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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Death of James Foley

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Developments and reaction to the video released by ISIS that purports to show the beheading of U.S. photojournalist James Foley.   

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PRI's The World

An American veteran and a jihadi share memories of Robin Williams

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This isn't the setup for a joke: Last week, after the death of Robin Williams, a US Army veteran and a supporter of Islamic militant group ISIS tweeted their regrets. Soon the pair were swapping recollections of their favorite Williams movies and other pop culture trivia.

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PRI's The World

It might take a miracle to get Iraq back on track

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Sectarian discord in Iraq is mounting, and new prime minister Haider al-Abadi must convince Sunnis, Shiites and Kurds to keep working together in a united Iraq. He's Iraq's best hope, but even a change in leadership may not be enough.

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The Takeaway

ISIS Presents New Fear For Iraq's Christians

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

For Assyrian Christians, the brutal victories of ISIS forces are just the latest bloody chapter in a story that spans centuries of slaughter, ethnic cleansing, and suppression.

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The Takeaway

Can the U.S. Partner With a Terrorist Group?

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Kurdistan Workers' Party, also known as the PKK, is officially considered a terrorist group by the U.S. But now, it's playing a growing role in the fight against ISIS.

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PRI's The World

A Kurdish British lawmaker goes back to Iraq on a mission to boost support for the peshmerga

Monday, August 18, 2014

Nadhim Zahawi is a Kurd born in Iraq, but he represents Stratford-on-Avon in the British Parliament. He recently returned home to northern Iraq to see what the British government could do to help in the current crisis.

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PRI's The World

The Mosul Dam is a 'ticking time-bomb' for more reasons than you might think

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Mosul Dam is vital to Iraq, but it's one of the most dangerous dams in the world. Without constant upkeep, which is threatened because of fighting over the dam, it's at risk of collapsing and sending a tidal wave down the Tigris River

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PRI's The World

Yazidis in America are consumed by the fate of their relatives in Iraq

Friday, August 15, 2014

Gulie Khalaf lives in Lincoln, Neb., home to America's largest Yazidi community. Community members are consumed by news about fellow Yazidis in danger in Iraq, so much so that some people have quit their jobs to grieve — and work to help people escape.

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PRI's The World

Take a ride-along with Nashville’s first Kurdish American cop

Friday, August 15, 2014

Had things been a little different, Jiyayi Suleyman might have been a peshmerga fighter alongside his uncle and other Kurdish troops. Instead he's a police office in Nashville trying to keep the city's residents there safe.

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PRI's The World

US veteran says police response in Ferguson 'isn’t the country we fought to protect'

Friday, August 15, 2014

The heavy-handed police response to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, this week, has drawn a lot of criticism from veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Phillip Carter, a former army captain, wrote a piece for the Daily Beast entitled "Ferguson's Cops Are Armed Like I Was in Iraq."

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On The Media

Islamic State Imagery

Friday, August 15, 2014

Most of what we’ve seen of the Islamic State comes filtered through its own well-oiled media machine. Sebastian Meyer tells us about the images the I.S. wants us to see.

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PRI's The World

Who wants a caliphate, anyway?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

The idea of a caliphate has a powerful history for Muslims, who enjoyed their greatest political and military successes under ancient caliphs. But Muslims are divided over whether the caliphate proclaimed by ISIS militants is worthy of that proud mantle.

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The Takeaway

Is the U.S. Bailing on Baghdad?

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Is the city of Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq the new Baghdad? When examining U.S. foreign policy, it now seems to involve a greater emphasis on making Kurdistan safe from ISIS, even as Baghdad's political stability and its ability to defend itself seems to be eroding.

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New Sounds

Alone at My Wedding

Thursday, August 14, 2014

This New Sounds is all about party music from the Balkans, Near East, and Central Asia.  From the frantic and sweaty pop that provides the soundtrack for celebrations in Egypt, to Punjabi wedding music, it’s all here.  Listen to music from the Albanian horn band Fanfara Tirana, along with a Bjork tune arranged by Syrian pop legend Omar Souleyman.  Then there’s music from Egyptian DJs of the Cairo Liberation Front, and music from Brooklyn-based Punjabi sweaty-making party band, Red Baraat.  Plus, listen to the highly danceable Syrian electronic dabke music, also heard at weddings and parties.  And more.

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The Takeaway

Iraq: The Case for a King

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Former Iraqi Minister of Trade, Defense, and Finance, Ali Allawi, reminds us that before Saddam Hussein, Iraq had a monarchy. He says that a monarchy may be a long-shot, but it's hardly a remote idea. 

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PRI's The World

Kurds in Irbil try to maintain normal lives with ISIS close by

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

As ISIS forces closed in on the de facto Kurdish capital, residents of the city tried to keep their daily lives going. Now, after an American intervention, the future looks more secure, though some Kurds fear that the aid may carry a heavy price for them.

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The Takeaway

America's Reluctant Return to Iraq

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

In Iraq, a political crisis is underway as Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki continues to refuse to relinquish power. And the U.S. military is struggling to effectively deliver much needed aid to thousands of Iraqi Yazidis. George Packer, a staff writer for The New Yorker, says that Iraq is in need of a unifying figure.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Leaderless Iraq, Comedy and Depression, and The Impact of a Name

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

1. America's Reluctant Return to Iraq | 2. Iraq: The Case for a King | 3. Hollywood Film Icon Lauren Bacall Dies at 89 | 4. The Takeaway Book Club: 'All Our Names'

PRI's The World

The fight against ISIS takes a back seat to squabbles in Baghdad

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

The fight between Nouri al-Maliki and Haidar al-Abadia for the prime minister's job in Iraq could be hurting the fight against ISIS in the north.

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The Takeaway

Can The U.S. Help Iraq Save Itself?

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Thousands of Kurdish Yezidis remain trapped atop Mount Sinjar, and on Sunday evening, Britain's Royal Air Force was forced to abort an aid drop amid fears that the thousands below could be injured. Here, The Takeaway examines what it takes to make humanitarian missions successful.

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