War & Conflict

  • Intelligence Squared debate on presidential war power
    An Intelligence Squared debate. Four experts debate the motion: "The President has exceeded his constitutional authority by waging war without Congressional authorization."May 1, 2015
  • MPR documentary: The Vietnam Tapes: Letters from a Willmar Soldier
    On April 30,1975 Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese. A half million Americans served in combat in the Vietnam War and Dan Kleven of Willmar was one of them. An MPR documentary based on the cassette tapes he and his family sent back and forth during the war: "The Vietnam Tapes: Letters from a Willmar Soldier."April 30, 2015
  • International Guard: How the Vietnam War changed guard service
    During the war, young men often tried to join the National Guard to avoid being sent overseas. But that war changed the nature of the guard -- paving the way for today's deployments abroad.April 26, 2015
  • 14-year-old killed in southern Minnesota crash
    Authorities said the two-vehicle collision also injured three people at a rural intersection near the Brown County community of Sleepy Eye, Minn.April 24, 2015
  • How will U.S. employ military contractors in future conflicts?
    Listen to a discussion about how the military will use contractors in conflict zones and what that means for our volunteer force.April 23, 2015
  • U.S. operations killed 2 hostages held by al-Qaida, including American
    Two Americans who worked for al-Qaida were also killed in the counterterrorism operations in January, the White House said.April 23, 2015
  • How jihadis recruit in America
    Listen to three experts discuss the men recruited from Minnesota and what kind of threat this recruitment poses in communities around the country.April 21, 2015
  • U.S. Navy sends aircraft carrier to coast of Yemen
    The vessels are joining others in the region in an increasing show of force.April 20, 2015
  • FBI makes arrests in MN, CA in counterterrorism action
    Two Somali women say their sons were arrested at home Sunday in Minneapolis.April 19, 2015
  • UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at National Press Club
    UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon called for an immediate cease-fire in Yemen and said the situation there has terrifying implications for regional stability. Ban said millions of people around the globe are suffering the devastating consequences of violent extremism and human rights violations.April 17, 2015
  • Confronting Hatred: 70 Years After the Holocaust
    What motivates people to participate in hatred? Lessons from the Holocaust can inform contemporary discussions about hate speech, genocide, propoganda and human rights. A documentary from the US Holocaust Memorial Museum, produced by Melissa Allison and narrated by Morgan Freeman.April 16, 2015
  • Civil War Homecoming, part 2
    "Civil War Homecoming," part 2. A look back at how Minnesotans experienced the war and its aftermath through stories and song. "Civil War Homecoming" was presented at the Fitzgerald Theater to mark the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War. The program was written by Dan Chouinard, and produced in collaboration with the Minn. Historical Society, Minn. Public Radio and the Minn. Civil War Commemoration Task Force.April 15, 2015
  • Civil War Homecoming: Part 1
    A look back at how Minnesotans experienced the war and its aftermath through stories and song.April 14, 2015
  • Campaigners refuse to let kidnapped Nigerian girls be forgotten
    It's been one year since Islamist extremists abducted nearly 300 schoolgirls from their dormitory in northeastern Nigeria. Some managed to escape, but 219 remain missing.April 14, 2015
  • Historian John-Paul Himka on European perceptions of the Holocaust
    "Week of Remembrance" to commemorate the Holocaust: Historian John-Paul Himka, author of "Bringing the Dark Past to Light." He told a University of Minnesota human rights conference about the varied perceptions and memories of the Nazi-led Holocaust in Europe, and the repercussions in European politics todayApril 13, 2015

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