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Tue April 28, 2015
NPR Ed

Delinquent. Dropout. At-Risk. What's In A Name?

Sidney Poitier (right) and Glenn Ford (standing) in the 1955 film, Blackboard Jungle.
The Kobal Collection

Much of our recent reporting, especially from New Orleans, has focused on young people who are neither in school, nor working. There are an estimated five and a half million of them, ages 16 to 24, in the United States.

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3:15am

Tue April 28, 2015
Parallels

The Past Haunts The Present For Japan's Shinzo Abe

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 8:23 am

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Boston on Monday.
Dominick Reuter AFP/Getty Images

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe tours the U.S. this week, he has a state dinner at the White House and will be the first Japanese prime minister to address a joint meeting of Congress. But while he prepares to lay out a vision for the future, not all is well in his own East Asian neighborhood, where the past remains a huge source of tension.

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3:15am

Tue April 28, 2015
Back At Base

Flight Attendant On Saigon Evacuation: You Wanted 'To Help Every Child'

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 8:26 am

Children aboard this World Airways DC-8 jet were evacuated from Vietnam on April 2, 1975, shortly before the fall of Saigon and just two days before the first official Operation Babylift flight. Among the children was Thanh Jeff Ghar (center, lying by a window), 12.
Photo as exhibited at the Presidio's Operation Babylift: Perspectives & Legacies exhibition at the Officers' Club, courtesy of the AP

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

It was known as Operation Babylift.

In the days before the fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, Vietnamese children were taken out of the country and flown to the U.S.

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3:15am

Tue April 28, 2015
Parallels

On Its Own, The Afghan Army Takes The Fight To The Taliban

Originally published on Tue April 28, 2015 6:09 am

An artillery gun fires a round at Taliban fighters in the hills of Nangahar Province.
David Gilkey NPR

The call comes into the Afghan battalion headquarters, a small concrete building that once housed American Green Berets. The Taliban are attacking a police checkpoint under construction in the foothills of Nangahar Province in eastern Afghanistan, a short distance from the border with Pakistan.

The Afghan soldiers gather in a line, lifting their palms and praying for a safe mission. They hop in their trucks and head up a winding dirt road. The unfinished checkpoint can be seen in the hazy distance.

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