It was 1972, I was 23, teaching on Long Island. My adventurous girlfriend had rented a small apartment in New York. The kind of neighborhood where if you left your second-story window open, a burglar crawled through.

The night that happened, Deirdre was alone, but she knew how to take care of herself. She offered the guy a cigarette, talked him out of attempted robbery and sent him on his way.

“Weren’t you scared?” I asked. “No, I’m from Chicago,” she shrugged.

Now she was inviting me into the city for a rock concert. The Kinks at Madison Square Garden.

Ohio is a quadrennial battleground in presidential elections; and Kentucky – well, Kentucky is not, but they do love their politics in the Commonwealth. Though not as much as they love their basketball.

But the two states separated by the muddy river may both do something they don’t do very often, at least not in the past century: produce bona fide presidential candidates.

They are, of course, the junior U.S. senator from Bowling Green, Ky., Rand Paul; and the native Pennsylvanian-turned-Buckeye who was re-elected governor last fall in a cakewalk, John Kasich.

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There's no shortage of news coverage about ISIS recruiters preying upon naive Western youth. But the story of American and European teens being lured into Islamic extremist groups pre-dates ISIS by a long stretch. 

Somali American Abdirizak Bihi remembers the night his nephew, Burhan Hassan, boarded a plane from Minnesota to join the Somali extremist group al-Shabab. 

It was on the eve of Election Day in 2008, and Bihi wasn't concerned at first. He thought his nephew was on the streets of Minneapolis, canvasing neighbohoods on behalf of Barack Obama.  

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The story of Shin Dong-hyuk helped put a human face on the grim but hidden reality of life for many people in the isolated Stalinist dictatorship of North Korea. The former Washington Post correspondent Blaine Harden wrote a bestselling book about Shin in 2012 called, “Escape from Camp 14.”

In excruciating detail, it described the brutality of North Korea's notorious prison camps. But early this year, Shin was forced to recant certain details of his account.

Into the Roaring Fork is the story of a one year post-graduation detour to play in the Rockies prior to entering the “real world” -- at least, that was the plan. 

Meet Me in Atlantis: My Obsessive Quest to Find the Sunken City is Mark Adams’s enthralling account of his quest to solve one of history’s greatest mysteries; a travelogue that takes readers to fascinating locations to meet irresistible characters; and a deep, often humorous look at the human longing to rediscover a lost world.

New York Times–bestselling writer C. J. Box returns with Endangered, a thrilling new novel, featuring Wyoming game warden Joe Pickett.

Darnell Benjamin from Ensemble Theatre Cincinnati talks about their latest production, Detroit ‘67.

US Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, once greeted as a returning hero by President Barack Obama, has been charged with desertion and "misbehavior before the enemy" after being freed from five years in Taliban captivity.

Bergdahl is far from the first person to be charged with desertion by the US military. In fact, thousands of soliders go missing from their bases every year. But Bergdahl is the first soldier in decades to be charged with desertion while deployed on a combat mission.

Fourteen candidates are vying for Nigeria's presidency, including incumbent Goodluck Jonathan. His People's Democratic Party has dominated Nigerian politics since civilian rule was restored in 1999, but now faces its toughest-ever election challenge from the All Progressives Congress, led by former military ruler Muhammadu Buhari.