Radio Archive by Tag

Military

  • Photo Op.

    493: Picture Show 04.19.2013

    Producer Nancy Updike goes to the West Bank to investigate why Israeli soldiers routinely wake ...ChildrenMilitary

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  • Prologue.

    429: Will They Know Me Back Home? 03.11.2011

    Show host Nancy Updike also hosts a radio movie night. Her pick? The 1946 classic The Best Years ...Film/Film MakingMilitary

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  • Act One.

    429: Will They Know Me Back Home? 03.11.2011

    Ever wondered what you might do with 18 days of rest after serving 15 months in combat? ...IraqMilitaryWar

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  • Act Two.

    429: Will They Know Me Back Home? 03.11.2011

    Last summer when Nancy Updike was reporting in Iraq, Sarah, an Iraqi woman in her 40s, was her ...IraqJobs/EmploymentMilitary

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  • Prologue.

    399: Contents Unknown 01.22.2010

    On every British nuclear submarine, there is a safe. Inside that safe is another safe. And ...MilitaryWar

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  • Midnight Run.

    395: Middle of the Night 11.27.2009

    Producer Nancy Updike speaks with Specialist Lindsay Freeland of the Oregon National Guard about ...IraqMilitaryWar

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  • Be Careful Who You Love.

    384: Fall Guy 06.26.2009

    The story of a famous but not well-understood political fall guy, someone who became a scapegoat ...Criminal JusticeIraqMilitary

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  • All Your Base Are Belong To Him.

    372: The Inauguration Show 01.16.2009

    The newspaper Military Times did a survey of 2000 active duty servicemen and women, asking them ...GovernmentMilitaryPolitics

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  • Soldier Of Misfortune.

    359: Life After Death 07.18.2008

    When John came back from fighting in Iraq, he refused to leave his house. He was paranoid. He ...IraqMental HealthMilitary

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  • And So We Meet Again.

    340: The Devil in Me 09.07.2007

    Sam Slaven is an Iraq War veteran who came home from the War plagued by feelings of hate and ...EducationIraqMilitary

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  • Prologue.

    333: The Center for Lessons Learned 05.25.2007

    There's a 200-person operation based out of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas called the Center for Army ...EducationIraqMilitary

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  • Cassandra.

    333: The Center for Lessons Learned 05.25.2007

    This American Life producer Nancy Updike tells the story of Conrad Crane, the head of the U.S. ...EducationGovernmentIraq

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  • Second Half Prologue.

    333: The Center for Lessons Learned 05.25.2007

    Ira speaks with Milt Hileman of the Center for Army Lessons Learned about the single ...EducationIraqMilitary

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  • Not Just A Number.

    320: What's In A Number? — 2006 Edition 11.03.2006

    Captain Ryan Gist was given a particularly tough assignment in Iraq: To build relationships with ...DeathFamilyIraq

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  • Prisoner Of Love.

    308: Star-Crossed Love 02.10.2006

    Shant Kenderian reads from his memoir 1001 Nights In the Iraqi Army: The True Story of a Chicago ...IraqMilitaryRomance

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  • Prologue.

    280: In Country 01.07.2005

    Host Ira Glass talks to Tom Irwin, a stand-up comic who recently performed for American troops ...FunnyIraqMilitary

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  • When Weekend Warriors Work On Weekdays.

    280: In Country 01.07.2005

    When an Arkansas National Guard Unit is sent off to Iraq, they assume they're going to help ...Film/Film MakingIraqMilitary

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  • Marine Life.

    280: In Country 01.07.2005

    Rob Miller is a first lieutenant in the Marine Corps commanding a weapons platoon in "Charlie ...IraqMilitaryMusic

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  • One Son, One Vote.

    276: Swing Set 10.29.2004

    Matthew Chasteen is 18 years old. He's joined the Navy, and he's voting for the first time. He ...MilitaryPolitics

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  • Our Own Worst Enemy?

    274: Enemy Camp '04 10.08.2004

    In this election year, one question is rarely asked in a very direct way: Is the Bush ...IraqMilitaryPolitics

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  • Airport.

    266: I'm From the Private Sector and I'm Here to Help 06.04.2004

    The private security guys (from a company called Custer Battles) who guard Baghdad International ...BusinessIraqMilitary

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  • Prologue.

    258: Leaving the Fold 01.30.2004

    Host Ira Glass talks with two Vietnam veterans about what it was like to leave the army and come ...MilitaryVeterans

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  • Prologue.

    242: Enemy Camp 07.18.2003

    Host Ira Glass tells the enemy camp story the way we like it to be told. (2 minutes) MilitaryPolitics

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  • Act Two.

    235: The Balloon Goes Up 03.21.2003

    Tice Ridley is a first lieutenant in the Army. He's been sending regular emails from Kuwait ...IraqMilitary

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  • Prologue.

    232: The Real Story 02.14.2003

    Host Ira Glass talks with a Lance Corporal from the Marines' Eighth Communication Battalion at ...IraqMilitary

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  • Jarhead.

    232: The Real Story 02.14.2003

    Anthony Swofford reads an excerpt from his memoir, Jarhead: A Marine's Chronicle of the Gulf War ...IraqMilitaryWriting

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  • Prologue.

    206: Somewhere in the Arabian Sea 03.01.2002

    Alex Blumberg talks with sailor Prevon Scott, who stocks vending machines on the Stennis. 9/11AfghanistanBoats

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  • Don't Believe Anything You Hear On The Radio.

    200: Hearts and Minds 11.30.2001

    The story of a clandestine radio station the CIA set up back in the good old, bad old days of ...GovernmentMilitaryPolitics

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  • Live On Stage By The Sword, Die On Stage By The Sword.

    200: Hearts and Minds 11.30.2001

    A story of wartime, of altruism and self-interest, of believing one's own publicity, and of a ...MilitaryTheaterWar

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  • Prologue.

    196: Rashomon 10.05.2001

    Larry Keeley explains why the Pentagon wants to see things from another perspective...and how ...9/11GovernmentMilitary

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  • Toto, I Don't Think We're In Vietnam Anymore.

    196: Rashomon 10.05.2001

    U.S. special operations forces will lead the first part of the coming war we're all bracing for. ...HistoryMilitary

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  • The Situation In The Field.

    195: War Stories 09.28.2001

    For a few days after the attacks on September 11th, it seemed like we were just on the verge of ...9/11GovernmentMilitary

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  • Letters To Home.

    195: War Stories 09.28.2001

    One way to understand what war will be like is to understand what past wars were like. Andrew ...MilitaryWarWriting

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  • What Peacetime Forgets About Wartime.

    195: War Stories 09.28.2001

    An excerpt from a story that writer Lee Sandlin wrote for the Chicago Reader about what it is ...MilitaryWar

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  • Prologue.

    189: Hitler's Yacht 07.13.2001

    Host Ira Glass joins a group of tourists to walk through the captured German submarine that's on ...BoatsChildrenHistory

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  • The Wonder Twins.

    178: Superpowers 02.23.2001

    Ira talks with journalist Jason Bleibtreu about Luther and Johnny Htoo, twelve-year-old twins, ...ChildrenMilitarysiblings

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  • Upside Down World.

    139: Ghosts of Elections Past 09.03.1999

    A campaign diary from writer Michael Lewis from four years ago, about a politician you've heard ...GovernmentHistoryMilitary

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  • The Unknown Soldier.

    114: Last Words 10.23.1998

    Forty-five people read Luc Sante's story The Unknown Soldier, in which we hear about people's ...DeathMilitary

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  • Note Five. How The Israeli Army Is Just Like Summer Camp.

    109: Notes on Camp 08.28.1998

    NPR's Adam Davidson tells a true story from his own childhood. He was sent to a camp run by the ...ChildhoodMilitary

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  • Father's Day.

    92: Leave the Mask On 02.06.1998

    Margy Rochlin sees a new side of her father when, in his seventies, he becomes a monologist like ...FamilyFathersMilitary

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  • What We Were Trying To Do.

    61: Fiasco! 04.25.1997

    A medieval village, a 1900-pound brass kettle, marauding visigoths, and a plan to drench ...HistoryMilitary

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