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
A new program at Fort Bragg aims to rehabilitate wounded soldiers by putting art brushes in their hands. When Soldier Ivan Pineiro received a shoulder injury in Iraq, he thought his ability to create art was over. Then he met Craig Bone. Craig is an artist, who also found his way back to art after a wartime injury. The two men are now creating art together through the Wound Also: a follow-up with Terrance Mensah. Terrance was 11 years old when he was first on the show, and he was being bullied
Ahmed recently visited the military base at Ft. Bragg, NC. He talks to Dick Gordon about the profound ambivalence he felt about meeting troops there: how it was both difficult on one level and yet humanizing on another. Also in this episode, Matt Arbogast is a young musician in Chicago who performs under the name The Gunshy. Last year, he talked with Dick about the album he made based on love letters his grandfather wrote to his grandmother during World War Two. And, Chris Allison heard Dick's conversation with Alison Keenan about how she met her future husband, and adoptive father of her two boys, through the classifieds. Chris tells Dick a story about his own adoptive father.
On February 19, 1945, John Staples and 30,000 U.S. Marines landed on Iwo Jima, a volcanic island in southern Japan. It was the start of what would become one of the bloodiest campaigns of World War II. It was also John's 23rd birthday. Also in this episode, Michael Sweig was a maitre d' at Chicago's Pump Room in the early 1980s when one of his favorite celebrities, Richard Pryor, came in to the restaurant. Pryor was known for his colorful humor and the colorful language that peppered his acts.
In the coming year, over 30,000 troops will be coming back from Afghanistan. They will join the thousands of other veterans who are trying to readjust to civilian life. Mike Kim is a veteran of the war in Iraq. He’s been working to understand his time in war through writing. When Mike read his work at the Veteran-Civilian Dialogue, he caught the attention of novelist Matt Sharpe. Now the two work together to help heal combat veterans using the power of words.
Today on The Story, we reconnect with Osama. He’s a dissident in Syria and, like so many others inside that country, is now constantly on the run. His wife and daughter are now being threatened, and yet Osama says he will not waver.
Assaad Chaftari had served as an intelligence official during the Lebanese Civil War. It was years later, when heard his son saying disparaging things about Muslims, that he decided to repent publicly for his actions during war.
Adam Deutsch and Kelli Stout were part of that group of students who were shocked to learn three detainees at Guantanamo Bay had been dead at least two hours before they were found, when they were supposedly under constant supervision. Also in this show: Hey, Isn't That Mine?
During the Vietnam War, many U.S. servicemen found themselves involved with Vietnamese women. Jerry White signed up for the Army, and was eventually stationed in a village outside of Saigon. His first day there the platoon leader warned him about a beautiful girl named Tuyet who was collaborating with the Viet Cong.