The Takeaway

North Korea Announces Plans to Restart Reactor

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Mysterious and disturbing provocations from North Korea gained a possible new twist today. North Korea announced it would restart all of its nuclear facilities to expand the availability of plutonium and enriched uranium for what it says is a growing nuclear arsenal.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Sends B-2 Bombers on Practice Run Over South Korea

Thursday, March 28, 2013

In a frightening escalation of sabre rattling between the United States and North Korea, two nuclear-capable B-2s made a non-stop trip from the Whiteman Air Force Base in Missouri to South Korea — the first time the U.S. military has publicly announced such a mission.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: The Iraq War Generation

Friday, March 22, 2013

We're marking the 10th anniversary of the Iraq war by asking for comments from those of you young enough to have your view of war shaped by Iraq (as opposed to Vietnam). What lessons have you drawn about war, the US's role in the world, our leaders, and more? And how do you think it compares to the way your parents (Vietnam) and grandparents (WWII) talk about the lessons of war? Call 212-433-9692 or comment here.

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Studio 360

Aha Moment: Winslow Homer

Friday, March 22, 2013

Steve Mumford traveled to Iraq several times to chronicle the war as a painter and illustrator. He was riding in a tank during a mission in Baquba when “the vehicle I was in was hit with two rocket-propelled grenades. Things like that would sometimes happen and they were not, as it turned out ...

Slideshow: Illustrating War

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Dale Maharidge on Bringing Mulligan Home

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Dale Maharidge discusses his quest to find surviving members of his father’s WWII Marine Company and uncover their experience fighting in the Pacific. In Bringing Mulligan Home: The Other Side of the Good War, Maharidge tells the stories of men in their 70s and 80s who’d never spoken so openly and emotionally about the war that followed them home. The survivors show that the scars and demons of war remain for decades.

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The Takeaway

Fire and Forget: New Stories for New Wars

Friday, March 15, 2013

The legacy of war literature is a rich one. When Matt Gallagher returned from the Iraq War, he discovered he needed to write his own stories. He is co-editor of "Fire and Forget," a new collection of short stories by Iraq and Afghan war veterans, and their family members, on the experience of modern warfare.

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The Takeaway

Looking Forward When Your Country Is Sliding Back

Thursday, March 14, 2013

How do you look forward when so much of your world is sliding backward? That's the question BBC war correspondent Hugh Sykes asked Iraqis as they watched their country crumble around them.


Afghan President Karzai Claims Taliban, U.S. Colluding

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The allegations come as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues his first visit to the nation as Pentagon Chief – and after a deadly explosion in Kabul on Saturday that the Taliban called a message to the new defense secretary.


150 Years Later, Civil War Sailors Get Arlington Burial

Friday, March 08, 2013

The remains of the unknown sailors were found a decade ago in the wreck of the USS Monitor, a revolutionary ironclad warship. It sank months after its history-making clash with an iron-armored Confederate ship in 1862.


America Abroad

A Decade At War: Afghanistan, Iraq & Counterinsurgency

Friday, March 08, 2013

Broadcast Times: Friday, 11pm on AM 820, Saturday, 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday, 2pm on AM820 and Sunday, 8pm on AM820.

After a decade of war, the soldiers are home from Iraq and they are coming home from Afghanistan.  But we are left to ponder and debate the important lessons from these wars. Consensus has hardly been reached on the effectiveness of the war-fighting doctrine known as “counterinsurgency.”  

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The Takeaway

Bomb Blasts Rock Damascus

Friday, February 22, 2013

A series of car bombs erupted across Damascus yesterday, including one explosion right outside of the headquarters of President Bashar al-Assad’s ruling party. So far, no one has claimed responsibility. Abigail Fielding-Smith, reporter for The Financial Times, explores the situation on the ground in Damascus.


The Brian Lehrer Show

SOTU Preview; “The Invisible War”; Why Priests?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

President Obama gives his State of the Union address tonight. David Leonhardt, Washington editor for The New York Times, previews the speech and talks about his new book on deficits and economic growth. Plus: the Oscar documentary series continues with “The Invisible War”; Pulitzer prize-winning author Garry Wills on his new book about priests, and on the Pope’s resignation; and a closer look at U.S. diplomacy in the Middle East.

→ Watch and Live Chat Tonight: Join Brian, Emily Bazelon, David Plotz and others during the State of the Union. Starts at 9.

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Herman Wouk Bucks Literary Trends to Produce Best-Selling Novels

Friday, January 25, 2013


Herman Wouk, appearing in this 1955  Books and Authors Luncheon, contests what he perceives as the common view of his being "a conformist." 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Rise of the Drones

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Peter Yost talks about his NOVA documentary “Rise of the Drones.” Drones are the next chapter in aviation history and are revolutionizing warfare.  NOVA gains unprecedented access to engineers and labs, military experts, pilot training facilities to show how engineers are taking the pilot out of the cockpit with stunning new advances in this game-changing technology to explore if these could become part of our everyday lives here at home.  “Rise of the Drones” airs on PBS at 9 pm January 23.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Is PTSD Contagious?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mac McClelland talks about the epidemic levels of PTSD among veterans, and how it’s now spreading to their families. Her article "Hearts and Minds" appears in the January/February issue of Mother Jones magazine. It's published online as “Is PTSD Contagious?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

General Stanley McChrystal

Thursday, January 17, 2013

General Stanley McChrystal, former commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. His memoir My Share of the Task is a portrait of his life in the military, and shows how the traditional military establishment turned itself into the adaptive, resilient force that would soon be tested in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the wider War on Terror.

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The Takeaway

Helping Veterans Recover from 'Moral Injury' After War

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

When Rita Brock’s father returned from serving in the Vietnam War, he became cold, controlling and very angry. Rita was just a teenager at the time and it was hard to understand why her father had changed. Many years later, after training as a theologian, Rita began to understand that her father's battle scars were not just physical. That revelation led her to develop a training program for clergy members  to counsel veterans through the moral injuries of war. Michael Yandell, an Iraq War veteran, is a at Rita's divinity school.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Myths About Nuclear Weapons

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Ward Wilson, a senior fellow at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies of the Monterey Institute of International Studies, reevaluates the power and purpose of nuclear weapons and calls for radical action. His book Five Myths About Nuclear Weapons argues that the central arguments promoting nuclear weapons are, in essence, misconceptions.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | January 14, 2013

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On Being

Arnold Eisen — The Spiritual Audacity of Abraham Joshua Heschel [remix]

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