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As Embassies Reopen, A Watchful Eye Remains on Yemen

Monday, August 12, 2013

After a week of warnings of imminent attacks and terror threats, all but one of the 19 U.S. embassies closed last week have now reopened. But the drone war over Yemen has escalated significantly and U.S. facilities there remain shut until further notice. Iona Craig is in the Yemeni capital of Sana'a where she has been reporting for The Times of London.

 

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The Takeaway

The Lingering Stress of War for Military Families

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The stress of war lingers not just with our veterans but with their families as well. Take Vivian Greentree, Director of Research and Policy for Blue Star Families, for example. Vivian's husband Mike is frequently on deployment. Their son M.J. sees many families who deal with issues related to PTSD, and they themselves, like all military families, constantly deal with the daily stresses of military life. Vivian and M.J. join the program to share their experience.

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The Takeaway

Trial Begins for Fort Hood Army Base Shooting Suspect

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Four years ago this November, Major Nidal Malik Hasan opened fire on soldiers at the Fort Hood Army Base in Killeen, Texas, killing 13 people and injuring many more. Today, Major Hasan’s trial begins. The Army has already spent more than $5 million on the case. But there are other reasons why this case is unprecedented. Geoffrey S. Corn, a former Army prosecutor and defense lawyer and a professor at the South Texas College of Law, explains.

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The Takeaway

A Journey From Mythology to Reality: The Impacts of PTSD on Identity

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

This week we're exploring the individual and collective experience of post-traumatic stress disorder or PTSD in America as we enter the long aftermath of two wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. But for many, PTSD is about identity. For screenwriter Matt Cook, his identity changed after the 9/11 attacks, after serving in the war in Iraq and then going back to the battlefield as a civilian. He recently wrote about his experiences in Afghanistan for Texas Monthy magazine, which showcases a journey from movie mythology to his own grim reality.

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The Takeaway

Pentagon Presents $1B Per Month Plan for U.S. Action in Syria

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Pentagon has plan for military options for U.S. involvement in Syria could cost well over $1 billion per month. And officials say that once we're involved, it won't be a short visit. Coming out of two costly, deadly and lengthy wars, the Pentagon's options may not sound all that appealing on Capitol Hill, or to the American people. Peter Mansoor, professor of military history at Ohio State University, previously served as executive officer to General David Petraeus. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the Pentagon's plan. 

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The Takeaway

Senator Rand Paul on the NSA Scandal & Military Sexual Assault

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul is backing New York Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand in her effort to curb sexual assault cases inside the military. Paul’s backing could prove critical as Gillibrand attempts to build support for her bill, which will be offered as an amendment to the annual Defense Authorization Act. The Kentucky senator says he sees “no reason why conservatives shouldn't support” Gillibrand’s measure. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his reasons for backing the measure.

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The Story of One Soldier Challenging Military Uniforms

Thursday, July 11, 2013

How important is appearance when it comes to the ability to serve? When Major Kamaljeet Singh Kalsi, an American Sikh, was told by the Army that he would be required to give up the beard, knee-length hair and turban that symbolize his religion, he refused. Instead, he fought for the right to serve while still wearing the symbols that honor his religious tradition. In 2009, the Army granted him a special exception. He joins The Takeaway to discuss his efforts to change the military's policy.

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The Takeaway

Examining the Labor Concerns in Bangladesh | Almost 30,000 Inmates Go on Hunger Strike in California | Maternal Antibodies May Be Connected to Autism

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Examining the Labor Concerns in Bangladesh | In California, Almost 30,000 Inmates Go on Hunger Strike | Maternal Antibodies May Be Connected to Autism | The Benefits of Nostalgia | The Story of One Soldier Challenging Military Uniforms

The Takeaway

Leaked Report Provides Details of Bin Laden's Life on the Run

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A leaked Pakistani government report reveals what Pakistan did and did not know about Osama Bin Laden, and provides details of Bin Laden's life on the run. Akbar Ahmed is the chair of Islamic Studies at American University and Pakistan’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the report and what it could mean on a larger scale.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Could Speed Pull Out in Afghanistan

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Frustrated with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, the Obama Administration is considering a faster timetable for withdrawal from Afghanistan with the option of withdrawing all troops by the end of 2014. Now, as New York Times reporter Matthew Rosenberg explains, after failed peace talks between the Karzai government and the Taliban, the timetable might be very different, with serious consequences for the future of Afghanistan.

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Transportation Nation

Amtrak's Hiring Strategy: Veterans, Lots of Them

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

WNYC

Amtrak wants a quarter of all new hires to be military veterans by 2015. The national rail network says it's not only a public service -- but also because veterans have the specialized skills is needs.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Tributes: Michael Hastings

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Reporter and war correspondent Michael Hastings is best known for his Rolling Stone article about Gen. Stanley McChrystal, in which he quoted McChrystal criticizing the Obama White House and mocking certain members of the Administration. Gen. McChrystal retired shortly afterward. Hastings died on Tuesday and you can hear his conversation with Leonard Lopate below. 

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The Takeaway

Sexual Assault Cases to Remain in the Military Chain of Command

Thursday, June 13, 2013

The persistent problem of sexual assault in the military has been a major issue on Capitol Hill this month. A compromise this week in the Senate Armed Services Committee would trigger an automatic review of cases when a commander overrules a military lawyer's advice to prosecute sexual assault cases. Susan Burke, an attorney who represents military personnel who have been sexually assaulted, weighs in on the decision and what it means for victims.

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The Takeaway

Afghanistan and the Struggle to Walk Away

Monday, May 20, 2013

There is a name for the human tendency to allow a questionable decision to overstay its usefulness and to stick with something when its harm is clear and the damage is evident to all. Economists call it "the sunk cost fallacy." CNN Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper's book, “The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor,” is about a lot of things, including how tough it is to walk away from a place where so many lives have been lost.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Sen. Gillibrand; Joe Nocera; The End of "The Office"; Gatsby Abroad

Friday, May 17, 2013

U.S. Senator from New York, Kirsten Gillibrand, discusses her push for legislation to address the sexual assault crisis in the military. Plus: New York Times op-ed columnist Joe Nocera on the latest out of Washington; analysis of the impact and the end of the show "The Office"; the New Yorker's China correspondent, Evan Osnos, on reading The Great Gatsby abroad; and another installment of the obituary series with Bill McDonald, the obituaries editor of the New York Times.

The Takeaway

Sexual Assault in the Military: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Proposals for Change

Thursday, May 16, 2013

By removing the case from the chain of command, commanding officers with potential conflicts of interest would no longer be in charge of deciding whether a case should go to trial.

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The Takeaway

Revisiting the Tailhook Sexual Assault Scandal

Thursday, May 16, 2013

In 1992, a young Navy lieutenant named Paula Coughlin stepped forward to make a startling allegation. She said she and many other women had been sexually assaulted at the Navy's annual Tailhook Symposium in Las Vegas. It appeared that Paula's story had shifted something fundamental in the military. But more than 20 years later, the statistics tell a different story.

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The Takeaway

Senator Gillibrand on Sexual Assault in the Military, Implementing the Affordable Care Act, Responses: Your Most Difficult Boss

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Sexual Assault in the Military: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Proposals for Change | Obama Administration Tries to Juggle Multiple Crises | Oregon Leading the Way on Implementation of Affordable Care Act | Implementing the Affordable Care Act in Massachusetts | Revisiting the Tailhook Sexual Assault Scandal

WNYC News

Sexual Assault ‘Epidemic’ in Military Says Sen. Gillibrand

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is taking the military to task after an annual review showed the number of sexual assaults in the military increased.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

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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