"I never imagined I would be in this position, doing this kind of work," says Raed Al Saleh, 33, of his job as the head of the Syrian Civil Defense. "But these are the circumstances." Courtesy of The Syria Campaign hide caption

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Goats and Soda

This Syrian Dad Has One Of The World's Most Dangerous Jobs

Five years ago, Raed Al Saleh was a businessman. Now he heads the 3,000-strong Syrian Civil Defense, rescuing civilians from the rubble after airstrikes.

An employee of Doctors Without Borders walks inside the charred remains of the organization's hospital after it was hit by a U.S. airstrike in Kunduz, Afghanistan in October. Najim Rahim/AP hide caption

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The Two-Way - News Blog

Pentagon Report Says Airstrike On Afghan Hospital Wasn't A War Crime

The Pentagon's investigation says none of the military personnel involved knew they were attacking a hospital. It says the assault, which killed dozens of people, was caused by a series of errors.

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Arts & Life

A Glimpse Of Listeners' #NPRpoetry — From The Punny To The Profound

It was a simple idea: Would you, our listeners, tweet us poems for National Poetry Month? Your response contained multitudes — haiku, lyrics, even one 8-year-old's ode to her dad's bald spot.

Lily Sciacca, 8, reads her poem about her dad
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First Listen

Preview The New Mary Chapin Carpenter Album, 'The Things That We Are Made Of'

On her 14th album, a collaboration with top producer Dave Cobb, the country veteran traces her memories while still looking toward the unknown.

The Things That We Are Made Of
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    The Things That We Are Made Of
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