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Martin Di Caro

Martin Di Caro

Martin Di Caro brings 25 years of broadcast journalism experience to the Washington Times. He has won numerous prestigious awards throughout his career in major media markets across the country. Before coming to the Times, Martin was a news anchor at Bloomberg Radio’s Washington bureau. From 2012 to 2017, he covered transportation at NPR member station WAMU 88.5 in Washington, where his work on the yearslong Metrorail crisis earned Martin his second Edward R. Murrow award, which included hosting the radio station’s first podcast, Metropocalypse. Martin worked as a reporter for AP Radio in New York and Washington for eight years starting in 2008. He lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. and his interests include reading history and following his beloved New York Jets. He can be reached at

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Flags of NATO member countries flap in the wind outside NATO headquarters prior to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and the Chair of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Sefik Dzaferovic speech at a media conference in Brussels, Wednesday, May 27, 2022. (AP Photo/Olivier Matthys)

History As It Happens: NATO forever

During the Cold War it would have been crazy to believe that one day Sweden and Finland would eagerly join NATO. But history is speeding up, and the geopolitics of Europe are in flux. Published May 25, 2022

Demonstrators say a prayer outside Justice Samual Alito's home on Thursday, May 5, 2022, in Alexandria, Va. A draft opinion suggests the U.S. Supreme Court could be poised to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide, according to a Politico report released Monday. Whatever the outcome, the Politico report represents an extremely rare breach of the court's secretive deliberation process, and on a case of surpassing importance. (AP Photo/Kevin Wolf)

History As It Happens: Abortion before Roe

Long before Americans argued over whether the Constitution protected a right to privacy, historians say abortion was commonplace and unregulated. That began to change in the nineteenth century. Published May 18, 2022

This updated handout photo provided by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum on Tuesday, June 8, 2021 shows a signed copy of Emancipation Proclamation. The Library, in Springfield, Ill., will mark Juneteenth, the holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the United States, by displaying the rare signed copy of the Emancipation Proclamation. The copy of the proclamation that's signed by Lincoln and Secretary of State William Seward will be displayed between June 15 and July 6. The original document is kept in the National Archives in Washington, D.C. (Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum photo via AP)

History As It Happens: Slavery and the Constitution

Pulitzer Prize finalist Kate Masur discusses her book, "Until Justice Be Done," and the struggle to repeal racist laws in the North before the Civil War. America's first civil rights movement saw the Constitution as its ally. Published May 16, 2022

A member of the Revolutionary Guard stands in front of Shahab-3 missile which is displayed during the annual pro-Palestinian Al-Quds, or Jerusalem, Day rally in Tehran, Iran, Friday, April 29, 2022. Iran does not recognize Israel and supports Hamas and Hezbollah, militant groups that oppose it. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

History As It Happens: The looming Iranian conflict

The Biden administration's effort to revive the Iran nuclear accord may fail, opening the way to a new era of proliferation and conflict at a time when the U.S. is trying to hold together the old order. Published May 2, 2022

In this Sept. 23, 2020, file photo, Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks at the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia. In an interview on Russian state television, Putin, ahead of his June 16, 2021, meeting with President Joe Biden, issued a strong, new warning that the prospect of Ukraine joining NATO was unacceptable for Russia. (Mikhail Metzel/Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP, File)

History As It Happens: Vladimir the historian

Russia's dictator promotes a history of Ukraine dating to the tenth century that denies its people a national identity. It is a mountain of distortions. Published April 27, 2022

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is a 1964 political satire black comedy film that satirizes the Cold War fears of a nuclear conflict between the USSR and the USA. The film was directed, produced, and co-written by Stanley Kubrick, stars Peter Sellers and George C. Scott, and features Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, and Slim Pickens. Production took place in the United Kingdom. The film is loosely based on Peter George's thriller novel Red Alert. The story concerns an unhinged United States Air Force general who orders a first strike nuclear attack on the Soviet Union. It follows the President of the United States, his advisers, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and a Royal Air Force (RAF) officer as they try to recall the bombers to prevent a nuclear apocalypse. It separately follows the crew of one B-52 bomber as they try to deliver their payload. Dr. Strangelove is widely regarded as one of cinema's greatest comedies. In 1989, the United States Library of Congress included it in the first group of films selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. It was listed as number three on AFI's 100 Years...100 Laughs list

History As It Happens: Nuclear terror redux

Since the Cold War ended, a cultural awareness around nuclear weapons faded. Russia's war in Ukraine is reviving it, and proliferation experts say the concerns are overdue. Published April 25, 2022

FILE - In this April 14, 1949 file photo, defendant Gottlob Berger, former chief of the SS head office, is sentenced to 25 years imprisonment, flanked by Sgt. 1st class Thomas H. Andress from Palestine, Texas, member of the honor guard 16th inf., left, and an not identified honor guard in Nuremberg, Germany. Germany marks the 75th anniversary of the landmark Nuremberg trials of several Nazi leaders and in what is now seen as the birthplace of a new era of international law on Friday, Nov. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Albert Riethausen, file)

History As It Happens: The problem of war crimes

In the 76 years since the Nuremberg trials set the standard for punishing individuals for crimes against humanity, successful prosecutions have proven difficult. The odds are against it in Ukraine. Published April 20, 2022

This photo made available by the U.S. National Archives shows a portion of the first page of the United States Constitution. (National Archives via AP) ** FILE **

History As It Happens: Slavery and the Constitution

In the third installment of this occasional series, two major historians dismantle race-obsessed interpretations of the American founding. In the process, they recover the first conflicts over slavery and race that were sparked by the American Revolution. Published April 11, 2022

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, front right, looks toward U.S. President Joe Biden, front left, at a group photo during an extraordinary NATO summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Thursday, March 24, 2022. As the war in Ukraine grinds into a second month, Biden and Western allies are gathering to chart a path to ramp up pressure on Russian President Vladimir Putin while tending to the economic and security fallout that's spreading across Europe and the world. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

History As It Happens: Democracies and dictatorships

Hitler biographer Ian Kershaw says the 1930s bear few strong parallels with the war in Ukraine, but Russian President Vladimir Putin's aggression is a reminder of the inherent weaknesses of democracies in facing up to dictatorships. Published March 28, 2022

Ukrainian emergency employees and volunteers carry an injured pregnant woman from a maternity hospital damaged by shelling in Mariupol, Ukraine, Wednesday, March 9, 2022. The baby was born dead. Half an hour later, the mother died too. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

History As It Happens: Why Kyiv may fall

Military historian Max Hastings fears Russia may batter its way to something Vladimir Putin can call victory, leaving Ukraine's capital in ruins in the process. Published March 23, 2022