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Here, Bullet - War Poetry by Flashlight

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Brian Turner was an average young American who volunteered for military service in Iraq. At night he wrote poetry by flashlight. When his tour ended, he collected his poems into a book called "Here, Bullet." This one is called "A Night in Blue."

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PRI's The World

Fijian peacekeepers in Iraq aren't just a battalion — they're a choir

Friday, September 05, 2014

Fijian soldiers have been part of UN peacekeeping operations in Iraq since 2004. Five have been killed and others are being held captive by the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda. One way the brigade stays committed and strong is to sing. And they believe it keeps them safe, as well.

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PRI's The World

A Marine who fought in Iraq reflects on the country's challenges today

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tim McLaughlin was one of the first US Marines to enter Iraq in 2003. He was there on the day the statue of Saddam Hussein fell. The American flag that was placed on top of the statue belonged to him.

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PRI's The World

A trench is all that stands between ISIS and some Iraqi refugees

Friday, August 08, 2014

ISIS militants have persecuted non-Islamic Iraqis as they've taken control of parts of northern Iraq. In some cases, particularly that of the Yazidi sect, escaping ISIS has meant fleeing on a moment's notice and taking huge risks to stay alive.

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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Iraq's Effects; Heating Oil Scam; J Street on Obama's Middle East Trip

Friday, March 22, 2013

It's been ten years since the start of the Iraq war. The phones will be open for you to call in, especially if this war was the first of your adulthood, and talk about how the Iraq war shaped your ideas of war and the U.S. role in the world. Plus: an investigation into whether New Yorkers have been scammed on home heating oil; J Street president Jeremy Ben-Ami on President Obama's trip to the Middle East; and why President Coolidge still matters.

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 Brian Lehrer Show

Troops Coming Home From Iraq

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Tom Tarantino, Iraq veteran and senior legislative associate for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), discusses what's next for the returning troops. Washington bureau reporter for Stars and Stripes, Leo Shane III, joins the conversation. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Frank Rich on Class Warfare

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Frank RichNew York Magazine columnist, discusses his latest piece on Occupy Wall Street and what he calls "the anger of a full-fledged class war." He also reflects on the 10th anniversary of the PATRIOT Act, and talks about the end of the Iraq War and current politics. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Withdrawing the Troops

Monday, October 24, 2011

Fred Kaplan writes the War Stories column for Slate and is the author of 1959: the Year Everything Changed. He talks about the news that the Obama administration will pull troops out of Iraq by the end of the year, and reflects on the end of two wars.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Invisible Army

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Sarah Stillman discusses the recruitment and treatment of foreigners working as support staff on American military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. Her article "The Invisible Army" appears in the June 6, 2011, issue of The New Yorker.

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The Takeaway

Iraq 'Smoking Gun' Evidence Goes Up in Smoke

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

We all remember the now infamous speech that former Secretary of State Colin Powell gave to the UN on February 5, 2003. He made the case that the U.S. had enough intelligence to conclude that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction and that he was a threat to countries in the region and to the U.S. Powell was making the case for going to war with Iraq. And part of his argument rested on the word of an Iraqi defector named Rafid Ahmed Alwan al-Janabi. Now al-Janabi has told The Guardian newspaper in London that he was lying and that he would do it again.

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The Takeaway

Did the Media Inflate the Significance of Toppling Saddam Hussein Statue?

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

When is what the world knows as an iconic moment, perhaps not an iconic moment? On April 9, 2003, a large statue of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein was taken down by U.S. security forces in Baghdad's Firdos Square. The two-hour toppling took place in front of the Palestine Hotel, where journalists from around the world had been staying. And many reporters hailed it as a sign the U.S. was prevailing in the war and bringing Iraqis closer to liberation.

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The Takeaway

As America Withdraws from Iraq, So Does American Money

Monday, December 06, 2010

As America slowly withdraws from Iraq, so does a lot of U.S. financial support. The result: interpreters and thousands of others who currently depend on the U.S. presence for their livelihood will likely be out of work. How will they make the transition? Jack Healy, reporter for our partner The New York Times, joins us for more on the story.  

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WNYC News

New York City Honors Veterans at 91st Annual Parade

Thursday, November 11, 2010

An estimated 20,000 people, including about 3,000 active duty servicemen and women, marched up Fifth Avenue to mark Veterans Day. Participants included veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the conflicts in Vietnam, Korea and World War II.

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The Takeaway

Torture and Abuse Revealed in WikiLeaks Documents

Monday, October 25, 2010

WikiLeaks released 400,000 documents on Friday that reveal cases of torture and abuse of detainees by Iraqi security forces. The reports also increase the number of civilian casualites in the war. WikiLeaks editor-in-chief, Julian Assange is the man at the center of this controversy, as he faces accusations that he has put U.S. troops and Iraqi civilians in danger. Also being heavily criticized is The New York Times, which published the reports.

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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

First Casualties for US Soldiers Since Obama Declares End to Combat Operations in Iraq

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Two U.S. soldiers were killed and nine were wounded by an Iraqi soldier during a firefight on Tuesday afternoon. The U.S. military has characterized the attack as "deliberate." This is the first attack on American soldiers since President Obama declared an end to combat operations in Iraq. For a look at what this event means for the future of the US's mission in Iraq, as well as what it means for the soldiers on the ground, The Takeaway turns to Steven Lee Myers, Baghdad bureau chief for our partner, The New York Times.

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: President Obama's Speech and the Middle East; Morning Headlines

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

President Obama delivered a speech last night from the Oval Office that marked the end of the U.S. combat mission in Iraq, but myriad problems in the Middle East still exist. That and the morning's top headlines. 

 

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The Takeaway

Top of the Hour: Obama's Oval Office Speech on Iraq; Morning Headlines

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Last night, President Obama gave a speech from the Oval Office to commemorate the end of the combat missioin in Iraq. That and this morning's top headlines.

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