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Your Stories: Lessons from the Iraq War

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ten years ago this month, the US invaded Iraq, launching the Iraq War. Throughout the week, we're looking at lessons from the war from scholars, soldiers, translators — and you.

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The Takeaway

How the American Invasion Shaped Iraq

Monday, March 11, 2013

Ultimately, victory was declared, but for many, the ramifications of the Iraq War are still struggling to be understood, even after our troops have returned home.

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The Takeaway

Assessing America's Counterinsurgency in Iraq

Thursday, March 07, 2013

This month marks 10 years since the start of the American war in Iraq. In military operations alone, the war totaled over $800 billion and largely defined by America's counterinsurgency efforts in the region. General David Petraeus, who led American military operations in Iraq, was the main proponent of the ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Thomas Ricks on Military Leadership

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Thomas Ricks discusses the decline of American military leadership from World War II to Iraq. History has been kind to the American generals of World War II—Marshall, Eisenhower, Patton, and Bradley—and less kind to the generals of the wars that followed. He looks at why in his new book The Generals: American Military Command from World War II to Today.

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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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The Leonard Lopate Show

Kevin Powers on The Yellow Birds

Monday, September 24, 2012

Kevin Powers, a veteran of the war in Iraq, tells about his novel, The Yellow Birds, the harrowing story of two young soldiers trying to stay alive during a bloody battle in Al Tafar, Iraq.

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It's A Free Country ®

That's My Issue: Ending Voter Apathy

Monday, August 20, 2012

We - a group of liberal-minded New Yorkers in our mid-20s - couldn't simply end America's folly in Iraq. So what could we accomplish?

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The Takeaway

Facing Post Traumatic Stress in the Courtroom

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

While President Obama has officially ended the War on Iraq and is in the process of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan, for many veterans the war is far from over. An estimated 350,000 veterans will return home with PTSD, making it difficult for them to readjust to civilian life.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Disarming IEDs in Iraq

Monday, July 16, 2012

Brian Castner served two tours of duty as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq. He describes the nerve-racking yet exhilarating work of disarming the deadly improvised explosive devices—or picking up the pieces when the alert came too late. He also gives an account of returning home and facing the lonely battle against the enemy within—the haunting memories that will not fade, the survival instincts that will not switch off. His book The Long Walk: A Story of War and the Life that Followsexamines the toll war takes on the men and women who are fighting it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Benjamin Busch's Memoir, Dust to Dust

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Benjamin Busch talks about his memoir Dust to Dust, a meditation on life and loss, peace and war. He writes of his childhood in rural New York, his deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq, and acting in the HBO series “The Wire.”

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The Takeaway

Healing the Wounds of Iraq Through Opera

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

When Marine Sergeant Christian Ellis returned home from Iraq, he joined the 2.2 million Americans living with post traumatic stress disorder. He suffered for years until a friend challenged him to transform his experiences into a work of art that might heal his wounds, and maybe others’ as well.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

End of War: Veteran Paul Chappell on Peace

Friday, May 25, 2012

As part of our End of War series, Paul Chappell, peace leadership director for the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, Iraq War veteran, and author of Peaceful Revolution: How We Can Create the Future Needed for Humanity's Survival, discusses his own experience of war--and how that informs his ideas about how to get to peace.

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The Takeaway

American Efforts to Train Iraqi Security Forces Nears Failure

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

This week, the New York Times reported that a multibillion-dollar police training program in Iraq intended to serve as the centerpiece of an expanded civilian mission in the country has all-but-failed. The program began in October and has already cost $500 million. Retired Lieutenant General Jim Dubik oversaw the training of Iraqi security forces from 2007-2008 and discusses the State Department's catastrophic missteps.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: Democrats and Republicans Both Practice 'Fiscal Child Abuse'

Friday, May 11, 2012

The charlatans in office, Obama and the Romney campaign included, are going out of their ways to make the economic futures of their kids significantly worse.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Benjamin Busch on His Memoir, Dust to Dust

Monday, April 16, 2012

Benjamin Busch talks about his memoir Dust to Dust, a meditation on life and loss, peace and war. He writes of his childhood in rural New York, his deployment during the worst of the war in Iraq, and acting in the HBO series “The Wire.”

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The Takeaway

A Climate of Fear Among Christians in Iraq

Monday, April 09, 2012

In Iraq, the Christian community continues to suffer from intimidation and threats of violence, and the number of Christians in the country has dropped drastically following the U.S. invasion nine years ago in 2003. Rami Ruhayem is a correspondent for our partner the BBC, who has found that even though the levels of violent attacks have dropped recently, there is still a climate of fear.

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It's A Free Country ®

The Hunger Games Message about Military Recruiting

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Stanley Tucci’s blue hair, Elizabeth Banks’ pink eyelashes, and the brutal slaughter of young children could easily have distracted you from a quieter question at the center of dystopian future in The Hunger Games: who fights in wars and why do they volunteer to do it?

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The Takeaway

Baghdad ER: A Unique Vantage of the War in Iraq

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

This Sunday marks three months since the last U.S. military convoy left Iraq. Few places were better witnesses of the effects of the war on citizens than Ibn Sina Hospital in Baghdad’s Green Zone, which is perhaps most familiar to Americans for its emergency room, known as Baghdad ER. Each day, the American-run Baghdad ER treated anyone who came to its door with life-threatening battle injuries. On October 1, 2009, the U.S. government returned management of the hospital to Iraq.

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WNYC News

Watch | President Obama Honors Iraq War Veterans

Thursday, March 01, 2012

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to U.S. military members who served in Iraq by hosting a dinner Wednesday night. As the president explained, it was an opportunity “to express those simple words that we can never say enough: thank you.”

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The Takeaway

'Incident in New Baghdad': The Effects of War on a Soldier

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Oscar-nominated documentary Incident in New Baghdad recounts the 2007 killings of two Reuters reporters by US attack helicopters, footage of which was released by WikiLeaks in 2010. Director Jim Spione [spee-OWN] joins The Takeaway to discuss his film.

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