This week, NPR's Scott Simon ran into a young man he knew years ago while covering the war in Kosovo. His friend was just a child during that conflict, and their chance reunion prompted Simon to wonder anew about children trapped in conflict zones and the unknowable consequences of military intervention in Syria.
Commentator Andrei Codrescu reflects on the text message written by poet Seamus Heaney just before he died. In Latin he wrote to his wife "do not be afraid." The 74-year-old Heaney died in a Dublin hospital last week. Codrescu says no great meaning should be implied — it was just a personal message to his wife.
Robert Siegel talks with regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and the Brookings Institution and David Brooks with The New York Times. They discuss the latest over U.S. military intervention in Syria.
Melissa Block talks with political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Ramesh Ponnuru, senior editor for The National Review. They discuss the latest political wrangling over military intervention in Syria.
In the pages of Marisha Pessl's Night Film, you'll uncover the death of a beautiful woman; her terrifying, filmmaker-father; even a seemingly haunted mansion. But reviewer Meg Wolitzer says that while the book dips into the unsavory and the scary, it stays surprisingly PG.
NPR's Scott Simon remembers Elmore Leonard as a writer who found "putting pretty clothes on hard, direct words" contemptible, and hated what's typically known as literature. Leonard wrote more than 40 novels over his long career.
Audie Cornish talks to talks to political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution and Amy Holmes, anchor of "The Hotlist" on TheBlaze.com. They discuss President Obama's bus tour, the FISA court and the debt ceiling.
Commentator Andrei Codrescu notes the complicity of the Romanian Catholic Church in both World War II and Communist-era wrongs. Now the church is given big new construction projects to politically connected contractors.
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