Rachel Martin http://kcur.org en Tiny Liechtenstein Loses A Precious Quarter-Acre http://kcur.org/post/tiny-lichtenstein-loses-precious-quarter-acre The tiny principality of Liechtenstein spreads across a grand total of 62 square miles. Now, it's getting smaller. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 54456 at http://kcur.org After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again http://kcur.org/post/after-bitter-struggle-dso-brings-joy-people-again <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86ukcgSnME0</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 13:06:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 52355 at http://kcur.org After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost? http://kcur.org/post/long-run-rebuilding-coastlines-could-prove-too-costly One year ago Tuesday, Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast, devastating shoreline communities from Florida to Maine.<p>Many of these areas have been rebuilt, including the Long Beach boardwalk, about 30 miles outside New York City. Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new boardwalk Friday.<p>Ninety percent of the funding for the restoration came from the federal government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency paid $44 million to repair the devastation.<p>Jack and Roseanne Vanderbeck love the new boardwalk. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 45856 at http://kcur.org Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost? Petraeus' Fall As Stunning As The Career Before It http://kcur.org/post/petraeuss-fall-stunning-career-it The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, the retired four-star general who stepped down late Friday citing an extramarital affair, brings to an end one of the most storied careers in modern U.S. military history.<p>Petraeus <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/31/140093537/after-37-years-petraeus-retires-from-the-army">left the Army</a> in August 2011 after nearly four decades in uniform. Before his retirement ceremony had even begun, he walked up on the empty stage, went over to the podium and tapped on the microphone. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 06:32:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 27419 at http://kcur.org Petraeus' Fall As Stunning As The Career Before It Turns Out, There Are Rules For The Debates. Lots http://kcur.org/post/turns-out-there-are-rules-debates-lots When President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney meet for their third presidential debate on Monday, there will be some rules for the candidates — and the audience.<p>In the first debate, Jim Lehrer of PBS demanded "Absolute silence!" Although Lehrer caught some flack for letting the candidates freewheel in that debate, he meant business when it came to keeping the audience quiet.<p>"If you hear something that's really terrific, sit on it!" he told the audience. "If you hear something you don't like, sit on it!"<p>But that's not the only debate rule — not by far.<p>On Oct. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:32:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 26328 at http://kcur.org Turns Out, There Are Rules For The Debates. Lots Frontlines Of Fatherhood: Catching Up After War http://kcur.org/post/frontlines-fatherhood-catching-after-war Last year, members of the 182nd National Guard regiment marked Father's Day far away from their loved ones. This year, they're home with their kids after a year in Afghanistan.<p>Spc. Bryan Tolley, 29, knows the challenges of being both a soldier and a dad. His son, Ryan, is a shy, blond 18-month-old who happily clings to his dad.<p>"Seeing his face light up when he sees Dada come through his bedroom door instead of Mama — because he's so used to his mother — it's awesome. I love it," says Tolley of Plymouth, Mass.<p>At a Guard event in the state, he meets up with his friends from deployment. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:42:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 19525 at http://kcur.org Frontlines Of Fatherhood: Catching Up After War Help And Hope, From Soldiers, For Soldiers http://kcur.org/post/guard-members-last-stop-transition-home The 182nd Infantry Regiment of the Army National Guard landed back in the U.S. last March after a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.<p>After two months of leave, however, their official transition time is over and the deployment paychecks have stopped. It's now time to get back to regular life, and for the members from Massachusetts, that means a mandatory check-in with the unit's leadership.<p><strong>From Soldier To Civilian</strong><p>For most of the soldiers, it was the first time they've put on a uniform in months. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 10:02:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 19140 at http://kcur.org Help And Hope, From Soldiers, For Soldiers National Guard Members' Next Battle: The Job Hunt http://kcur.org/post/national-guard-members-next-battle-job-hunt Before the soldiers of the 182nd Regiment of the Army National Guard came home, they were asked how many were unemployed or looking for work. The answer: about one in three.<p>As more soldiers return to civilian life, a civilian job may not be there waiting. Service members with the National Guard have the extra challenge of convincing employers to hire them when they may be called to active duty for a year or more. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 10:25:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 16771 at http://kcur.org National Guard Members' Next Battle: The Job Hunt The Army Chaplain: A Kind Of Mission Specialist http://kcur.org/post/army-chaplain-kind-mission-specialist Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>There is one group in the military with a unique role in helping soldiers and their families through difficult times. So, on this Easter Sunday, an Army chaplain describes his work helping soldiers who have just returned from war.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RICK EBB: My name is Chaplain Rick Ebb. I'm the post chaplain here at Camp Atterbury. I am one of the first people they see, and I think that's very important that the representative of faith is there. Sun, 08 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 15644 at http://kcur.org Dismissed: Military Families Reunite, Face The Future http://kcur.org/post/dismissed-military-families-reunite-face-future Back from a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan, the 182nd Infantry Regiment of the Army National Guard had to make a pit stop before heading home. Sun, 08 Apr 2012 10:01:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 15631 at http://kcur.org Dismissed: Military Families Reunite, Face The Future Home Front: 'Citizen Soldiers' Start A Transition http://kcur.org/post/home-front-citizen-soldiers-start-transition A few days ago, a plane carrying members of the 182nd Infantry Regiment touched down in Indiana. The 303 soldiers who were on board are members of an Army National Guard unit that has just finished a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.<p>The soldiers, dressed in their combat uniforms and carrying their weapons, bounded down the stairs from the plane. They shook the hands of the generals who had gathered there to welcome them home. It was the middle of the night and raining, but none of them seemed to mind. Sun, 25 Mar 2012 10:07:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 14808 at http://kcur.org Home Front: 'Citizen Soldiers' Start A Transition Candidates' (Vocal) Pitch Plays Into Appeal http://kcur.org/post/candidates-vocal-pitch-plays-appeal Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>So what does it take to win an election: A clear message, a strong organization, good hair? How about deep pipes?<p>SENATOR MITCH MCCONNELL: It's my view that the administration's policies are actually designed on purpose to bring about higher gas prices.<p>MARTIN: That's Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell who has won a few elections in his day.<p>In a study published in a British biological research journal, 17 women and 10 men recorded the phrase: I urge you to vote for me this November. Sun, 18 Mar 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 14414 at http://kcur.org CIA Tracks Public Information For The Private Eye http://kcur.org/post/cia-tracks-public-information-private-eye Secrets: the currency of spies around the world.<p>The rise of social media, hash-tags, forums, blogs and online news sites has revealed a new kind of secret — those hiding in plain sight. The CIA calls all this information "open source" material, and it's changing the way America's top spy agency does business.<p>NPR recently got a rare behind-the-scenes look at the CIA's Open Source Center. It operates on the down-low, though it deals with public material. We aren't allowed to tell you where the Open Source Center is. Sun, 22 Jan 2012 11:29:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 11251 at http://kcur.org CIA Tracks Public Information For The Private Eye Pentagon: U.S., Pakistan Share Blame In Shooting http://kcur.org/post/pentagon-us-pakistan-share-blame-shooting The U.S. military said Thursday that U.S. and Pakistani forces both made mistakes in a U.S. helicopter attack that killed two dozen Pakistani troops in November along the Afghan-Pakistan border.<p>The Pentagon released the findings of its investigation that said a lack of trust, miscommunication and faulty map information all contributed to the shooting.<p>"For the loss of life and lack of coordination between U.S. and Pakistani forces that contributed to those losses, we express our deepest regret," said Pentagon spokesman George Little.<p>Brig. Gen. Thu, 22 Dec 2011 20:05:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 9513 at http://kcur.org Pentagon: U.S., Pakistan Share Blame In Shooting National Guard May Receive Joint Chiefs Spot http://kcur.org/post/national-guard-may-receive-joint-chiefs-spot The most elite club in the military, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is set to get a new member: the chief of the National Guard. Congress approved the change as part of the defense authorization bill last week and the president is expected to sign the bill into law. Mon, 19 Dec 2011 20:00:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 9305 at http://kcur.org Report: High Levels Of 'Burnout' In U.S. Drone Pilots http://kcur.org/post/report-high-levels-burnout-us-drone-pilots Around 1,100 Air Force pilots fly remotely piloted aircraft – or drones. These planes soar over Iraq or Afghanistan but the pilots sit at military bases back in the United States.<p>A new Pentagon study shows that almost 30 percent of drone pilots surveyed suffer from what the military calls "burnout." It's the first time the military has tried to measure the psychological impact of waging a "remote-controlled war."<p>The report, commissioned by the U.S. Air Force, shows that 29 percent of the drone pilots surveyed said they were burned out and suffered from high levels of fatigue. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 23:01:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 9244 at http://kcur.org Improvised Warfare In Iraq Leaves Lasting Effects http://kcur.org/post/improvised-warfare-iraq-leaves-lasting-effects Army Sgt. Maj. Todd Burnett spent about three years in Iraq hunting for improvised explosive devices, also knows as IEDs.<p>"I can remember going out and one week I got blown up three times," Burnett says. He says back then, it wasn't whether you were going to get blown up, it was just a matter of when you were going to get blown up.<p>The IED, which is essentially a homemade bomb, became the weapon of choice for the insurgency in Iraq. The U.S. has officially declared the end of the war there, but one lasting legacy will be the IED and how it changed the way the U.S. Sun, 18 Dec 2011 02:00:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 9223 at http://kcur.org Improvised Warfare In Iraq Leaves Lasting Effects