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July 15, 2010

Love Letters In War

Love Letters In War

The U.S. has been at war in Afghanistan for nearly a decade. The pressure on members of the military is both professional and personal. So how do you start a relationship? And then keep it going? Chris Robinson was serving in Afghanistan when he got a note from a woman named Maggie. Turns out, Maggie had signed up for an adopt-a-soldier program through her sorority. She planned to write letters, send care packages - romance was the last thing on her mind. That is until Maggie and Chris saw each other's pictures, and then discovered how much they had in common. Once Chris was home, there was not a happy ending - not immediately. The couple, now married, join guest host Farai Chideya to talk about love in the time of war.

Nuclear Ambitions

The headlines are filled this week with the strange story of Shahram Amiri, an Iranian nuclear scientist who claims he was abducted by the CIA. It seems like a good time to listen back to Dick Gordon’s conversation with Ehsan Samei. Ehsan is a U.S. citizen, a professor at Duke University. But during his college days, he attended university in Tehran with some of Iran's brightest scientists. While he chose nuclear medicine, some of his classmates were recruited by the Iranian military to build a rocket. Ehsan talks with Dick about his decision to leave Iran, and his home country's nuclear ambitions.

Music

Petrushka: First Tableau: The Mountebank (Flute solo) performed by Philharmonia Orchestra & Robert Craft for the album Stravinsky: The Firebird

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