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161- Show of Force

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

During World War II, a massive recruitment effort targeted students from the top art schools across the country. These young designers, artists, and makers were being asked to help execute a wild idea that came out of one the nation’s most conservative...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Shrinking Afghan National Army

Thursday, February 05, 2015

The Afghan National Army tends to loose nearly a third of its personnel every year, it's getting worse, and the DOD is trying to cover up these losses

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 403: Beyond The Front Lines Part II

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Listen to the second part our Veterans Day special, "Beyond the Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voices Special," a one-hour program hosted by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 402: Beyond The Front Lines Part I

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

This Veterans Day, honor our men and women in uniform with "Beyond the Frontlines: A StoryCorps Military Voic​​es Special", a one-hour program hosted by StoryCorps founder Dave Isay.

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WNYC News

Two Transgender Veterans Win Right to Change Names on US Army Records

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

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Army veterans Nicolas and Jennifer from New Jersey have won the right to change their names on key U.S. Army records to reflect their new genders. 

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 401: On the Home Front: Veteran's Day 2014

Friday, November 07, 2014

Retired Army Sgt 1st Class Max Voelz first recorded in 2011 to remember his wife, Staff Sgt Kim Voelz. They met on Valentine’s Day, while training to work in Explosive Ordinance Disposal–the Army’s elite bomb squad.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 398: His Other Family

Friday, October 24, 2014

Shirley Parrello speaks with former Marine Sergeant Kevin Powell, who was with her son Lance Corporal Brian Parrello when he was killed in Iraq in 2004.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 396: Pray for Me

Friday, October 17, 2014

Paul Braun, a Sergeant with the Minnesota Army National Guard, and his interpreter, Philip, remember working together in Iraq.

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WNYC News

Why Transgender Vets Can't Get Military Benefits

Monday, September 15, 2014

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A Department of Defense policy that prohibits transgender veterans from changing their name on their discharge forms is preventing vets from getting their military benefits.

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On The Media

The Army's Robot Recruiter

Friday, August 08, 2014

Sergeant Star is a chatbot designed to influence potential recruits to enlist. Alex Goldman of our podcast TLDR wasn't sure how he felt about that, so he talked to the Army and a reporter who's covered recruitment abuses to consider the pros and cons of deploying a Siri to guide our decision to go to war. 

This story originally appeared in a longer form on the TLDR Podcast. If you would like to hear a longer version of this story and Alex's update with Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, follow this link.

Music: Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator. Special thanks to @M0X1 (Mo Xie) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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The Takeaway

Iraq War Vets Reflect as the Nation Unravels

Friday, June 20, 2014

Diplomats, policy experts, and advisors have all weighed in on the unraveling of Iraq, but if there's anyone who has most acutely felt the anguish of the collapse of democracy in Iraq this week, it's the men and women who were on the front lines of the Iraq War.

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The Takeaway

Criticism Mounts Against POW Bowe Bergdahl

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In the few short days since the released of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan, criticism has begun to mount, both in Washington and within military ranks, over the prisoner exchange. The military and Capitol Hill react here.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 375: Patriot Duty

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For Memorial Day, we're sharing stories from service members who participated in our Military Voices Initiative.

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On The Media

TLDR Update - Peeking Into The Brain of The Army's Recruitment Robot

Friday, April 18, 2014

In March, I did a story for TLDR about Sgt. Star, the Army website's virtual recruiter that answers questions from potential future soldiers. You can hear that story below.

In that story, we spoke to Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation who had sent a FOIA request to the Army for more information on Sgt Star, but had not received any response. But now he has, and he wrote an impressive update on the EFF blog. Among other things, the EFF received every single answer that Sgt Star can give. I spoke to Maass about the things he learned about Sgt Star, like how he was born, his relationship to the CIA and the FBI, and even his astrological sign. Listen to the update below.

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On The Media

The Army's Robot Recruiter

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sergeant Star is a chatbot designed to influence potential recruits to enlist. Alex Goldman of our podcast TLDR wasn't sure how he felt about that, so he talked to the Army and a reporter who's covered recruitment abuses to consider the pros and cons of deploying a Siri to guide our decision to go to war. 

This story originally appeared in a longer form on the TLDR Podcast. If you would like to hear a longer version of this story and Alex's update with Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, follow this link.

Music: Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator. Special thanks to @M0X1 (Mo Xie) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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The Takeaway

Jeffrey Sinclair & Sexual Assault in the Military

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

After two long years, the case of Brigadier General Jeffrey Sinclair, once a rising star in the United States Army, finally comes to a close this week. General Sinclair, a 27-year Army veteran, was accused of sexual assault by his former mistress, an Army captain. Roger Canaff is a career prosecutor who served as an expert for the Department of the Army from 2009 to 2012. He examines the Sinclair case, its consequences and how the military should move forward on the issue of sexual assault.

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On The Media

TLDR #18 - The Army's Robot Recruiter

Monday, March 10, 2014

Sgt. Star is the army’s robot. Specifically, he’s a chatbot designed to influence potential recruits to enlist in the US Army. So how do we feel about that? Alex talks to the Army and a reporter who's covered recruitment abuses to figure out if we're better or worse off for having a Siri who can talk us into going to war.

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On The Media

#18 - The Army's Robot Recruiter

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Sgt. Star is a chatbot designed to influence potential recruits to enlist in the US Army. So how do we feel about that?

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The Takeaway

Why the U.S. Military is Shrinking

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Today, the Army has 522,000 soldiers on active duty. Hagel's proposed Pentagon budget would cut manpower even further, to somewhere between  440,000 and 450,000.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bradley Manning Verdict

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Bradley Manning was convicted of violating the Espionage Act, but found not guilty of "aiding the enemy" for supplying classified information to Wikileaks. Arun Rath, reporter for Frontline and PRI's The World and new host of NPR's Weekend All Things Considered, and Fred Kaplan, War Stories columnist for Slate and author of The Insurgents: David Petraeus and the Plot to Change the American Way of War (Simon & Schuster, 2013), discuss the verdict, and what it means for the military, transparency, and journalism.

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