Deb Barry of Save The Children has been working in one of the refugee camps for Syrians, in Erbil, Iraq. She says the smallest things, like an ink pen and notebook, bring a small measure of normalcy to children’s’ lives.
"A SimpleWay To Go" by Tortoise; "Toxic" by Yael Naim
We remember the Katyn Massacre, the killing of over 20,000 Polish officers and intelligentsia at the start of World War II. Anna Wojtowicz’s father perished on that plane. Also in this episode, Bob Porto is a member of the Tea Party.
One-third of the detainees currently at Guantanamo Bay are Yemeni, and one of them is Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif. Marc Falkoff is a law professor at Northern Illinois University who represents 17 Yemeni men, including Adnan. He talks about the challenge of getting Adnan to trust him, and his own journey towards trusting his client. Also on the show: Rahim Al Haj and his music of Iraq.
Deacon Holton is a Marine Sergeant who’s logged 10 years with the corps. He’s served lengthy deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan and, in a way, so has his wife, Julie.They say they’ve figured out how to make long deployments work: communication (sometimes in code) is key.
Leili Pritschet's family descends from Iranian royalty. As a young girl, Leili learned to dance. Her training took her abroad, but she returned home to teach classical Iranian dance to the children of foreigners, principally Americans, living in the country. Then came the Islamic Revolution in 1979. Also in this episode, a grandmother tests her granddaughter's lunch box for lead, and listener Linda Powell.
It’s been nine years this weekend since two passenger jets were hijacked and flown into the World Trade Center towers. Those attacks changed this country profoundly, and they continue to have a direct and dramatic effect on the people who worked on site in the aftermath. When Brooklyn firefighter Steve Mormino arrived in lower Manhattan just after midnight on 9/11, he expected devastation. But what struck him most was the silence. For the next four months, Steve worked constantly at Ground Zero. Years later he found out that his lungs had been permanently damaged from the particles in the air. Also, contributor Krista Bremer.
Capt. Shannon Meehan is one of the soldiers from Iraq who took his wartime stories to the psychiatrists at Fort Hood. But since the mass shooting there, allegedly by psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan, Shannon is now worried that other military personnel won't want to share their stories with mental health professionals. Also in this show: Newlyweds