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.
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Army Specialist Monica Brown has just been awarded the Silver Star, one of the nation's highest awards for heroism in combat. While serving in Afghanistan, a roadside bomb struck her convoy. Monica ducked gunfire to shield and treat five wounded soldiers. Also on the show: a ring lost in battle during World War II finds its way home.
Three years ago in Iraq, James Brandon was kidnapped from a hotel room in Basra. At the time, he was working as a foreign correspondent. He repeatedly told his captors, in Arabic, that he was a journalist - but it made no difference. Fearing for his life, James managed to escape the first night, but he was recaptured. Host Dick Gordon spoke with James Brandon about his ordeal, and how it made him question his dedication to working as a journalist in the Middle East.Also in this episode: inside the mind of a suicide bomber.
Jacksonville, North Carolina is home to Camp Lejeune, one of the largest U.S. Marine bases in the country. When Chris Brown got his first job in TV news in Jacksonville, he quickly became the military reporter. He covers deployments, deaths and reunions, but he realized he didn’t know the most important thing about servicemen: what it was like to go to war. Chris convinced his boss to send him to Afghanistan, a month-long trip that almost got him killed alongside the Marines he was trying to understand.
Alicia Partnoy, who was held in a secret prison in Argentina, speaks to Sean Cole about the place called the Little School. The naming of the Buenos Aires cardinal as pope has brought up memories of the country’s Dirty War, during which thousands of citizens were kidnapped and killed.
Tyler Hicks has probably seen more of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq than most of the soldiers who’ve been sent to serve there. As a staff photographer with The New York Times, he was embedded for seven weeks with the Marines. Much of his time was spent on the offensive into the Taliban stronghold of Marja. Tyler’s unit landed under cover of darkness, and the intense fighting began almost immediately. Also in this show: Jabari: Upgraded
A couple of years ago, Dick spoke with Marshall Anderson about his father's best story from World War II. It involved losing a treasured class ring on the battlefield. Many years later, long after his father had died, Marshall came home to a message on his answering machine: the ring Marshall's dad had lost nearly 60 years earlier was found.