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.



NYC Couple Arrested; Explosive Substance Found

Monday, December 31, 2012

Authorities say a New York City couple has been arrested on weapons charges after a substance used to make bombs and papers titled "The Terrorist Encyclopedia" were found in their Greenwich Village apartment.


The Takeaway

'Extremely Sophisticated' Explosives Passed Through Cargo Screening

Monday, November 01, 2010

A breach in air security and the smuggling of explosives onto two cargo planes bound for the U.S. has raised concerns about the screening process of air-freight cargo. Two packages carrying explosives originating in Yemen made their through four countries on at least four different airplanes before being tracked down in Britain and Dubai. Empty printer cartridges were used to hide the bombs.

Officials are now admitting vulnerabilities in the screening of cargo flights that are being exploited by terror organizations like al-Qaida. 


The Takeaway

Why is PETN the Terrorist Tool of Choice?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab unsuccessfully attempted to detonate an explosive called pentaerythritol tetranitrate, or PETN, on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 on Christmas day. PETN was also used back in 2001 by Richard Reid, better known as the shoe bomber, who tried to destroy a plane over the Atlantic. That’s two high-profile failures for PETN. So, why does it seem to be the explosive of choice for these terrorists? To help explain this is Jimmie Oxley, a professor of chemistry at the University of Rhode Island, whose specialty is explosives.