1. Today Roy Scranton and Jake Siegel, two veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan join us to talk about their wartime experiences and the process of writing about them. Scranton explains how he coped with the constant fear of death:

I found that I had to shut down my imagination because it really turned into an enemy. The kind of daydreaming and extrapolation of ideas that I love to indulge in as a reader and as a writer was suddenly and completely maladaptive to the situation in Baghdad. The more I could imagine what could happen, the more different ways I thought I could die or fail or mess things up and it just would turn paralyzing. That’s where I started to tell myself that it doesn’t matter: "None of it matters; you’re already dead. Just get through your job."




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    Today Roy Scranton and Jake Siegel, two veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan join us to talk about their wartime experiences and the process of writing about them. Scranton explains how he coped with the constant fear of death:

    I found that I had to shut down my imagination because it really turned into an enemy. The kind of daydreaming and extrapolation of ideas that I love to indulge in as a reader and as a writer was suddenly and completely maladaptive to the situation in Baghdad. The more I could imagine what could happen, the more different ways I thought I could die or fail or mess things up and it just would turn paralyzing. That’s where I started to tell myself that it doesn’t matter: "None of it matters; you’re already dead. Just get through your job."

    photo via flickr commons

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  1. On today’s episode of Fresh Air, The Bay State Winds (Master Sgt. Jennifer Dashnaw, Master Sgt. Kevin Connors, Technical Sgt. Christy Bailes and Staff Sgt. Matthew Ayala) join host Terry Gross for a discussion about what it’s like to be a musician in the military.  View in High-Res

    On today’s episode of Fresh Air, The Bay State Winds (Master Sgt. Jennifer Dashnaw, Master Sgt. Kevin Connors, Technical Sgt. Christy Bailes and Staff Sgt. Matthew Ayala) join host Terry Gross for a discussion about what it’s like to be a musician in the military

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  1. Poetry and Fiction About War
An Army Wife Reflects On ‘When The Men Are Gone’
Soldier-Poet Brian Turner, Framing War in Verse 
Reflecting ‘Stateside’ With A Loved One At War
Poets Of World War II

    Poetry and Fiction About War

    An Army Wife Reflects On ‘When The Men Are Gone’

    Soldier-Poet Brian Turner, Framing War in Verse

    Reflecting ‘Stateside’ With A Loved One At War

    Poets Of World War II

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  1. Prosthetics on Fresh Air
The Double Amputee Who Designs Better Limbs
Wounded In Wars, Civilians Face Care Battle At Home
The Medical Director Of The Amputee Program at Walter Reed
An Open Source Approach To Better Prosthetics View in High-Res

    Prosthetics on Fresh Air

    The Double Amputee Who Designs Better Limbs

    Wounded In Wars, Civilians Face Care Battle At Home

    The Medical Director Of The Amputee Program at Walter Reed

    An Open Source Approach To Better Prosthetics

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  1. The Story Behind Taps View in High-Res

    The Story Behind Taps

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