Afghanistan and Pakistan are better known for their verbal fights and occasional border clashes, but for the first time since 1976, they battled on a soccer field in Kabul.
Some 6,000 rabid Afghan fans cheered on their team, clad in red uniforms. There were horns, flags, and face paint. It looked like any soccer game in the world, except for all the riot police, snipers, and Blackhawk helicopters passing overhead periodically.
Ahmad Mirwais, a 27-year-old tailor, was one of those lucky enough to score a ticket.
Katie Doderer is a very poised 15-year-old with short blond hair and a wide smile. She's a straight A student who loves singing, dancing and performing in musicals.
This could be considered something of a miracle.
"I have a complex medical condition known as congenital central hypoventilation – blah—syndrome. CCHS," Katie explains, stumbling on the full name of her malady. "Basically my brain doesn't tell me to breathe. So I am reliant on a mechanical ventilator."
From Warsaw to Wuhan, people around the world love dumplings. They're tasty little packages that can be made of any grain and stuffed with whatever the locals crave. But where did they come from?
No one knows for sure, but Ken Albala, a food historian at the University of the Pacific in Stockton, Calif., thinks dumplings have been around for a very long time. "Almost without doubt, there are prehistoric dumplings," he says.
For the month of August, Morning Edition and The Race Card Project are looking back at a seminal moment in civil rights history: the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his iconic "I Have a Dream Speech" Aug. 28, 1963. Approximately 250,000 people descended on the nation's capital from all over the country for the mass demonstration.
Dennis talks with Mallory Jacobsen, an advocate with the El Paso chapter of the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), about the organization, the need for volunteers, and the upcoming NAMI Walks fundraiser set for mid-September. For information, visit http://www.nami.org/sites/NAMIElPaso or call 915-534-5476.
Louie and Dennis talk with Amanda Ekery, an El Pasoan who is a Youth Jazz Ensemble alumnus and now attends the University of North Texas and its internationally recognized jazz music program. Ekery spent her summer as an intern at KTEP through a collaboration with UNT and UTEP.
Greg, Tom, and Liz talk with race car driver Leilani Munter who plays the activist card while she is racing against the boys (and girls) on the stock car circuit. Leilani ran in Daytona in 2012 as part of the ARCA racing series with her "The Cove" car, which promoted the Oscar-winning film about the dolphin slaughter in Japan. She uses her race car to bring awareness to environmental and animal cruelty issues. She talks about her efforts in launching her VegNation race car and the search for environmentally-conscious sponsors that will help make that happen. http://www.carbonfreegirl.com/