Talk of the Nation

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When Americans want to be a part of the national conversation, they turn to Talk of the Nation, NPR's live, midday news-talk program. Host Neal Conan leads a productive exchange of ideas and opinions on the issues that dominate the news landscape.

From breaking news, science, and education to religion and the arts, Talk of the Nation offers listeners the opportunity to join enlightening discussions with decision-makers, authors, academicians, and artists from around the world.

For two hours each Monday through Thursday, Talk of the Nation listeners weigh-in, share their thoughts and ask questions by calling, emailing, messaging through social media.

On Fridays the conversation turns to the topics of science, with Talk of the Nation: Science Friday with Ira Flatow, focusing on news and issues about the world of science and technology.

A long-time NPR journalist, Conan has been a reporter, editor, and anchor for NPR live events coverage. Conan played a major role in anchoring continuous live coverage of developments during the terrorist attacks and aftermath of September 11, 2001. His broadcasts are marked by their clarity, accuracy and eloquence.

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Latin America
9:55 am
Thu May 10, 2012

Haiti Aid Worker Reflects On The Limits Of Help

Originally published on Tue April 1, 2014 1:20 pm

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Aid workers often win applause for their courage and selflessness, for leaving often comfortable lives to help out in wars, famines and catastrophes. But in a recent post on his blog, Quinn Zimmerman, an aid worker in Haiti, gives us a different understanding of the experience. He vented his frustrations, including resentment from some Haitians' incessant begging, and the unwillingness or inability of people to help themselves. Of course, he adds, the need is real, the cause important. Much remains to be done.

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Around the Nation
1:14 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Pushing The Limits: Solo-Sailing The Americas

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Mark Duehmig

Originally published on Thu May 10, 2012 8:24 am

On June 11, 2011, Matt Rutherford set sail from Annapolis, Md., on an epic voyage. He traveled down the Chesapeake Bay, up the East Coast, then through the Northwest Passage, down the Pacific, around Cape Horn, back up the coast of South America, and all the way back home.

In 10 months, he sailed over 27,000 miles in a 27-foot sailboat — named the St. Brendan after the 6th-century explorer — and became the first person to complete a solo, nonstop circumnavigation of the Americas.

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NPR Story
12:56 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Obama Affirms Support Of Same-Sex Marriage

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 1:14 pm

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Politics
11:22 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Will Same-Sex Marriage Swing The Swing States?

Originally published on Mon May 21, 2012 12:11 pm

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This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. It's official: Gary Johnson lands the Libertarian presidential nomination. Former standard-bearer Ron Paul picks up GOP delegates. And Democrats wonder about the pace of evolution. It's Wednesday and time for a...

VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: Absolutely comfortable...

CONAN: Edition of the political junkie.

PRESIDENT RONALD REAGAN: There you go again.

VICE PRESIDENT WALTER MONDALE: When I hear your new ideas, I'm reminded of that ad: Where's the beef?

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Energy
11:20 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Iraq's Oil Boom And The Global Market

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 1:14 pm

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Middle East
11:12 am
Wed May 9, 2012

The Unintended Consequences Of Libya's Revolution

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 1:14 pm

The fall of Colonel Moammar Gadhafi's regime in Libya was hailed as one of the great successes of the Arab Spring. More than six months later, attacks continue on the prime minister's compound and well-armed mercenary fighters and stockpiles of weapons have made their way into Sub-Saharan Africa.

Strange News
11:35 am
Tue May 8, 2012

The Secret Life Of The Other Alan Feuer

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Your Money
11:25 am
Tue May 8, 2012

'Sandwich Generation' Must Make Tough Choices

Originally published on Fri May 11, 2012 4:01 pm

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This is TALK OF THE NATION. I'm Neal Conan in Washington. Over the past few weeks, our colleagues at MORNING EDITION have been telling a series of stories called "Family Matters," about the challenges that over 50 million of we Americans now face: multigenerational households, homes where two or more generations of adults live under one roof.

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NPR Story
11:14 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Henry Louis Gates Jr.: A Life Spent Tracing Roots

Henry Louis Gates Jr. is also the author of The Signifying Monkey, which won the American Book Award.
Joseph Sinnott

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 9:07 am

For more than 30 years, Henry Louis Gates Jr. has been an influential public intellectual with a distinct style, who makes complex academic concepts accessible to a wider audience.

Gates — known widely as "Skip" — may be best known for his research tracing the family and genetic history of famous African-Americans. "There are just so many stories that are buried on family trees," Gates tells host Neal Conan. "My goal is to get everybody in America to do their family tree."

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National Security
10:59 am
Tue May 8, 2012

Busted Bomb Plot Advanced Underwear Scheme

Originally published on Tue May 8, 2012 11:30 am

FBI bomb experts continue to study the device involved in the latest al-Qaida plot to bring down a U.S.-bound airliner. U.S. officials say the explosive is a more advanced version of the underwear bomb that malfunctioned aboard a jet in 2009.

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