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The Leonard Lopate Show

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, a Novel by Anthony Marra

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Anthony Marra discusses his debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena. It’s set in Chechnya and explores the transcendent power of love in wartime.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Community Reaction to Bombing Suspects

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Tricia Rose, professor of Africana Studies and director of the Center for Race and Ethnicity at Brown University, and author of The Hip Hop Wars: What We Talk About When We Talk About Hip Hop-And Why It Matters, and Mohamed El Filali,  executive director of The Islamic Center of Passaic County in Paterson, NJ, discuss the complex reactions when we think and talk about the religion and ethnicity of the Boston bombing suspects.

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The Takeaway

The Question of Divided Identity

Monday, April 22, 2013

One week after the tragedy in Boston and several days after the manhunt that resulted in the capture of Dzhokar Tsarnaev and the death of his brother Tamerlan Tsarnaev, questions have turned to motive and due process. Americans are mystified: what would inspire two young men who went to school in the United States and were part of the community to commit such heinous acts? And what legal rights should Tsarnaev have?

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The Takeaway

Reviewing Chechyan History for Clues About Suspects' Motives

Friday, April 19, 2013

Stephen Dalziel, former Russian analyst for the BBC, and Aslan Doukaev, North Caucasus Service Director for Radio Free Europe retrace the recent history of the region to describe what historical forces may have shaped these two young men. "I am to be honest a little baffled," Doukaev says, noting that there is no historical precedent for an attack like this.

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WNYC News

Former Friend Says Boston Suspect Had 'Air of Power,' Was 'Intense'

Friday, April 19, 2013

A suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who was shot dead after a police standoff on Friday had an “air of power” and an intensity that could frighten, his former friend told WNYC.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

International Crises

Friday, April 19, 2013

Daniel Pinkston, deputy project director of the North East Asia Program at the International Crisis Group, discusses his experience in North Korea. He's joined by Paul Quinn-Judge, former national security correspondent for the Boston Globe and Russia/Chechnya expert at the International Crisis Group, to discuss the emerging information about the Chechnyan roots of the suspects in the Boston marathon bombing.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Boston Manhunt Updates

Friday, April 19, 2013

Boston is on lock-down this morning as police continue to hunt for the 2nd suspect in the Boston marathon bombings. Overnight, the two suspects killed an MIT police officer, injured a transit officer in a firefight and threw explosive devices at police during their getaway attempt. One suspect was killed, the surviving Boston bombing suspect has been identified as Dzhokhar A. Tsarnaev, 19, of Cambridge, Mass.

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The Takeaway

At Least Six Killed in Gun Attack on Chechen Parliament

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In the latest chapter in a long history of violence in Chechnya, militants broke into the Chechen Parliament in Grozny this morning gunning down at least six people and wounding more than a dozen others. Two of the attackers were reported to be suicide bombers. This attack, like others, is thought to be a challenge to the authority of Ramzan Kadyrov, Chechnya's leader. Michael Schwirtz, Moscow correspondent for The New York Times, has been following the story and joins the program with the latest.

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The Takeaway

Dagestan Becomes New Center of Turmoil for Russia

Monday, September 06, 2010

Three Russian soldiers were killed and over 30 officials were wounded yesterday when a suicide bomber drove a car rigged to explode into military installation in Dagestan, a Muslim region of Southern Russia. Although no group has taken responsibility for the attack, Sunday's events underscore the increasing strength of an insurgency movement in the region. Over the last two decades, Russia has fought two civil wars against Islamic separatists in the neighboring Caucasus Mountains region of Chechnya. Yet as violence in Chechnya has drawn down, Dagestan has become increasingly unstable. The region made headlines earlier this year when an attack on Moscow's subway system was credited to two female bombers from Dagestan. For the latest, we speak with New York Times Moscow Bureau Chief Clifford Levy from Moscow.

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The Takeaway

After Subway Bombings, Russia's Next Move

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

It's been over 24 hours since the terrorist attack in Moscow, where two female suicide bombers targeted subways, killing almost 40 people.

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The Takeaway

Suicide Bombers Attack Moscow Subway

Monday, March 29, 2010

Two female suicide bombers wearing belts packed with explosives blew themselves up on the Moscow subway just before eight o'clock this morning — a time when the city is busiest with commuters. Chechen rebels are believed to be responsible for the attack, which has left at least 37 people dead.

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The Takeaway

Intimidation: A Journalist is Murdered in Chechnya

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Natalya Estemirova, a prominent journalist and human rights activist, was kidnapped yesterday from her home in the Chechen capital of Grozny. She was found a few hours later, dead of gunshot wounds to the head and chest. She spent her career documenting kidnappings and killings in Chechnya and was working on documenting an arson campaign by government-backed militias. Her work frequently pitted her against the Chechen government. Her death raises larger questions of safety for human rights workers and journalists. Joining The Takeaway with more of the story is Dimitri Babitch, political journalist with the Russian news agency Rio Novosti in Moscow.

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The Takeaway

Russia claims an end to military operations in Chechnya

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Russia declared an end to its ten-year operation in the autonomous republic of Chechnya today. The decade long struggle between the nations brought ten of thousands of Russian troops to the region to fight separatist movements. It is unclear how many troops will remain in the now stable country. The move is a step towards normalizing the relations between the two countries. For more we turn to Olexiy Solohubenko, Russia analyst for the BBC.

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