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The Fall of Afghanistan: Experts Offer Analysis of the Impact and Outlook in Afghanistan After U.S. Military Withdrawal


We discuss the rapid seizure of control in Afghanistan by Taliban forces, what it means for the Afghan people, for the United States—and the world. We also learn how the takeover affects Maine veterans and Afghan community members.

Robin Wright, foreign affairs expert; contributing writer and columnist, The New Yorker

VIP Callers:
Reza Jalali, executive director, the Greater Portland Immigrant Welcome Center
San Pao, Afghanistan veteran, Purple Heart recipient; clinical social worker; from Gorham
Aaron David Miller, senior fellow, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; global affairs analyst for CNN and other major news outlets
Barbara Elias, associate professor of government, specializing in international relations, Bowdoin College

Does The Great Retreat From Afghanistan Mark The End of the America Era? - by Robin Wright, The New Yorker

Jennifer walked into her college radio station as a 17-year-old freshman and never looked back. Even though she was terrified of the microphone back then — and spoke into it as little as possible — she loved the studio, the atmosphere and, most of all, the people who work in broadcasting. She was hooked. Decades later, she’s back behind the radio microphone hosting Maine Public Radio’s flagship talk program, Maine Calling. She’s not afraid of the mic anymore, but still loves the bright, eclectic people she gets to work with every day.
Jonathan was born in Monsey, New York. A field trip to Washington, DC when he was in 7th grade started him on his circuitous path to a career in public radio. The trip inspired a love of politics and led to his desire to one day call DC home. After graduating from Grinnell College, he worked on a couple of campaigns in Iowa (presidential and congressional) and moved to Washington, DC.