War correspondent talks about covering Afghanistan and Pakistan

03/28/11 Robert Lorei
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Good morning, welcome to Radioactivity. I'm Rob Lorei. Our first guest today is Kim Barker, author of the new book THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE. She chronicles the years she spent reporting on the forgotten war, doing the “Taliban Shuffle” between Afghanistan and Pakistan after the U.S. military had decamped for Iraq. Barker was an unlikely foreign correspondent—she did not own a passport, spoke only English, and knew little to nothing about Osama bin Laden or Islam. But, in the wake of 9/11, her bosses at the Chicago Tribune were scrambling to put reporters on the ground in the Middle East. Barker being unattached (read: single, childless, “expendable” in her words) decided she was up for the challenge.

Book: THE TALIBAN SHUFFLE: STRANGE DAYS IN AFGHANISTAN AND PAKISTAN

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