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Interpreting 'The Bin Laden Tapes'

A little more than a year after the Sept. 11th attacks, more than 1,500 cassette tapes were recovered from a house that Osama bin Laden once occupied. Those tapes were vetted then passed from the FBI to CNN, Williams College and then Yale, until someone else took the time to actually listen.


  • Flagg Miller is a professor of religious studies at the University of California, Davis. He listened and interpreted all of the so-called 'Bin Laden Tapes.' He wrote a book about what he learned, The Audacious Ascetic: What the Bin Laden Tapes Reveal About Al-Qaida.

Flagg Miller will speak at the Writers at Work event at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 23rd at the downtown Kansas City Public Library. For information, visit

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
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