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    Marines open up about Afghanistan in 'Third Squad'; How Polish spies helped the CIA

    Marines open up about Afghanistan in 'Third Squad'; How Polish spies helped the CIA

    "Third Squad" is a new podcast that tells the story of the bloodiest stage of the war in Afghanistan. A decade later, journalist Elliott Woods tracks members of the Third Squad down to talk about how what happened there still affects their lives today. And, a new book tells the story of how Polish and U.S. spy agencies began working together after the fall of the Iron Curtain. John Pomfret joins us to discuss "From Warsaw with Love."

    • 42 min
    'Sweet Land' gives a new take on settling America; Chinese surveillance of Uyghurs

    'Sweet Land' gives a new take on settling America; Chinese surveillance of Uyghurs

    The opera "Sweet Land" incorporates both Indigenous and non-Indigenous voices for a new take on the settling of America. Composer Raven Chacon and Aja Couchois Duncan, who co-wrote the libretto, join us. And, investigative reporter Geoffrey Cain writes about the Chinese surveillance of the Uyghur ethnic minority in western China. We revisit our conversation with him about his book "The Perfect Police State."

    • 43 min
    National Day of Mourning for Native peoples; Seeing the snow geese in Vermont

    National Day of Mourning for Native peoples; Seeing the snow geese in Vermont

    For Native people, Thanksgiving is not a day to rejoice. It's a day of mourning. We revisit our conversation with Kisha James, the granddaughter of one of the founders of the National Day of Mourning, which is honored every Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts. And, we revisit Robin Young's trip to see the snow geese in Vermont with her now late uncle Lachlan Maclachlan Field — a Here & Now tradition.

    • 41 min
    Chinese American authors dig up buried family stories; Traditional Turkmen cookbook

    Chinese American authors dig up buried family stories; Traditional Turkmen cookbook

    Here & Now's Scott Tong sat down with author Kat Chow to dive into the family histories and personal reflections that characterized their respective books, "A Village with My Name" and "Seeing Ghosts." And, chef and author Gyulshat Esenova describes how the desert climate of her native Turkmenistan shaped traditional Turkmen food, such as lamb cutlet. Here & Now's Lynn Menegon has the story.

    • 42 min
    Developing flood-resistant rice; Movies to watch in your PJs this holiday

    Developing flood-resistant rice; Movies to watch in your PJs this holiday

    NASA researchers found that climate change may affect the production of rice as early as 2030. Among those trying to mitigate the losses is Pamela Ronald, who helped develop a new strain of rice that can survive weeks of flooding. She joins us. Film critic Ty Burr shares a list of film recommendations for films (and one TV show) that are available via streaming.

    • 41 min
    New York Tenement Museum explores Black history; Race and kidney transplants

    New York Tenement Museum explores Black history; Race and kidney transplants

    Last spring, the New York City's Tenement Museum added the Reclaiming Black Spaces walking tour, visiting important Lower East Side Black historical sites. Host Robin Young visited the museum to find out more. And, a single equation has been used for decades in the U.S. to determine whether you're eligible for a kidney transplant. Now, a task force has mandated the elimination of race as a variable. Sojourner Ahébée of WHYY's The Pulse reports.

    • 41 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
671 Ratings

671 Ratings

Thomas O71 ,

Very informative

Great in depth review of current events.

TheDudeAbided ,

Long-time listener but....

... NPR has signed up to one-dimensional spreading of the woke gospel, with little to no alternate perspectives on offer. The programming, on a daily basis, has almost become predictable in all the virtue-signaling issues it’s going to hit upon. You can tune into this,, Morning Edition, All Things Considered, NPR Politics Podcast, and get the exact same perspective from every one, with no argument or dissent. I guess it’s an age of hyper-partisan media, but the bias here is more apparent than ever. Even though I probably agree with half of it, I expect a good news program to challenge me, and to challenge itself, in reporting from different perspectives. Can’t say that happens much here.

Jsquanto ,

Awful.

Robin Young is just another state propagandist. She is clearly ignorant on every topic discussed on the shows.

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