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May 6, 2011 Comment

Psychologists Fear Long-term Mental Health Toll In Japan

Survivors of the March earthquake and tsunami in Japan showed great stoicism, following Japanese custom. But psychologists are now worried that not talking about the disaster could lead to long-term mental health problems.

May 4, 2011 Comment

What Exactly Happened In The Bin Laden Raid?

Today there are reports that bin Laden had 500 Euros in cash and two telephone numbers sewn into his clothing when he was killed. We examine other new details, and set straight conflicting reports.

May 3, 2011 Comment

For Arab Youth, Bin Laden Was Already History

A decade ago, many in the Arab world saw Osama bin Laden as an important figure. But Journalist Anthony Shadid says that the uprisings across the region show that to today’s young people, bin Laden is a historical footnote.

May 3, 2011 Comment

Saving Cherished Keepsakes From Alabama’s Tornado Wreckage

We speak with one woman who is using Facebook to help families get back their mementos, lost in last month’s tornadoes.

May 3, 2011 17 Comments

‘Generation 9/11’ Struggles To Make Sense Of Bin Laden’s Death

College students across the country celebrated when news broke of Osama bin Laden’s death. We touch down with a group of Boston University students debating whether they should have.

May 2, 2011 Comment

After Extensive Rehearsals, Mock-ups US Navy Seals Kill Bin Laden

Two helicopters and 20 Navy Seals were involved in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan Sunday. How was the attack planned? Why did it succeed?

May 2, 2011 Comment

Bin Laden’s Death Reverberates In Pakistan

We speak with the BBC’s Shoab Hassan, from Islamabad, Pakistan to hear how Osama bin Laden’s death is being seen there.

April 28, 2011 2 Comments

Did Egypt’s Novelists Inspire The Protests In Tahrir Square?

Huge protests brought down Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak earlier this year. One writer explains why he believes the demonstrations may have roots in Egypt’s literature.

April 21, 2011 Comment

Remembering Tim Hetherington And Chris Hondros

Two Western photojournalists were killed Wednesday in Libya while covering battles between rebels and Libyan government forces. Tim Hetherington co-directed an Oscar-nominated documentary and Chris Hondros was a world-renowned war photographer.

April 11, 2011 Comment

Under Threat In Libya With Nowhere To Run

Until recently, Libya was a haven for people fleeing violence in their home countries, with over 10,000 refugees from places like Darfur, Somalia, and Iraq. These refugees now face violence in Libya because they look like the mercenary troops Gadhafi has hired to fight for his regime.

April 5, 2011 4 Comments

Monitor Group Responds To Questions About Contract With Libya

The consulting firm, Monitor Group, says that its earlier multimillion dollar contract with Libya was aimed at reforming the country. But critics contend that Monitor acted as Gadhafi’s PR spin machine.

April 1, 2011 Comment

NYT Photographer Recounts Harrowing Kidnapping In Libya

On March 15, four New York Times journalists were captured by Moammar Gadhafi’s forces while covering the fighting in Libya. Photographer Tyler Hicks was in the group, and he describes the brutality and fear that he and his colleagues experienced.

March 31, 2011 4 Comments

Anti-nuclear Activist In Japan Wonders:’Could We Have Done More’

Japan’s anti-nuclear activists are welcoming the news that Japan’s Prime Minister may reportedly scrap plans to build at least 14 new nuclear power plants. We speak with one activist who doubts the plants would have been built anyway, and describes how some in the movement fault themselves for not preventing the disaster.

March 30, 2011 Comment

Libyan Rebels: Who Are They And Should We Arm Them?

Rebels in Libya are getting some protection from the no fly zone. But from Downing Street to Washington, there’s a debate about whether to also support them with training and arms, especially given the looming questions about who makes up the opposition.

March 28, 2011 5 Comments

The Mysterious Case Of Iman Al-Obeidi

Journalist Jonathan Miller was at a hotel in Tripoli when Libyan Iman Al-Obeidi burst in, claiming that she had been raped by Gadhafi supporters. Miller describes the scene and how he ended up flat on his back on the ground.

March 25, 2011 Comment

Blogging From Japan

27-year-old American Jamie Rosenberg lived in northeast Japan for years, he’s back now helping with the relief effort, and giving us regular updates and photos.

March 16, 2011 3 Comments

As Japan’s Nuclear Crisis Intensifies, What Are Radiation Risks?

Japan’s defense ministry now says it has decided against dumping water from helicopters onto the most badly damaged reactors at a nuclear plant, because radiation levels are too high. But emergency workers who were pulled out of the site when radiation levels soared today are being sent back in, after emissions dropped to safer levels. We find out about the risks of radiation poisoning.

March 10, 2011 Comment

A Libyan-American Reflects On Turmoil

The head of the International Committee of the Red Cross says Libya has descended into civil war and that doctors are seeing a “sharp increase” in the number of casualties. We turn to Libyan-American Mohamed Ejahmi for some perspective.

February 24, 2011 Comment

Voices From Libya: Tell Gadhafi To ‘Pack Your Bags And Go’

A Libyan woman described a Tripoli with empty streets, and residents hunkered down indoors out of fear. A man in Benghazi said of the country’s leader Gadhafi, “we need someone to tell the guy: ‘Come on pack your bags and go.'”

February 22, 2011 4 Comments

Attack Of Journalist Lara Logan Raises Questions For Female Correspondents

CBS correspondent Lara Logan’s brutal sexual assault during celebrations in Tahrir Square earlier this month has some female foreign correspondents talking about how to deal with the dangers they face daily.

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June 6 Comment

Introducing A New Here & Now Website

Coming June 9, 2016, Here & Now listeners and visitors will experience our stories and journalism online in a whole new way.

June 3 Comment

Teenagers Create Impromptu Exhibit At San Francisco Museum Of Modern Art

As the pair toured the museum, they wondered if they could do better. So 16-year-old Kevin Nguyen decided to get creative.

June 3 3 Comments

‘Silver Linings Playbook’ Author Explores Conformity, Mental Health In New Teen Novel

Matthew Quick published his fourth young adult book, "Every Exquisite Thing," this week.

June 2 13 Comments

Do Meal Kits Provide Great Taste Along With Convenience?

Resident chef Kathy Gunst tested a multitude of meal kits, and gives co-host Jeremy Hobson the inside scoop.