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
Laila El-Haddad is a Palestinian journalist who divides her time between Gaza and Durham, N.C. She was in Gaza City this December when violence broke out between the two factions. Dick talks with Laila about the prospect of civil war in Gaza.
Soldiers call it the Iraqi Crud, a lingering illness that many of them get and that some are linking to large pits where waste is burned on deployments. Dick Gordon talks with Captain Le Roy Torres about living and working under the plume of the burn pit, and how he copes with his illness.
In Ahmed Abdullah's most recent diary entry for The Story, he reveals just how deeply the Sunni-Shia divide in Iraq goes. Even going to the hospital can get you killed if you find yourself on the wrong side of the divide. Also in the show: the military is "involuntarily reactivating" troops to support the war in Iraq. Chris Higginbotham has been alerted he will be re-activated.
The music that’s loaded on a soldier’s iPod is a part of each person’s survival strategy. Jake Warga is an independent radio producer who spent time in Iraq with U.S. troops. While he was there, he asked soldiers what music they loaded into their iPods. Today we’ll share a half dozen of the stories in a series called Soldier Soundtracks to War. Also in this episode: the anonymous model blogger. And Abdi, our regular corresopondent in Somalia talks about reaction to the revolution in Egypt.
When the U.S. closed embassies throughout the Middle East in response to an intercepted "message" about a planned attack, we wondered: What kind of message? How was it intercepted? And what’s "chatter?"