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Author of 'Taliban' reflects on how the group has changed since it was last in power

Tuesday, August 09, 2022

In 2001, author and journalist Ahmed Rashid wrote the definitive account of the Taliban and its origins. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly now speaks with Rashid, a year after the Taliban re-took Afghanistan.


The Arab Spring's last experiment in democracy is over

Friday, July 29, 2022

NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, about Tunisia's new constitutional referendum that gives President Kais Saied near total power.


The debut album from NoSo is a postcard to a former, younger self

Friday, July 15, 2022

Abby Hwong, who makes music as NoSo, talks with NPR's Ailsa Chang about getting comfortable in their own skin and their debut album, Stay Proud Of Me.


Tasman Keith didn't come here to point fingers

Friday, July 08, 2022

The First Nations rapper comes from "a place of understanding [that] at the end of the day everybody is human and we all have a lack of knowledge that we can expand on." His debut album is out today.


5 protest songs that have taken on new meaning post-Roe

Saturday, July 02, 2022

Since the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade last week, many have turned to music to express the emotion that has overwhelmed them in this moment. We examine five songs and what they mean today.


Beyonce? Lizzo? Drake? Here are the early contenders for song of the summer

Friday, July 01, 2022

What makes a song of the summer? And are there any early contenders for 2022? NPR Music's Stephen Thompson makes his predictions.


Post-Roe, a look at how old and new protest music reflects political moments

Thursday, June 30, 2022

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with NPR music critic Ann Powers and music scholar Shana Redmond about how old and new protest music reflects political moments, following the Supreme Court overturning Roe.


Democrats are bankrolling ads promoting fringe Republican candidates. Here's why

Monday, June 27, 2022

As the midterm primary season rolls along, voters may have noticed a strange phenomenon of political advertising: Democrats paying for ads supporting Republican candidates.


Why Democrats are paying for ads supporting Republican primary candidates

Monday, June 20, 2022

Democrats are buying ads supporting far-right GOP primary candidates, in the hopes of facing them in the general election — a strategy that former Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri tried in 2012.


Why Vincent Chin matters today, 40 years after his death

Friday, June 17, 2022

Vincent Chin was beaten to death by two white auto workers in Detroit 40 years ago. NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with organizer Helen Zia about how his death and what followed resonates today.


Ukrainian activist pleads with Washington lawmakers for more military support

Friday, June 17, 2022

Hanna Hopko, a pro-democracy activist from Ukraine, traveled to Washington, D.C., to try and convince lawmakers to send Ukraine more aid. NPR's Mary Louise Kelly spoke with her to see if it's working.


Prague's famous clock was restored 4 years ago. Then someone spotted the differences

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

The famous Orloj clock in Prague's Old Town Square was renovated in 2018. Four years later, a local preservation group noticed something off about the refurbishment.


People noticed an iconic Prague clock looked different 4 years after it was restored

Friday, June 10, 2022

The iconic clock in Prague's Old Town Square was renovated in 2018. Four years later, a local preservation group noticed something off about the refurbishment.


Fantastic Negrito's new music explores his 18th century ancestors' forbidden love

Wednesday, June 08, 2022

The new album from Fantastic Negrito, White Jesus Black Problems, tells the true story of two of his ancestors who defied the laws of colonial Virginia to be together.


Angel Olsen discusses her bittersweet new album, 'Big Time'

Friday, June 03, 2022

The singer-songwriter had a tough couple of years, losing both parents while balancing new love. The experience fueled the country-leaning balance of her new album, Big Time.


This is what a Ukraine town looks like after Russian troops withdraw

Saturday, April 09, 2022

The residents of Borodyanka are picking up the pieces after Russian forces withdrew and left behind a shattered town. Hundreds of people are still missing, presumed buried under rubble.


Russian troops left death and destruction behind in Borodyanka, Ukraine

Friday, April 08, 2022

All week, the world's attention has been focused on the death and destruction that's been discovered in towns north of Kyiv, after Russian forces withdrew. One of those towns: Borodyanka.


Communities have formed among those who have stayed in Kyiv through Russian attacks

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

Misha Smetana lives in Kyiv, and has stayed there throughout Russian attacks on Ukraine. He tells NPR's Scott Detrow what that's been like, and about the communities forming between people who stayed.


What happens to Kyiv's People's Friendship Arch, now that Russia has invaded?

Wednesday, April 06, 2022

The People's Friendship Arch was gifted to Ukraine by the Russian government and opened in Kyiv in 1982. Ukrainians weigh in on the future of the enormous monument, in the midst of war with Russia.


What the city of Kyiv looks like as people return

Tuesday, April 05, 2022

Though the city still feels empty, people are slowly starting to return to Kyiv. Signs of war are everywhere in the form of sandbags and big steel and concrete barricades in the streets.