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Wednesday September 1, 2010

Today’s show: Monica Brady-Myerov in for Robin Young.

American Troops Begin New Role As Advisers In Iraq

After seven years of war, about $1 trillion dollars spent, more than 4,400 American lives lost, and over 100,000 Iraqi deaths, the United States has formally ended its combat operations in Iraq. We hear from people who fought in the war and lost loved ones there. June Davis of Grand Rapids, Mich. lost her son Pfc. Billy Davis in 2007 to a roadside bomb in Iraq. Also joining us is Seth Moulton, a former Marine captain who went on four tours of duty to Iraq and worked for Gen. David Petraeus.

Middle East Peace Talks Resume Amidst Hope For Compromise

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton met with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Arlington, Va. yesterday. (AP)

President Obama is opening a new round of Mideast peacemaking, bringing Israeli and Palestinian leaders together for talks aimed at forging agreement within one year on a two-state solution: a sovereign Palestine and a secure Israel. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas are in Washington for preparatory talks with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. They meet directly tomorrow. Ethan Bronner of the New York Times joins us from Jerusalem to preview the talks.

Louisiana Shrimp Festival Also Honors The Oil Industry

The 75th annual Shrimp & Petroleum Festival kicks off this weekend in the small town of Morgan City, La. You would think, after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, it would not be a time to honor the oil industry. That’s not the thinking in the shrimp and oil industry town of Morgan City, which is also celebrating its 150th anniversary this year. We speak with Nelson Cortez, a longtime volunteer at the festival and a past festival king.

Bracelet Links Reporter To Missing Soldier

Nickisch's bracelet, remembering 1st Lt. Paul G. Magers. (Curt Nickisch/WBUR)

When WBUR reporter Curt Nickisch was in middle school, he sent away for a random POW/MIA bracelet issued by an awareness program for soldiers Missing in Action from the Vietnam war. The bracelet he got was engraved with the name of 1st Lt. Paul G. Magers, whose helicopter went down in 1971 and whose body was never recovered. Until last summer. Magers’ remains were ultimately identified, and last week his family and friends in Billings, Mont. held long awaited funeral and memorial services for him. Nickisch attended the funeral and tells us about his experience.

Gail Caldwell Memorializes Caroline Knapp

Pulitzer Prize winning book critic Gail Caldwell and best-selling author Caroline Knapp had a deep friendship that was cut short when Caroline died of lung cancer in 2002. Now, Gail writes about their bond in a new book. Robin Young talks to Gail about “Let’s Take the Long Way Home: A Memoir of Friendship.”

Music From The Show

  • Four Tet, “Slowjam”
  • Men at Work, “Down by the Sea”
  • The Lickets, “Crowd of Pimps in the Rain”
  • Pat Metheny, “In Her Family”
  • http://www.accidentalamazon.com/ Kathi Kolb

    Robin, I’ve been a fan since you & Barry did “Evening Magazine” on TV. Please convey a message to Gail for me:

    Gail, it’s your old massage therapist-cum-physical therapist from the West End House. I’m delighted for your continued success. Our last contact was after your Pulitzer. I’m making my way through your beautiful memoir, making several meals of it, so I can consume one & then stop to savor it for a while. I can very much identify with so much in this memoir, with being too “intense” for people at times, with profound loss, with becoming more intimate with cancer than I ever wanted to be, as a two-year survivor of breast cancer. My own experience with cancer has certainly deepened those intangibles that a good clinician should bring to the table for her patients. So much of healing is about having someone be present in that way you describe Caroline being present for you as your friend. It’s a great gift. Thank you for sharing this with all of us.

  • Patricia

    Re: The story of Iraq and American Troops, with reference to Seth Moulton, and all marines………..unless there is something I am not aware of…..I thought a marine was always a marine, never “former”. Not active, maybe, but always a marine. We have 2 proud marines in our family and that is what I was always told.

  • http://www.hereandnow.org/2010/09/rundown-91/#2 Dan Cutler

    RE: Middle East Peace Talks Resume Amidst Hope For Compromise
    Hamas murdered four unarmed civillians — two men and two women, one of them pregnant– in order to thwart peace talks between Israel and the Palestinian authority. The host and the guest on this show both repeated that Hamas’ murder underscores the problem of settlements. In fact, it would seem to underscore the problem of Hamas’ violent rejectionism.

  • Karen Klinedinst

    Re: The MIA Bracelet given to the fallen soldier’s family at his funeral. I was 14 when I acquired a POW bracelet with the name of Capt. James Warner, Marines. In the Spring of 1973 I was able to watch him get off the plane when the prisoners were released and brought back to the USA. Shortly thereafter I wrote him a letter of concern about his health and mental well being and he replied on June 25, 1973. I have kept both bracelet and letter in an old scrapbook. I have thought of him over the years and because of your report decided to try and find information on him via the internet. What a joy today I had at my computer to find much about his successes on the web! Looks as if he became a lawyer, was a domestic policy adviser during the second Reagan administration, and a family man. I am hoping as I search some more I can find a way to contact him once again. Thank you for your wonderful reporting! Karen Klinedinst, Lewistown, IL

Robin and Jeremy

Robin Young and Jeremy Hobson host Here & Now, a live two-hour production of NPR and WBUR Boston.

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Jane Goodall Plants ‘Seeds Of Hope’

The world-famous primatologist discusses her new book, which is back on shelves after some controversy.

April 17 9 Comments

College Advice From A High School Counselor

Lisa Micele answers listener questions and explains what schools are looking for beyond GPAs and standardized test scores.

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ER Doctor Looks Back A Year After Marathon Bombing

Dr. Ron Medzon, an emergency room physician at Boston Medical Center, recalls treating victims injured in the bombing.

April 16 34 Comments

Tensions Build In San Francisco Amid Tech Boom

As San Francisco experiences a historic economic boom, some activists say not all city residents are reaping the benefits.