Larry Abramson http://wkms.org en Karzai's Political Games Overshadow Hagel's Visit To Afghanistan http://wkms.org/post/karzais-political-games-overshadow-hagels-visit-afghanistan Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel returned to the Middle East today, after a weekend tour of Afghanistan and a stop in Pakistan. Hagel's visit to Afghanistan was overshadowed by continuing difficulties with President Hamid Karzai. Afghanistan has not yet agreed to terms that would allow U.S. forces to stay there beyond 2014. As NPR's Larry Abramson reports, Afghanistan is not the only country where the U.S. Mon, 09 Dec 2013 21:34:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 37199 at http://wkms.org Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World? http://wkms.org/post/who-owns-archives-vanishing-iraqi-jewish-world <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7TGYTOlMgs</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 18:30:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 36376 at http://wkms.org Who Owns The Archives Of A Vanishing Iraqi Jewish World? A Controversial Week For The NSA http://wkms.org/post/controversial-week-nsa Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>This week, the National Security Agency fought back against criticism of it's operations following leaks from former contractor Edward Snowden that have revealed some of the scale of the agency's surveillance of Americans and people overseas, including heads of state of U.S. allies. NPR's Larry Abramson has been covering the story and joins us. Larry, thanks so much for being with us.<p>LARRY ABRAMSON, BYLINE: Hi Scott.<p>SIMON: Bring us up to date. Sat, 02 Nov 2013 10:46:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 36228 at http://wkms.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://wkms.org/post/pentagon-pushes-states-benefits-same-sex-couples Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.<p>The Pentagon <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/14/211978987/pentagon-details-plan-to-extend-benefits-to-same-sex-spouses">started to recognize same-sex marriages</a> soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But some states are resisting.<p>Alicia Butler is the same-sex spouse of a member of the National Guard living in Austin, Texas. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 36218 at http://wkms.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples Who Has The Right To Know Where Your Phone Has Been? http://wkms.org/post/who-has-right-know-where-your-phone-has-been You probably know, or should know, that your cellphone is tracking your location everywhere you go. But whether law enforcement officials should have access to that data is at the center of a constitutional debate.<p>Matt Blaze, a professor of computer and information science at the University of Pennsylvania, says location tracking is key to how the cell system operates.<p>"As you move around, your phone is constantly checking to see whether the tower that it's currently registered with is the best one, or whether there's a better tower with a stronger signal coming in range," he says. Tue, 29 Oct 2013 06:56:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 36110 at http://wkms.org Who Has The Right To Know Where Your Phone Has Been? West Point Women: A Natural Pattern Or A Camouflage Ceiling? http://wkms.org/post/west-point-women-natural-pattern-or-camouflage-ceiling At the 200-year-old U.S. Military Academy at West Point, tradition dictates everything. That includes the habit of having freshmen stand in the yard everyday and call cadets to lunch. It's also tradition that the overwhelming majority of the graduating class will be white and 84 percent male.<p>Some say those rates are due to natural patterns of matriculation.<p>"Women will naturally matriculate — or, they have naturally matriculated — into the academy at about the 16 to 17 percent rate," says West Point admissions director Col. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 07:23:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 35913 at http://wkms.org West Point Women: A Natural Pattern Or A Camouflage Ceiling? Lawmakers Struggle With Wording Of Syria Resolution http://wkms.org/post/lawmakers-struggle-wording-syria-resolution Congress is trying to fashion language that would restrict U.S. involvement in Syria from escalating. But lawmakers often find it uncomfortable to rein in the commander in chief once U.S. forces have been committed. Thu, 05 Sep 2013 09:08:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 34608 at http://wkms.org Privacy Board To Scrutinize Surveillance Programs http://wkms.org/post/privacy-board-hold-first-meeting Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. Good morning. I'm David Greene.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. Just after Edward Snowden first leaked secrets about government surveillance, he gave an interview to two journalists while he was hiding out in Hong Kong. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 09:01:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 32885 at http://wkms.org Defense Contractors See Their Futures In Developing World http://wkms.org/post/defense-contractors-see-their-futures-developing-world Defense manufacturers worldwide are facing tough times ahead, as tight budgets force Western governments to cut spending. But while the West is cutting back, developing countries around the world are spending more on defense — a lot more.<p>Last fall, defense contractors warned of massive layoffs if the U.S. government enacted the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration. Sat, 06 Jul 2013 13:54:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 32823 at http://wkms.org Defense Contractors See Their Futures In Developing World Gay Military Spouses To Benefit From Supreme Court Ruling http://wkms.org/post/gay-military-spouses-benefit-supreme-court-ruling Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene. Good morning. The Supreme Court ruling yesterday on the Defense of Marriage Act will change the lives of many people, including some in the U.S. military. Gay spouses of service members have long been denied the substantial benefits available to heterosexual couples. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 09:01:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 32544 at http://wkms.org