WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

'Soldier Girls': Life in the National Guard After 9/11

Michelle, Desma, and Debbie joined the National Guard for different reasons, at very different stages of their lives. What started as a one-weekend-a-month commitment close to home in Indiana changed dramatically after September 11th, 2001. Long deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan profoundly affected the women and their relationships with friends and family back home. We talk with veteran journalist Helen Thorpe, who traced their lives over 12 years, from enlistment to deployment and back home again.


Sandra Cisneros Crosses Borders And Boundaries In 'A House Of My Own'

The author's new memoir collects three decades worth of her journeys in search of a sense of home. "I guess I didn't realize I was gonna be crossing borders my whole life," she says.

For Israeli-Born Chef, Hummus And 'Tehina' Are A Bridge To Home

Chef Michael Solomonov sees his mission as connecting people to the food of his homeland. "That, to me, is my life's work," he says. Solomonov's new cookbook is Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking.

Obama Begins Sales Pitch To Congress On Trans-Pacific Partnership

Negotiators reached agreement on a massive trade deal this week. It sets in motion a complex political fight — one that involves federal policy, the national economy, President Obama's legacy, and creates a backdrop for the 2016 presidential election.

FAA Proposes Record Fine Against Drone Operator

The FAA is proposing a nearly $2 million fine against a drone operator it says was operating outside the rules and endangering safety. NPR talks to the head of the FAA about what's behind the hefty penalty.

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