August 30, 2011 Amnesty International estimates that since protests started in the country, 88 people have died in custody and 1,800 have been killed in the streets.
Former Vice President Dick Cheney. (Feb. 10, 2011, file photo.)
August 25, 2011 The president did not follow Cheney's advice, and other top administration advisers thought it was a bad idea. Meanwhile, Cheney tells NBC that many in Washington aren't going to like what they read in his new memoir.
August 18, 2011 Sources tell The Associated Press that perhaps as soon as today the Obama administration could issue a call for Assad to leave office.
The hacking group Anonymous took over Syria's defense ministry site Monday.
August 8, 2011 Syria's military crackdown on government protesters is bringing pressure from nearly all quarters, including the Arab League and the country's Gulf neighbors. The hacking group Anonymous took over Syria's defense ministry site Monday.
August 4, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, an update on Syria, and the affects of a no-cost birth control mandate. In the second hour, linguist John McWhorter talks about his book, What Language Is, and filmmaker Greg Barker talks about his HBO documentary, Koran By Heart.
July 13, 2011 NATO says troops died in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan; an oil pipeline is reportedly bombed in Syria, Los Angeles city councilwoman Janice Hahn wins special congressional election; movie rental company Netflix boosts fees; and the National League wins the All Star Game
July 5, 2011 If those demanding reform choose to ignore President Bashar Assad's call for a "national dialogue," reforms will be made without them, Foreign Minister Walid Moallem says.
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July 5, 2011 Residents and activists are reporting about what's happening. The Assad regime has said that the violence is being sparked by some in the crowds of protesters.
June 28, 2011 Bouthaina Shaaban, an advisor to President Bashar Assad, makes the rounds to make the case that protesters are right about the need for reforms — and to dispute reports that the Assad regime is targeting opponents.
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June 21, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the cost of inaction in Syria, and the story of horse whisperer Buck Brannaman. In the second hour, how the recession is keeping older workers from retiring, and Bill Kling talks about the future of public media.
June 20, 2011 Analysts say the Syrian president offered vague promises for reform, while also making clear that his regime will continue to hold a hard line against dissent.
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June 13, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, what's at stake in this economy, and the opinion page looks at the crackdown in Syria. In the second hour, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan answers questions about public education, No Child Left Behind and improving schools amid widespread budget cuts.
June 10, 2011 College student Pathik Root of Vermont was swept up by Syrian security in mid-March and imprisoned for two weeks. He wasn't tortured, but says he heard the sounds as others were. And he never knew when, or if, he would be released.
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June 9, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, changing attitudes in practicing safe sex, and the latest developments in Syria. In the second hour, a housing market update that looks at why Americans aren't buying homes, and the re-trial of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
June 8, 2011 The Syrian town of Jisr al-Shughour is now "almost empty," according to some of the few people still there. A government military campaign against opponents of the Assad regime is expected to begin at any time.
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