When President Barack Obama ordered the surge of troops and aid to Afghanistan, Washington Post correspondent Rajiv Chandrasekaran followed. He found the effort sabotaged not only by Afghan and Pakistani malfeasance, but by infighting and incompetence within the American government: a war cabinet arrested by vicious bickering among top national security aides; diplomats and aid workers who failed to deliver on their grand promises; and generals who dispatched troops to the wrong places.
"Easily Confused with Vietnam"
Rachel Stone is a widow and single mother, broke and alone. Worse, her late husband, a televangelist, stole five million dollars, none of which came to her. Nor did she know about the theft, but it still makes her an outcast, and she is desperate. Then she meets Gabriel Bonner, who gives her a job. Romantic sparks fly, but love is never easy. Gabriel has a tragic loss of his own, and his family, fearing Rachel's motives, campaigns loudly against her.
"Read Nobody’s Baby first"
From the early 1800s to the end of his life in 1917, Buffalo Bill Cody was as famous as anyone could be. Annie Oakley was his most celebrated protegee, the "slip of a girl" from Ohio who could (and did) outshoot anybody to become the most celebrated star of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show.
Though we're known as a nation of English speakers, the linguistic map of the United States is hardly monochromatic. While much ado has been made about the role that Spanish may play in our national future, it would be a gross misrepresentation to label America a bilingual country. On the contrary, our languages are as varied as our origins. There is Basque in Nevada, Arabic in Detroit, Gullah in South Carolina. We speak European, Asian, and American Indian languages; we speak creoles, jargons, and pidgins.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company's The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) is currently the longest running comedy in London's West End. It has been performed all over the world and translated into 17 languages. This audio program, originally commissioned by the BBC and broadcast on the World Service, contains highlights from the stage show as well as new material specially written for radio.
Rajiv Chandrasekaran is senior correspondent and associate editor of The Washington Post. He describes to Bob how President Obama’s 2009 surge in Afghanistan was bungled by Afghans, Pakistanis, military leaders, diplomats, and top national security aides. Chandrasekaran will also discuss how the war against Al Qaeda has been affected elsewhere. His newest book is Little America: The War within the War for Afghanistan.
American citizens worry about suicide bombers on airplanes, but intelligence analysts say the real threat today is in cyberspace. Cyber attacks on American companies and military installations are on the rise. Could terrorist hackers take down America's power grid? Or financial networks. In this hour, cyber-warfare and the rise of the American surveillance state. And, how to protect our electronic freedom.