NewsHour Poetry Series

  • August 1, 2013  

    In Syria, the Assad regime has made major gains in the central part of the country while rebel forces remain strong in the north and south. Margaret Warner talks to NPR’s Deborah Amos about how both sides are appealing to their bases with imagery, the resiliency of Syrian civilians and if there an end in sight for this conflict. Continue reading

  • July 23, 2013  

    Talk of stepped-up assistance for Syrian rebels came from the White House after a letter from Gen. Martin Dempsey was released, outlining the Pentagon’s options for going beyond humanitarian aid. Judy Woodruff considers the risks with The Washington Institute’s Jeffrey White and John Mearsheimer of the University of Chicago. Continue reading

  • July 23, 2013  

    Secretary of State John Kerry met with international humanitarian aid officials to discuss the difficulties of trying to protect and assist the millions of people displaced by the Syrian war. Margaret Warner talks to Assistant Secretary of State Anne Richard and Nancy Lindborg of the U.S. Agency for International Development. Continue reading

  • July 4, 2013  

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad said only direct foreign military intervention could threaten his control over his country. The U.S. has committed to provide military aid to the Syrian opposition, but not without concerns for how to prevent weapons from getting into the hands of radical jihadi rebels. Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading

  • July 4, 2013  

    Margaret Warner talks to former Reagan administration official Michael Pillsbury and The Nation’s Robert Dreyfuss on what past endeavors by the United States to offer military aid to rebel movements can teach government officials today about providing weapons to the Syrian opposition. Continue reading

  • June 26, 2013  

    Amid growing turmoil and just days ahead of planned mass protests, Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi called on his opponents to help end the country’s political polarization. For an update from Cairo on the violent clashes and reaction to Morsi, Margaret Warner talks with Nancy Youssef of McClatchy Newspapers. Continue reading

  • June 18, 2013  

    For centuries, Pashtun women have traded stories, feelings and life wisdom in the form of two-line oral poems called landays. Eliza Griswold, a journalist and poet herself, traveled to Afghanistan to learn more about daily life there through the modern exchange of poetry. Jeffrey Brown takes a closer look at Griswold’s project. Continue reading

  • June 10, 2013    

    Charles Hood is the author of “South x South” (Ohio University Press), winner of the 2012 Hollis Summers Poetry Prize. His previous books include “Bombing Ploesti” and “Rio de Dios” (Red Hen Press). He has been the recipient of a Fulbright fellowship, an Artist in Residency with the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and an Artists and Writers grant from the National Science Foundation. He teaches photography and writing at Antelope Valley College, Calif.
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  • June 6, 2013  

    The Syrian civil war continues to spill over its neighboring border, with rocket attacks fired against a Hezbollah stronghold and at a town known as a haven for rebels. Ray Suarez talks to Margaret Warner, reporting from from Beirut, about the recapture of key Syrian town of Qusayr and sectarian tensions in Lebanon. Continue reading

  • June 5, 2013  

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces made a major strategic victory in the ongoing civil war, as they recaptured rebel-held Qusayr. The key Syrian town dominates an important supply route and is key to controlling a central area of the country. Neil Connery of Independent Television News reports. Continue reading