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July 19, 2010

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The artist standing against a wall of hash marks.
Each dash on this wall represents the death of one American soldier.

In Memoriam

Produced by
Rachel Raney

In Memoriam

When Navy Lieutenant Jacob Joubert got orders to move to Raleigh, N.C.as an ROTC instructor, he was at a low point in his life. A tough, tattooed kid from a tough Illinois town, he'd been saved by enlisting and then getting married and becoming an officer. Now, years later, he'd gone though a divorce and moved to a place where he knew no one. Then Jake remembered a long-ago passion for painting. He came up with the idea of reminding people of every single soldier who had died in America's wars - over a million people, each represented with a hash mark. He talks with guest host Farai Chideya about his project, In Memoriam.

Playing For The Troops

David Lowery is more comfortable on a stage than in a combat zone. But the lead singer of the rock band Cracker left comfort behind last year to play for the troops serving in Iraq. David is personally against the war. But one of his songs, Yalla Yalla, became a hit with soldiers. Dick Gordon finds out how a left-leaning musician ended up playing his music for the troops in Iraq.

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