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Wednesday, August 27, 2014 Permalink

Insight: US Airstrikes In Syria / Anthony Marra / Pet Tales: Disasters / Alex Nelson

Mohammad Hannon / AP

Refugees take a rest outside their tents at an unofficial refugee camp on the outskirts of Amman, Jordan, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014.

Mohammad Hannon / AP



President Barack Obama is on the verge of authorizing airstrikes on Syrian soil to combat Islamic State fighters. Syria has warned against the action but the United States says it will not be restricted by “geographic boundaries” in its pursuit of combatants. Professor of Modern Islam and Director of the Human Rights Initiative at UC Davis Keith Watenpaugh joins us to talk about the possibility that the United States could begin airstrikes against the Islamic State in Syria.

Extra: Dr. Keith Watenpaugh talks about American Douglas McCain killed while fighting in Syria for ISIS and the release of American hostage Peter Curtis.

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0827 Anthony MarraStories on Stage Sacramento has announced that Anthony Marra as the featured writer for its monthly event, Friday, August 29, 2014. His debut novel, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, was praised as “a 21st-century War and Peace” by the New York Times Book Review. The Washington Post extolled it as “a flash in the heavens that makes you look up and believe in miracles.” Marra’s brilliant tale of love and forgiveness in war-torn Chechnya is a New York Times bestseller, on a dozen national “best ten” lists, the winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Circle’s inaugural John Leonard Prize, on the shortlist for the 2014 PEN/Robert W. Bingham prize for debut novel, and was recently named Book of the Year by the Northern California Independent Booksellers. 

In addition, Marra is the winner of a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, and the Narrative Prize. Stories on Stage, the popular, award-winning series where actors perform short stories, is celebrating its fifth year. It takes place on the final Friday of each month, customarily at the Sacramento Poetry Center. But because of the anticipated size of the audience, the August event will be held at Verge Center for the Arts, 625 S Street, Sacramento.



Do you have a plan if disaster strikes? Does that plan include your pets? The Federal Emergency Management Agency says pets need to be a part of your disaster planning. That includes making preparations to bring your pet with you if you need to evacuate. Joining us for this week’s Pet Tales to talk more about ensuring your furry, feathery and scaly friends survive a disaster like, say, an earthquake is pet expert Gina Spadafori.


Alex Nelson, frontman of local band Walking Spanish, will be playing a $5 solo show at Naked Lounge on August 27,at 8 p.m. Nelson is hosting and headlining the show, featuring singer/songwriter Parie Wood and Lisa Marie Johnson.

More details on the Facebook event.

Tickets are available at the door.

Nelson is also playing the Front Porch Music Festival in Livermore on August 30.


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  • Manu Brabo / AP

    Should The United States Engage In Air Strikes In Syria?

    Middle East expert Keith Watenpaugh discusses the situation in Syria and Iraq.

  • A Rerun Of Insight's Interview With Anthony Marra

    Anthony Marra is featured during this month's Stories On Stage Sacramento.

  • mosmancouncil / Flickr

    Pet Tales: Disaster Tips

    Pet expert talks about how to help your pets during disasters.

  • Brian S. Nelson / Facebook

    Alex Nelson Of Walking Spanish Plays The Insight Studio

    The frontman of Walking Spanish, Alex Nelson, will be hosting and headlining a show tonight at Naked Lounge.

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