August 24, 2011 The Libyan leader vowed to fight on even as opposition fighters looted his compound in Tripoli. Meanwhile, Hurricane Irene has strengthened. And damage assessements are underway following the earthquake that rattled much of the East Coast.
August 23, 2011 Turns out it was a good idea for President Obama to be relatively low key in discussing the situation in Libya Monday since some of the reports from the National Transition Council turned out to be greatly exaggerated, to say the least. Like Seif el-Islam Gadhafi, the eldest son of and heir apparent to the ever weaker strongman Moammar Gadhafi, not being in rebel custody.
August 22, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, closing the academic achievement gap, and the opinion page looks at what's at stake for Libya's future. In the second hour, and update on Libya's effort to unseat Moammar Gadhafi, and the strengths of middle children.
August 22, 2011 Opposition fighters are in Tripoli. International concern grows over latest Israel-Gaza violence. Hurricane Irene slams Puerto Rico, may hit U.S. later this week.
August 22, 2011 After months of inconclusive fighting between government forces and rebels, news over the weekend that fighters opposed to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi were in control of many parts of Tripoli provided some good news for President Obama in a summer short of such.
August 17, 2011 In the first hour of Talk of the Nation, the political junkie, and filmmaker John Sayles talks about his movie, Amigo. In the second hour, Thomas Vander Ven talks about the consequences of binge drinking and his book, Getting Wasted, and an update on the conflict in Libya.
July 29, 2011 The Libyan woman, who made news after bursting into a Tripoli hotel filled with foreign journalist to tell her story of repeated rapes, will reside in the United States permanently.
June 24, 2011 Republicans and Democrats shared some of the same reasons for voting to defund the Libya mission from defending the warmaking prerogatives of Congress, to anger at the president for not doing more to consult Congress and dissatisfaction with him for playing semantic games, as they saw it, to evade the War Powers Act. (It depends on what the meaning of "hostilities" is.)
June 21, 2011 Not so long ago, national security was the Republicans' strong suit. Democrats couldn't gain traction. But times have changed; Republicans have lost the advantage. At the Republican presidential debate in New Hampshire, the candidates sounded a very uncertain trumpet on Afghanistan and Libya.