Politics and History

Afghan carpet for sale

Anna Badkhen spent a year in the remote Afghan village of Oqa. She got to know the master weavers, who make some of the world's most beautiful carpets.

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Not every story about Afghanistan involves guns and soldiers.  We see the country through art, poetry and games - from the ancient sport of Buzkashi to Afghanistan's famous hand-woven carpets. Also, Charles Yu on living safely in a science fictional universe.

Everybody makes choices.  Some of them matter for an hour, others for the rest of your life.  For thousands of young people forty years ago, the choice was to go to war in Vietnam or accept the consequences of refusing.

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After 13 years of war, the US will leave Afghanistan next year.   There will be many conversations about the country’s political and military future.  But we’re taking a different look at Afghanistan - through the lens of Afghan fiction: films, poetry and folk tales, and...

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America invaded Iraq on March 20, 2003. Ten years on, questions linger. What was our mission?  Were we prepared? Did we succeed? What’s the state of post-war Iraq?  We answers these questions from the perspective of American “boots on the ground.”

president ghost

A ghost story for the election season from listener Eric Van Vleet.

Alan Turing at 16

The driving force behind modern computers, Alan Turing was born a hundred years ago.  He launched the digital age, founded the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence,   and helped the British win WWII by cracking the Nazi "Enigma" codes.  He was persecuted by...

The 1968 Olympic games changed everything for John Carlos. He and fellow runner Tommie Smith raised their fists in the Black Power salute on the podium in a moment that became known as the most defiant and controversial in Olympics history.

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