Autocracy and Chaos in Egypt

Aug 16, 2018
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The Arab Spring of 2011 in Egypt sent chilling images around the world. The people overthrew their autocratic leader, Hosni Mubarak. What resulted was chaos for the north African country. 

Two years later Egypt returned to authoritarian rule with Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, who has taken more severe measures against dissent than his predecessor. 

New York Times Cairo bureau chief David Kirkpatrick details these events in his book, “Into the Hands of the Soldiers.” The book is a journalist-eye view of the conflict, examining where rebels and pro-government forces went wrong. 

The Great Pyramid of Giza has been probed with the tools of modern particle physics by scientists who say they have discovered a huge, secret space hidden within its ancient walls.

It is located above a tall, cathedral-like room known as the Grand Gallery, and this newly found space is comparable in size — about 100 feet long, according to a report in the journal Nature.

Ken Rudin: NPR's Political Junkie

Aug 22, 2013

10:00 This hour we'll get the lowdown on all things political with NPR's Political Junkie, Ken Rudin. What are Chris Christie's chances in the 2016 presidential race? And what about our own governor?  Will San Diego recall mayor Bob Filner? And of course fights over immigration, voter laws and Obamacare continue. But fear not-- expert analysis is on the way! Guests

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Arab Spring/ Freedom Riders

May 16, 2011

11:00... This has been a season of dissent within Arab Nations. As struggles for democracy continue in Egypt, Libya and Syria, we'll talk about the latest obstacles these nations face. Will there be resolution in the future, and what is next for their prospective governments? 11:40… In 1961, during the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, there were a group of non-violent civil rights activists known as the Freedom Riders. They worked to defy the segregation imposed by Jim Crow throughout the nation. This segment, we'll talk about their struggles for equal rights during this time. Guests:

NPR’s Washington Desk Political Editor Ken Rudin talks about political upheaval in Egypt, remembering Ronald Reagan, and Washington politics. In 18 riveting days, the Obama administration and the world witnessed political upheaval in Egypt culminating in a peaceful transition from dictatorship to military control. In a press conference immediately following the announcement of President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt's resignation, President Barack Obama welcomed Egypt's peaceful transition of power. "The people of Egypt have spoken. Their voices have been heard.

Following the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the handover of power to the military, Ann Fisher talks with Arab American policy expert James Zogby about the prospects for democracy in Egypt and what it could mean for the rest of the Middle East. James Zogby is founder and President of the Arab American Institute (AAI) and author of the book Arab Voices: What They Are Saying to Us, and Why it Matters. Also on This Episode: Happy Birthday Columbus! Columbus turns 199 this year.

A discussion with OSU Mershon Center for International Security Studies Director Richard Herrmann and OSU Undergraduate International Studies Program & Political Science Senior Lecturer Omar Keshk about prospects for peace and democracy in Egypt. DRUMLine Live, the show-stopping movie inspired by the tradition of show-style marching bands at black colleges and universities is adapted for the stage.