Kelly McEvers http://blog.wlrn.org en Hoping To Slim POW-MIA Bureaucracy, Hagel Makes One Out Of Two http://blog.wlrn.org/post/hoping-slim-pow-mia-bureaucracy-hagel-makes-one-out-two Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel announced the creation of a new defense agency charged with merging the multiple divisions currently responsible for finding and identifying the more than 80,000 members missing from past conflicts. A five-month investigation by NPR and the independent news agency ProPublica had found the U.S. recovery effort to be slow, inefficient and stymied by outdated methods. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Mon, 31 Mar 2014 20:37:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 30058 at http://blog.wlrn.org Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For Small Towns http://blog.wlrn.org/post/reinventing-dwindling-middle-class-may-take-revolution My parents moved away from Lincoln, Ill., two decades ago, when I was in college. I hardly ever get back there. But my mom still works in Lincoln, and it was to Lincoln I headed to meet her this fall, after returning to the U.S. from the Middle East.<p>I got off the train from Chicago and immediately saw that the old depot building — where we used to go for fancy dinners before prom — was shuttered. A little monument commemorating the day Abraham Lincoln named the town in 1853 was faded and peeling. There was a man asleep on a bench at the train stop. Tue, 12 Nov 2013 08:04:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 23533 at http://blog.wlrn.org Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For Small Towns In Iraq, Laying Claim To The Kebab http://blog.wlrn.org/post/iraq-laying-claim-kebab When you hear the word "kebab" in America, you might think of skewers with chunks of chicken or beef and vegetables, marinated and grilled on coals or gas. But say "kebab" in the Middle East, and it means a lot of things — chunks of lamb or liver on skewers, or the more popular version of grilled ground meat logs found in Turkey, Iran and much of the Arab world.<p>If you spend enough time in the Middle East, you learn it can be hard to pinpoint the origins of things. Everybody claims to have invented hummus, flatbread and even yogurt. Tue, 13 Aug 2013 22:16:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 18998 at http://blog.wlrn.org In Iraq, Laying Claim To The Kebab Al-Jazeera Under Fire For Its Coverage Of Egypt http://blog.wlrn.org/post/al-jazeera-under-fire-its-coverage-egypt <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=indIpXbtOUU</p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:19:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 17604 at http://blog.wlrn.org Al-Jazeera Under Fire For Its Coverage Of Egypt Ramadan Takes Political Tinge In Egypt http://blog.wlrn.org/post/ramadan-takes-political-tinge-egypt Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>It's the holy month of Ramadan, usually a time of reflection, prayer and solidarity with fellow Muslims. But this Ramadan, Egypt is divided. The ouster of former president, Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood earlier this month and his current detention by Egyptian security forces, has polarized the country. Sat, 13 Jul 2013 11:16:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 17365 at http://blog.wlrn.org Syrian Conflict Continues Violent Spillover Into Lebanon http://blog.wlrn.org/post/syrian-conflict-continues-violent-spillover-lebanon Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>A bomb placed in a parked car caused a massive explosion in Beirut today that injured dozens of people. Later, a Syrian rebel group claimed responsibility for the blast.<p>NPR's Kelly McEvers was at the scene of the attack. She sent this report on how the Syrian conflict is spilling over into Lebanon.<p>KELLY MCEVERS, BYLINE: The group that claimed responsibility for the blast is a branch of the Free Syrian Army that calls itself Division 313. Tue, 09 Jul 2013 20:54:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 17150 at http://blog.wlrn.org War Correspondent's Unflinching 'Diary Of A Bad Year' http://blog.wlrn.org/post/war-correspondents-unflinching-diary-very-bad-year <em>NPR's Kelly McEvers struggled with intense, unexpected emotions during the Arab Spring, when friends were being kidnapped and worse. It made her wonder, why do otherwise intelligent people risk their lives to report on conflicts?</em><p>In early 2011, I started seeing things in slow motion. I cried unpredictably. It was the time of the Arab uprisings. Colleagues and friends were getting kidnapped. Some were getting killed.<p>But still, I went toward the story. The next year, 2012 was one of the deadliest years on record for journalists. Sat, 29 Jun 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 16623 at http://blog.wlrn.org War Correspondent's Unflinching 'Diary Of A Bad Year' Dozens Dead After Clashes With Radical Cleric In Lebanon http://blog.wlrn.org/post/dozens-dead-after-clashes-radical-cleric-lebanon Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>You're listening to ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News.<p>Calm has been restored in southern Lebanon for now. Clashes between the army and followers of a radical Sunni cleric have left dozens dead over the past two days. It's been called the most violent spillover from the conflict in Syria to a neighboring country. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:05:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 16427 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Close-Up Of Syria's Alawites, Loyalists Of A Troubled Regime http://blog.wlrn.org/post/close-syrias-alawites-loyalists-troubled-regime The film on Syria's Alawite community isn't finished yet, but filmmaker Nidal Hassan's favorite scenes are beginning to take shape.<p>It opens with fireworks on New Year's Eve in Tartous, Syria. "May God preserve the president for us," one young man yells in a reference to Syrian leader Bashar Assad.<p>Situated on the Mediterranean coast, Tartous is a resort town, with a port and a Russian naval base. Roughly three-quarters of the people in Tartous are Alawites, like Assad and his late father, who have run the country for more than 40 years. Mon, 08 Apr 2013 19:20:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 12085 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Close-Up Of Syria's Alawites, Loyalists Of A Troubled Regime Members Of Assad's Sect Break Ranks With Syrian Regime http://blog.wlrn.org/post/syria-some-ruling-minority-alawites-take-risky-stand-against-regime The Alawites of Syria were a poor, little-known Shiite minority until longtime dictator Hafez Assad, a member of the sect, rose to power in 1970. His son, President Bashar Assad, is now fighting to maintain that power in a country that has risen up against him. Now, even some Syrian Alawites say they are willing to denounce the regime, despite the risks.<p>A recent gathering in Cairo was much like other conferences hosted by the Syrian opposition — a flurry of activity in the hotel lobby, late-night conversations and lots of cigarettes.<p>But this one was different. Tue, 02 Apr 2013 21:03:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 11827 at http://blog.wlrn.org Members Of Assad's Sect Break Ranks With Syrian Regime Revisiting Iraq: A Sister On The Edge http://blog.wlrn.org/post/revisiting-iraq-sister-edge <em>It's been 10 years since the U.S. invaded Iraq. This week we're taking a look back, revisiting voices you first heard on NPR in 2007. We brought you the story of two sisters who had lost their parents. The older sister wore conservative clothes and recited poetry. The younger sister, just 13 at the time, appeared on the verge of becoming a prostitute.</em><p>Like so many stories in Iraq, especially sensitive ones involving shame and sex, this story has to be peeled away in layers, like an onion.<p>It starts with the older sister, Shahad. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 06:58:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 11272 at http://blog.wlrn.org Face-To-Face With Death In Iraq http://blog.wlrn.org/post/face-face-death-iraq <em>On the 10th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, NPR is catching up with some of the people we encountered during the war. In 2006, at the height of the violence, we brought you the story of </em><a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5358641">a woman who performed the Muslim ritual of washing and preparing the dead for burial</a>. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 21:07:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 11251 at http://blog.wlrn.org Face-To-Face With Death In Iraq 1 Decade Since The War, Where Iraq Stands Now http://blog.wlrn.org/post/1-decade-war-where-iraq-stands-now <em>Ten years after the U.S.-led war in Iraq, NPR is looking at where the country stands now. NPR's Kelly McEvers recently visited Baghdad and offered this take on how the Iraqi capital feels today. </em><p>I think the single word that would best describe Baghdad these days is traffic. It can take hours just to get from one place to another. And I guess that's both good and bad.<p>Good because it means people are out, going to work, leading normal lives. They feel safe enough to be in the streets, to be in their cars. On the weekends, the parks are full of families picnicking. Tue, 19 Mar 2013 08:43:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 11064 at http://blog.wlrn.org 1 Decade Since The War, Where Iraq Stands Now Letters To My Dead Father http://blog.wlrn.org/post/letters-my-dead-father <em>Ten years after the U.S. invaded Iraq, NPR is taking a look back, revisiting people and places first encountered during the war. In 2006, NPR aired a <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6043673">story</a> about a 9-year-old girl who loved her father so much, she wrote him letters to take to work with him. Sat, 16 Mar 2013 09:14:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 10969 at http://blog.wlrn.org Letters To My Dead Father A Chat With A Radical Fighter In Syria http://blog.wlrn.org/post/chat-radical-fighter-syria The Islamist rebel group Jabhat al-Nusra has been secretive, keeping to itself and refusing to meet Western journalists. The group has been designated a terrorist organization by the Obama administration and was thought to be made up mostly of foreign fighters, working alongside Syrian rebels.<p>But lately, members are starting to open up as more Syrians join the group and they make more gains on the ground in the fight against the Syrian government.<p>In the northwest Syrian town of Kafr Nabel we met a 21-year-old fighter from the group. Sat, 09 Mar 2013 17:19:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 10620 at http://blog.wlrn.org A Chat With A Radical Fighter In Syria