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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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The Brian Lehrer Show

30 Issues: Big Military

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

30 Issues in 30 Days is our election year series on the important issues facing the country this election year. Today: Emerging issues of modern warfare and the near future of the U.S. military. Visit the 30 Issue home page for all the conversations.

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WNYC News

One Year Later, Pvt. Danny Chen Remembered

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

It’s been one year since Private Danny Chen of Manhattan was found dead in a guard tower in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, from what military officials called a self-inflicted gun shot wound.

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As Last Surge Troops Leave, Some Afghans Take Up Arms Against Taliban

Friday, September 21, 2012

The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is comparing an uprising against Taliban rule in Andar, Afghanistan, to the "Anbar Awakening" in Iraq that helped turn the tide against al-Qaida in that nation.

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As Attacks Continue, NATO Scales Back Joint Operations In Afghanistan

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

"Green on blue" attacks have continued. And today, a suicide bomber killed at least 12 people — a militant group said the attack was to avenge the anti-Islam video Innocence of Muslims. NATO says it is reducing coalition troops' vulnerability.

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Four U.S. Troops Killed In Afghanistan; NATO Strike Kills 8 Afghan Women

Sunday, September 16, 2012

The U.S. troops were killed by an Afghan officer at a remote checkpoint. Eight NATO troops have been killed in similar insider attacks over the past three days. In the attack on which the women were casualties, the alliance said 45 insurgents were killed.

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WNYC News

Pentagon Unhappy With 'No Easy Day,' As Book On Bin Laden Raid Tops Charts

Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Defense Department officials say that No Easy Day, former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette's book about the secret mission to kill Osama bin Laden, includes classified information that may harm U.S. military operations. The book is currently the bestseller on Amazon.

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WNYC News

As Danny Chen Case Continues, Questions About Soldiers' Punishments

Monday, September 03, 2012

The ongoing courts-martial surrounding the death of Manhattan resident Private Danny Chen continue next month. Since June, five of the eight members of his platoon have been tried and sentenced. But some are unsatisfied, saying they think the military is not taking the charges seriously enough.

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WNYC News

Pentagon Sends Former Navy SEAL A Warning Over Bin Laden Raid Book

Friday, August 31, 2012

The Pentagon reminds Matt Bissonnette that he signed a non-disclosure agreement and it warns him that it is ready to take legal action against him.

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WNYC News

With $66.3 Billion In Agreements, U.S. Arms Sales Break Record In 2011

Monday, August 27, 2012

Nearly half of those sales went to Saudi Arabia, which is beefing up its defenses.

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WNYC News

Officials Say New Orleans Better Prepared For Hurricane, But Residents Still Nervous

Monday, August 27, 2012

It's been seven years since Katrina and the failure of the city's levee system. It's been rebuilt at a cost of billions, but the job isn't quite finished.

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Transportation Nation

PIC: Highway Overpass as War Monument

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Not often do you see a highway overpass celebrated for its beauty, but this entrance to Fort Benning in Georgia is a local point of pride, as much for transportation planners as the military servicemen stationed at the base. The Georgia State Transportation Board voted to place this photo on the cover of the official state map.

Here's how the Georgia Department of Transportation described the proud monument on its Facebook page.

"The Columbus Gateway Foundation completed construction of this magnificent structure encompassing 56 acres, 20 flags, 20 fountains, and life-size statues atop the gateway pillars. The monument’s four statues are two bald eagles, a “Trooper on the Plains” representing the Armor school and a “Follow Me” Infantryman, all well-known symbols to members of the military and especially important to those attending the base's Armor and Infantry training facilities."

We wonder how long they had to wait for a shot that had so little traffic passing by.

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WNYC News

Air Force Week Returns to New York City

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Over the next few days you may see more jets flying over Manhattan. It’s not part of filming for a summer blockbuster or a presidential candidate coming to visit. The jets are here as part of Air Force Week.

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WNYC News

Two U.S. Troops Killed By Afghan Police Officer; Latest 'Green On Blue' Attack

Friday, August 17, 2012

More than 35 coalition troops — most of them Americans — have been killed this year by attackers wearing the uniforms of the Afghan military or police.

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WNYC News

First Openly Gay General: DADT Repeal Is More About Recognition Of Family

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Tammy Smith said having her wife present at her promotion ceremony made her feel "authentic and complete."

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The Takeaway

The U.S. Military's History of Recruiting and Retaining Neo-Nazis

Thursday, August 09, 2012

When Wade Michael Page allegedly attacked the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin this past weekend, many were shocked by his identification as a neo-Nazi. Wade, however, is not the first neo-Nazi veteran to have committed murder in the United States.

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It's A Free Blog

Opinion: From Early Voting to Welfare, the Little Things Will Decide 2012

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

From the three extra voting days to food stamps, the Romney and Obama campaigns have made clear that the little things matter.

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WNYC News

Feds: NYC Shortchanging NYPD Officers Who Serve in the Military

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Federal prosecutors are suing the city and the NYPD, claiming police officers who took leave for military service are being shortchanged on their pensions.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Military Suicides

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

While only 1 percent of Americans have served in Iraq and Afghanistan—they account for 20 percent of U.S. suicides; an active duty soldier commits suicide every day on average, about as many as are dying on the battlefield. Mark Thompson, Time Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, and Nancy Gibbs, Time Deputy Managing Editor, discuss the situation, which they call the military's "ultimate asymmetrical war," and one it is losing.  Thompson and Gibbs spoke with two widows of soldiers who killed themselves a continent apart on the same day—March 21, 2012. The army had clear warning signs that these men were at risk. Their article “The War on Suicide” appears in the July 23 issue of Time.

 

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