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."
Nearly 400,000 members of the U.S. military watched nuclear detonations after World War II. They were told that the radiation was minimal and that they were far enough away from the blasts so they wouldn't be harmed. Bob Greenwald was one of those men. Also in this episode: a dream deferred.
Ammar Abdulhamid and his family were forced to leave Syria in 2005 because of their political activity. When recent protests began, the whole family jumped in - online - to be a part of it. Also in this episode, Mariem Masmoudi left the U.S. for Tunis one semester short of her college graduation so she could have a hand in shaping the country’s future. Plus, Selma Kalousek talks about being the spouse of a war reporter.
Paulina knows her father was a Naval officer serving Augusto Pinochet when he seized power in Chile, but she never asked him what his role was. After he died, she started looking for answers. Her search led her to Hector Salgado - he was imprisoned at the same base where Paulina's father was stationed. Dick speaks with Paulina and Hector about coming to terms with a military coup nearly 40 years after it happens.
And for this day The Story's tradition- we offer stories from writer Tomie dePaola. His books have won top literary awards for children: the Newbery Medal for outstanding writing and the Caldecott Medal for illustration.
Climb up 130 feet into the crown of a rainforest tree in New Guinea and wait. And wait. Wildlife photographer Tim Laman tells Dick about his journey to photograph every species of the Birds of Paradise. It took him 8 years and 18 expeditions to do it, and there are still a few he was not able to capture. The feathers and colors are hard to believe.