We have followed Ahmed Fadaam for six years - during the Iraq War and after U.S. troops pulled out. This month, he moved to the U.S. with his family, and he now faces the challenge many immigrants have faced - to find a place in America.
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.
Yossi Klein Halevi is an Israeli writer and reconciliation activist. He's also the father of an Israeli soldier who served in the recent offensive. For many years, Yossi felt optimistic a peaceful solution could be found, but in the last few years, his views have taken a turn.
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.
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.