PI: Steve Inskeep http://wknofm.org en Leaders' Meeting Boosts India-Pakistan Relations http://wknofm.org/post/meeting-signals-momentum-india-pakistan-relations Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>A brief encounter between two leaders has raised hope for better relations between India and Pakistan. India's prime minister hosted Pakistan's president and accepted a return invitation to travel to Pakistan. We talk here of two nuclear-armed rivals whose relations were even worse than usual, after Pakistani militants attacked Mumbai in 2008. And the meeting came as disaster struck Pakistani troops facing Indian soldiers in the Himalayas.<p>NPR's Julie McCarthy is going to talk us through all this. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 11793 at http://wknofm.org Syrian Government Accused Of Reprisal Attacks http://wknofm.org/post/syrian-government-accused-reprisal-attacks Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>We're following news this morning of more killings in the Syrian city of Homs. That's the city where rebel neighborhoods came under artillery fire for weeks and where two Western journalists were killed. Rebels later retreated, but residents and activists say pro-government militias have massacred dozens of civilians, mainly women and children. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 10322 at http://wknofm.org Why Compromise Is A Bad Word In Politics http://wknofm.org/post/why-compromise-bad-word-politics Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>Here's one thing that many people mean when they say Washington is broken. They may mean that politicians from different parties seem unable or totally unwilling to compromise, and many voters hate that. And yet many voters also hate it if politicians from their own party should compromise with the other side. That could be considered giving in. NPR's science correspondent Shankar Vedantam joins us regularly to talk about social science research, and he's found some that relates to this political problem. Tue, 13 Mar 2012 08:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 10328 at http://wknofm.org Afghan Violence Continues Over Quran Burning http://wknofm.org/post/afghan-violence-continues-over-quran-burning Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>And let's go next to Afghanistan, where a car bomb exploded outside a U.S. air base today. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack which killed nine people. This latest wave of violence follows reports of American soldiers burning several copies of the Muslim holy book, the Quran.<p>U.S. officials say the Qurans were burned because detainees were using them to spread radical messages, and President Obama apologized for what he called an accident. Mon, 27 Feb 2012 09:00:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 9484 at http://wknofm.org White House Offers 'Accommodation' On Contraception http://wknofm.org/post/white-house-offers-accommodation-contraception Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>On a Friday morning, it's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>For those just waking up, a bitter political fight has changed in the last few hours. President Obama is offering what the White House is calling an accommodation to the Catholic Church and other critics. The administration generated intense opposition with a ruling on contraception. That ruling says employers must fully cover birth control in employee health plans. Fri, 10 Feb 2012 18:18:00 +0000 PI: Steve Inskeep 8648 at http://wknofm.org