October 15, 2012

Inteview with NPR's Steve Inskeep

Steve Inskeep, Host of NPR's Morning Edition and the author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi

Host: Craig Cohen

Steve Inskeep is the co-host of NPR's Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio news program in the United States. After the September 11, 2001 attacks, Inskeep covered the war in Afghanistan, the hunt for al-Qaeda suspects in Pakistan, and the war in Iraq for NPR. In 2003, he received a National Headliner Award for investigating a military raid that went wrong in Afghanistan. Since joining Morning Edition in 2004, Inskeep has hosted the program from New Orleans, Detroit, Karachi, Cairo, and Tehran; investigated Iraqi police in Baghdad; and received a 2006 Robert F. Kennedy journalism award for "The Price of African Oil," a series on conflict in Nigeria. Inskeep is also the author of Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi, a story of ordinary, often heroic people and their struggles to build one of the world's great megacities.

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April 09, 2012

The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East

Guest: Timur Kuran, Ph.D.

Between the years 1000 and 1800, the Middle East—a region that was early on at least as advanced as Europe—failed to economize modernly and thus fell drastically behind the West. What caused this, and why does the Middle East remain drastically underdeveloped? Today on Focus, we'll explore the history of this region with political scientist and Islamic Studies professor Timur Kuran.

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December 20, 2011

Current Events in Syria

With Joshua M. Landis, Ph.D. (Director of the Center for Middle East Studies and Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oklahoma)

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May 24, 2011

Current Events in Syria

With Joshua M. Landis, Ph.D. (Director of the Center for Middle East Studies; Associate Professor of Middle Eastern Studies, University of Oklahoma)

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