Middle East

The Leonard Lopate Show

Exploring Muslim Identity in Theater, Comedy, and Revolution

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Aasif Mandvi guest hosts. Thanassis Cambanis on revolution in Cairo. Ayad Akhtar on heading to Broadway. Corey Powell on life on Mars. Dean Obeidallah on religion and comedy. 

America Abroad

America Abroad: The Power of Art in a Changing Middle East

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Art has the power to move millions where politics fails. This time on America Abroad, hear some of the most prominent artistic voices in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Combining Modern Technology, Political Savvy, and Terror, The Islamic State Grows

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Western media misunderstands ISIS, ignoring their new model for nation building and their keen understanding of Middle Eastern politics, argues Loretta Napoleoni.

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The Takeaway

Turkey's Reluctant Fight Against ISIS

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Domestic politics and a 40-year long conflict with Kurdish separatists have complicated Turkey's relationship with longtime allies.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Seeds of Terror

Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Today's  "25 Years in 25 Days" looks back on 1996, where the Taliban seized control of Kabul, Afghanistan. Sarah Chayes looks back at the moment that changed the Middle East forever.

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The Takeaway

Mecca: More Manhattan Than Ancient

Thursday, October 02, 2014

The annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca begins this week. But those making the journey will struggle to find remnants of the ancient city the Prophet Mohamed knew. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Negotiating the Middle East Peace Process, and Documenting Apartheid in South Africa

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lawrence Wright on the Middle East peace accords, Joseph Lelyveld on photography during apartheid, Damon Galgut on his new novel, and Nicholas Carr on the technology tradeoff. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Thirteen Days that Changed the Middle East Peace Process

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter persuaded Israeli prime minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian president Anwar Sadat to sign the first Middle East peace treaty, one which endures today.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

How To Build A Coalition Against ISIS

Monday, September 15, 2014

Secretary Kerry says that "every single aspect of the president's strategy.. has been offered by one country or multiple countries." So how exactly is the anti-ISIS coalition forming?

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The Takeaway

Examining The Inner Workings of ISIS

Friday, August 29, 2014

Newly seized documents reveal the organizational structure of ISIS—where its leaders come from, and how they became involved with the insurgent group. 

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The Takeaway

Despite Gazan Cease-Fire, No Long-Term Peace Plan

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Israel and Hamas finally agreed to a cease-fire this week. But many say the deal hardly addresses most of the underlying problems that prompted this summer of fighting.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Alawites to Yazidis: A Guide to Religious Communities in the Middle East

Friday, August 22, 2014

This week's Please Explain is about religious communities in the Middle East—Shia, Sunni, Alawite, Yazidi, and more—and their political conflicts and power struggles.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why the Spy Who Might Have Forged Peace in the Middle East was Assassinated

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning biographer Kai Bird talks about the life and death CIA operative Robert Ames, who was the most influential and effective intelligence officer in the Middle East.


The Brian Lehrer Show

Who Gets to See the CIA Torture Report

Thursday, August 07, 2014

The release of the Senate's massive assessment of the U.S. torture practices has once again been delayed amid argument about who gets to see it, who gets to redact it, and whether the public will ever get to know. Karen Greenberg, director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law University, discusses what comes next.

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The Takeaway

Gaza Truce: Peace Talks With No Winners

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

On Monday, Israel and Hamas agreed to a 72-hour cease-fire proposed by Egypt. But a lack of trust between all three parties could complicate hopes for a long-term solution to the conflict.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Maggie Gyllenhaal's New Role Blends the Personal and Political

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In the upcoming SundanceTV miniseries The Honorable Woman, she portrays Nessa Stein, whose personal life mirrors the volatile politics of the Middle East.

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The Takeaway

An Inside Look at Gaza's Tunnels

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

In a televised address late Monday night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his citizens to prepare for a long fight in Gaza. 



A Teen's Dispatch from Israel

Friday, July 25, 2014

The conflict in Gaza accelerated just as New Jersey resident Josh Cohen arrived — but he's not planning to cut his trip short.


The Brian Lehrer Show

International Politics: Russia, Gaza, and Iran

Monday, July 21, 2014

David Sanger, national security correspondent for The New York Times and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power (Broadway, 2013), talks about developments in Russia and Ukraine, violence in Gaza, and nuclear talks on Iran. Plus Max Seddon, Buzzfeed foreign affairs reporter based in Russia, joins from Ukraine with the latest on the downed airliner and the geopolitical implications.

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The Takeaway

The Deep Divisions of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gaza has been plagued by conflict for decades. And for people living in the Gaza Strip, one of the most densely packed places on Earth, occupation and confrontation are just troubles inherent in daily life.

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