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
Three years ago, Fatima Abdul Razaq and her husband were on their way to a family event in their town in Iraq when they stopped near an American convoy. As far as she knows, it was a soldier in the turret of a humvee who aimed his rifle at her and shot her in the face.Also: an update on our story with Captain Shannon Meehan. And: This Friday is the biggest shopping day of the year. Joyce Wadler recently investigated an item that marketers hope someone will buy: a $50,000 mattress.
On Memorial Day, Al Stuart thinks of his father, an Army doctor who died just three weeks before the end of World War II. Al was young when his dad died, and he never had the chance to know him well. In 1985, he took his wife and daughter Amy to visit his dad’s grave in Belgium.
In addition to carrying a weapon, Warrant Officer Michael Fay also carries watercolors, pencils and a sketchbook into combat. Mike's one of two active-duty combat artists in the U.S. Marine Corps. So far, he's been to both Afghanistan and Iraq twice. Also on the show: a dance with Ted Danson.
When we first began talking with a young Somali, Abdi, about life in Mogadishu, we agreed to never use his name - it would be too dangerous. Today, we re-introduce you to Abdi Iftin. A few weeks ago, Abdi decided Mogadishu had become to dangerous, even for him. With the help of friends he met through this program, and working closely with his brother Hassan in Nairobi, Abdi managed to get out of Somalia. Abdi and Hassan talk with Dick about how they managed it, and what life looks like now for two Somali refugees in Kenya.
Also in this episode, Sidney Morris bought a baby chimpanzee off the side of the road in Africa in 1970.
Nick Flynn hopes that what happened at Abu Ghraib is not forgotten. Nick is a writer. He was among those invited to hear firsthand testimony from many of the men depicted in those now infamous photographs. Also in this show: The Living Brush
Two men who were present at the Israeli-Palestinian conflict of 1948 were Mohammed Daoud and Izzie Weinzweig. Mohammed grew up in a small Palestinian village, and was a young father when Israel declared independence. Izzie was born into a family of active Zionists in Toronto.