About the Episode

David Rohde shares his experience as a hostage of the Taliban, and his wife, Kristen Mulvihill, tells of her own experience working to ensure her husband's safe return. Rohde and Mulvihill also talk about their new book, "A Rope and a Prayer."

Chapter 1: Journalism Behind Enemy Lines

Chapter 2: The Kidnapping of David Rohde

Chapter 3: Understanding Your Captors

Chapter 4: Kristen Mulvihill Left Behind

Chapter 5: Demands and Escape

Chapter 6: Their Book, "A Rope and a Prayer," and Bigger Issues

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About David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill

David Rohde (born 1967) is an American author and investigative journalist for The New York Times. While a reporter for The Christian Science Monitor, he won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 1996 for his coverage of the Srebrenica massacre. From July 2002 until December 2004, he was co-chief of the Times' South Asia bureau, based in New Delhi, India. He shared a second Pulitzer Prize for Times 2008 team coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

While in Afghanistan, Rohde was kidnapped by members of the Taliban in November 2008, but managed to escape in June 2009 after seven months in captivity. While he was in captivity, The New York Times collaborated with a number of media outlets, including al-Jazeera, and Wikipedia, to remove news of the kidnapping from the public eye.

Rohde is married to Kristen Mulvihill, a picture editor for Cosmopolitan magazine. Mulvihill has been a fashion and photography editor at various women’s magazines, including Marie Claire and Self.

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David Rohde and Kristen Mulvihill


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