Kelly McEvers http://kvpr.org en Hoping To Slim POW-MIA Bureaucracy, Hagel Makes One Out Of Two http://kvpr.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and the independent news agency ProPublica had found the U.S. recovery effort to be slow, inefficient and stymied by outdated methods.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 20:13:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 30497 at http://kvpr.org Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For Small Towns http://kvpr.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 24359 at http://kvpr.org Dwindling Middle Class Has Repercussions For Small Towns In Iraq, Laying Claim To The Kebab http://kvpr.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 19986 at http://kvpr.org In Iraq, Laying Claim To The Kebab Al-Jazeera Under Fire For Its Coverage Of Egypt http://kvpr.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 18534 at http://kvpr.org Al-Jazeera Under Fire For Its Coverage Of Egypt Ramadan Takes Political Tinge In Egypt http://kvpr.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 18284 at http://kvpr.org Syrian Conflict Continues Violent Spillover Into Lebanon http://kvpr.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 18046 at http://kvpr.org War Correspondent's Unflinching 'Diary Of A Bad Year' http://kvpr.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 12:08:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 17547 at http://kvpr.org War Correspondent's Unflinching 'Diary Of A Bad Year' Dozens Dead After Clashes With Radical Cleric In Lebanon http://kvpr.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 17354 at http://kvpr.org A Close-Up Of Syria's Alawites, Loyalists Of A Troubled Regime http://kvpr.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 13276 at http://kvpr.org A Close-Up Of Syria's Alawites, Loyalists Of A Troubled Regime Members Of Assad's Sect Break Ranks With Syrian Regime http://kvpr.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 13037 at http://kvpr.org Members Of Assad's Sect Break Ranks With Syrian Regime Revisiting Iraq: A Sister On The Edge http://kvpr.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 12508 at http://kvpr.org Face To Face With Death In Iraq http://kvpr.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 22:07:34 +0000 Kelly McEvers 12493 at http://kvpr.org Face To Face With Death In Iraq Letters To My Dead Father http://kvpr.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 12252 at http://kvpr.org Letters To My Dead Father A Chat With A Radical Fighter In Syria http://kvpr.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 17:23:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 11930 at http://kvpr.org A Chat With A Radical Fighter In Syria Displaced Syrians Bring Life To Ancient 'Dead Cities' http://kvpr.org/post/displaced-syrians-find-shelter-ancient-dead-cities Parts of the northern Syrian province of Idlib are a U.N. World Heritage site, known for its ancient archaeological wonders. Walking along muddy, rocky ground covered in new grass and wild daffodils, we start to see remnants of Roman structures — the columns and doorways of dwellings, temples and churches that date back to the 1st century.<p>They're known as the Dead Cities, and they trace the transition from ancient pagan Rome to Christian Byzantium. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 09:39:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 11853 at http://kvpr.org Displaced Syrians Bring Life To Ancient 'Dead Cities' 'Conscience' of Syrian Revolution Faces Challenge from Islamists http://kvpr.org/post/conscience-syrian-revolution-faces-challenge-islamists Kafr Nabl is surrounded by rocky hills covered with olive and fig trees. Located in northwest Syria near the Turkish border, it used to be a sleepy town of about 30,000 people. Then it rose up against the government in early 2011. More than a year later, the town was "liberated" by anti-government rebels who forced out soldiers and police who worked for the government. <br /> Mon, 04 Mar 2013 22:17:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 11644 at http://kvpr.org 'Conscience' of Syrian Revolution Faces Challenge from Islamists Conflict Transforms Syrian English Teacher Into War Photographer http://kvpr.org/post/conflict-transforms-syrian-english-teacher-war-photographer Syria's war has thrown ordinary citizens into situations they never could have imagined and changed them in ways they never would have dreamed. It's turned carpenters, engineers and doctors into armed rebels. And in Aleppo, it has turned a young female teacher into a war photographer.<p>We first met Nour Kelze back in October, on our first trip to Aleppo. We asked her to work with us as an interpreter. Fri, 15 Feb 2013 19:46:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 10872 at http://kvpr.org Conflict Transforms Syrian English Teacher Into War Photographer Syrian Opposition Leader Holds Talks With Russia, Iran http://kvpr.org/post/syrian-opposition-leader-holds-talks-russia-iran Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene.<p>Let's begin this morning with Syria. There has been a little bit of movement on the diplomatic front. Over the weekend, one of the main Syrian opposition leaders held informal talks with the government's main backers - Russia and Iran. These talks were held on the sidelines of a security conference in Germany. Mon, 04 Feb 2013 10:38:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 10271 at http://kvpr.org Jihadi Fighters Win Hearts And Minds By Easing Syria's Bread Crisis http://kvpr.org/post/syrian-rebels-reopen-bakeries-bread-crisis-starts-ease In Syria, the staple of most meals is a thin, round, flat bread that we would probably call pita.<p>Back in November, as fierce fighting raged across Syria, people started to run out of this bread. Government forces were attacking bakeries in rebel-held areas and cutting off electricity so mills couldn't grind flour. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 23:29:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 9504 at http://kvpr.org Jihadi Fighters Win Hearts And Minds By Easing Syria's Bread Crisis For Those Still In Syria, A Daily Struggle http://kvpr.org/post/those-still-syria-daily-struggle <em>The situation for Syrian refugees is getting dire. Much has been reported about the worsening conditions for hundreds of thousands of Syrians taking up shelter just outside the country's borders, but inside Syria, the numbers are even higher. The United Nations says some 2 million people have been displaced from their homes in Syria, and most of them end up squatting in mosques and schools. Wed, 16 Jan 2013 07:04:00 +0000 Kelly McEvers 9454 at http://kvpr.org For Those Still In Syria, A Daily Struggle