Originally published on Thu June 25, 2015 11:01 am
RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:
Originally published on Fri May 29, 2015 8:00 am
On the shores of California one recent morning, female Marines were heaving heavy chains to secure amphibious assault vehicles that soon would roll into the waves.
The exercise was one part of a yearlong experiment aimed at settling the question of whether women can handle the punishing world of ground combat.
Originally published on Wed January 14, 2015 6:48 am
Originally published on Wed December 10, 2014 5:23 am
Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 12:50 pm
Herat is one of the most graceful cities in Afghanistan. Its traditions go back to the Persian empire, with its exquisite blue and green glass, and its thriving poetry scene.
Now Herat is struggling with a darker side: drug addiction at a higher rate than almost anywhere else in the country.
In a dusty ravine on the outskirts of the city, Ahmad, a scruffy 20-year-old, is striking a match to inhale heroin.
It's a simple act he repeats throughout his day — heating a dark slab of heroin paste smeared on a bit of foil so he can smoke it.