The Takeaway

Actor and Marine Benjamin Busch Returns to Iraq

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

In 2003, actor Benjamin Busch was a Marine Corps officer assigned to serve as the provisional military mayor of a small Iraqi town. Ten years later, he returns to find it changed.

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America Abroad

A Decade At War: Afghanistan, Iraq & Counterinsurgency

Friday, March 08, 2013

Broadcast Times: Friday, 11pm on AM 820, Saturday, 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday, 2pm on AM820 and Sunday, 8pm on AM820.

After a decade of war, the soldiers are home from Iraq and they are coming home from Afghanistan.  But we are left to ponder and debate the important lessons from these wars. Consensus has hardly been reached on the effectiveness of the war-fighting doctrine known as “counterinsurgency.”  

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The Takeaway

Adam Driver: Actor, Artist, Veteran

Monday, November 12, 2012

Adam Driver is best known for his role in the hit HBO show Girls, in which he plays Hannah (Lena Dunham's) boyfriend. But there's more to Mr. Driver than meets the eye. He is not only a talented stage actor and graduate of Julliard, but also a former Marine. In honor of Veteran's Day, Driver performed in a series of plays and monologues with Arts in the Armed Forces,

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The Takeaway

US Soldiers punished for Koran Burning and Video

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

No U.S. officers will face jail time after two separate incidents of military misconduct in Afghanistan earlier this year. For the burning of a box of Korans, four Army officers and two enlisted soldiers received letters of reprimand. For the video of marines urinating on Taliban corpses, three officers received "non-judicial punishments."

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The Takeaway

Former Marine, Now Covering Syrian Uprising

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Syria’s government is being pushed to the edge by the rebel militia. One reporter has a unique perspective on the fighting. He’s a former U.S. Marine.


The Takeaway

First Black Marines Awarded Congressional Gold Medal

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

When President Roosevelt ordered in 1942 that the Marine Corps be integrated, around 20,000 African-Americans signed up and were accepted for service. The first African-Americans in the Air Force and the Army — that’s the Tuskegee Airmen and the Buffalo Soldiers — have some renown, but the Montford Point Marines have remained relatively unknown.


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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Snake Eaters: An Iraqi Success Story

Friday, May 11, 2012

Owen West, a third-generation U.S. Marine, tells the inside story of the American and Iraqi troops who fought the insurgency street by street and house by house in Khalidiya, Iraq. The Snake Eaters gives an account of the mission, one of the success stories of the war in Iraq.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Hell and Back Again

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

U.S. Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris and his wife Ashley Harris, subjects of the documentary "Hell and Back Again," discuss how they dealt with a new reality after Sgt. Harris was wounded in Afghanistan. Plus, the film's director, photojournalist Danfung Dennis, will discuss why he made this film. 

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The Takeaway

Marine Base Gets Its First Female General

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

For the first time ever, a woman is taking command at the nation's premier Marine Corps training base. Brig. Gen. Loretta Reynolds will be the first female to run South Carolina's Parris Island in the base's 96-year-history. Reynolds is no stranger to setting records. She is also the first female Marine to ever hold a command position in a battle zone, one of many accomplishments in her 25 years as a Marine. She speaks about the challenges that come with her post.


The Takeaway

The US Navy's Long History with Libya

Friday, March 04, 2011

"From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli." Those are the opening words to the official hymn of the United States Marine Corps. The Barbary Wars of 1801-1805 are an oft-forgotten part of American history. But those wars, fought to protect US ships from pirates along the coast of North Africa, were fundamental in the formation of the US Navy. For a look at the history of US military involvment with Libya, we're joined by David Smethurst, author of "Tripoli: The United States' First War on Terror."

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The Takeaway

Marines Take Lessons From LAPD To Fight Taliban

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Members of the United States Marine Corps have been shadowing officers from the Los Angeles Police Department in order to learn new methods of policing a city. They hope to take the tactics they learn to Afghanistan and apply them to fighting the Taliban, who are being seen more and more as a drug trafficking mob instead of an insurgency.


The Takeaway

Covering Dignified Transfer at Dover Air Force Base: A Photographer's Story

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

In 2009, the Pentagon lifted a ban that forbade members of the news media from covering the dignified transfer of the remains of U.S. servicemen and women at Dover Air Force Base. On April 5th, 2009, around forty reporters and photographers were present for the return of the remains of Air Force Staff Sgt. Phillip Myers of Hopewell, Virginia.

But these days, there's often only one member of the news media present. Steve Ruark is a freelance photographer with the Associated Press. He has been to Dover for dignified transfers more than ninety times.



The New Yorker: Out Loud

Platon on photographing the military

Monday, September 22, 2008

Platon on photographing members of the military and their families.