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Get Your Medieval On!

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Some people people prefer their medieval adventures up close and personal. Producer Aubrey Ralph takes inside one of those groups.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Deep Scars of Battles Near and Far

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

This Veterans Day, we explore how WWI is still impacting us, one general reflects on the failures of the Iraq and Afghan wars, and we look at the untold story of Jackie Kennedy.

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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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

Women Granted the Right to Serve in Combat

Thursday, January 24, 2013

In a landmark decision that overturns a 1994 ruling, Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has lifted the military’s ban on women in combat. The move will make hundreds of thousands of front-line jobs available to women. Kristen Rouse is a first lieutenant in the Army National Guard who just returned from her third tour in Afghanistan, and Rosa Brooks is a law professor at Georgetown University and former Pentagon official.

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The Takeaway

White House Lifts Ban on Sending Condolences After Military Suicides

Thursday, July 07, 2011

When a soldier dies in a combat zone, the family can expect certain official gestures. Men in uniform will fire a salute. A flag will be folded into a neat triangle. And a letter will arrive, signed by the president, expressing thanks for their loved one's service to the country, and condolences for their loss. That is, unless a soldier died by their own hand.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Women in Combat

Friday, April 22, 2011

Rachel Martin, NPR national security correspondent, discusses the realities of women in combat and the debate over whether the Pentagon should officially integrate women into front line ground combat.

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The Takeaway

Combat Continues for US Troops Still in Iraq

Monday, September 27, 2010

On August 31, President Obama announced the end of combat operations in Iraq. "Operation Iraqi Freedom is over," he said from the Oval Office, as he ordered the withdrawal of all combat forces from the country. Now, only 50,000 troops remain, tasked with handing security operations over to the Iraqis.

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The Takeaway

Are Helicopters Unfit for Duty?

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Taliban's growing footprint in Afghanistan's rough terrain has forced the U.S. to be far more reliant on moving troops and supplies by air. Throughout America’s war in Afghanistan, helicopters have been widely used where mountainous areas, poor roads and Taliban booby traps make ground travel treacherous. The 14 Americans who died in Afghanistan on Monday, however, were a reminder that U.S. troops who die in Afghanistan are twice as likely to be killed in helicopter crashes as are their counterparts in Iraq. 

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

Sue Halpern on Virtual Iraq

Monday, May 12, 2008

This week in the magazine, Sue Halpern writes about Virtual Iraq, a treatment for traumatized vetera

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