I think people in war zones sometimes speak more freely to photographers than they do to reporters. Microphones and notepads can make people conscious of what they're saying. But photographers can talk to them as people, not names in their stories. Photographers ask things like, "Do you have children? Do you like Katy Perry?" instead of, "What political faction do you belong to?"
A couple of great photographers died in a rocket attack of government forces on Misrata, Libya, this week.
Mass funerals are expected in several Syrian cities Saturday for those killed by government security forces during protests on Friday. Human rights groups say at least 100 people were killed; the biggest single-day death toll in Syria's six-week-old uprising. Host Scott Simon talks with Deb Amos.
Moammar Gadhafi's forces continued attacks on the besieged Libyan city of Misrata Saturday. The city is one of the last holdouts for rebels in the western part of the country. Hundreds of people have been killed in the battle, and this week, two photojournalists died in a rocket attack while covering the fighting. Host Scott Simon speaks with Wall Street Journal reporter Charles Levinson about the ongoing siege of Misrata and NATO's evolving role in Libya.
The 2012 campaign season is shaping up, and Obama is fresh off six fundraisers over a two-day visit to the West Coast. Republicans, on the other hand, are having trouble finding a front-runner of their own. Host Scott Simon and NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving take a look at the latest fundraising numbers and the Republicans who are jockeying to run against President Obama come November of next year.
Although the battle is still raging in Libya, the people in the eastern part of the country are already making plans for the new society they hope to have if and when Moammar Gadhafi falls. But after 40 years of dictatorship, there is a steep learning curve. NPR's Peter Kenyon takes a look at how younger and older generations are approaching the problem.