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."
We remember the Katyn Massacre, the killing of over 20,000 Polish officers and intelligentsia at the start of World War II. Anna Wojtowicz’s father perished on that plane. Also in this episode, Bob Porto is a member of the Tea Party.
Reports of sectarian strife in Iraq automatically connote the factions of Sunni and Shia. They don't usually mention people like Walaa Wini. Walaa practices an ancient faith that now faces both persecution and extinction within Iraq. Walaa is Mandaean. Also on the show: giving up television and refrigeration.
The story of Débora Benchoam is another in our series looking at the effect of prison on people locked away during war. None of us really knows the stories of the men locked away at Guantanamo Bay. They were arrested as terrorists but most have never been charged, and never had a chance to defend themselves. Today Dick Gordon speaks with a woman who spent four and a half years in detention, and she was also never charged with a crime. Also in this episode: surviving lighting.
Donny George was the director of the National Museum in Baghdad when it was looted in 2003. Donny believes that Iraq's antiquities are not only crucial to Iraq's heritage, but priceless records of world civilization as well.
Stories of inadequate care for Iraq veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center have been making headlines recently. This is a story about inadequate prevention: Army Specialist Jeffrey Henthorn was 25 when he committed suicide during his second tour in Iraq. Official reports later revealed that Henthorn's superiors knew he was unstable and that he had threatened suicide, but was never relieved of duty. After his death, Jeffrey's parents spent over a year trying to figure out what happened.Also in this episode: a lsitener's story about food allergies.