The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Sun August 28, 2011

VIDEO: How New York Experienced Irene

Historical wind.
National Hurricane Center

As we've been hearing all morning from government officials, Irene had the potential to be a devastating tropical cyclone. No doubt it did damage and it was certainly deadly, but this map from the National Hurricane Center gives you an idea of the wrath that stayed off shore. It also tells you that the Outer Banks of North Carolina were the hardest hit:

With that in mind, the AP has put together a series of videos that give you an idea of the kind of storm this was.

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Afghanistan
11:16 am
Sun August 28, 2011

In Afghanistan, Building Up Means Scaling Down

Rex Goodnight (right) works with contractors in Afghanistan. His program, Afghanistan Reachback, works to create buildings using the resources Afghans actually have.
Courtesy of Rex Goodnight

Rex Goodnight went to Afghanistan last year to volunteer on construction projects, but came back frustrated.

Goodnight, chief of engineering with the Kansas City district of the Army Corps, saw a lot of planning but not much actual constructing. When something was being built, it was usually made out of clay and straw.

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Larry Abramson is NPR's National Security Correspondent. He covers the Pentagon, as well as issues relating to the thousands of vets returning home from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Prior to his current role, Abramson was NPR's Education Correspondent covering a wide variety of issues related to education, from federal policy to testing to instructional techniques in the classroom. His reporting focused on the impact of for-profit colleges and universities, and on the role of technology in the classroom. He made a number of trips to New Orleans to chart the progress of school reform there since Hurricane Katrina. Abramson also covers a variety of news stories beyond the education beat.

Environment
6:00 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Hurricane Pours Over East Coast; More To Come

Overnight, Hurricane Irene pounded the East Coast from North Carolina to New Jersey. The National Hurricane Center reports there will still be heavy winds and rain for the remainder of the day, although the storm is weakening. As many as 3 million people are without power. Guest host John Ydstie and NPR's Joe Palca discuss the causes and aftereffects of Hurricane Irene.

Africa
6:00 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Reprisal Violence As Libyan Rebels Gain Control

In Libya, rebels have consolidated their control over the main city, Tripoli. Reports of human rights abuses are surfacing, with reports of apparent retaliatory murders. Reporters Sunday were taken to an apparent massacre site near a military camp held by supporters of Moammar Gadhafi. Meanwhile, a Gadhafi spokesman reportedly offered to negotiate with insurgents. Guest host John Ydstie discusses the latest news from Libya with NPR's Jason Beaubien.

Reporter's Notebook
6:00 am
Sun August 28, 2011

New York City, The Night Before The Storm

Tropical Storm Irene is hitting New York City Sunday morning, but Saturday night in lower Manhattan, people weren't quite sure what to expect from the storm. NPR's Caitlin Kenney describes what it was like in her neighborhood.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sun August 28, 2011

A Red Cross Storm Report From New Jersey

Early Sunday morning, Hurricane Irene rolled through southern New Jersey. Guest host John Ydstie speaks with Pamela Grites of the American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter about Hurricane Irene's effects on southern New Jersey.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sun August 28, 2011

High Winds Stroke Long Island As Storm Hits

Just east of New York City, towns in suburban Long Island are bracing for Tropical Storm Irene. Guest host John Ydstie speaks to Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano about preparations in the area.

Remembrances
6:00 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Stetson Kennedy, The Man Who 'Unmasked' The Klan, Dies

Stetson Kennedy infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s and wrote about it in his book The Klan Unmasked. Guest host John Ydstie remembers the folklorist, who died Saturday at the age of 94.

Around the Nation
6:00 am
Sun August 28, 2011

Families Mark Five Years Since Flight 5191 Crash

This weekend is the five-year anniversary of the crash of Comair Flight 5191. Forty-nine people died when the plane took off from the wrong runway at Lexington's Blue Grass airport. Brenna Angel of member station WUKY spoke with three victims' relatives about how they continue to cope and what a new memorial means to them.

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