Mar 1, 2002
Life aboard the USS John C. Stennis, an aircraft carrier that was stationed in the Arabian Sea and supported bombing missions over Afghanistan. Only a few dozen people on board actually fly jets. It takes the rest of the crew — over 5,000 people — to keep them in the air. This American Life producers visited the Stennis in 2002, about six weeks into its deployment. The hour is devoted to this one story.
- Ira and Wendy talk with sailors named Summer, Melissa and Jason about how rumors spread aboard the Stennis. The top brass learn of these conversations, and give the producers heat for trying to find salacious stories. A public affairs officer steers Ira to interview a sailor named Kevin. It turns out Kevin chose the Navy over jail time.