History Matters commentator Gary Joiner profiles the largest group of people in the world without an officially sanctioned homeland, the Kurds.

Airs Sunday, November 23 at 6 p.m. The disintegration of Iraq, Syria’s ongoing civil war, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the promise and peril of the Arab Spring...  What role should America play in the Middle East? For some America’s restraint has been a sign of disciplined leadership. But for others, it has been a sign of diminished strength and influence.  Are we simply recognizing the limitations of our power, or does this embattled region require a bolder, more muscular, American presence? 

Commentator Gary Joiner explains the difference between the acronyms ISIS and ISIL and what the consequences could be in how a terrorist group is referenced.

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Airs Sunday, February 2 at 6 p.m. NPR's Kelly McEvers' unprecedented and intimate portrait of the sacrifices reporters and their families make to tell untold stories -- and the sometimes dangerous allure of the job. Independently produced with Jay Allison. In early 2011, NPR's Kelly McEvers started to see things in slow motion. She cried unpredictably. She was a correspondent in the turbulent Middle East, in the time of the Arab uprisings. Colleagues and friends were being kidnapped. Some were getting killed. But still, she went toward the story.

Airs Tuesday, September 10 at 8 p.m. President Obama will address the nation Tuesday night at 8 p.m. CT on the situation in Syria. He will present to the nation his case for military action against Syria. Red River Radio & NPR news will provide full coverage and analysis of the President's address. Audie Cornish will host our coverage and will be joined by NPR Correspondent Mara Liasson, Pentagon Correspondent Tom Bowman, Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving, and Congressional Correspondent Tamara Keith will join from Capitol Hill.