Originally published on Wed November 26, 2014 9:46 am
NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."
Lance Cpl. Jasmine Abrego is an office clerk who dreams of becoming a warrior.
She's flat on her stomach in the dirt, in full combat gear. Suddenly she pops up, slings a 44-pound metal tripod on her back and lurches forward in a crablike run. Finally, she slams the tripod to the ground. A male Marine slaps a .50-caliber machine gun into place.
Originally published on Fri October 10, 2014 8:41 am
In July, Michelle Howard made history when she was made the first woman to earn the rank of four-star admiral in the U.S. Navy. She's also the first African-American woman to earn this rank.
Rising through the Navy, she found herself being asked to do all sorts of things on top of her day job — talking about women's policies, attending evening events, essentially becoming a spokesperson for women in the military. She says during her first tour in the Pentagon as a lieutenant commander, she called her mother to complain.
President Obama is asking for a review of a government program that has been arming thousands of police departments nationwide -- including a number of South Florida forces -- with old military weapons and equipment.
An investigation by Daniel Rivero, a producer at Fusion in Doral, has found roughly 18,000 departments in the U.S. have registered for the hardware and about 8,000 have received it already.
11/11/13 - Monday’s Topical Currents is with 23-year US Army officer and Boston University history professor Andrew Bacevich. He studies military systems, and says a huge gap has occurred between America’s soldiers and the society in whose name they fight. For most, the military has become simply “something others do,” starting with the conflict in Vietnam.
In the wake of a chemical weapons attack that reportedly left more than 1,400 Syrians dead , the debate has begun on whether the U.S. should intervene. The American people now wait for what steps, if any, the United States will take in the coming weeks.
The Takeaway has responded to this call for a national conversation with special programming.
The Takeaway's John Hockenberry hosted a live chat dedicated to the unfolding crisis in the Middle East as America focuses on possible next steps for action in Syria.