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The Takeaway

VA Investigation: Delayed Care Is Rampant

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A new report on the VA by the Office of The Inspector General confirms that VA administrators manipulated medical waiting lists at one and possibly more hospitals. The report shows that that similar kinds of manipulation were “systemic throughout” the VA healthcare system.

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Storycorps

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.

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WNYC News

A Day at the Beach, and a Time to Reflect

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Memorial Day weekend may be the unofficial start to the summer beach season, but it’s also a time of reflection.

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Slate Political Gabfest

The Political Gabfest: The Secret Waiting List Edition

Friday, May 23, 2014

Slate's Political Gabfest, featuring John Dickerson, Emily Bazelon, and David Plotz. This week: The Veterans Affairs scandal, the Republican primaries, and the question of reparations for African-Americans.

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The Takeaway

Whistleblower Sheds Light on VA Neglect

Friday, May 16, 2014

A doctor who tried came forward about service delays for patients at risk of committing suicide at a VA facility in St. Louis was sanctioned by his employer, demoted, investigated, and told he was creating a hostile work environment.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaway: Workers, Schools & Veterans Continue to Seek Justice

Friday, May 16, 2014

Whistleblower Sheds Light on VA Neglect | 60 Years After 'Brown,' What Still Divides America's Classrooms? | The Reviews of This Weekend's Big New Movie Releases | Why The Indian Elections are Massive in Scale and Importance | Wage Theft Rampant in Low Skill Industries

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The Takeaway

Deaths of 40 Vets Spark Calls for VA Reform

Friday, May 09, 2014

According to Congressional officials, as many as 40 veterans died waiting for care at a VA medical center in Phoenix. Many are calling for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign, but not everyone in D.C. believe that's the right move.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Vets Come Home With "Moral Injuries" Too

Friday, April 04, 2014

Pulitzer Prize-winning military correspondent David Wood talks about his reporting on veterans and what part "moral injury" may have played in the recent shooting at Ft. Hood.

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The Takeaway

Inside PTSD and the Military Bureaucracy

Friday, April 04, 2014

Between 11 to 20 percent of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from PTSD. Psychotherapist Marjorie Morrison knows these numbers well. She's spent a decade working to combat PTSD before it starts, but she's encountered levels of military bureaucracy along the way. 

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The Takeaway

Nearly 1,000 Wrongful Deaths in VA System

Thursday, April 03, 2014

In the decade after 9/11, nearly 1,000 veterans became victims of the administration designed to help them. The Department of Veterans Affairs paid more than $200 million in wrongful death claims.

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The Takeaway

Report: Nearly 1,000 Wrongful Deaths in VA System | Are Campaign Contributions Speech? | TX Communities React to Fort Hood Shooting

Thursday, April 03, 2014

Report: Nearly 1,000 Wrongful Deaths in VA System | Iraqi Ambassador Gears Up for Boston Marathon | The Takeaway TV Smackdown Wildcard Revealed! | Reliving Horror, TX Communities React to Fort Hood Shooting | Views from The Eastern Bloc: Bulgaria | Money and Politics: Are Campaign Contributions Speech?

The Leonard Lopate Show

Redeployment: Stories about Soldiers

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Iraq war veteran Phil Klay describes the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. His book of short stories, Redeployment, is interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.

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Specials

Reveal

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Reveal pulls back the curtain on what governments, businesses and communities are doing behind the scenes to solve problems often outside of the national spotlight. On this episode of Reveal, host Al Letson gives us an inside look at issues regarding solitary confinement, heroin trade, animal rights on film sets, and instances of sexual abuse on farms.

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The Takeaway

A Whistleblower Speaks Out Against the VA's Dangerous Opiate Problem

Thursday, February 27, 2014

According to the Center for Investigative Reporting's Aaron Glantz, the number of opiate medications—highly addictive painkillers like hydrocodone, oxycodone, methadone and morphine—prescribed by the Veterans Administration has increased by 270 percent between 2001 and 2012, far outpacing the increase in patients. Dr. Basimah Khulusi, a former Veterans Affairs physician, has come forward as a whistleblower on this issue. She says the VA forced her out because patients complained that she wouldn't prescribe high doses of opiates.

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The Takeaway

Iraq War Vets Reflect as Al Qaeda Rebounds

Monday, January 13, 2014

Al Qaeda flags now fly over Fallujah and Ramadi, two of the major conflict zones for American troops throughout the Iraq War. For U.S. veterans who fought in the region, that news is hard to hear. Marine Michael Zacchea suffered severe injuries in a fire-fight in 2004 during what is known as the second battle of Fallujah. Benjamin Busch served two combat tours in Iraq as a Marine Corps infantry officer. David Retske is a former UAV pilot who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005. Together they reflect on Al Qaeda's resurgence. 

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The Takeaway

Musician Vijay Iyer Gives Voice to Veterans

Monday, November 11, 2013

Musician Vijay Iyer is an acclaimed jazz pianist and composer and one of this year's recipients of a MacArthur Genius Grant. He has a new album out with poet/performer Mike Ladd called “Holding it Down: The Veterans’ Dream Project.” The album features songs, poetry, and rap by American veterans of color and the music tells the stories of war and returning home. Vijay Iyer joins The Takeaway to discuss how he is giving a voice to the men and women who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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The Takeaway

VA Trims Veterans Benefits Backlog

Monday, November 11, 2013

Disabilities incurred during combat last a lifetime though, and yet a lifetime is what it feels like to be a part of the backlog of veterans awaiting disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. But since this spring there has been remarkable success in addressing and decreasing the backlog. Joining The Takeaway is Aaron Glantz, reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, who documented the backlog at its worst and has watched the improvement all this year.

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The Takeaway

Philippines Devastated After Super Typhoon Haiyan | On Veterans Day, Advice for Veterans From Veterans | Putting Together the Puzzle Pieces of JFK's Legacy |

Monday, November 11, 2013

Philippines Devastated After Super Typhoon Haiyan | With Half a Million Displaced After Haiyan, Relief Effort Begins in Philippines | Putting Together the Puzzle Pieces of JFK's Legacy | VA Trims Veterans Benefits Backlog | On Veterans Day, Advice for Veterans From Veterans | Jazz Musician Vijay Iyer Gives Voice ...

The Takeaway

On Veterans Day, Advice for Veterans From Veterans

Monday, November 11, 2013

Veterans face a myriad of challenges when they return from service, and no one better understands these barriers—and how to overcome them—than veterans themselves. Jason Wasieleski, a former Army medic who served in Afghanistan in 2012, and David Retske, a former UAV pilot who served in Iraq from 2004 to 2005, share their advice for returning veterans and discuss what they wish they had known when they returned from service.

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Studio 360

Remembering Vietnam at the Wall

Friday, November 08, 2013

Last month, as part of our American Icons series, we explored the history and enduring impact of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial. After the broadcast, we heard from dozens of listeners — including many veterans their family members — about what the Wall means to them ...

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