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The Leonard Lopate Show

Is PTSD Contagious?

Friday, January 18, 2013

Mac McClelland talks about the epidemic levels of PTSD among veterans, and how it’s now spreading to their families. Her article "Hearts and Minds" appears in the January/February issue of Mother Jones magazine. It's published online as “Is PTSD Contagious?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

General Stanley McChrystal

Thursday, January 17, 2013

General Stanley McChrystal, former commanding officer of all U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan, explores the major episodes and controversies of his eventful career. His memoir My Share of the Task is a portrait of his life in the military, and shows how the traditional military establishment turned itself into the adaptive, resilient force that would soon be tested in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the wider War on Terror.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Commanding Attention

Thursday, January 17, 2013

General Stanley McChrystal reflects on his tenure as the commanding officer of all US & coalition forces in Afghanistan. John Matteson discusses the life and times of the fiery social critic Margaret Fuller. Emmy winner Laurie Metcaff and her daughter Zoe Perry talk about staring in “The Other Room” on Broadway.

The Brian Lehrer Show

Finding Balance

Monday, January 14, 2013

General Stanley McChrystal reflects on his tenure as Commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and looks ahead to the military's next steps there. Plus: Jon Huntsman on bipartisanship; Robert Lustig explains the role of sugar in the obesity crisis; and the state of Haiti three years after it was hit by a devastating earthquake.

World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

Demonstrations over censorship in China and Obama's pick for US defense secretary

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Demonstrations over censorship in China and Obama's pick for US defense secretary

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The Takeaway

The Legacy of General Norman Schwarzkopf

Friday, December 28, 2012

General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of American-led forces during the 1991 Persian Gulf war, died of complications from pneumonia on Thursday. Peter Petre, co-author of Schwarzkopf's memoir "It Doesn't Take A Hero" and retired Air Force Colonel Sam Gardiner discuss his legacy.

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Foreign Policy in Central America: Anastasio Somoza is Welcomed by Mayor Impellitteri

Friday, December 28, 2012

WNYC

At this official 1952 ceremony on the steps of City Hall, the president of Nicaragua, Anastasio Somoza, is welcomed to New York by Mayor Vincent R. Impellitteri. 

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WNYC News

Vets Group Receives $200,000 to Help 1,000 Vets

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A local veterans organization has received a $200,000 grant from the anti-poverty group Robin Hood Foundation. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is using the money to hire three case managers that’ll work individually with vets to connect them with employment, health care, and other needed services.

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WNYC News

North Korea Launches Long-Range Rocket

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The launch, which defies warnings from both the U.N. and the U.S., comes just days before the presidential election in South Korea. There was no immediate word if Wednesday's launch was successful. A previous attempt in April failed.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Brass Ceiling: Women in Combat

Friday, November 30, 2012

A lawsuit filed this week by four women alleges that the military's ban on women in combat is discriminatory. Kevin Baron, national security staff writer for Foreign Policy magazine's The E-Ring blog, explains how the Department of Defense is assessing a change to the policy toward women.

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WNYC News

Petraeus Will Testify For Lawmakers; Broadwell Loses Her Security Clearance

Thursday, November 15, 2012

The former CIA director will speak to Congress about events in the Benghazi attack, while Paula Broadwell, the military reserve intelligence official, loses her security clearance after classified information turns up in her possession.

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The Takeaway

David Petraeus and the Military's Culture of Celebrity

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

In all the news surrounding General David Petraeus’s resignation, there’s a central question about military culture itself. As Petraeus implemented his counter-insurgency strategy in Iraq, and then Afghanistan, he became a celebrity, an old-school military hero who seemed to have all the answers to America's messy conflicts abroad. Wired Magazine's Spencer Ackerman describes this as the 'Cult of David Petraeus.'

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The Takeaway

Military Marriages: Does a Higher Set of Standards Apply?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

As General David Petreaus’s marital infidelity comes to light and his storied career comes to an end, questions have arisen about his marriage, his life in the military, and whether members of the military are — or should be — held to a higher standard than the rest of us.

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The Takeaway

Letters of War on Veterans Day

Monday, November 12, 2012

Today the nation observes Veterans Day in honor the many men and women who have served in our nation's military during times of peace and times of War. To honor these men and women out respect for their contribution to our nation, the federal government, many schools and offices closed around the country. Today we want to pay tribute to our veterans, and hear their stories of war.

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Petraeus Scandal Grows as New Details Emerge

Monday, November 12, 2012

General David Petraeus' storied career in public service came to a sudden end on Friday as the details of an affair with his biographer Paula Broadwell became known to the world. The general, who is credited with game-changing tenures in both Iraq and Afghanistan, had to resign his current post as director of the Central Intelligence Agency as details of an F.B.I. investigation revealed the affair.

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WNYC News

Navy SEALs Disciplined For Role In Videogame

Thursday, November 08, 2012

The seven SEALs are charged with releasing classified information while working as consultants on Medal of Honor: Warfighter. One of them was involved in the raid that killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. All have received letters of reprimand and the loss of pay for two months.

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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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WNYC News

A Flurry Of Contradicting 'Facts' Convolutes Reality In Afghanistan

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Reporting from Afghanistan is challenging in more than just a security sense. While NATO sources tend to give out minimal information, local officials often give inaccurate initial accounts. Death counts and dates don't add up, as reporters try to get their stories straight.

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WNYC News

Media Circus: Tone Trumps Content In Final Debate

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The final presidential debate left many viewers scratching their heads. It's not that the candidates invoked unimportant issues. It's not that the two held so elevated a conversation mere mortals could not understand. It's that they were debating almost entirely in tone rather than content.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Mark Bowden on the Killing of Osama bin Laden

Monday, October 22, 2012

Mark Bowden, chronicler of our military and special forces, gives the account of the hunt for Osama bin Laden. With access to key sources, he tells the story in The Finish: The Killing of Osama bin Laden. Bowden describes the development of a new tactical strategy to fight al Qaeda, how the right weapon to go after bin Laden evolved, how intelligence led to a compound in Abbottabad, and how the Navy SEALS carried out their mission.

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