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On Being

[Unedited] Arnold Eisen with Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 06, 2012

Abraham Joshua Heschel insisted that the opposite of good is not evil, it is indifference. Born into an esteemed Hasidic family in Poland in 1907, he was a mystic who wrote transcendent, poetic words about God. At the same time, he marched alongside Marti

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The Takeaway

The Power of War Letters

Friday, November 23, 2012

When Mary DeChillo heard the voice of veteran Michael Scotti reading a letter he had written to his family while on duty in Iraq, it evoked the memory of a student she had named Phil Lippens who came back from the war with PTSD and a traumatic brain injury.

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WNYC News

Gaza Returns Rockets For Israeli Airstrikes

Saturday, November 17, 2012

The conflict between Israel and the Gaza Strip continues to escalate after Israeli airstrikes flattened key targets in Gaza and Palestinian rockets threatened deeper into Israel than ever before.

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Marine Corps General Who Called War 'A Racket'

Sunday, November 11, 2012

"I was a racketeer for capitalism."
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The Leonard Lopate Show

Thomas Ricks on Military Leadership

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thomas Ricks discusses the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq. History has been kind to the American generals of World War II—Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley—and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed. He looks at why in his new book The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today.

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WNYC News

New Bombing In Syria After Ineffective Truce Ends

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Syrian government jets bomb Damascus suburbs and other towns to root out rebels, while Qatari prime minister delivers blistering criticism of Syrian leader Assad.

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WNYC News

Afghan Army Seeks Better Equipment, But Lacks Basic Skills

Sunday, October 28, 2012

When you see a U.S. soldier standing next to an Afghan one, the difference is striking. U.S. troops are saddled down with much more high-tech equipment. But many say handing over better devices won't actually be helpful for soldiers who still need the fundamentals.

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The Takeaway

Times Correspondent C.J. Chivers on Reporting from Inside Syria

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

C.J. Chivers, correspondent for our partner The New York Times, has just returned from a reporting trip in Syria. He followed a group of Syrian rebels and the development of military tactics, including the booby trapping of ammunition, while he was there.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Revenge of Geography

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Robert D. Kaplan examines global upheavals, past and present, through the lens of geography and looks at what lies ahead for continents and countries around the world. In The Revenge of Geography: What the Map Tells Us About Coming Conflicts and the Battle Against Fate  he traces the history of the world’s hot spots by examining their climates, topographies, and proximities to other conflicts. Kaplan then applies the lessons learned to the present crises in Europe, Russia, China, the Indian subcontinent, Turkey, Iran, and the Arab Middle East.

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The Takeaway

Growing Up in a War Zone

Monday, October 15, 2012

While war continues to ravage Syria, the world watches in horror. The question weighing most heavily on our collective conscience is simply this: What about the children?

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WNYC News

Taliban Say They Shot Teenaged Pakistani Girl Who Exposed Their Cruelty

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Malala Yousufzai kept a diary and detailed the Taliban's actions. After it was featured on the BBC, she became a national figure. Now, the Taliban say they're behind her wounding and that they'll try again to kill her if given the chance.

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WNYC News

Bombing Kills At Least 14 In Afghanistan, Including Three NATO Troops

Monday, October 01, 2012

In another incident, a firefight between NATO and Afghan troops left at least two Americans dead. Confusion, not an "insider attack," may have sparked the deadly exchange. The number of U.S. military and civilian personnel killed in Afghanistan since late 2001 has now passed 2,000.

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Soundcheck

Vijay Iyer: Turning Veterans' Dreams Into Music

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Pianist Vijay Iyer, poet Mike Ladd and and Iraq War veteran Maurice Decaul join us for a live performance and discussion about the Harlem Stage-commissioned work Holding It Down: The Veterans’ Dreams Project.

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Radiolab

In the Valley of the Shadow of Doubt

Monday, September 24, 2012

Errol Morris is a legendary fact-hunting documentary sleuth. His film The Thin Blue Line has been credited with overturning a murder conviction, and freeing an accused man from a death sentence. For him, the search for truth shouldn't stop short of insanity. He tells Jad and Robert a story about ...

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Radiolab

The Fact of the Matter

Monday, September 24, 2012

Getting a firm hold on the truth is never as simple as nailing down the facts of a situation. This hour, we go after a series of seemingly simple facts -- facts that offer surprising insight, facts that inspire deeply different stories, and facts that, in the end, might not matter at all.

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WNYC News

As Last Surge Troops Leave, Some Afghans Take Up Arms Against Taliban

Friday, September 21, 2012

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is comparing an uprising against Taliban rule in Andar, Afghanistan, to the "Anbar Awakening" in Iraq that helped turn the tide against al-Qaida in that nation.

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The Takeaway

Coalition Joint Operations Strategy Scaled Back in Afghanistan

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Since the drawdown of troops began last summer, the American mission in Afghanistan has been clear: train Afghan troops. But after a string of deadly attacks on NATO personnel by rogue Afghan security forces, that mission, at least temporarily, has changed.

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WNYC News

As Attacks Continue, NATO Scales Back Joint Operations In Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Green on blue" attacks have continued. And today, a suicide bomber killed at least 12 people — a militant group said the attack was to avenge the anti-Islam video Innocence of Muslims. NATO says it is reducing coalition troops' vulnerability.

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Life of the Law

The Secret Power of Jury Nullification

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Though jurors are sworn to uphold the law during their deliberation, they still have the power to decide that a defendant is innocent even when all signs point to their guilt. Prosecutor Paul Butler traces the ways this hidden process was a boon for ab...

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WNYC News

Four U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan; NATO Strike Kills 8 Afghan Women

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The U.S. troops were killed by an Afghan officer at a remote checkpoint. Eight NATO troops have been killed in similar insider attacks over the past three days. In the attack on which the women were casualties, the alliance said 45 insurgents were killed.

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