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Afghanistan War

The Takeaway

What it Means to Kill on the Battlefield

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

No one in the U.S. Army or Department of Defense tracks how many troops kill foreign enemies in war zones​, or the impact killing has on the soldiers who do it. Why not?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

On The Front Lines of Failed Military Action

Monday, December 08, 2014

A retired Lt. General reflects on the mistakes made during the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

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The Takeaway

Powerful Politician Kills Bill to Protect Vets

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Judging from recent machinations in Congress, it's easier to protect for-profit colleges who are generous with their campaign donations than it is to protect this nation's veterans from being preyed upon by schools anxious to get their hands on G.I. Bill education benefits.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Coming Close: America in Afghanistan; Bill and Willie Geist on Father-Son Talks; Mathematical Thinking

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Anand Gopal explains how the US came close to victory in Afghanistan and what led to the resurgence of the Taliban. CBS "Sunday Morning" correspondent Bill Geist and his son Willie Geist, host of the "Today Show" and MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," share some of their father-son conversations over the years. Find out how math is a lot more than just addition, subtraction and long division...it’s also the science of not being wrong.

The Leonard Lopate Show

How the U.S. Came Close to Victory in Afghanistan

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Anand Gopal explains how the United States came close to victory in Afghanistan and what led to the resurgence of the Taliban.

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The Takeaway

Sgt. Bergdahl: America's War-Weary Lightning Rod

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has demonstrated that many lawmakers in Washington, and perhaps others, are quick to judge whether or not the POW deserved to be freed. Vanessa Gezari, a journalist who has reported from Afghanistan on and off since 2002, weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Deaths of 40 Vets Spark Calls for VA Reform

Friday, May 09, 2014

According to Congressional officials, as many as 40 veterans died waiting for care at a VA medical center in Phoenix. Many are calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, but not everyone in D.C. believe that's the right move.

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The Takeaway

A Military Widow Finds Solace in Running

Monday, April 28, 2014

The marathon of grief is a run without a finish line. For Lisa Hallett, whose husband died in Afghanistan in 2009, running forward is all she has to cope.

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The Takeaway

The Challenges of Depicting War on Film

Friday, January 10, 2014

One of the biggest challenges in American cinema has been bringing the stories of war to the civilian big screen. "Lone Survivor" is a new film by director Peter Berg  that attempts to bring the story of a mission gone wrong in Afghanistan to a civilian audience. Donna Axelson's son, Matt, was one of the SEAL team members killed in the mission. She discusses what it was like to see her son portrayed on film and shares her thoughts on how and why filmmakers should attempt to bring the realities of war to a civilian screen. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Insider Attacks in Afghanistan

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Journalist Matthieu Aikins lives in Kabul and has been reporting from Afghanistan since 2008. He examines the troubling rise and potential causes of “insider attacks” in Afghanistan and looks at whether we’ll ever be able to leave the country. His article “Portrait of an Assassin” is in the October 7 issue of Mother Jones.

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The Takeaway

The Muslim Brotherhood Weighs In On Egyptian Unrest | The Silent Epidemic in the South | Swearing is Changing

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The Muslim Brotherhood Weighs In on the Unrest in Egypt | The Silent Epidemic in the South | Swearing is Changing—And That's a Good Thing | Texas Governor Rick Perry Won't Seek Re-election | The Next Policy Steps for the U.S. in Egypt | Race, America and the Justice System: Examining the George Zimmerman Trial | U.S. Could Speed Pull Out in Afghanistan 

State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union: Stories of Veterans Returning from War

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Broadcast times: Saturday at 6am on 93.9FM, 2pm on AM820. Sunday at 7am and 8pm on AM820.

More than two million veterans have come home so far from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. For returning veterans, reintegrating into society can be a challenge. How do you find your place, when you’ve changed and the people you love don’t recognize you? When that old life is gone and you have to start a new one from scratch. In this hour State of the Re:Union explores reintegration and asks the question: how do you come back home from war?

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The Takeaway

Idaho Town Rallies To Bring Home P.O.W. Bowe Bergdahl

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl is the only American prisoner of war still being held captive by the Taliban. Last weekend, in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho, hundreds of people gathered to show solidarity and rally to support Bergdahl and his family. Colonel Tim Marsano, public affairs officer for the Idaho National Guard who acts as media liaison for the Bergdahl family, joins us on the program to discuss how the town is responding and the family's hope.

The end of June marks the four year mark of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl's capture while serving in Afghanistan. 
Bergdahl is the only American prisoner of war still being held captive by the Taliban. 
Recent reports indicate that the Taliban has offered a deal to trade Bergadahl over to the U.S if the government releases five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. 
Last weekend, in his hometown of Hailey, Idaho hundreds of people gathered to show solidarity rally to support Bowe and his family called “Bring Home Bowe.

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On The Media

The Kill Team

Friday, April 26, 2013

In a new documentary, The Kill Team, director Dan Krauss tells the story of the group of US soldiers convicted of murdering unarmed Afghan civilians. The documentary looks at the roles played by not one, but two soldier-whistleblowers. Krauss talks to Bob about the moral ambiguities of the story and the difficulty of doing the right thing in a war zone.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan

Friday, November 30, 2012

Tamim Ansary describes the many battles within Afghanistan—struggles between Kabul and the countryside, between order and chaos, between a modernist impulse to join the world and the pull of an older Afghanistan: a tribal universe of village republics permeated by Islam. In Games without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan, he draws on his Afghan background, Muslim roots, and Western and Afghan sources to explain history from the inside out.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Jake Tapper on Washington and Afghanistan

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Jake Tapper, ABC News white house correspondent, and author of The Outpost: The Untold Story of American Valor, discusses his reporting on Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan. He also discusses the resignation of General Petraeus and the scandal rocking the Obama national security team.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Our Veterans Today

Monday, November 12, 2012

It's Veterans Day. Tom Tarantino, Deputy Policy Director for the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, joins us to explain how we can support veterans and their families, and how coming home has changed.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

TBI, Soldiers, and Veterans

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Traumatic brain injury is among the so-called invisible wounds of war, and in September, the Pentagon announced it is devoting $10 million to new efforts find better ways to treat and prevent mild traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder among soldiers and veterans. Col. Jamie B. Grimes, National Director of the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center, and Dr. Ross Zafonte, Clinical and Research Leader for Traumatic Brain Injury at the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, discuss the effects of traumatic brain injury among soldiers and veterans and new research and treatment.

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It's A Free Country ®

Opinion: Afghan War Rages on, Putting us Deeper in Debt and Death

Sunday, October 07, 2012

Why isn’t ending the longest war in U.S. history a higher priority for public debate during this time of decision by voters?

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The Takeaway

Michael Semple Interviews Taliban Commander

Thursday, July 12, 2012

In a rare exchange, former diplomat Michael Semple interviewed a veteran leader of the Afghan Taliban and learned about the organization's plans for the country after the United States withdraws from the country in 2014.

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