Related Program: The Record Afghanistan: Should We Stay Or Should We Go? By Hannah Burn • Dec 3, 2013 Related Program: The Record TweetShareGoogle+Email Flickr Photo/The National Guard Listen Listening... / 7:51 Marcie Sillman talks with Michael Kugelman, Afghanistan expert at the Wilson Center, about the consequences of staying in Afghanistan and the risks of leaving for US troops and politics. TweetShareGoogle+Email Related Content Afghan Farmers: Opium Is The Only Way To Make A Living By Sean Carberry • Nov 14, 2013 Lashkar Gah is the capital of the volatile province that alone grows half of Afghanistan's opium poppy. Cultivation here grew by 34 percent over last year. On Fridays, hundreds of men gather at the bazaar along the Helmand River, the lifeblood of this arid province. Vendors sell everything from livestock to boxes of artisanal medicine. There's no sign of poppy here. In fact, the farmers we talk to like 26-year-old Khairullah, who goes by one name, say they are actually too poor to grow it. What Is Happening With The Protests In Ukraine? By Marcie Sillman & Amina Al-Sadi • Dec 3, 2013 Flickr Photo/Ryan Anderson Listen Listening... / 7:51 Marcie Sillman talks with Steven Pifer, former ambassador to Ukraine and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, about the recent political demonstrations in Ukraine.