Morning Edition for Friday, April 11, 2014

Morning Edition co-host Renee Montagne, who has been reporting from the Afghan capital Kabul, talks to Marine General Joseph Dunford, the commander of all allied forces in Afghanistan.

What's The Right Size For The U.S. Army?

In the coming years, the U.S. Army could drop to its lowest level since World War II. Some think a leaner force can meet the challenges ahead, others argue the U.S. will face unacceptable risks.
Repaying college debts prevents many Americans from investing in homes or retirement. The impact can add up — for individuals and the economy as a whole, a researcher says.
George W. Bush explained to a crowd gathered at the LBJ presidential library in Austin, Texas, why the libraries are a competitive thing for former presidents.
Car dealers across the country have been fighting the electric carmaker, which sells directly to consumers. Tesla argues that it needs to pitch its product differently, but what about competition?

The Ebola Survivors: Reborn But Not Always Embraced

They have recovered from the deadly virus that is ravaging Guinea. They feel blessed by their good fortune. But family and friends are often afraid to welcome them back with open arms.

A Trip Into Odessa's Rich, Dark History

As Ukraine seeks international help to bring Crimea back from Russian control, residents of Odessa watching warily. The historic Black Sea port has been conquered repeatedly throughout history.

Facebook And Netflix Lead Tech Stock Slide

In the biggest one-day drop in nearly two and a half years, the Nasdaq fell 3 percent on Thursday.

Retiring SEC Attorney Takes Parting Shot At Agency

In his goodbye speech, James Kidney said the SEC didn't do enough to take down Wall Street during the Great Recession. David Greene talks to Kidney about his candid speech and his years at the SEC.

Amazon Buys Digital Comics Company ComiXology

The company makes a mobile app for buying and reading digital comics, including titles from Marvel and DC Comics. The terms of the deal have not been disclosed.
As a scholar, U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Samantha Power wrote about the U.S. failure to intervene in Rwanda. Morning Edition co-host David Greene talks to her about current crises in Africa.
Aid has only trickled into Syria since the U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling for more access to the country. Aid workers say bureaucratic obstacles continue to be a major problem.

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius To Step Down

The move comes about 6 months after the disastrous roll out of the health insurance website. It was eventually fixed, but not before delivering a severe blow to the president's approval ratings.

One Man Becomes Another's Hands, Feet And Family

Collin Smith was in high school when an accident left him unable to use his arms and legs. So Ernest Greene, 50 years his senior, decided to help. And when Collin went to college, Ernest went, too.

Breakup Text Is Evidence In Engagement Ring Lawsuit

A judge in Buffalo, N.Y., ruled a woman can keep her engagement ring after her fiance broke things off with a text. Jokingly or not, the man wrote she could keep the "$50,000 parting ring."
Eric Deggans looks at the move by Stephen Colbert from the show he does in character on Comedy Central to CBS late night.

Obama, Bush Mark Passage Of 1964 Civil Rights Act

Barack Obama and George W. Bush, two U.S. presidents with little in common in terms of policy, personal style and politics, each paid tribute to the legacy of President Lyndon Johnson.
A bug called Heartbleed has revealed a hole in one of the most popular encryption programs online. Tech professionals are working on other ways to protect your data beside needing a password.
Hateship Loveship was inspired by a short story about a caretaker who falls victim to a cruel joke. Wiig and director Liza Johnson explain how the film's restraint says more than fireworks ever could.
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