June 1, 2004 Ghazi al-Yawer is chosen as Iraq's interim president, a mostly ceremonial post. His selection was controversial: members of Iraq's Governing Council accused the U.S. of trying to install its favorite candidate, Adnan Pachachi. Yawer's selection was endorsed by the United Nations and the Governing Council dissolved itself. NPR's Steve Inskeep discusses the developments with Juan Cole, professor of Middle East history at the University of Michigan.
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May 29, 2004 NPR's Scott Simon reviews the week's news with NPR senior news analyst Daniel Schorr.
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May 29, 2004 NPR's Scott Simon talks with Judith Yaffee senior research fellow at the National Defense University about developments in Najaf.
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May 25, 2004 NPR's Madeleine Brand speaks with Slate legal analyst Dahlia Lithwick about the legal questions involved when pregnant mothers reject medical advice, and doctors seek to override those decisions.
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May 25, 2004 NPR's Alex Chadwick chats with Slate contributor Fred Kaplan about President Bush's Monday night speech laying out the U.S. strategy in Iraq. Kaplan believes that this effort came late, but that many of the president's ideas represented a step forward.
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March 5, 2004 Haiti falls into a state of emergency after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide resigns and flees the country. Democratic Sen. John Kerry becomes the presumptive presidential nominee for his party, while President Bush sharpens his attack with a media blitz. NPR's Tony Cox discusses these two big news headlines with columnist Laura Washington of the Chicago Sun-Times and San Diego Union-Tribune columnist Joseph Perkins.
January 1, 1997 Robert talks to six people to get their expert opinions and predictions for 1997including E.J. Dionne, author of Why Americans Hate Politics. He talks about a new year of change in politics. Holly Brubach, Style Editor for the New York Times Magazine, predicts new trends for 1997. David Wyss, Research Director at DRI/McGraw Hill, predicts what the economy will be like in the new year. Jack Matthews, Senior Film Critic for Newsday, predicts some new lows in the film industry, as well as new business ideas. Brock Meeks, Washington Correspondent for MSNBC, talks about new computer technology. And finally, Leslie Pinson, Senior Editor of the Weekly World News, relays what his staff psychics have predicted for 1997.
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