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.
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.
All eyes are fixed on Egypt right now. People around the world are waiting to see what's going to happen. Today - Dick speaks with Ahmed Ramadan – a reporter for the Syrian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm - about what it's like to cover the protests on the streets of Cairo. At one point during his reporting, Ahmed found himself a part of the story.