Massoud Hassani talks of growing up in Afghanistan and how he and other children had to be aware of where land mines were. He left his country and now, as an adult, he has invented a wind-powered ball that skips along the ground to detect land mines.
Mohamed ElBaradei, former head of the International Atomic Energy Agency, has become an important face in the crowds of millions who are protesting in Egypt. Laban Coblentz is his former speech writer, and he's helping ElBaradei write his upcoming memoir. Laban has traveled with ElBaradei, and he helped him think through his Nobel Award speech in 2005. Laban talks with Dick Gordon about his friend and former colleague.
When Lynn Hill retired from operating Predator drones for the U.S. Air Force, she closed that chapter of her life – until she started writing poetry about having one foot in the war and one foot at home.
This week at a science conference in Orlando, Army officials are looking at a new kind of tank. It's a light, unmanned ground vehicle that can be sent into danger spots without risking the lives of soldiers. The tank is called Ripsaw, and it was invented in the garage of twin brothers from Maine. Also in this episode: another in our series of "tough jobs". This time, a transplant surgeon.
When Nancy Hatch Dupree first went to Afghanistan 45 years ago, it was in some ways a different world. Kabul was a capital city glittering with diplomats and cocktail parties. After she visited the site of the Bamiyan Buddhas, Nancy wrote the first guidebook to Afghanistan's cultural treasures. Nancy met and married her husband, Louis Dupree, in Afghanistan, and spent her happiest years there.