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Covering war can be a deadly experience for reporters, and veterans say that Syria's civil war is becoming more dangerous by the day.  As long as a year ago, reporters were asking each other if it could still be covered at all.  Despite the deaths of friends and colleagues, they're still at it. We hear what that means. Also, Fed Chair Ben Bernanke says the biggest threat to the economy is the Congress, and Zealot, a new book, which claims the historical Jesus was not the same as the Christ described in the Gospels.

Banner image: Kelly McEvers in Diary of a Bad Year: A War Correspondent's Dilemma. Photo: Glen Carey

Producers:
Anna Scott
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal

Making News Biggest Threat to Economy Is the Congress, Bernanke Says 7 MIN, 45 SEC

In what's likely his last appearance before the House as Chair of the Federal Reserve, Ben Bernanke said today that Congress is the biggest obstacle to economic growth, and that it's on course to make things even worse. Benyamin Appelbaum, Washington correspondent for the New York Times, has more.

Guests:
Binyamin Appelbaum, New York Times (@BCAppelbaum)

Main Topic The Story behind the News from Syria 33 MIN, 56 SEC

America's wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could be covered from news bureaus established in Baghdad or Kabul. Syria's civil war is a different story in more ways than one. After three years and 100,000 casualties, the war is so complicated by religious, tribal -- even international -- rivalries that it's hard to know just who's fighting the government, let alone why. Western promises to "arm the rebels" are compromised by all the uncertainty. It's a major challenge as well to the reporters we all rely on to bring us the news. Reporters without any base of support are targets for the Assad regime — and rebel forces as well. Those who can speak the language still have to disguise themselves to blend in, without knowing if their protectors can really be trusted. We ask veteran combat reporters about the challenges of getting the story and, most important of all, are they getting it right?

 

 

 

Guests:
Kelly McEvers, NPR (@kellymcevers)
Sean Ryan, Sunday Times of London (@seanmatthewryan)
Rania Abouzeid, freelance journalist (@RaniaAb)
Stephen Farrell, New York Times (@farrelltimes)

Today's Talking Point Reza Aslan on 'Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth' 9 MIN, 32 SEC

book.jpgReza Aslan, author of the best-seller No god but God, returned to his Muslim faith after five years as an evangelical Christian. Now, he says, he's more interested than ever in Jesus, not as he's described in the Gospels, but in his life as a man. Recently, in the Washington Post, he wrote, "there are only two hard historical facts about Jesus of Nazareth upon which we can confidently rely." Aslan's latest book is Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth.

Guests:
Reza Aslan, University of California, Riverside (@rezaaslan‎)

Zealot

Reza Aslan

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