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Afghanistan
12:34 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

A Look Ahead To The Future Of Afghanistan

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 1:07 pm

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JOHN DONVAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm John Donvan in Washington. Neal Conan is away. Of course somebody needed to mark the occasion today by setting off a bomb. It was Afghanistan, where what is hoped will be a turning point was reached today when a ceremony was held in which the Afghan government officially took control of the nation's security, meaning that the U.S., which still has nearly 70,000 troops there, swaps into what is called a support role. Same for some of the 30,000 troops from other NATO nations.

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World
12:34 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

When A Language Dies, What Happens To Culture?

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 12:49 pm

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JOHN DONVAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm John Donvan.

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Media
12:34 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Breaking Bad News To Kids: How Media Has Tweaked The Process

Originally published on Tue June 18, 2013 1:05 pm

Parents have always had to break hard news to kids, from family hardships to national tragedies. Now there are more ways for children to learn about news faster — through 24 hour news and social media. So, what's changed in how parents broach these subjects? How can media help, or hurt?

Around the Nation
3:06 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

Reflections On 30 Years Of NYC: A Look Ahead With Margot Adler

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NEAL CONAN, HOST:

This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. For the past several weeks, we've taken the opportunity to reconnect with some of our favorite guests and colleagues in a series of conversations looking ahead. Today, longtime NPR New York correspondent Margot Adler, who's filed stories on hundreds of New Yorkers over the years: AIDS activists, street musicians, cops, environmental visionaries, and a guy who will move your car at exactly the right moment to take full advantage of opposite-side-of-the-street parking laws.

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Law
12:54 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

After SCOTUS DNA Ruling, What Changes For Police?

The Supreme Court ruled in June that police can routinely take DNA samples from people who are arrested for comparison against a national database. The decision raises major questions about how law enforcement and criminal justice processes will change.

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