The Two-Way
12:45 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Plot To Kill Karzai Foiled, Afghan Intelligence Agency Says

Afghan President Hamid Karzai at the funeral ceremony of slain Afghanistan High Peace Council and former president Burhanuddin Rabbani on Sept. 23, 2011.Â

AFP/Getty Images

Two weeks after the assassination of a former president, Afghan intelligence officials say they have disrupted a plot to kill the country's current leader.

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Brazilian Sol

Exploring Brazilian culture and music.

Bob Edwards Weekend

Bob Edwards Weekend is a two-hour interview program featuring Bob Edwards' thought-provoking style, acerbic wit, and delightful humor with a wide range of guests each week. From Public Radio International (PRI).

Big City Blues Cruise

"an ear for the Jumpin'est, electric blues classics, new releases and a dash of New Orleans!"

Afghanistan
12:29 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

Afghan Officials Say Plot To Kill Karzai Foiled

Afghan officials said Wednesday that they have foiled a plot to assassinate President Hamid Karzai and arrested six people, including one of Karzai's bodyguards.

The bodyguard was recruited by a network of al-Qaida sympathizers at Kabul Medical University that is linked to the Pakistan-based Haqqani militant network, according to Afghan intelligence officials.

Intelligence service spokesman Latifullah Mashal said three college students and a university professor were also among those arrested in Kabul.

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Author Interviews
12:28 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

'Terrorists In Love': The Psychology Of Extremism

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Ahmed Al Shayea left Saudi Arabia in November 2004 to join the insurgents in Iraq. He was misled into driving a butane-gas delivery truck, which was detonated by remote control in an attack that killed eight people and left him disfigured. Today, he wants would-be insurgents to listen to his advice: "There is no jihad. We are just instruments of death."

Donna Abu Nasr AP

Originally published on Mon October 10, 2011 7:49 am

Ahmad Al Shayea grew up in Saudi Arabia in a middle-class family and dropped out of high school to join a local gang. Abdullah Al-Gilani fell in love with a girl who eventually married someone else. Zeddy was an old colleague of Osama bin Laden's.

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American Routes

Nick Spitzer takes listeners on a musical journey throughout the US with stories and songs.

In the history of American radio, no series has come close to Nick Spitzer’sAmerican Routes in exploring the many streams of this nation’s music.”
— Nat Hentoff, Wall Street Journal

American Routes is a weekly two-hour public radio program produced in New Orleans, presenting a broad range of American music — blues and jazz, gospel and soul, old-time country and rockabilly, Cajun and zydeco, Tejano and Latin, roots rock and pop, avant-garde and classical. Now in our 15th year on the air,American Routes explores the shared musical and cultural threads in these American styles and genres of music — and how they are distinguished.

From: http://americanroutes.wwno.org/staff/205/nick-spitzer

Nick Spitzer, the producer and host of American Routes, is a folklorist and a professor of anthropology and American studies at Tulane University. Nick specializes in American music and the cultures of the Gulf South, and received a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Texas in 1986 with his dissertation on zydeco music and Afro-French Louisiana culture and identities.

American Routes, which is distributed by American Public Media, reaches nearly a million listeners each week on over 225 stations and via its website.

The Two-Way
12:12 pm
Wed October 5, 2011

National Cathedral Will Reopen In November; Repairs Will Cost Millions

Repairs are under way at the National Cathedral, which sustained millions of dollars' worth of damage in an August earthquake.

Bill Chappell NPR

The National Cathedral, closed since sustaining extensive damage from the August earthquake that shook Washington, D.C., and the surrounding area, will reopen on Nov. 12, according to officials.

The cathedral is also trying to raise money to pay for repairs, estimated to run into the tens of millions of dollars. A statement on the landmark's website says organizers are seeking "at least $25 million" to cover its expenses through the end of 2012.

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Gregg McVicar : Host, “Undercurrents”

Gregg McVicar is former host of Earthsongs and producer of numerous other national projects. Among his loves are cycling, swimming, hiking, camping and attending music festivals. Gregg’s creative work has been recognized by a Peabody Award, an RTNA Golden Mic and multiple awards from the National Association of Community Broadcasters. He holds a master’s degree from the Annenberg School for Communication.

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