Dick speaks with Karl Marlantes who served in Vietnam and says ever since he has been dealing with the consequences of combat. He delves into his experience as a way to explore how the U.S. can prepare soldiers for war. His book is "What It Is Like to Go to War."
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.
Pat Harris served in the first Gulf War and came home with classic signs of PTSD. She would crack the windows to find enemies and shop online to avoid the supermarket meat aisle. But while Pat was gone, her then 9-year-old daughter Patricia was going through trauma as well.
Jim Sadwith was a boarding school student in the 1960s when he first read "The Catcher in the Rye." He immediately saw himself in the character of Holden. Jim's dream had been to become an actor, and now his dream was to play Holden Caulfield on stage. So he wrote a play based on "The Catcher in the Rye"—and he set out to find the reclusive J.D. Salinger to get his permission to perform it. Also in the show: A man finds luck at the track.