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Week of June 22, 2014

Saving Language


Fifty to ninety percent of the world's languages are predicted to disappear in the next century.  And because language is the DNA of culture, a lost language is a lost culture.  Today, a look at efforts to save endangered languages before they go extinct.

  1. Language Warriors - David Harrison

    David Harrison travels to some of the most remote places in the world, documenting endangered languages.  He tells us about the language warriors:  the last speakers of ancestral languages.  Many of them are trying to preserve and revive their native tongues.

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  2. Yung Yiddish - Danna Harman

    Journalist Danna Harman takes us to the epicenter of the rebirth of a dying language -- the Yung Yiddish library in Tel Aviv.   This story is part of a collaboration between TTBOOK and the Hebrew-language radio show, "Israel Story."

    Average: 5 (8 votes)
  3. The Word Exchange - Alena Graedon

    Alena Graedon's debut novel is an intellectual thriller set in the near future.  Print is dead, words have been monetized, and a "word flu" is running rampant.  The book is called "The Word Exchange."

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  4. PlayList: Karl Ove Knausgaard

    Welcome to a new regular feature:  PlayList:  Artists' Soundtracks.  Today, celebrated Norwegian writer Karl Ove Knausgaard shares the music he listened to while writing "My Struggle"  --  Midlake's LP, "The Courage of Others."

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  5. On Our Minds: 12,000 Mile Family Road Trip

    Mark Jacobson and his daughter Rae reminisce about the family's 90-day trip around the world, which included stops at India's famous Burning Ghats, and Cambodia's Genocide Museum.

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Image: The U.S. Army Via: Flickr Creative Commons

Engaging the Enemy


The US will pull troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2016, leaving behind an enemy they've fought for more than a decade. This week, we explore Afghanistan's Taliban insurgency and find out what motivates them.

  1. Who are the Taliban?

    In 2008, journalist Anand Gopal travelled to Afghanistan to speak with civilians, warlords and Taliban fighters about the US-led war in the country. In his book, "No Good Men Among the Living," he argues the distinction between America's allies and enemies in the country isn't always clear.

    Average: 5 (1 vote)
  2. Detained by the Taliban

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Pir Zubair Shah risked his life to report from Waziristan -- a Taliban stronghold in northwest Pakistan -- where he was detained by both the Taliban and government forces. He spoke to Jim Fleming about the dangers of reporting from that region of Pakistan. 

    Average: 2.5 (2 votes)
  3. Sonic Sidebar: Facing the Enemy

    In 2003, Craig Mullaney led an infantry rifle platoon along the hostile border between Afghanistan and Pakistan. He recounts the experience in his memoir, "The Unforgiving Minute: A Soldier's Education."

    Average: 3 (1 vote)
  4. Talking to the Enemy

    What compels someone to commit acts of terror? Anthropologist Scott Atran has spent a decade talking with jailed suicide bombers and jihadist leaders. He says they're motivated by core human values: brotherhood, loyalty and the dream of a better world.

    Average: 4.8 (5 votes)
  5. BookMark: Leslie Jamison

    Leslie Jamison bookmarks "Orphans" by Charles D'Ambrosio.

    Average: 4 (1 vote)
  6. On Our Minds: Karl Ove Knausgaard

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    Norwegian novelist Karl Ove Knausgaard discusses his six-volume autobiographical novel, "My Struggle."

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    Average: 4 (1 vote)