Sarah Handel is the Associate Producer for NPR's Talk of the Nation. She also directs the show from time to time, and assists the New York production staff of NPR's Talk of the Nation Science Friday. After a formative stint as a college radio DJ at WUOG in Athens, Georgia, Sarah knew a career in sociology could never compare to radio. Then, one evening, she heard a story on the Magnetic Fields on All Things Considered, and realized a gig at National Public Radio was her logical next step. This goal dovetailed neatly with her planned return to the DC area, where she grew up and had been accepted at graduate school.

The Two-Way
3:28 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Views On The Iraq Withdrawal: From About Time To 'Absolute Disaster'

A U.S. solider on patrol in the restive northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, on July 27, 2011.

Ali Al-Saadi AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 3:34 pm

President Obama's announcement that all U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year has prompted significant debate over the prudence of the policy. From the the politics of the decision, to possible threats of sectarian violence and the influence of Iran, opinion is sharply divided. Ted Koppel, Ret. Gen. Jack Keane, Bob Woodward, Brian Katulis and Peter Van Buren joined NPR's Neal Conan on Talk of the Nation today and weighed in.

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Around the Nation
2:51 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Families Broken Up As Immigrants Flee Alabama

Migrant worker advocate Lourdes Villanueva shows off the most popular playhouse at the Redlands Christian Migrant Association preschool in Mulberry, Fla. Despite the early arrival of kids from Alabama, the school can't open yet because it doesn't have enough money.

Scott Finn for NPR

Some immigrant families say Alabama's tough new immigration law is forcing them to split up, at least temporarily.

Every fall, migrant workers follow the tomato harvest south from Alabama to the Redlands Christian Migrant Association campus in Mulberry, Fla. It's an oasis of shady oak trees amid acres and acres of tomato fields.

But this year, women and children are showing up several weeks ahead of their husbands, who have stayed behind in Alabama to finish the tomato harvest. Other families who aren't migrant workers are showing up for the first time.

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Music Interviews
2:47 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Joe Henry's Raw, Raucous 'Reverie'

Joe Henry's new album, Reverie, was self-produced and recorded in his basement studio.

Lauren Dukoff

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 5:31 pm

When Joe Henry sets out to produce an album — and he's produced dozens, from the great soul singers Solomon Burke and Bettye LaVette to the actor and blues singer Hugh Laurie — he says he's looking for a point of view.

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Karen Grigsby Bates is the Los Angeles-based correspondent for NPR News. Bates contributed commentaries to All Things Considered for about 10 years before she joined NPR in 2002 as the first correspondent and alternate host for The Tavis Smiley Show. In addition to general reporting and substitute hosting, she increased the show's coverage of international issues and its cultural coverage, especially in the field of literature and the arts.

Politics
2:46 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Cornel West, A Fighter, Angers Obama Supporters

On Oct. 7, West spoke to the crowd rallying in front of the Federal Building in downtown Los Angeles.

Federic J. Brown AFP/Getty Images

Princeton University professor Cornel West has spent much of the past year battling with incensed Obama supporters from Al Sharpton to street demonstrators who resent his criticism of the president.

"He's ended up being the black mascot of the Wall Street oligarchs and corporate plutocrats!" West has insisted in several national forums.

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It's All Politics
2:28 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Perry Shakes Up Campaign Leadership With Bush and Dole Operatives

Joe Allbaugh, left, speaks to the press in Austin, Texas, in this Jan. 4, 2001, photo after being named as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency by then President-elect George W. Bush.

J. SCOTT APPLEWHITE ASSOCIATED PRESS

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 6:07 pm

Texas Gov. Rick Perry shook up his foundering presidential campaign Monday, bringing in old Republican Party hands, including former George W. Bush operative Joe Allbaugh who is to manage the effort.

Allbaugh will be joined on the campaign by top GOP pollster Tony Fabrizio, a former strategist for Bob Dole; Curt Anderson, an established GOP media strategist; and Nelson Warfield, who was spokesman for Dole's 1996 presidential campaign.

Fabrizio, Anderson, and Warfield all worked on Florida Republican Gov. Rick Scott's insurgent campaign last year.

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The Two-Way
2:23 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Islamist Party Takes Half Of Overseas Seats In Tunisia

Some of the results of Tunisia's first elections since the overthrow of its longtime dictator are in: The AP reports that "a leading Islamist party has taken half the seats reserved for Tunisians living abroad."

And in a statement, the opposing secular party conceded defeat. Via Reuters, they issued this statement:

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National Security
2:22 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

U.S. Keeping Close Watch On Al-Qaida in Africa

This image released by the SITE Intelligence Group on April 27, 2011 shows Thierry Dol, one of four French hostages held by al-Qaida's north Africa affiliate. U.S. counter-terrorism officials are concerned that al-Qaida affiliates in Africa are growing stronger.

Anonymous AP

Originally published on Tue October 25, 2011 4:00 am

The U.S. has had major successes against al-Qaida this year, taking out Osama bin Laden in Pakistan and Anwar al-Awlaki in Yemen.

But for American counterterrorism officials, concerns over al-Qaida in Africa keep growing.

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Pop
2:21 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' Has Mass Appeal

Coldplay's new album, Mylo Xyloto, is out this week.

Sarah Lee

In a music world commercially dominated by pop singers, rappers and country artists, Coldplay is one of the rare modern superstar acts that actually is a rock band. But for a group as patently inoffensive as Coldplay, it's earned an impressive number of "haters." Many rock fans dismiss its music as milquetoast, and even The New York Times once called Coldplay "the most insufferable band of the decade." Me?

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