All Things Considered for Sunday, September 29, 2013

Is Living With Extreme Wildfires The New Normal?

The Yarnell Hill fire in Arizona was deadly in part because of the how close a highly flammable forest was to a community. The U.S. once faced a crisis with structural fires, but managed to change regulations to turn the trend around. Experts say it will take a renewed effort to take on this newer fire threat.

Truth Or Propaganda? Finding Real Stories In North Korea

Some stories from the isolated nation are stranger than government-sponsored fiction. AP Asia correspondent Tim Sullivan brings us unexpected tales, like the North Korean love affair with Gone with the Wind.

Painful History Buried At Shuttered Vermont Institution

The Brandon Training School housed people with developmental disabilities from 1915 to 1993. A commemoration this month of former residents is emblematic of a larger national movement to honor and mark the graves of people who lived and died as wards of the state.

Winning Baseball Divisions On Thrifty Budgets

In 2002, the Oakland A's made the playoffs with a fraction of the budget of other clubs. The economics of the team became the foundation for Moneyball, the book by Michael Lewis and the film starring Brad Pitt. That same team is in the playoffs again, with perhaps an even thriftier roster. Host Arun Rath speaks with sports writer Allen Barra.

Is Camaraderie Slowing Down Competition?

Kevin Helliker, senior sports editor for The Wall Street Journal, argues that young runners have lost the competitive spirit in running, making them the "slowest generation." He tells host Arun Rath that many young people value camaraderie more than finish times, and some competitions, like the "Tough Mudder" race, explicitly avoid the focus on finish times.

How Two Brothers Waged A 'Secret World War' In The 1950s

Sharing power in the Eisenhower administration, John Foster Dulles and Allen Dulles were the forefathers of using covert operations to upset foreign governments. Journalist Stephen Kinzer, who wrote a book on the siblings, says Americans are still paying the price for them.

Vijay Iyer On Learning From War

For three years, the jazz musician and his collaborator Mike Ladd have been working with war veterans-turned-poets to bring their words to light. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Iyer and Iraq veteran Maurice Decaul about the album that resulted, Holding It Down: The Veterans' Dreams Project.
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