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Jeremy Scahill on Dirty Wars

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Jeremy Scahill, National Security Correspondent for The Nation magazine, gives an inside view of America’s new covert wars. He looks at the CIA’s Special Activities Division and the Joint Special Operations Command, which conduct missions in denied areas, engage in targeted killings, and direct drone, AC-130, and cruise missile strikes. Scahill’s new book Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield follows the consequences of the declaration that “the world is a battlefield,” as Scahill uncovers the most important foreign policy story of our time.

There's also a film of "Dirty Wars," which opens June 7 at IFC Center and Lincoln Plaza.

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WNYC News

Sequester Scuttles Fleet Week

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The familiar sight of thousands of sailors and marines flooding the city will be missing this year.  

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The Takeaway

When An Ordinary ER Becomes a Trauma Hospital

Friday, April 19, 2013

After the bombs went off in Boston, local emergency rooms were inundated with trauma patients. In addition, those patients arrived with complex wounds typical of war zones, like those caused by IED shrapnel. What happens when an ordinary ER becomes a military hospital? How does a hospital prepare for a mass casualty-- and how does it adjust to these new circumstances?

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The Washington Report

Obama Shoots for Policy Trifecta

Monday, April 08, 2013

A tax and budget deal, an immigration reform deal and restrictions on gun sales. All three   eluded him during his first term, but in the next few weeks, President Obama will try and get movement on all three.  In this week on The Washington Report, David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, talks to Nolan discusses if this policy trifecta will happen.

WNYC News

North Korea Warns Military Cleared to Wage Nuke Attack

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Ratcheting up the rhetoric, North Korea warned early Thursday that its military has been cleared to wage an attack on the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified nuclear" weapons.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

A New Amendment: The Right to Bear Drones

Monday, April 01, 2013

A new proposal before Congress would create a constitutional amendment - modeled on the 2nd amendment - securing the right of citizens to own Personalized Weaponized Drones (PWD's). Do you think this is a good proposal? Is "the only solution to a bad guy with a drone a good guy with a drone"? Call in with your reaction 212-433-9692, or post your comments below!

(Update: Yes, it's April 1st.)

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WNYC News

Panel Criticizes Military on Sexual Assault Cases

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

In a stinging rebuke of the military's efforts to curb sexual assault, members of a Senate panel hammered Defense Department officials on Wednesday for making too little progress in combating the crimes and failing to improve a military justice system that victims described as slow and uncaring.

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The Takeaway

Iraq Ten Years Later: Soldiers on the Ground Share Their Stories

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Ten years after the American invasion of Iraq began, the BBC's Hugh Sykes files a report about how American soldiers handle the responsibilities, contradictions, and challenges of occupying Iraq.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Making the Modern SEAL Warrior

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lieutenant Commander Rorke Denver talks about training the men who become Navy SEALs—which he calls the most creative problem solvers on the modern battlefield, ideal warriors for the kinds of wars America is fighting now. Damn Few: Making the Modern SEAL Warrior takes readers inside his personal story and the demanding SEAL training program he now oversees. 

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WNYC News

Senate Subcommittee To Hold Hearing on Sexual Assault in the Military

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

A Senate Subcommittee led by New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is hoping to shed more light on sexual assault in the military. Those testifying at the Armed Services Subcommittee on Personnel on Wednesday include advocates for victims of sexual assault as well as members of the military.

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Afghan President Karzai Claims Taliban, U.S. Colluding

Sunday, March 10, 2013

The allegations come as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel continues his first visit to the nation as Pentagon Chief – and after a deadly explosion in Kabul on Saturday that the Taliban called a message to the new defense secretary.

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Pyongyang To Cut North-South Hotline, Cancel Nonaggression Pact

Friday, March 08, 2013

Pyongyang steps up its threats in the wake of the latest U.N. Security Council resolutions to clamp down on the North's nuclear program.

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150 Years Later, Civil War Sailors Get Arlington Burial

Friday, March 08, 2013

The remains of the unknown sailors were found a decade ago in the wreck of the USS Monitor, a revolutionary ironclad warship. It sank months after its history-making clash with an iron-armored Confederate ship in 1862.

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South Korea Vows Retaliation If Pyongyang Makes Good On Military Threat

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Seoul says it will strike back if North Korea makes good on a threat to attack U.S. and South Korean forces.

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WNYC News

Next Generation of Army Leaders Look Ahead, With Changes Afoot

Thursday, February 14, 2013

It’s been under a month since the U.S. Department of Defense said it was eliminating its ban on women serving in combat, and that’s already got young soldiers-to-be thinking about how the changes could affect their career aspirations, and the future of the military.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway | February 12, 2013

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Will the Pope's Resignation Propel the Church into Modernity? | SEAL Team Six Member Who Killed Bin Laden Struggles to Return to Civilian Life | How to Coordinate a Wide-scale Manhunt | The Potential for a Non-European Pope

The Brian Lehrer Show

Oscar Nominated Documentaries: "Invisible War"

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Producer Amy Ziering and  Kirby Dick, director of "Invisible War", discuss their film about sexual assault in the United States military.  

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WNYC News

Can Lessons on Gun Control be Gleaned from the Military?

Friday, February 08, 2013

Speaking to soldiers about firearms, no matter what their individual views are on gun control, one thing becomes clear: they take them seriously.

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The Takeaway

Defense Industry Warns Cuts Will Lead to Economic Plunge

Thursday, January 31, 2013

This week we learned that the U.S. economy contracted in the fourth quarter of last year, in large part because of severe defense spending cuts. If Congress and President Obama fail to reach a spending deal by March, those cuts will continue, with potentially disastrous effects for cities dependent on the defense industry.

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WNYC News

Women in Combat: A Mother's View

Thursday, January 24, 2013

“Women are getting stronger. Their will is stronger. They want that challenge the same as some men,” said Dineen Snyder, mother of Sgt. Devin Snyder, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.

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