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?
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.
Airs Sunday, September 1 at 7 p.m. There are no good options and many reasons not to intervene in Syria: Assad's powerful allies, the public's aversion to another war, and wariness over an opposition army that includes Islamic extremists. Holding back means ignoring a growing humanitarian crisis, where the number dead have topped 100,000. Discovery of Assad’s use of chemical weapons prompted President Obama to approve the delivery of small arms and ammunition to rebel forces. But does this call for more assertive policy from the administration, or would direct intervention hurt our strategic interests?