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2:48 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Embedded With Medical Unit, Photographer Brings Images Of Afghan War

A helicopter preparing to land in a field in Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Credit Louie Palu

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4:46 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

From The Military Base To The Marshlands: A Soldier Returns to Iraq

Carina Roselli flew a Boeing CH-47 Chinook in Iraq.
Credit U.S. Department of Defense

Carina Roselli faced enemy fire in Iraq while flying helicopters to move soldiers and cargo between bases. She never stepped foot in the rest of the country – until this summer when she returned as a civilian environmental worker and found herself having candid and surprising conversations with Iraqis about violence in their country.

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4:10 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

Helping Kids Inside Syrian Refugee Camps

A child in a camp for Syrian refugees
Credit Deb Barry

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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5:10 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

For 25 Years, A Daughter Tries To Decipher A Message From Her Late Mother

Credit Terry Tempest Williams

Western writer Terry Tempest Williams was given a gift by her mother as she was dying: her journals - three shelves of them. When she sat down to read them, she found that they were all blank. Terry Tempest Williams has spent 25 years sorting out the message her mother meant to give her.

Also in this show: Photographer Charlotte Dumas likes to photograph working animals, and spent time at night in the stables of Arlington National Cemetery.

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4:50 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Dessa’s Parts of Speech

Credit Shore Fire Media

She uses just the one name, but don’t be fooled by that brevity. Dessa, a rapper from Minneapolis, has earned a following with her song-writing skills and her work as the only female member of the hip hop collective Doomtree. In this conversation with host Dick Gordon, she talks about her path from philosophy student to poet to rapper.

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1:29 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

The Cost Of Truth

James Holzrichter became a reluctant whistleblower after finding evidence of misconduct by his employer, Northrop Grumman. He became a pariah in his field, and eventually found himself unemployed and homeless.

Also in this show: We honor a former guest, Lindy Linenberger, who survived the Great Depression and Dust Bowl. Lindy died this past summer at the age of 88.

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12:53 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Fighting For A Higher Minimum Wage

In today's show, we hear from a student who, with her classmates, successfully raised the minimum wage in San Jose, California; a golf league for Detroit detectives; a novelist who is teaching Chicago Police Officers to write fiction; and a 2004 conversation between Dick Gordon and the late Seamus Heaney. 

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9:48 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Wrongfully Imprisoned in Nicaragua

Jason and Janis Puracal

 Jason Puracal was working in Nicaragua when he was wrongfully convicted of drug trafficking, money laundering, and organized crime. He was sentenced to 22 years in one of the worst prisons in the country. His sister Janis led the charge for his release. Also in this program, Greg Hampikian, a forensic expert who has devoted himself to using DNA technology to free the innocent.

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3:34 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

Marching On Washington: A Photographer, A Minister, A Student, A Ranger

A woman at the March on Washington
Credit David Johnson/ Library of Congress

By the morning of Aug. 28, 1963, Naomi Moore, Jurgen Ahler, David Johnson and Gunny Gundrum had traveled to the heart of Washington D.C. – some from across town, others from across the country – for an event that none of them would forget.

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2:35 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Diary Of A Bad Year: A War Correspondent’s Dilemma

Kelly McEvers
Credit Glen Carey

In early 2011, NPR's Kelly McEvers started to see things in slow motion. She cried unpredictably. She was a correspondent in the turbulent Middle East, in the time of the Arab uprisings. Colleagues and friends were being kidnapped. Some were getting killed.

But still, she went toward the story. The next year, 2012, was the deadliest year on record for journalists. It was a huge hit to the "tribe" of war correspondents of which Kelly is a part. These are people who choose to go into conflict, to put themselves at risk. But they also enjoy the role, the adrenaline, the life. Some of them, like Kelly, have children.

As she reported in dangerous places like Bahrain, Yemen, and Syria, she braved gunfire, explosions, and tear gas, recording diaries the whole time. She also turned her reporting skills on her own life, seeking advice from doctors, scientists, and colleagues. Her goal was to answer one question: Why do otherwise intelligent people risk their lives when they don't have to?

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