NPR Reporters On The Important Stories Of 2010
In the past year, health care, the earthquake in Haiti and the oil spill got the most coverage. But the stories that dominate a year's newscasts aren't always the ones that stick with us. This is as true for reporters and editors as anyone else. With 2010 winding down, host Neal Conan speaks with four of NPR's reporters — Ofeibea Quist-Arcton, Julie Rovner, Robert Krulwich and Dina Temple-Raston — about the most significant stories they reported this year.
The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
In the mid-15th Century, the trans-Atlantic trade shifted from gold to cargoes of human beings. Some 12.5 million people were shipped as slaves from Africa. A little over 10 million made it to the Americas in a trade that lasted for more than 350 years. Historians David Eltis and David Richardson talk about their new book, Atlas of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, which gives a comprehensive and up-to-date look at the slave trade, and includes new information on the tens of thousands of voyages to the New World.
What's Changed For Muslim-Americans In 2010?
Muslim Americans have fallen under suspicion in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks that crashed planes in New York, the Pentagon and Pennsylvania. This year was no exception: a pastor in Florida threatened to burn the Koran, a proposed Islamic Cultural Center and mosque close to the site of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York brought incited protests, and several incidents of vandalism were reported at mosques around the country. In the second of our series about what's changed for Americans in the past year, host Neal Conan talks to author Moustafa Bayoumi about what's changed for Muslim Americans in 2010.