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NPR's Renee Montagne on Afghanistan – Reconciliation, Taliban Peace Talks, More

NPR’s Renee Montagne just spent a month in Afghanistan, doing some great reporting. She joins us for an up-close look.

Don’t forget to tweet us today at #afghan.  

Young women studying midwifery in Badakhshan Province's capital city, Faizabad, Afghanistan. (Jim Wildman/NPR)

NPR’s Renee Montagne knows Afghanistan. She’s been in time and again since the U.S. invasion. Her latest big reporting trip was just last month. It was great reporting — voices and angles and intimacy that we often miss in the “big story” of the war.  

There were midwives in the mountains. Coffee and terror in Kandahar. But she also got right to the hot issues.  

The hottest right now is talking to the Taliban. It’s happening. The Afghan government, talking with the enemy, about a deal and about U.S. withdrawal.  

-Tom Ashbrook 

Guest: 

Renee Montagne, NPR Morning Edition host who just returned from a reporting trip to Afghanistan. You can see all of her stories in the “Back to Afghanistan” series. 

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