Jeffrey Brown

  • Refguees react during a protest asking for the opening of borders at a makeshift camp at the Greek-Macedonian border near the village of Idomeni, Greece, March 18, 2016.  REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidis   - RTSB44F
    March 18, 2016  

    Turkey and the European Union reached an agreement Friday over solutions to the ongoing migrant crisis in Eastern Europe, with Turkey taking back Syrian refugees currently stranded in Greece in exchange for financial aid and closer travel and political ties to the EU. Jeffrey Brown asks Matthew Karnitschnig of Politico and special correspondent Malcolm Brabant for more information on the deal.
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  • Young children get a close-up view of an Orca killer whale during a visit to the animal theme park SeaWorld in San Diego, California March 19, 2014   REUTERS/Mike Blake   (UNITED STATES - Tags: ANIMALS ENVIRONMENT SOCIETY TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY) - RTR3HTBE
    March 17, 2016  

    SeaWorld has made headlines several times in the past decade: trainer Dawn Brancheau was killed by a captive orca during a live show in 2010, and a 2013 documentary focused intense scrutiny on the family-oriented theme park over the use of killer whales as show animals. On Thursday, SeaWorld announced that it would no longer breed or keep orcas. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

  • U.S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl (2nd R) leaves the courthouse with his defense attorney, Lt. Col. Franklin Rosenblatt (L), after an arraignment hearing for his court-martial in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, December 22, 2015. Bergdahl, who spent five years as a Taliban prisoner after walking away from his combat outpost in Afghanistan in 2009, did not enter a plea on Tuesday at his arraignment on charges spurred by his disappearance.   REUTERS/Jonathan Drake - RTX1ZSBO
    March 16, 2016  

    Is Bowe Bergdahl a misguided young soldier or a deserter and a traitor? A military court will soon answer that question, as Bergdahl — an Army sergeant who left his post in June 2009 and was captured by the Taliban — is now facing a court-martial on charges of desertion and endangering troops. Jeffrey Brown takes a look at the transcript of Bergdahl’s interview with the Army’s senior investigator.
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    March 15, 2016  

    March Madness has arrived once more — and yet again, the University of North Carolina Tar Heels are in the hunt for a national championship. A new book by sportswriter John Feinstein takes an inside look at one of UNC’s legendary coaches and the two other iconic state basketball figures with whom he formed unique trio. Feinstein joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss “The Legends Club.” Continue reading

  • U.N. mediator for Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks to media on the U.N. sponsored Syria peace talks in Geneva, Switzerland March 14, 2016.  REUTERS/Ruben Sprich - RTX291C7
    March 14, 2016  

    The first round of UN-backed Syrian peace talks began in Geneva Monday morning — but for those trapped in overcrowded refugee camps, seeking to enter Europe through the Balkans’ closed borders, help seems far away. Chief foreign affairs correspondent Margaret Warner examines sobering statistics from the UN, while Jeffrey Brown talks to UN High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi for more. Continue reading

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    March 11, 2016  

    As the fighting in Syria approaches a fifth year, leaving hundreds of thousands dead and displaced, the nation’s artists have sought ways to respond to the destruction of their homeland. Some try to tell the stories of their fellow Syrians, while others seek to document the conflict through films and artwork. But no matter the medium, they all share a desire for peace. Jeffrey Brown reports. Continue reading

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    March 8, 2016  

    Robert Battle grew up in one of Miami’s poorest neighborhoods wearing metal braces on his legs but dreaming of dance. Thirty years later, he runs the renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater — the very company that inspired him as a child. Battle joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss how dance can transform lives and his vision for the company’s future. Continue reading

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    March 7, 2016  

    Zakia and Ali are Afghanistan’s Romeo and Juliet — with all the heartache that description implies. Separated by religion, ethnicity and their own families, the young couple defied them all by eloping. Rod Nordland of the New York Times chronicles their remarkable odyssey in his book, “The Lovers,” and joins Jeffrey Brown to discuss the intersection of romance and religion in the Muslim world. Continue reading

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    March 4, 2016  

    A.O. Scott has been the New York Times’ film critic since 2000, so it’s safe to say he knows his craft. But in a world dominated by social media, where anyone with an Internet connection can become a self-styled critic, what separates a professional from a wannabe? That’s one of the issues Scott tackles in his new book, “Better Living Through Criticism.” Jeffrey Brown talks to Scott for more. Continue reading

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    March 3, 2016  

    After her husband starved himself to death over the course of nine days rather than continue living with Parkinson’s disease, NPR’s Diane Rehm found herself plagued with questions and fears. She channeled her struggles into “On My Own,” an evocative and incisive memoir. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Rehm to discuss what the book means for her and her ongoing advocacy for assisted suicide. Continue reading

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