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October 21, 2008

The State Of The War


Gunnery Sgt. Joseph Murabito and Cpl. Jarrod Laureano are just back from Iraq. They spent 7 months in Ramadi as Combat Engineers attached to the 1st Battalion 9th Marines. Though they trained up for heavy combat operations, they found themselves spending most of their time removing military installations - taking down sandbags and barbed wire, helping Iraqis set up police stations, handing the city back.

This was Cpl. Laureano's second deployment. He says he had a hard time getting used to how calm things were this time around. On this deployment, for example, the 1/9 Battalion had just two casualties.   The two Marines talk with Dick Gordon about what they've seen in Iraq, and what that could mean for the future of the war.

TV Shopping

Amidst the economic woes and the billion dollar bailout, will consumers have the confidence to go shopping? Meg Favreau knows exactly what it takes to get people to buy goods. Meg's first job was at a television "home shopping" channel. Meg talks with Dick about how she got sucked into the vortex of TV commercialism and why she didn't stop customers who were bitten by the bargain bug.

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