Ahmed Abdullah is Dick Gordon's former fixer and translator based in Baghdad. Ahmed was a sculptor. Then the war came, and he now makes his living as a photographer and reporter. He is keeping an audio diary for The Story.
President Obama and his advisors are reviewing the U.S. strategy for the war in Afghanistan, trying to decide if it makes sense to increase the number of troops there. The Taliban have been regaining control in parts of the country. Brian Childs was there when this started to happen. In fact, he had a bird’s eye view of the war when he spent several years as a contract pilot there.
Major Ted Kuppinger is an army reservist. He is just back home after serving his country for the second time in Afghanistan. As a civil affairs worker, Ted knows what it's like to live among and serve the Afghan people. He also has the vantage point of comparing two very different Afghanistans from his deployments in 2002 and 2010.
Cleve Hicks has been studying chimps for 10 years, the last four in the Congo. The preserve where his study was being conducted was overrun by illegal gold miners last year. So Cleve and his crew had to leave the preserve and set up shop somewhere else.
Andrea Richardson Stowers was 7 years old when her father Dale left on a Cold War military mission from which he never returned. Dale’s work was classified, so Andrea never found out how he died. Andrea’s mother believed it was a government cover-up and convinced herself that Dale was still alive.
"I think about Vietnam every day." Many veterans will say the same thing about their time as a soldier. In this oral history, we hear from five veterans, all African-Americans, who fought in Vietnam early on. They were interviewed by the journalist Wallace Terry for his book Bloods: An Oral History of the Vietnam War by Black Veterans.
In 1975 Julia Taft worked in Gerald Ford's White House. She was only 32 years old when she was put in charge of a mission to bring over 130,000 Vietnamese refugees to America in a matter of months.
It was very exciting, the discussions about who should we evacuate, how do we get our people out, how do we take care of classified documents, what planes are in the region, who could go and pick up people … - Julia Taft
Servicewomen in Iraq now command squadrons, get in fire fights, fly planes at the risk of getting shot down, and witness the carnage caused by IED's. Today, Dick Gordon talks to 3 women who have served in the war.
Stories of inadequate care for Iraq veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center have been making headlines recently. This is a story about inadequate prevention: Army Specialist Jeffrey Henthorn was 25 when he committed suicide during his second tour in Iraq. Official reports later revealed that Henthorn's superiors knew he was unstable and that he had threatened suicide, but was never relieved of duty. After his death, Jeffrey's parents spent over a year trying to figure out what happened.Also in this episode: a lsitener's story about food allergies.