NWPR Books
2:16 am
Fri March 14, 2014

In 2009, 3 Americans Went For A Hike, And Ended Up In A Tehran Prison

Joshua Fattal (from left), Sarah Shourd and Shane Bauer were on a hike in 2009 when they unknowingly crossed a road that bordered to Iran. They were stopped by border patrol and imprisoned in Tehran.
Mia Nakano Courtesy of Houghton Mifflin

Originally published on Fri March 14, 2014 8:27 am

In the summer of 2009, three young Americans went for a hike. Shane Bauer and Sarah Shourd were living together in Syria, teaching and writing. Their friend Josh Fattal was visiting from the U.S. The three took a tour to a waterfall in the Kurdish highlands of Iraq, and as they hiked along a road that turned out to be the border with Iran, an armed man in uniform waved them over.

The next thing they knew, they had embarked on a two-year ordeal in the infamous Evin prison in Tehran. They join NPR's Renee Montagne to talk about their new memoir, A Sliver of Light.

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Reaction To Syria
4:44 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Northwest Lawmaker Remains Undecided On Syria Vote

US House of Representatives

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 4:36 pm

President Obama’s national address on intervention in Syria doesn’t seem to have changed many minds in Congress; at least not in the Northwest congressional delegation.

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McDermott's Reaction To Syria
4:40 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Washington Congressman Jim McDermott Says President Obama Should Wait On Military Action In Syria

Washington Congressman Jim McDermott
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President Obama is scheduled to address the nation tonight about the situation in Syria. On Monday, Syria said it would consider getting rid of its chemical weapons after Russian officials encouraged that action.

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NWPR Books
4:17 am
Tue September 10, 2013

Book News: NoViolet Bulawayo, Jhumpa Lahiri Shortlisted For Booker Prize

NoViolet Bulawayo is a Zimbabwean author. She is currently a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
Smeeta Mahanti Courtesy Reagan Arthur Books

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

  • The shortlist for the Man Booker Prize, Britain's most prestigious literary award, was announced Tuesday morning. Although the prize is limited to writers from the British Commonwealth and the Republic of Ireland, the list skews international, and includes authors from Zimbabwe, New Zealand and Canada. The complete shortlist is:

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Syria Vote
4:12 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Risch Defends 'No' Vote On Syria, Saying U.S. Security Not At Stake

US Senate. Idaho Senator Jim Risch

Originally published on Thu September 5, 2013 3:08 pm

Idaho Sen. Jim Risch says the repercussions of a limited attack on Syria are too hazy and Americans are too war-weary to justify President Obama's proposed military strike.

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Reaction To Syria
6:36 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio's Reaction On Syria

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio.
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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved a measure today giving President Barack Obama the authority to carry out a strike on Syria. This comes after allegations that chemical weapons were used by the Syrian government. 

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Washington Representative On Syria Action
5:03 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Washington Representative Smith Undecided On Syria Action

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Members of Congress are hearing arguments today on whether military action should be taken against Syrian President Bashar Al-Assad .

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Oregon Representatives On Syrian Action
4:56 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Oregon's Schrader Opposes Strike On Syria

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President Obama is looking for support among members of Congress for limited military action in Syria. 

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Washington Representatives On Syria Action
4:45 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Washington Congressmembers Mostly Holding Their Fire on Syria Vote

Architect of the Capitol. The western front of the United States Capitol.

Originally published on Tue September 3, 2013 4:25 pm

Members of Congress from Washington state are mostly undecided ahead of an expected vote next week to authorize military force against Syria.

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Idaho Representatives On Syria Action
4:26 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Idaho's Republicans In Congress Aren't Sold On Syria Action

US Senate. Sen. Jim Risch of Idaho questions Secretary of State John Kerry on the Obama administration's proposed military action in Syria.

Originally published on Wed September 4, 2013 2:39 pm

Members of Idaho's all-Republican congressional delegation aren't yet committing to a position on military action in Syria. But the direction most are leaning is against a resolution authorizing President Obama to use air strikes.

A spokesman for Sen. Mike Crapo says the Idaho Republican is skeptical of authorizing military force at this point, especially without a broad international coalition.

Crapo’s colleague, Sen. Jim Risch sits on the Foreign Relations Committee, which heard the Obama administration's arguments for action in Syria.

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