A decade ago, the first U.S. fighting forces headed to Afghanistan. At the time, independent producer Scott Carrier went on the road to speak to people about their the war. Now he retraced his steps to speak to the same Americans.
Pat Harris served in the first Gulf War and came home with classic signs of PTSD. She would crack the windows to find enemies and shop online to avoid the supermarket meat aisle. But while Pat was gone, her then 9-year-old daughter Patricia was going through trauma as well.
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 recently to play for the troops serving in Iraq. The singer is personally against the war. But one of his songs, Yalla Yalla, became a hit with soldiers.
When Joshua Bertelson first spoke with Dick Gordon, he was 9 years old. His dad, an Army medic, had just been sent to Iraq for the second time. According to a Pentagon study, nearly 180,000 children have a parent serving overseas.
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.
Abdi Iftin, a regular diarist on The Story, tells of his mother and sister’s situation in Somalia as they try to survive the famine and fighting. People are moving back to the capital city, Mogadishu, despite the conflict there, because it is the only place they have hope of getting food. Abdi recalls that in 1992, there was another drought and famine and his baby sister died.
We've been following Al-Ghizzawi, a Guantanamo detainee, through his lawyer, Candace Gorman. Al-Ghizzawi was a shopkeeper who was picked up in Afghanistan and turned over to the U.S. for a bounty. Now after eight years in Guantanamo, he is a free man. Also in this episode, Ahmed's Diary and diabetes researcher Ed Damiano.