The Takeaway

Sgt. Bergdahl: America's War-Weary Lightning Rod

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has demonstrated that many lawmakers in Washington, and perhaps others, are quick to judge whether or not the POW deserved to be freed. Vanessa Gezari, a journalist who has reported from Afghanistan on and off since 2002, weighs in.

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The Takeaway

Criticism Mounts Against POW Bowe Bergdahl

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

In the few short days since the released of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl from captivity in Afghanistan, criticism has begun to mount, both in Washington and within military ranks, over the prisoner exchange. The military and Capitol Hill react here.

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StoryCorps 375: Patriot Duty

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

For Memorial Day, we're sharing stories from service members who participated in our Military Voices Initiative.


Studio 360

Suzanne Opton's Soldiers

Friday, November 08, 2013

A decade ago, at the start of the war in Iraq, photographer Suzanne Opton began making portraits of soldiers. Instead of a man in uniform, Opton’s portraits capture the soldier’s head in a tight close-up, lying sideways on a plain dark surface. They feature soldiers in between tours in Iraq and Afghanistan ...

Slideshow: Suzanne Opton’s Soldiers

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Friendship Inspires Art Project About Daily Life in Iraq

Thursday, January 05, 2012

This fall, WNYC asked listeners for their stories about active service men and women returning home from Iraq. David Pierce wrote in with his story about an art project documenting the daily life of an army squad in Iraq. Pierce did the project with his friend Justin Wilkens, who served two deployments in Iraq. We caught up with the high school buddies in Brooklyn.

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Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Fry Edition

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens, and Julia Turner ponder the mysteries of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and explore the verbal tic known as vocal fry. For their final segment, they are joined by Slate’s chairman Jac


The Takeaway

American Soldiers' Remains Sent to a Landfill

Friday, December 09, 2011

The Dover Air Force Base has already been under scrutiny for how it handled the remains of hundreds of American soldiers. On Thursday, the service said it disposed of the cremated partial remains of at least 274 troops in a Virginia landfill. Although the practice was ended three years ago, the Air Force says it has no plans to alert the families of the troops whose remains may have been sent to the landfill.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Wounded Warriors

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Jeremy Chwat, chief program officer at the Wounded Warrior Project, addresses the unique nature of the injuries suffered by veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The Takeaway

Obama Sticks to Plan for Iraq Troop Drawdown Despite Obstacles

Friday, May 14, 2010

The Obama administration says the planned drawdown of 50,000 U.S. troops in Iraq is moving forward on schedule. There are currently around 94,000 U.S. troops in Iraq and a September 1 deadline is looming large for American officials. This comes despite post-election violence across the country and delays in the formation of the Iraqi government.

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The Takeaway

Army 'Soldier of the Year' on Earning the Title

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Every year, one soldier in the Army wins the title "Soldier of the Year" after competing in a series of physical and mental tests. This year, Sgt. Clancey Henderson won the award. Henderson exlains what it takes to be an outstanding service member.


The Takeaway

A Deadly Day in Baghdad

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Five U.S. service members were killed yesterday by a fellow soldier on an American military base in Baghdad yesterday. The soldier was later taken into custody. The center where the shooting occurred offered counseling services to soldiers seeking assistance and was considered a safe place for most servicemen. The killings appear to be the single deadliest episode of soldier-on-soldier violence among U.S. troops since the invasion six years ago.

Approximately one in six soldiers returns home with signs of post-traumatic stress. At least 140 soldiers committed suicide in 2008, according to the Army, a considerable increase compared with the 115 cases reported the previous year and the 102 documented in 2006. The number is the highest since the military started tracking suicide data in 1980. The Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force also reported an uptick in suicides last year.

For more on this tragedy and the military's reaction, we turn to Ernesto Londono, The Washington Post's Baghdad correspondent.

For more information on the shooting, watch the video below.


The Takeaway

Posted at the Pub, A Soldier's Letters Home

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

The U.K. has sent more than 8,000 soldiers to Afghanistan, but the account of one soldier, Michael Saunders, has become a local link to the war for residents of Worcester, England. Michael's been sending home stories of his first few weeks in Afghanistan to the local pub where, over a pint, the locals can keep up with his travels. The Takeaway talks about the experience with his sister, Tracy Tyrls.

To read one of Michael Saunders' blog posts, click through.

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