NPR: Sarah Handel

Sarah Handel is the Associate Producer for NPR's Talk of the Nation. She also directs the show from time to time, and assists the New York production staff of NPR's Talk of the Nation Science Friday. After a formative stint as a college radio DJ at WUOG in Athens, Georgia, Sarah knew a career in sociology could never compare to radio. Then, one evening, she heard a story on the Magnetic Fields on All Things Considered, and realized a gig at National Public Radio was her logical next step. This goal dovetailed neatly with her planned return to the DC area, where she grew up and had been accepted at graduate school. Once there she translated her interests in music, literature, technology, and art into an internship at NPR's Arts Information Unit, temped for a while, and happily landed at Talk.


Fri September 28, 2012
The Salt

Some Grumble About Change As School Lunches Get Leaner And Greener

Originally published on Tue October 2, 2012 1:16 pm

Michelle Kloser, School Nutrition Director for the West Salem School District in Wisconsin took this picture of Thursday's lunch, which includes baked chicken and rosemary potatoes.
Michelle Kloser for NPR

This fall, the more than 38 million kids who get their lunches through the National School Lunch Program are seeing big changes on their trays.

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Tue November 22, 2011
The Two-Way

'Darkhorse' Marine Remembered By His Uncle John

Lance Cpl. Jake Romo does physical therapy at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, Calif. He lost both legs in an explosion in Sangin, Afghanistan, in February 2011, while serving with the 3/5 Marines.
David Gilkey NPR

When Talk of the Nation's Neal Conan asks for callers on a given topic, there's no telling what he'll get. Today, the show followed up with NPR's Tom Bowman on his series about the tremendous sacrifices of the "Darkhorse" Battalion — the Marines of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Regiment. Lance Cpl. Jake Romo lost both his legs in Afghanistan with the battalion, and he spoke with Conan and Bowman about his tour.

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Thu November 10, 2011
The Two-Way

Receding Sea Ice Helps Storm Hammer Alaska's Coast

One of the strongest storms to hit western Alaska in almost 40 years tore through several coastal communities Wednesday, tearing up roofs and leaving many residents without power. Winds as high as 89 mph were recorded in some places, and flooding was a concern for many villages already soaked by rain.

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Mon October 24, 2011
The Two-Way

Views On The Iraq Withdrawal: From About Time To 'Absolute Disaster'

Originally published on Mon October 24, 2011 4:34 pm

A U.S. solider on patrol in the restive northern oil-rich city of Kirkuk, on July 27, 2011.

Ali Al-Saadi AFP/Getty Images

President Obama's announcement that all U.S. troops will withdraw from Iraq by the end of the year has prompted significant debate over the prudence of the policy. From the the politics of the decision, to possible threats of sectarian violence and the influence of Iran, opinion is sharply divided. Ted Koppel, Ret. Gen. Jack Keane, Bob Woodward, Brian Katulis and Peter Van Buren joined NPR's Neal Conan on Talk of the Nation today and weighed in.

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Thu October 13, 2011
The Two-Way

Link Between Iran's Quds Force And Bomb Plot 'Doesn't Seem To Fit'

As details emerge about the alleged Iranian plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the U.S., some experts say the plan is uncharacteristic of Iran's Quds Force, which is said to be behind the plans. So what is known about this elite unit of Iran's Revolutionary Guards?

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Mon October 3, 2011
The Two-Way

Who Are The Haqqanis?

In this archive photo from October 21, 2001, Jalaluddin Haqqani smiles as he leaves after a meeting with Jama"at-i-Islami leaders in Islamabad, Pakistan.

Visual News Getty Images

Many U.S. officials have believed for years that Pakistan protects and supports terrorist groups to use as proxies against India, in Kashmir, and against the U.S. and NATO in Afghanistan. When Adm. Michael Mullen went before Congress last month and described the Haqqani network as a "veritable arm" of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), he was gave voice to those concerns. Pakistani officials were outraged.

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Tue September 27, 2011
The Two-Way

Impulsive Preschoolers Turned Into Risk-Taking Adults

Kids who can't resist temptation early on may have trouble with it throughout their lives.

BJ Casey, Director of the Sackler Institute at Weill Medical College of Cornell University, studies brain development in teenagers. After Talk of the Nation had her on the show last week to talk about why some kids like to take risks and push boundaries, listeners had so many questions that she returned today to answer a couple more.

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Tue June 21, 2011
Blog Of The Nation

Got A Flat Tire? Tough Luck.

Pop your tire in a new car and you might have to hitch home.
pspechtenhauser Flickr

Thinking about buying a new reasonably-priced car? Maybe check the trunk before you fork over your cash (or credit) — there might not be a spare tire in there. The move trims a little weight, potentially boosting mileage, and cuts costs for the automaker. Some are, however, including fat-fixing kits or equipping the cars with run-flat tires.

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Tue June 7, 2011
Blog Of The Nation

The Fine Line Between Historical And Fiction

Jessica Francis Kane studied the Bethnal Green tube station disaster, then spent years writing a novel centered around the day's horrific events. Briefly,

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Wed June 1, 2011
Blog Of The Nation

Soldiers And Sailors Or Mommas And Babies?

There's a little feature in the Washington Post called Urban Jungle, about "the changing natural world at our doorsteps." My mom brought yesterday's installment to me, to show me the narrowleaf plantain, also known as ribwort. It's the ubiquitous weed that grows up between sidewalk pavers, along driveways and all over my elementary school playground. Unsurprisingly, it can cause allergies, but I actually learned quite a bit about its medicinal properties.

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Mon May 23, 2011
Blog Of The Nation

Collecting The Best Ways To Die

Ross Bay Cemetery in British Columbia.
marbla123 Flickr

It's not a story infrequently told, but it never fails to catch my eye: the trials and tribulations of working the obituary beat. Susan McCarty works the death desk at a regional paper in Iowa, where, as most everywhere, the job "is the journalistic equivalent of starting in the mailroom, complete with tiny humiliations and tiny paychecks."

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Tue May 17, 2011
Blog Of The Nation

'Adventures Of Tintin' Trailer Released

Several cartoon books featuring legend reporter Tintin, created by Belgian author Georges Remi aka Herge, are seen on October 24, 2010 in Bordeaux.
Jean-Pierre Muller AFP/Getty Images

Tintin, like Babar, has suffered a bit in modern readings. I grew up with the books, oblivious as a child is to things like possible personal politics drawn into the storylines, and loved them.

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Tue May 10, 2011
Blog Of The Nation

Big Kids In Strollers And Telling Off Strangers

Right now one of the most-read stories on Salon is an interview with Laura Miller, creator of Too Big For Stroller. She catalogs photos of kids who look way too old to be in strollers, rolling through life with their toes dragging on the pavement. I couldn't see the site — it's probably overloaded by the attention right now — but thanks to the picture on the Salon piece, I got the idea. I uttered a half-laugh, but then I stopped.

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Mon April 18, 2011
Blog Of The Nation

Polar Bear Mom Of The Year

Neal just sent me this video and it's too awesome not to share. A polar bear mama dug in for her long winter's nap on an island off the coast of Alaska. When she emerged from her hibernation with her new cub in tow, things were not at all as she left them. I can't get it to embed here, but seriously, click through and watch. I promise it comes out all right in the end. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio.

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