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The Brian Lehrer Show

International News: G8 on Syria; Taliban Peace Talks

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The G8 summit was nominally about economic policy, but much of the talk centered on how the US and Russia will approach the Syrian conflict. Bloomberg Businessweek economics editor Peter Coy explains the G8 economic news, and  Justin Vogt senor editor for Foreign Affairs, discusses the latest international developments. Plus, the latest from Afghanistan, where the Taliban announced yesterday that they will engage in peace talks, but then launched an attack alter in the day.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Graduation Numbers; The G8 Summit; 20 Years After Dead Man Walking

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

New York City just released high school graduation numbers. The city’s Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky is here to discuss. Plus: Justin Vogt, senior editor at Foreign Affairs magazine, talks about the Syria news out of the G8 conference, and explains why it’s important the Taliban signaled it’s ready to talk peace; Sister Helen Prejean on the 20th anniversary of her book Dead Man Walking; Niall Ferguson talks about his new book – The Great Degeneration: How Institutions Decay and Economies Die; and journalist Graeme Wood explains how a former classmate scrubbed his online record clean. 

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The Takeaway

Karzai Walks Away From Peace Talks, FEMA Flood Maps Have Big Consequences

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

A Bumpy Road? Karzai Walks Away From Peace Talks | Special Senate Elections in New Jersey and Massachusetts | FEMA Releases New Flood Insurance Maps for New Jersey | John Hodgman on the End of the World | Happy Juneteeth! | An Inside Look Into the Largest Solar Boat Ever Built

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

A turning point for Pakistan?

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

A turning point for Pakistan?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Taliban vs. Teenage Girl, Richard Hell, The New Deal

Monday, March 11, 2013

Vanity Fair’s Marie Brenner tells how a Pakistani girl became the face of resistance against the Taliban—and the target of gunfire. Richard Hell talks about starting pivotal punk bands like Television, the Heartbreakers, and Richard Hell and the Voidoids. Jonathan Dee describes his latest novel, A Thousand Pardons. Historian Ira Katznelson argues that a small group of Southern lawmakers protected American democracy during the 1930’s, even as they safeguarded racial segregation. 

The Leonard Lopate Show

Malala Yousafzai: The Target

Monday, March 11, 2013

Vanity Fair writer-at-large Marie Brenner discusses Malala Yousafzai, the 15-year-old girl from Mingora, Pakistan, who was recently shot for speaking out against the Taliban. In her article “The Target,” in the April issue of Vanity Fair, she tells how a girl from a remote village became a force for change as well as a focus for a number of complex agendas.

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After Killings, U.N. Stops Vaccine Work in Pakistan

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Following the murders of two additional vaccine workers in Pakistan, the United Nations has announced that they will suspend the program. Declan Walsh has been following the story for The New York Times.

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On The Media

Taliban Declares War on Journalists

Friday, October 19, 2012

The widespread media coverage of Taliban shooting victim Malala Yousafzai seems to have come as a surprise to the Taliban, who are claiming the media are biased against them.  Brooke speaks to Pakistani journalist Mushtaq Yusufzai, who says the Taliban are planning attacks on journalists because they feel the media are ruining their reputation.

Andrew Pekler - Here Comes the Night

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The Global Struggle for Girls' Education

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Today is the first-ever U.N. International Day of the Girl, a day dedicated to raise awareness of the cause for educating girls and young women around the world. It's a day of hope and celebration that comes on the heels of a brutal attack in Pakistan, where a teenage girl named Malala Yousafzi was shot for promoting girls' education in the Swat Valley.

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15-Year-Old Female Activist Shot by Taliban in Pakistan

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Malala Yousafzai lives in Pakistan and is known throughout her home country for the work she's done campaigning for girls' education. Yesterday she was shot in the neck.

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US Soldiers punished for Koran Burning and Video

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

No U.S. officers will face jail time after two separate incidents of military misconduct in Afghanistan earlier this year. For the burning of a box of Korans, four Army officers and two enlisted soldiers received letters of reprimand. For the video of marines urinating on Taliban corpses, three officers received "non-judicial punishments."

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New Collection Anthologizes Taliban Poetry

Friday, July 20, 2012

Afghanistan has a long, rich literary tradition, particularly storytelling through poetry. A new collection, edited and translated by British researchers living in Kandahar, anthologizes 250 contemporary poems by members of the Taliban.

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Michael Semple Interviews Taliban Commander

Thursday, July 12, 2012

In a rare exchange, former diplomat Michael Semple interviewed a veteran leader of the Afghan Taliban and learned about the organization's plans for the country after the United States withdraws from the country in 2014.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Mini-Scandals Should be Major Test of Obama's Leadership

Friday, April 20, 2012

The back-to-back GSA and Secret Service mini-scandals, along with the newly-leaked photos of our soldiers posing with Taliban remains, remind us that sometimes public servants behave badly and it's not a partisan affair.

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Taliban Announces Suspension of Dialogue with the US

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The Taliban this morning says it is suspending dialogue with the U.S. The announcement comes days after an American soldier allegedly killed 16 Afghan civilians. Correspondent for our partner the BBC Bilal Sarwary discusses this statement as well as Afghan President Hamid Karzai's demands that NATO troops pull back to major bases and accelerate Afghan responsibility for safeguarding the country.

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New Three-Way Talks on Afghanistan

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Three way talks between the U.S. the Afghan government and the Taliban are reportedly underway. It's a significant development that suggests the Taliban were dropping longstanding objections to face-to-face discussions with the Afghan government. Afghan President Hamid Karzai confirmed the talks to The Wall Street Journal and we're joined now by Yaroslav Trofimov the Afghanistan editor at The Wall Street Journal.

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New NATO Report on Taliban

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Our partner the BBC has gotten its hands on a secret NATO report on the state of the Taliban. It shows Pakistan's security services are directly assisting the Taliban in Afghanistan and know where senior Taliban leaders are hiding. Joining us now is Bilal Sarwary, correspondent for our partner the BBC.

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Hamid Karzai Wants to Negotiate with Taliban

Monday, January 30, 2012

Earlier this month we reported the U.S. was taking steps to talk to the Taliban in Qatar. Plans have been agreed to set up some kind of public affairs office but that move did not play well with the President of Afghanistan Hamid Karzai. And so he's jump-started the talks by attempting to create his own dialogue with the Taliban. 

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Sebastian Junger on Video of Taliban Desecration

Friday, January 13, 2012

On Thursday a video showing four U.S. Marines purportedly urinating on the corpses of three dead Taliban fighters went viral on the internet. Defense secretary Leon Panetta called the behavior “utterly deplorable” and Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai decried the video as “completely inhumane.” The video comes at a tense time, as the U.S. tries to foster peace talks between the Taliban and Karzai's government.

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Taliban Leaders to Open Qatar Office

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

On Tuesday, after months of denying it was interested in participating in formal talks to end the war in Afghanistan, the Taliban indicated it would consider opening a political office in Qatar. A political office would give mediators from the U.S. a legitimate contact for Taliban members. No details have been given about when these negotiations would begin, or what would be bargained for. This step also implies that there will continue to be some kind of Taliban presence inside Afghanistan.

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