Afghan President Hamid Karzai in The Atlantic magazine.

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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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Report Questions U.S. Policy On Overseas Drone Strikes

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Stimson Center concludes that targeted killing operations may have protected Americans at home, but come at a heavy price abroad.

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All Things Considered

U.N. Official Calls For Calm In Afghanistan After Claims Of Election Fraud

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Afghan presidential candidate Abdullah Abdullah claims last weekend's runoff vote was rigged in his opponent's favor. He says he won't recognize the results, which won't be known for a month.

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All Things Considered

Before Votes Are Fully Counted, Fraud Claims Roil Afghan Election

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Just hours after polls closed in Afghanistan's presidential election, candidate Abdullah Abdullah claimed the vote was rigged in favor of his opponent, Ashraf Ghani.

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1,000 Words: Afghans Engage In A Dangerous Game

Thursday, June 19, 2014

A snapshot of goat-grabbing, a popular sport in Afghanistan.

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Morning Edition

Afghan Voters Defy Taliban Threat; Vote In Presidential Runoff

Monday, June 16, 2014

Afghans went to the polls on Saturday to vote for a successor to Hamid Karzai who's ruled since 2001. Former foreign minister Adbullah Abdullah faced off against former finance minister Ashraf Ghani.

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Afghans Are The Winners In Their Presidential Elections

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Host Scott Simon takes note of the huge turnout and great pride Afghans exhibited during their presidential election runoff.

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Afghans Head To Polls Despite Violence

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Afghans are choosing between two former government ministers in a presidential election that will be the first transfer of power by ballot in Afghanistan's history.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: Film, Fatherhood, Music, and JFK's Unspoken Speech

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender!

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All Things Considered

Fledgling Afghan Media Seek Line Between Journalism And Activism

Friday, June 13, 2014

When a popular Afghan journalist was killed shortly before the April election, his colleagues stopped reporting Taliban statements and downplayed violence on election day.

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In A First, Afghanistan Is Set To Change Leaders At The Ballot Box

Friday, June 13, 2014

In a country shaped by warlords, Saturday's presidential election features two urbane men with doctorates vying to replace Hamid Karzai. Both want close U.S. relations, including a security deal.

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Bergdahl Back In The U.S. To Continue Recovery

Friday, June 13, 2014

The Army sergeant spent five years as a captive of the Taliban. He arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio early Friday morning after spending nearly two weeks recuperating in Germany.

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Morning Edition

Afghans To Decide Successor To Karzai On Saturday

Friday, June 13, 2014

Renee Montagne talks to Abdullah Abdullah, the Afghan presidential frontrunner. Abdullah faces a runoff with Ashraf Ghani to determine who will succeed embattled Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

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Morning Edition

Taliban Prisoner Swap For Bergdahl Was To Be Part Of Bigger Deal

Friday, June 13, 2014

The exchange of detainees for Bowe Bergdahl was supposed to be part of a bigger peace process. Renee Montagne talks to Marc Grossman, former U.S. special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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The Takeaway

What We're Fighting for in Afghanistan

Thursday, June 12, 2014

It’s the nation’s war — our soldiers are just following orders. But they have a duty to protect each other, says filmmaker Sebastian Junger, which is what makes the alleged desertion of Sgt. Bergdahl so troubling.

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2 Weeks After Prisoner Exchange, Bergdahl Arrives In Texas

Thursday, June 12, 2014

U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, held hostage for five years in Afghanistan, has arrived at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Coming Close: America in Afghanistan; Bill and Willie Geist on Father-Son Talks; Mathematical Thinking

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Anand Gopal explains how the US came close to victory in Afghanistan and what led to the resurgence of the Taliban. CBS "Sunday Morning" correspondent Bill Geist and his son Willie Geist, host of the "Today Show" and MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," share some of their father-son conversations over the years. Find out how math is a lot more than just addition, subtraction and long division...it’s also the science of not being wrong.