For every U.S. serviceman and woman at war, there was family at home. Today we speak to a wife and a son about life at home during deployment. Plus, we check in with those who have come home and wrestled with the hurdle of finding a job.
Lieutenant Carl Baumgaertner fought in the Second World War along the Saar River in Germany. Like many veterans, he tucked his war memories in a footlocker and never spoke of them. Fifty years later, a series of email exchanges with his son Jim sparked a detailed conversation and a trip to Germany. Also, a film that honors service in the Korean War.
Steve Barry has a story of survival and gratitude for the American troops who liberated him during World War II. Steve is Jewish and was sent from Hungary to the notorious Bergen-Belsen camp. He soon was loaded, along with 2,500 other starving Jews, on a train. The train became stranded in the middle of fierce fighting. Steve will never forget the day he saw the first tank stop to help. The unit of soldiers included American Carroll Walsh.
Al-banan grew up in the town of Nyala in southern Darfur. After teaching himself English from CNN and BBC Radio, he got a computer degree in Khartoum in 2002. By the end of that year he was working as a translator for an aid organization and coming face-to-face with the horrors of the genocide. Also on the show: walking while working.
At 9:30 a.m. on March 5, Jim Brisson got a call on his cell phone: 6 paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division had been killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq. As one of the top chaplains at Fort Bragg, it was his job to begin coordinating the teams that would deliver the news to the soldiers' families.Also in this program: a listener reacts to our story about leaving the U.S. for healthcare.
We are all trying to make sense of the wars that we're fighting overseas. Some servicemen and women coming back from Afghanistan and Iraq have taken to writing about their experiences. Roman Baca has taken his experiences in war and transformed them into pirouettes and plies. Also in the show: Becoming a wrestling champion.
Cassio Batteast became a biological father at the age of 18. But it wasn’t until his sister was deployed to Iraq and he took in his two young nephews, that he really became a father. Also: Kat Walker is a pharmacist who helped make a dying cancer patient's dream come true.
Mubin Shaikh spent two years as an intelligence service mole inside an Islamist cell which was allegedly plotting to blow up Canada's Parliament buildings and behead the Prime Minister. Mubin lost his standing within the Muslim community for his role, and became a controversial figure when it was revealed that he was paid $300,000 for his services. Mubin tells host Dick Gordon that despite everything, he would do it again as a matter of both principle and faith.