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The Leonard Lopate Show

Finding Your Element; "Hannah Arendt"; "Shadow Dancer"; Vietnamese Migration

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Ken Robinson’s TED talk on finding your passion is the most-watched of all time, and he talks about how to discover what your talents are and how to nourish them. Director Margarethe von Trotta and actor Barbara Sukowa discuss the new biopic “Hannah Arendt.” Director James Marsh and stars Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough talk about their film, “Shadow Dancer,” about a Northern Irish woman who chooses to spy on her own family rather than go to prison. And we’ll look at the largest mass migration in human history—the more than one million people who left Vietnam by boat between 1975 and 1996.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Boat People and the Vietnam Exodus

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Carina Hoang, editor of Boat People: Personal Stories from the Vietnamese Exodus 1975-1996, and David Lee and Lala Stein, who are featured in the book, talk about the largest mass migration in modern history, when more than a million people left war-torn Vietnam by boat in search of safety between the years 1975 and 1996. Thousands perished en route. The personal accounts tell of the perilous sea journey, the refugee camps, and the final journey to new adopted homelands.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dr. Hawa Abdi, the Mother Theresa of Somalia

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Dr. Hawa Abdi has been called "the Mother Teresa of Somalia." Since 1991, when the Somali government collapsed, famine struck, and aid groups fled, she has dedicated herself to providing help for people whose lives have been shattered by violence and poverty. In her new memoir, Keeping Hope Alive: One Woman: 90,000 Lives Changed , she talks about founding a camp for internally displaced people located outside war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia. She also tells of being kidnapped by radical insurgents, who also destroyed much of her hospital, because she was a woman. She, along with media pressure, convinced the rebels to let her go, and she demanded and received a written apology. She's joined by her daughter, Dr. Deqo Mohamed.

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WNYC News

Fleeing Syria: Caught Between the Immigration System and Reuniting a Family

Monday, April 01, 2013

It’s been two years since the uprising in Syria began. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have fled the country. One woman finds herself back in New York, caught at the intersection between the U.S. immigration system, war refugees and the conflict in Syria. 

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The Takeaway

What We Carried

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Tuesday marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.  Last week, we started a conversation about your memories of the past decade, and about the books that first helped you you comprehend war.  Many listeners cited Tim O'Brien's "They Things The Carried," but Takeaway listener Jim Lommasson's engagement with that book goes one step father.  Lommasson is a Portland-based photographer and writer whose project "What We Carried" documents the items Iraqi refugees brought with them when they left their homes.

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The Takeaway

Arms Flow as Crisis in Syria Worsens

Thursday, March 07, 2013

The conflict in Syria continues to escalate on all fronts, as the number of refugees reaches a record high and food, medical, and military aid flow into the country in an effort to control the violence. Lara Setrakian, a journalist and the founder of the Syria Deeply news website, joins us now.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: The Syrian Refugee Crisis

Thursday, August 09, 2012

As violence escalates in Syria, thousands of refugees are pouring across the border into neighboring countries. International Rescue Committee’s Melanie Megevand and Sanjayan Srikanthan talk about what’s happening on the ground there.

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The Takeaway

Lawyer Fights for Syrians to Stay

Friday, June 01, 2012

On March 29, the Department of Homeland Security added Syria to the list of nations deemed so unstable that that temporary protected status is granted to the country’s nationals living in the U.S. Are conditions in Syria reaching a point where a rescue is in order?

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The Takeaway

Somalia Famine Made Worse by Militants Blocking Aid

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

The five countries of the Horn of Africa are experiencing the worst declared drought in 60 years. What was a serious problem with the weather has become a humanitarian crisis in Somalia where over 60 percent of the country is controlled by militias who have been hampering the access of aid groups. 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Suketu Mehta on illegal immigrants

Monday, July 25, 2011

Suketu Mehta on illegal immigrants.

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On Being

Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-Azraq — Pleasure More Than Hope [remix]

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-

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On Being

[Unedited] Amahl Bishara with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-

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On Being

[Unedited] Nidal Al-Azraq with Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 07, 2011

Did you know that the sacred city of Bethlehem lies within the West Bank? And, inside its borders, you'll find something unexpected — a close-knit neighborhood where generations of people have created a new life for themselves. Amahl Bishara and Nidal Al-

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The Takeaway

Syria's Latest Crack Down Results in International Blowback

Monday, June 13, 2011

Thousands of Syrian refugees spilled into Turkey as a violent government crackdown unfolded over the weekend.  The crackdown was carried out by elite Syrian troops in reaction to reports of dozens of military defections in the northwestern town of Jisr al-Shughour.

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The Takeaway

Khaled Hosseini on Refugees in Afghanistan and Beyond

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Since the beginning of the war in Afghanistan, thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes, joining the 43 million refugees who are currently displaced around the world. Khaled Hosseini, bestselling author of “The Kite Runner” and “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” feels a particular kinship with these refugees. In 1980, when he was a teenager, he and his family were granted asylum in the U.S. when Afghanistan faced a different decade-long war with the Soviets.

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The Takeaway

Sudanese Lost Boys Reconnect as Men

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

It has been one of the most harrowing stories to come out of Africa in the recent decades: 27,000 young boys fleeing almost certain death or forced military service as child soldiers in a steady stream out of Sudan during it's 20-year second civil war, which started in 1983. In 2000, some 4,000 "Lost Boys" came to the United States in a resettlement program. Ten years later, many in America and around the world are reconnecting though a recently-discovered store of documents from aid workers in Africa. The discovery is helping them document their own lives as well as the lives of their friends. We listen to some tape on this story with help from Paul Adams at the BBC. 

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The Takeaway

Refugees Flock to Libyan-Tunisian Border

Monday, February 28, 2011

It has been called a modern day exodus: Over 100,000 people have fled Libya so far in the wake of the protests and violent retaliation from Col. Moammar Gadhafi’s regime. The majority of the Libyan population lives in Tripoli, which is in the western part of the country. Tens of thousands have now fled to the country's nearest border, to Tunisia, in just the past few days. How will Tunisia — in upheval itself over recent revolution — deal with the influx?

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Barbara Demick on the experiences of North Korean refugees

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Barbara Demick on the experiences of North Korean refugees.

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WQXR News

U.N. Estimates at Least 400,000 Displaced By Violence in Kyrgyzstan

Thursday, June 17, 2010

The U.N. has dramatically increased its estimate of the amount of people displaced by the crisis in southern Kyrgyzstan to 400,000.

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The Takeaway

Haitians in the US Struggle to Reach Loved Ones in Haiti

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Hundreds of thousands of Haitians in the U.S. are still unable to reach their relatives. Phone lines in Haiti are still down and the Internet connection has been unreliable.

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