All Things Considered for Saturday, May 31, 2014

American POW Released From Taliban After 5 Years

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, an American soldier held captive by the Taliban for nearly five years, was released Saturday into U.S. custody. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with correspondent Tom Bowman about the deal that secured Bergdahl's release.

Who Won The War In Afghanistan? Perhaps No One

The U.S. is re-assessing what it has accomplished in more than 12 years of war in Afghanistan. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with Hassan Abbas, professor at the National Defense University and author of The Taliban Revival.
Amid reports of excessive wait times for veterans' health care, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned. NPR's Arun Rath speaks with correspondent Quil Lawrence about the problems in the agency and the fallout of the resignation.

Is There A Driverless Car In Your Future?

Earlier this week, Google debuted a fully functional driverless car — one built without a steering wheel or brake pedals. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Brad Templeton, who's advised Google on its car program, about what a future without drivers might look like.
The U.S. military has been working on a weapon that could strike remote targets quickly. NPR's Arun Rath talks with James Acton of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about the technology.
Advertisers want to appeal to your heart, not your head. The rise of "sadvertising" may have you weeping (and buying products) for now, but the tears are likely to stop when the ads feel forced.
When country songwriter Dean Dillon was 7, he got his first guitar: a tiger-striped Stella. He played at the county fair and mobile-home lots before setting out to take his chances in Nashville, Tenn.
The documentary follows up on Sebastian Junger's Oscar-nominated film Restrepo. Junger says, "I'm hoping as the soldiers understand their experience better through this film, civilians will as well."
Quixey, a search engine for apps, hopes to challenge Google's place as King of the Internet Search. Ozy.com's Carlos Watson discusses that service and why you should keep an eye on Black & Sexy TV.
"Being a woman over 50 in Hollywood I could commit any crime with impunity, because I'm completely invisible," says actress Annabelle Gurwitch. Her new book is called I See You Made an Effort.
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