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The Takeaway

How the Borders of WWI Shape the Conflict in Iraq

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Boundaries created after WWI have led to many modern day conflicts, including the current struggle between Kurdish forces and the group that calls itself the Islamic State.  

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FT Big Read

Battle for Iraq: the Iranian connection

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Battle for Iraq: the Iranian connection

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The Takeaway

Why We Lost Two Wars: A General Explains

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

On Veterans Day, General Dan Bolger is holding himself accountable for the human consequences of two wars gone wrong.

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The Takeaway

Torture, The War on Terror, and The Whistle-Blower That Wasn't

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Researcher Scott Gerwehr knew the real role American psychologists played in enhanced interrogation. He wanted to come forward as a whistleblower, but died before he had a chance.

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The Takeaway

Kurds Step Up in Fight Against ISIS

Monday, November 10, 2014

While the official U.S. policy is that Iraq must remain unified, Kurdish officials have made no secret of the fact that they do not intend to be again dominated by Baghdad.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 401: On the Home Front: Veteran's Day 2014

Friday, November 07, 2014

Retired Army Sgt 1st Class Max Voelz first recorded in 2011 to remember his wife, Staff Sgt Kim Voelz. They met on Valentine’s Day, while training to work in Explosive Ordinance Disposal–the Army’s elite bomb squad.

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The Takeaway

It's Time to Rethink Counterterrorism

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Thousands of veterans have returned home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, but the Middle East has grown only more chaotic with the rising tide of the Islamic State.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Writing the Book on Counterinsurgency in War

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Retired Lt. Col. John Nagl, recounts his experience on the battlefield in Iraq and talks about crafting the army's new manual on counterinsurgency, shaping our course in Iraq.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Revising the Rules: Insurgency, Criminal Justice, Revolution

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Former Lt. Col. John Nagl on writing the army's counter-insurgency manual. The founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. Eimear McBride's A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing. “Point and Shoot.”

The Takeaway

Kobani and The Campaign Against ISIS

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

ISIS has released a video claiming that it will soon overtake the Kurdish town of Kobani, a pivotal point for the American campaign.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Where ISIS Came from and How It Became So Brutally Powerful

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Frontline producer and journalist Martin Smith talks about "The Rise of ISIS," in-depth investigation of the brutal terrorist group’s ascent.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 398: His Other Family

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shirley Parrello speaks with former Marine Sergeant Kevin Powell, who was with her son Lance Corporal Brian Parrello when he was killed in Iraq in 2004.

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The Takeaway

Valerie Plame on the New Age of National Security

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Valerie Plame and her husband were whistleblowers in the lead up to the Iraq War. She reflects on Iraq today, Edward Snowden's revelations, and her new novel.

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The Takeaway

Here's Some News to Make You Feel Better

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A new website uses historical data and graphical analysis to show us that despite the news, we really are better off. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Responding to Atrocity After Iraq

Monday, October 20, 2014

There were humanitarian reasons to intervene in Iraq, but the failures of 2004 have made it even harder for the US to gain support in combating genocide and oppression worldwide.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 396: Pray for Me

Friday, October 17, 2014

Paul Braun, a Sergeant with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and his interpreter, Philip, remember working together in Iraq.

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The Takeaway

America & The Growing Trade in Syria's Looted Art

Friday, October 17, 2014

An antiquities expert argues that the U.S. should restrict imports of Syrian antiquities to reduce the looting that’s funding both the Assad regime and ISIS.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Turkey's role in the war against Isis

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Turkey's role in the war against Isis

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The Takeaway

Billions of Lost Funds Haunt Iraq

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Stuart Bowen, who was tapped by President Bush to be special inspector general for Iraq's reconstruction, has discovered that over a billion dollars has been stolen from Iraq.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Abortion in America, Civil Rights Reckoning, and The Untold Story of the Iraq War

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Takeaway explores abortion laws in the United States, a movement to revisit civil rights-era crimes, and a startling new report about the war in Iraq.