Did Turkey sell out Israeli agents to Iran? Washington Post columnist David Ignatius reports today on a twist in the strained relations between Turkey and Israel. Ignatius writes about something that he says happened in early 2012. At the time, the Turks were still furious over the loss of life two years earlier, when Israeli commandoes had boarded a Turkish flotilla that was bringing humanitarian aid to Gaza.
David Ignatius joins us now to talk about this. Welcome to the program once again.
Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 3:40 pm
Other than a single shouted expletive toward the end of All Is Lost, the only words we hear from its central character β a sailor adrift alone on the Indian Ocean β come right at the beginning, in a note of apology to unknown recipients for unspecified sins.
The saga of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks is too large a data dump for a two-hour drama. Yet director Bill Condon seeks to complicate as well as simplify in The Fifth Estate, an entertaining if inevitably unreliable current events romp.
The opening credits present a pocket history of textual communication, from cuneiform to the Internet. Condon, who took a similarly breathless approach with Kinsey, is announcing that his subject is nothing less than how the Web transformed communication.
National Parks are reopening after the government shutdown. Many visitors and nearby businesses had been frustrated that Washington's inability to reach a budget deal had also meant the ruin of vacations and the loss of tourism business.
It was back to work Thursday for thousands of federal employees in Washington, D.C., following the end of the 16-day government shutdown. The return to work was also a relief for business owners and city officials, who have been hurt by the loss of income from federal workers and tourists.
The NFL season is in high gear β a fact that pleases the roughly 64 percent of Americans who watch football. The season rolls on despite the now constant news about concussions in the sport.
The recent TV documentary League of Denial and the book by the same name claim that for years the NFL had denied and covered up evidence linking football and brain damage. Is the concussion conversation challenging this country's deep love for the game?
President Obama will nominate attorney Jeh Johnson to be the next Homeland Security secretary.
Johnson recently served as the Pentagon's top lawyer.
Obama will announce his pick at 2 p.m. Friday, NPR's Scott Horsley tells us.
The Department of Homeland Security is currently without a leader. Former Secretary Janet Napolitano ended her stint six weeks ago. She left to become the president of the University of California system.
Jessica Harris speaks with television producer Joan Ganz Cooney, co-founder of Sesame Workshop, a non-profit organization that develops children's shows intended to help children everywhere reach their highest potential. After, she talks with Stephen McDonnell, founder of Applegate Farms, a natural organic meat company.
Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 7:00 pm
Basing its reporting on documents obtained by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, The Washington Post moved a story last night that details a close collaboration between the spy agency and the Central Intelligence Agency, when it conducts drone attacks against suspected terrorists.
Originally published on Thu October 17, 2013 6:56 pm
If the ugliness in Washington left a bad taste in your mouth, we have the perfect palate cleanser.
The panda cam at the Smithsonian's National Zoo, which was shutdown along with the federal government, is back online. It means you can once again ogle the now eight-week-old cub and her mother, Mei Xiang.
Professing love for Bob James' music can yield a side-eye in some circles. Jazz purists routinely view the keyboardist's 1970s period as a progenitor to smooth jazz β an idiom they frequently react to as if it were a sign of the apocalypse.
Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 5:03 pm
Dengue fever is in Houston. And it turns out the mosquito-borne illness isn't exactly a stranger there.
Dengue has been roaming around the city since 2003, according to a study published Wednesday. "There was dengue circulating, and we had no idea that it was here because we just weren't looking," says the study's lead author Dr. Kristy Murray of the Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children's Hospital.
Originally published on Thu January 2, 2014 3:47 pm
Two of the best roots rock musicians of their generation make an appearance on a special episode of World Cafe, which is hosted in NPR's Studio A at the organization's headquarters in Washington, D.C. Singer Susan Tedeschi and her husband, guitarist Derek Trucks, joined forces in 2010 and formed the Tedeschi Trucks Band.