War in Afghanistan
Techniques of the Taliban to Recruit Suicide Bombers

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Kabul, the capital of Afghanistan, has become the frontline for war between Taliban insurgents and western troops. In this interview, two failed suicide bombers, Abdul Quboshi and Farman Ullah, discuss how they got involved with the Taliban.  The young boys explain that they were at school when the Taliban came to … Continue reading

Oklahoma City Bombing
Child Survivors Discuss the Tragedy 15 Years Later

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Fifteen years after the Oklahoma City Bombing on April 19, 1995, four child survivors share their stories. To this day, the bomb attack they lived through, which killed 168 people and injured 680 more, is considered the deadliest act of domestic terror in the history of the United States. Despite … Continue reading

September 11 Attacks
Experiencing 9/11: ‘You Could See the Smoke Coming Out’

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In this audio account of Arielle Krasner’s experience during and after the September 11 attacks in 2001, Krasner recounts how she was in high school at the time of the tragic incident. She describes how that day impacted her parents (“My mom still has nightmares…”) and how it influenced her … Continue reading

Boston Marathon
[Text] Photojournalist on Capturing Mass Tragedy in a Moment’s Notice

Woman crying after the Boston bombing (2013). Source: Winslow Townson.

Author: Winslow Townson “If I had run aimlessly around the perimeter of the blast sites, I would have wasted my time and a chance to really contribute to the story…” Patriots Day. This Massachusetts holiday celebrates the battles of Lexington and Concord, which were the first battles of the American … Continue reading

Espionage Act
Son Discusses the Execution of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg

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Robert Meeropol discusses the execution of his parents, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg, the only U.S. citizens to be executed under the Espionage Act of 1917. As one of the most contested death sentences in history, the Rosenberg case has inspired continued debate over the constitutionality of the Espionage Act. In … Continue reading

Neil deGrasse Tyson
[Text] Neil deGrasse Tyson Remembers ‘the Horror’ of 9/11

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“I will never be the same after yesterday, in ways that I cannot foresee…” THE HORROR, THE HORROR From: Neil deGrasse Tyson VIA E-MAIL WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2001, 10:00 AM Firsthand account of the WTC attacks and subsequent evacuation from Lower Manhattan residence. A heavily forwarded e-mail that became the subject … Continue reading

Boston Marathon Bombings
[Text] A Day in the Life – April 15

This is a picture of me relaxing in Boston Commons following the 2012 Boston Marathon, run under extremely hot conditions compared to nearly perfect weather of the 2013 race.

It was an otherwise perfect day for running the Boston Marathon–my eighth, a race I first ran in 1987. I ran the first 13 miles with two friends from my home town–Holly and Mike. Both of them were running their first Boston. Despite likely running in scores of the same … Continue reading