Heavy Metal Rock takes on Genocide

Monday, Jan 29, 2007 at 1:06 p.m.

The 1915 killing of 1.2 million ethnic Armenians is often called 'the first modern genocide' and is said to have inspired Adolph Hitler's persecution of the Jews. Get a unique history lesson on this incident from 'System of a Down,' a rock...

Children's War Diaries

Thursday, Jan 25, 2007 at 12:40 p.m.

The battlefield may usually be the domain of adults, but children have been recording their experiences of war since time immemorial. We take a glimpse at children's war diaries from World War I to Iraq, and consider what a child's...

A German View of World War II

Tuesday, Jan 16, 2007 at 1:25 p.m.

It's a little-explored piece of history -- the impact of air bombings on German civilians during World War II. We hear from a German scholar whose book on that topic has sparked major controversy in Europe, where some have accused him of...

African-Americans in the American Revolution (Rebroadcast)

Monday, Jan 15, 2007 at 1:06 p.m.

Slaves and freed blacks accounted for 20% of the population at the time of the Revolutionary War. Historian Simon Schama tells the often overlooked story of the African-Americans who fought with the Redcoats, trying to defeat the...

Corey Flintoff: A Journalist's Perspective on Baghdad

Thursday, Jan 11, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

NPR Reporter Corey Flintoff recently returned from a month in Baghdad. He joins Kojo to offer a first-hand perspective on violence in the Iraqi capital, and discusses possible implications of President Bush's proposed troop increase.

Spanish Peace Process with Basque Separatists

Thursday, Jan 4, 2007 at 12:06 p.m.

The March 2006 announcement of a permanent truce between the Spanish government and Basque separatists was greeted with optimism after nearly four decades of armed conflict. But peace talks didn't begin until December, and a bombing this...

French Foreign Legion

Monday, Dec 18, 2006 at 12:30 p.m.

If the holidays make you feel like running away and joining the French Foreign Legion, you're not alone. We speak with one man who left his corporate job, moved to France, and took on a new identity as a "legionnaire." Find out why a...

The Exodus of Ethiopia's Black Jews

Monday, Dec 18, 2006 at 12:06 p.m.

The plight of Ethiopia's African Jewish community was relatively unknown when Americans first learned of the Falashas in the 1980s. We hear about a film exploring the history, politics, and resettlement of Black Jews in the Holy Land, and...

Idealism and Foreign Policy: Past, Present and Future

Monday, Dec 11, 2006 at 1:06 p.m.

Should the U.S. engage nations like Iran and Syria to try to accomplish its goals in Iraq? That question is roiling the foreign policy community following the release of the Iraq Study Group report. Kojo explores the interplay of idealism...

Rethinking Latin America's Leftist Shift

Tuesday, Dec 5, 2006 at 1:06 p.m.

It's common wisdom that Latin American politics are heading increasingly to the left. But many observers say ideology alone can't explain recent election results in Latin America -- and that labeling things "left" and "right" can cause us...

Kidnapped Japanese Citizens

Thursday, Nov 30, 2006 at 1:06 p.m.

It's a story well-known in Japan, but virtually unknown here -- how ordinary Japanese citizens were kidnapped by North Korea over the last thirty years. We hear about Abduction: The Megumi Yokota Story, an award-winning documentary...

Conflict in Northern Uganda

Monday, Nov 13, 2006 at 1:06 p.m.

A notorious rebel leader in northern Uganda came out of hiding yesterday for talks with UN officials. Joseph Kony has been accused of fostering decades of conflict and kidnapping scores of children to serve in his ad-hoc army. We hear...

Maps and Geography

Monday, Nov 13, 2006 at 12:06 p.m.

Three out of five American Kids can't find Iraq on a map. But maps can communicate far more than simple geography, from environmental trends to global inequality. We look at new approaches to global geography, and what cartographers are...

Congo Elections

Wednesday, Oct 25, 2006 at 12:06 p.m.

All eyes will be on the Democratic Republic of Congo this weekend, as citizens vote in a presidential runoff. We look at the race between Joseph Kabila and Jean-Pierre Bemba and find out what can be expected in this war-ravaged country.

Rendition & Detention of Noncitizens

Wednesday, Oct 18, 2006 at 12:06 p.m.

Meet a man who's quickly becoming the 'Poster Child' for those tortured and detained during the War on Terror. Hear directly from Syrian-Canadian citizen Maher Arar and find out how the new Military Commissions Act passed into law today...

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