War Reporting

The Leonard Lopate Show

Dexter Filkins: Covering War Distorts Everything

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The New Yorker staff writer tells guest host Sarah Jessica Parker about his experiences covering war in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Iraq.

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On The Media

A Journalistic Civil War Odyssey

Friday, May 17, 2013

In 1863, New York Tribune reporters Junius Browne and Albert Richardson were captured by the Confederate army in Vicksburg, Mississippi. What followed was an epic journey through an archipelago of Confederate prisons, a daring escape, and a perilous 300-mile trek to freedom. It's the subject of the book, Junius and Albert's Adventures in the Confederacy: a Civil War Odyssey, due out at the end of the month. Author Peter Carlson takes Bob through the highs and lows of the adventure.


Music: Jim Taylor - Bonaparte's Retreat / Bonaparte's Charge / Bonaparte's MarchEastman Wind Ensemble - Liverpool HornpipeCraig Duncan - DixieJudy Collins - Battle Hymn of the RepublicCraig Duncan - Shiloh's Hill

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Foreign Correspondent David Halberstam Analyzes Conflict in Vietnam

Friday, October 12, 2012


David Halberstam briefs this 1964 meeting of the Overseas Press Club on what he sees as a "sharp conflict" between America's official optimism and the reality experienced by reporters embedded in Vietnam.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chris Hedges on the Myth of Human Progress

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Chris Hedges, senior fellow at the Nation Institute, former foreign correspondent for the New York Times, and Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter, discusses his two decades of experience as a war correspondent, and examines the American empire at home and abroad. The World as It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress looks at the constant struggle with the nature of war and its impact on human civilization.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Remembering Tim Hetherington

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Sebastian Junger, who co-directed the film "Restrepo" with Tim Hetherington, talks about the loss of his friend, who was killed in April while covering the conflict in Libya. He's written a remembrance of Hetherington in Vanity Fair. He’s joined by photojournalists Mike Kamber and Christopher Anderson, who were personally changed by Hetherington’s death. They’ll reminisce about Hetherington’s life, the challenges of war photography, and the close-knit community of war correspondents. They're featured in the article "You Never Forget that First Taste of War" in New York Magazine.

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The Takeaway

'It Was a Nightmare,' Mother of Journalist Released by Gadhafi Forces

Thursday, May 19, 2011

After being held in detention for six weeks, the Libyan government announced on Wednesday that they will release four foreign journalists. Just a day earlier, the Libyan government had sentenced the journalists to one year of captivity on charges of illegally entering the country. And a fifth journalist, Dorothy Parvaz who works for Al Jazeera, arrived safely at the network’s headquarters in Doha after disappearing in Syria and being sent to Iran. We talk with Diane Foley, the mother of James Foley, a reporter for the Global Post who was among the four detained in Libya.


The Takeaway

Remembering Photojournalists Killed in Misrata

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Tim Hetherington, Oscar-nominated director of the 2010 documentary, “Restrepo” and photojournalist Chris Hondros were killed yesterday in Misrata, Libya. They, along with other war photographers, were caught in the middle of heavy fire between rebels and government forces. Two other photographers were also injured but are in stable condition. The Takeaway had a chance to speak with another photographer in Misrata, Andre Liohn, who had been at the scene of the shelling only a few hours prior to the attack. Andre was the first to report the deaths.


The Takeaway

Journalists Missing in Libya

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Four journalists covering clashes between opposition fighters and the government forces in eastern Libya for The New York Times were reported missing, Wednesday. According to the paper, the journalists — photographers Tyler Hicks and Lynsey Addario, videographer Stephen Farrell and Pulitzer Prize-winning Beirut bureau chief Anthony Shadid — were last in contact with their editors on the morning of March 15, as rebels fled from the town of Ajdabiya, where they were stationed.


Studio 360

Commentary: Like Something From a Movie...

Saturday, April 12, 2003

As the worlds of entertainment and news continue to merge, war coverage has become flashier and at times more confusing. And lately, as Studio 360's Kurt Andersen noticed, everyone from the military to news executives seem to be doing their homework in Hollywood.