Talk of the Nation from NPR

Mon-Thurs 2PM-3PM
Neal Conan

Talk of the Nation offers call-in listeners the opportunity to join enlightening discussions with decision-makers, authors, academicians, and artists from around the world.

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Movie Interviews
1:00 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

'Where Solders Come From' And What They Return To

Spc. Dom Fredianelli rests during a cache sweep in Afghan village.
Heather Courtney

Dominic Fredianelli and his buddies signed up for the National Guard in exchange for a signing bonus and help with college tuition. A new documentary, Where Soldiers Come From by Heather Courtney, follows their path from carefree teens in Michigan to combat veterans facing battle in Afghanistan.

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NPR Story
3:00 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

'Modern Warfare 3' An Invitation To Non-Gamers

Originally published on Wed November 9, 2011 3:00 pm

While DVD sales plummet in the U.S. and book publishers fear for their futures, pre-orders for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 totaled some nine million copies. Jamin Warrren of Kill Screen Magazine talks about how Modern Warfare 3 is extending an invitation to non-gamers to belly up to the console.

NPR Story
1:00 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

What Tuesday's Results May Mean For 2012

In Ohio, voters overturned a controversial bill limiting union rights. With one race still too close to call in Virginia, Republicans in that state can still seize the senate. Mississippians elected a new governor and voted down an amendment on "personhood."

NPR Story
1:00 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

Why Witnesses Do, Or Don't, Report Abuse

Allegations of sexual abuse have shaken institutions from the Catholic Church to public schools to Penn State's football program. In many cases, victims and their families say they reported the abuse to the people in charge, and for any number of reasons, those people didn't do enough to stop it.

NPR Story
2:16 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Leibovitz Takes A 'Pilgrimage' For Artistic Renewal

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In 2000, the Library of Congress declared Annie Leibovitz to be a Living Legend. Leibovitz lives in New York with her three children.
Annie Leibovitz

Originally published on Wed November 9, 2011 11:14 am

From John Lennon curled around Yoko Ono to a pregnant Demi Moore, photographer Annie Leibovitz has made a career of capturing people, often celebrities. But her latest collection is something very different. In Pilgrimage, Leibovitz focuses her lens on places and objects that have special meaning for her.

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Law
1:00 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Supreme Court Hears Arguments In GPS Case

United States vs. Jones raises questions about the limits of police searches, personal privacy and the use of new technology in law enforcement. At issue is whether police need warrants to attach GPS tracking devices to a cars to monitor suspects' movements for indefinite periods of time.

From Our Listeners
1:00 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Letters: Student Loan Debt And Stay-At-Home Dads

NPR's Neal Conan reads from listener comments on previous show topics, including ways to reduce student loan debt, finding the humor in life as a stay-at-home dad, and what schools teach students about sex.

Middle East
1:00 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Eight Months In, Violence In Syria Continues

The U.N. says more than 3,500 people have died in Syria's eight-month cycle of protests and government crackdowns. Residents of Homs, the third largest city in the country, report fierce fighting as government forces try to regain control of the city.

Remembrances
1:00 pm
Tue November 8, 2011

Bert Sugar Remembers 'Smokin' Joe' Frazier

Former heavyweight champion Joe Frazier died Monday night at the age of 67, just a month after being diagnosed with liver cancer. "Smokin' Joe," as he was called, was known for his powerful left hook that knocked down Muhammad Ali in 1971 at Madison Square Garden.

NPR Story
2:21 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Traveling With The O'Rourkes On 'Holidays In Heck'

Author P.J. O'Rourke fell in love with his horse, whom he dubbed "Trigger," on his ride through the Tian Shan Mountains. But that doesn't mean he loved the trip.
Adrian Dangar

After retiring as a war correspondent, P.J. O'Rourke decided to travel for pleasure, often with his family.

He went to some dream destinations — Disneyland with the family, Ecuador's Galapagos Islands, Italy's famed modern art exhibit Venice Biennale.

He also took some less conventional journeys — a horseback trek across a mountain in Kyrgyzstan, a voyage down China's Yangzte river, a couple's bird hunting trip.

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