Sarah Handel

Sarah Handel is the Associate Producer for NPR's Talk of the Nation. She also directs the show from time to time, and assists the New York production staff of NPR's Talk of the Nation Science Friday. After a formative stint as a college radio DJ at WUOG in Athens, Georgia, Sarah knew a career in sociology could never compare to radio. Then, one evening, she heard a story on the Magnetic Fields on All Things Considered, and realized a gig at National Public Radio was her logical next step. This goal dovetailed neatly with her planned return to the DC area, where she grew up and had been accepted at graduate school. Once there she translated her interests in music, literature, technology, and art into an internship at NPR's Arts Information Unit, temped for a while, and happily landed at Talk.

10:08am

Fri September 28, 2012
The Salt

Some Grumble About Change As School Lunches Get Leaner And Greener

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:16 pm

Michelle Kloser, School Nutrition Director for the West Salem School District in Wisconsin took this picture of Thursday's lunch, which includes baked chicken and rosemary potatoes.
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This fall, the more than 38 million kids who get their lunches through the National School Lunch Program are seeing big changes on their trays.

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3:44pm

Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

'Darkhorse' Marine Remembered By His Uncle John

Lance Cpl. Jake Romo does physical therapy at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. He lost both legs in an explosion in Sangin, Afghanistan, in February 2011, while serving with the 3/5 Marines.
David Gilkey NPR

When Talk of the Nation's Neal Conan asks for callers on a given topic, there's no telling what he'll get. Today, the show followed up with NPR's Tom Bowman on his series about the tremendous sacrifices of the "Darkhorse" Battalion — the Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment. Lance Cpl. Jake Romo lost both his legs in Afghanistan with the battalion, and he spoke with Conan and Bowman about his tour.

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3:43pm

Thu November 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Receding Sea Ice Helps Storm Hammer Alaska's Coast

One of the strongest storms to hit western Alaska in almost 40 years tore through several coastal communities Wednesday, tearing up roofs and leaving many residents without power. Winds as high as 89 mph were recorded in some places, and flooding was a concern for many villages already soaked by rain.

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4:28pm

Mon October 24, 2011
The Two-Way

Views On The Iraq Withdrawal: From About Time To 'Absolute Disaster'

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 4:34 pm

A U.S. solider on patrol in the restive northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, on July 27, 2011.

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President Obama's announcement that all U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year has prompted significant debate over the prudence of the policy. From the the politics of the decision, to possible threats of sectarian violence and the influence of Iran, opinion is sharply divided. Ted Koppel, Ret. Gen. Jack Keane, Bob Woodward, Brian Katulis and Peter Van Buren joined NPR's Neal Conan on Talk of the Nation today and weighed in.

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4:01pm

Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Link Between Iran's Quds Force And Bomb Plot 'Doesn't Seem To Fit'

As details emerge about the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., some experts say the plan is uncharacteristic of Iran's Quds Force, which is said to be behind the plans. So what is known about this elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards?

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3:57pm

Mon October 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Who Are The Haqqanis?

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In this archive photo from October 21, 2001, Jalaluddin Haqqani smiles as he leaves after a meeting with Jama"at-i-Islami leaders in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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Many U.S. officials have believed for years that Pakistan protects and supports terrorist groups to use as proxies against India, in Kashmir, and against the U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan. When Adm. Michael Mullen went before Congress last month and described the Haqqani network as a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), he was gave voice to those concerns. Pakistani officials were outraged.

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3:41pm

Thu September 29, 2011
The Two-Way

Supreme Court Preview: Health Care, Immigration And Privacy

The Supreme Court gets back to business in October.
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The nine justices report back to the Supreme Court on Monday to consider a new docket of cases. It has the potential to be a dynamic term, with decisions on cases concerning health care, immigration and digital privacy expected.

David Savage, Supreme Court reporter for the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune, and former U.S. Solicitor General Neal Katyal previewed the session for Talk of the Nation today. They highlighted the following key cases to watch for.

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3:15pm

Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Impulsive Preschoolers Turned Into Risk-Taking Adults

Kids who can't resist temptation early on may have trouble with it throughout their lives.
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BJ Casey, Director of the Sackler Institute at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, studies brain development in teenagers. After Talk of the Nation had her on the show last week to talk about why some kids like to take risks and push boundaries, listeners had so many questions that she returned today to answer a couple more.

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