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Vijay Iyer Mixes Music with the Voices of Veterans

Friday, November 01, 2013

Acclaimed musician Vijay Iyer was recently named a MacArthur Fellow, in part, for his contributions to changing conceptions of modern-day jazz. Now, he's expanded his artistry through a new collaborative project with veterans returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In the new album, "Holding It Down: The ...

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The Takeaway

Burn Pits Leave Lasting Mark on Soldiers' Health

Thursday, October 31, 2013

For some time now, doctors have seen an alarming number of veterans return from the front lines with respiratory diseases and rare forms of cancer-- and it may have to do with the way the military is getting rid of its garbage. Congressman Tim Bishop, a Democrat from New York, is one of the legislators behind a bipartisan effort to regulate the military's use of burn pits. Katie Drummond, science editor for the news site The Verge, recently investigated how these burn pits have made soldiers sick and how the Department of Defense and the VA are doing little to help them.

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Specials

Reveal

Friday, October 04, 2013

Reveal is a new investigative program from the The Center for Investigative Reporting and PRX. In this pilot: an exclusive story about the volume and impact stemming from the VA's over-prescripton of opiates to addicted veterans; the attorney behind many of the worst for-profit charities; bodycams for cops; and how one reporter helped one man prove his brother had been abused at a state mental facility. Hosted by Al Letson from State of the Re:Union and WJCT, Jacksonville.

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Studio 360

American Icons: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Friday, October 04, 2013

How do you memorialize a war that was more tragic than triumphant? Inscribed with the name of every fallen soldier, Maya Lin’s granite wall became a sacred place for veterans. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Chris Matthews; Mariusz Kwiecien on "Eugene Onegin; Soldiers at Home; Reddit Co-founder Alexis Ohanian

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Between the looming fiscal cliff, a government shutdown, and ideological differences, relationship between President Obama and the Speaker of the House John Boehner has been rocky for months. On today’s show: Hardball host Chris Matthews talks about how President Reagan and House Speaker Tip O’Neill worked together throughout the 1980s. Baritone Mariusz Kwiecien on singing the title role in the Metropolitan Opera’s production of “Eugene Onegin.” David Finkel shares stories of being embedded with an infantry battalion in Iraq—and again when they returned home. Alexis Ohanian, co-founder of Reddit, suggests ways to use the power of the Web to do good in the world.

The Takeaway

CIR: Vets Dangerously Over Medicated by VA

Monday, September 30, 2013

According to a new report from the Center for Investigative Reporting, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been over medicating veterans, which feeds addictions and contributes to a fatal overdose rate among VA patients. Joining us to discuss this is Aaron Glantz, a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

New Research on Traumatic Brain Injury

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Dr. Charles Wilkinson explains how traumatic brain injuries caused by bomb blasts can lead to hormonal disorders, and how this finding might impact the way military veterans with head traumas are treated. He was the lead researcher in a study conducted by the Veterans Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System and the University of Washington.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Last of the Doughboys

Friday, August 30, 2013

Richard Rubin talks about finding and interviewing living American World War I veterans, aged 101 to 113, to capture their life stories before they died. The Last of the Doughboys is his decade-long odyssey to recover the stories of a forgotten generation and their experience in the Great War

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WNYC News

Loss of Holliswood Means Loss of Inpatient Program for Vets, Families

Monday, August 19, 2013

The closure of Holliswood Hospital in Queens also means the loss of an innovative inpatient program to treat veterans from around the country and their families.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Asking the Veterans

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Tom Tarantino, chief policy officer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, reports on the 2013 survey of IAVA members and what issues the veterans are facing. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Veteran Issues; NYPD On Tape; Jane Austen Super Fans

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

WNYC politics reporter Brigid Bergin talks about the Campaign Finance Board’s decision to prohibit mayoral candidate John Liu from receiving public matching funds, and what that means for his campaign. Plus: Kelly McEvers, NPR’s Beirut bureau chief, discusses her reporting in Syria; Tom Tarantino of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America talks about its 2013 veterans survey and the issues veterans face; Village Voice writer and author Graham Rayman on his new book The NYPD Tapes: A Shocking Story of Cops, Cover-Ups, and Courage; and a story about super passionate fans of Jane Austen and what it says about fanatics in general. 

The Takeaway

Caregiver to an Injured Veteran: 'I Feel Like I've Been Drafted'

Friday, July 26, 2013

About 95 percent of troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan survive. But upon returning home, many have grappled with an entirely new reality that can include a traumatic brain injury, missing limbs, and hearing loss. Valerie Brown has seen her life turned upside down after her son, Sergeant John Barnes, suffered a traumatic brain injury and partial paralysis while serving in Iraq. She is now his sole caregiver.

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State of the Re:Union

State of the Re:Union: Stories of Veterans Returning from War

Saturday, July 06, 2013

Broadcast times: Saturday at 6am on 93.9FM, 2pm on AM820. Sunday at 7am and 8pm on AM820.

More than two million veterans have come home so far from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. For returning veterans, reintegrating into society can be a challenge. How do you find your place, when you’ve changed and the people you love don’t recognize you? When that old life is gone and you have to start a new one from scratch. In this hour State of the Re:Union explores reintegration and asks the question: how do you come back home from war?

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Transportation Nation

Amtrak's Hiring Strategy: Veterans, Lots of Them

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

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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 Brian Lehrer Show

Vietnam Vets Oral History

Monday, June 17, 2013

Philip F. Napoli, assitant professor of history at Brooklyn College and the author of Bringing It All Back Home: An Oral History of New York City's Vietnam Veterans (Hill and Wang, 2013)goes beyond the image of the damaged Vietnam veteran, gathering stories from veterans, many of whom went onto careers in public service.

→ EVENTBook Launch and Author Talk with Philip F. Napioli, Saturday June 22, from 2pm tp 4pm at the Brooklyn Historical Society's Othmer Library. 

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WNYC News

Veterans' Swimming Program Helps With Physical, Mental Barriers

Thursday, June 06, 2013

“When you feel yourself getting stronger physically, you feel stronger mentally. You feel empowered, you don’t feel like a victim, now you feel like a victor.”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Last of the Doughboys

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Richard Rubin talks about finding and interviewing living American World War I veterans, aged 101 to 113, to capture their life stories before they died. The Last of the Doughboys is his decade-long odyssey to recover the stories of a forgotten generation and their experience in the Great War

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The Takeaway

Author and Veteran Kevin Powers Reflects on Memorial Day

Monday, May 27, 2013

From Erich Maria Remarque's "All Quiet on the Western Front" to Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried," the combat novel takes its readers right into the action, into the horrors of war. With his recent novel "The Yellow Birds," author and veteran Kevin Powers does for Iraq what Remarque did for World War I and O'Brien did for Vietnam. On this Memorial Day, Powers reflects on his fellow veterans, and the military personnel still serving today.

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The Takeaway

Author and Veteran Kevin Powers, 40 Years Later: The Watergate Hearings, "Arrested Development" Returns

Monday, May 27, 2013

40 Years Later: The Watergate Hearings | The Return of "Arrested Development" | The Post-Sandy Recovery of New York and New Jersey's Coastlines | Author and Veteran Kevin Powers Reflects on Memorial Day | Have the Boy Scouts Gone Far Enough? | Intense Rioting and Unrest in Sweden | A Plaza Towers Elementary School Teacher on Moving Forward

WNYC News

Homeless Women Vets Face Tougher Struggles

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Homelessness among female veterans is on the rise in the United States, even as the overall rate of homelessness among veterans is going down.

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