Syria's Arab Spring continues into the summer, but after 16 weeks, the government and the demonstrators appear to have reached a stalemate. The uprising presents the greatest challenge to the 40-year rule of one family and one party, in a complex country that is pivotal to stability in the region. Guest host Susan Stamberg speaks with NPR's Deborah Amos, one of a small group of western journalists being allowed to report from Syria, under government supervision.
The Associated Press has announced new agreements with the Korea Central News Agency, including one to open an AP news bureau in Pyongyang. It would be the first permanent text and photo bureau operated by a Western news organization in the North Korean capital. Guest host Susan Stamberg discusses the latest development with NPR media correspondent David Folkenflik.
In a press conference this past week, President Barack Obama said that gays and lesbians should be afforded equal rights like every other American. He stopped short of endorsing same-sex marriage, however, frustrating some of his supporters in the gay community. For more, guest host Susan Stamberg talks with New York Times Los Angeles Bureau Chief Adam Nagourney.
An alternative treatment for veterans suffering the effects of PTSD and traumatic brain injury is growing in popularity, as is its wait list. The program, started by a Vietnam veteran, uses the soothing sounds of the guitar to help heal the vivid memory of bomb blasts, gunfire and other lingering symptoms of combat. Erin Toner of WUWM reports.