Afghanistan en 7.21.14: Numeric Personalities, Tipping Tendencies and Botox for Depression <p>Why is six scared of seven?<em> Because seven, eight, nine. </em>Jokes like this are only one example of the ways that we humans like to assign personality traits to the numbers that dictate our world. Today on Word of Mouth we explore this seemingly universal tendency to create emotional associations with numbers.&nbsp; Then, is tipping culturally determined?<em> Freakonomics </em>investigates the nuances of tipping in the United States with the help of Cornell professor <strong>Michael Lynn</strong>. Plus, Botox is well known for freezing the faces of many a Hollywood starlet, but how about freezing out negative emotions? We hear from journalist<strong> Taffy Brodesser-Akner </strong>about how Botox is being used to treat depression.</p><p>Listen to the full show and&nbsp;<strong>Read more</strong>&nbsp;for individual segments.</p><p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 18:07:53 +0000 Word of Mouth 52304 at 7.21.14: Numeric Personalities, Tipping Tendencies and Botox for Depression Nashua Man To Be Awarded Congressional Medal Of Honor At White House <p></p><p>Army Staff Sergeant Ryan Pitts of Nashua will be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House today.</p><p>Pitts will be ninth living service member to receive the nation’s highest military honor for actions in Iraq or Afghanistan.</p><p>Nine soldiers died and Pitts was among 27 wounded in July of 2008 in the Battle of Wanat, when hundreds of insurgents attacked an Army outpost in Afghanistan.</p><p>Despite serious injuries from shrapnel, Pitts continued to hold off enemy fighters, hurling grenades and manning a machine gun.</p><p></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:30:00 +0000 Michael Brindley 52228 at Nashua Man To Be Awarded Congressional Medal Of Honor At White House N.H. Marine To Be Laid To Rest In Veterans Cemetery <p></p><p>A New Hampshire Marine killed last month by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan will be laid to rest Saturday.</p><p></p><p>A memorial service will be held Saturday morning for Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant at ConVal High School in Peterborough.</p><p>Garabrant was 19 years old and graduated from ConVal last year.</p><p>Following the service, he will be buried at the New Hampshire Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.</p><p>Garabrant lived in Greenfield and was a volunteer member of the Temple Fire Department.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 16:30:00 +0000 Michael Brindley 51302 at N.H. Marine To Be Laid To Rest In Veterans Cemetery Fallen Marine's Body Returned To N.H. <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The body of a Marine killed in Afghanistan has been returned to New Hampshire. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The remains of Lance </span>Cpl<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Brandon </span>Garabrant<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> of Greenfield arrived in Manchester Saturday morning. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Police and fire officials escorted the casket to a funeral home in Peterborough while volunteers lined the procession route, holding signs showing their support. Sun, 29 Jun 2014 18:48:36 +0000 Associated Press 51046 at Medal Of Honor Recipient: 'I’m Going To Live My Life For Those That Aren’t Here' <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Nashua man who will be awarded the <a href="" target="_blank">Medal of Honor</a> next month says the recognition does not belong to him, but to his unit, and his fellow servicemen who died in battle.</span></p><p>Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts will receive the medal during a White House ceremony next month.</p><p>He is quick to deflect any credit, and says the award is a memorial to those who have laid down their lives in battle.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 17:32:42 +0000 Michael Brindley 50904 at Medal Of Honor Recipient: 'I’m Going To Live My Life For Those That Aren’t Here' Pres. Obama To Award Medal Of Honor To New Hampshire Man <p>A former Army staff sergeant from Nashua is becoming the latest recipient of a Medal of Honor from President Barack Obama.</p><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 02:52:17 +0000 Associated Press & NHPR Staff 50726 at N.H. Marine Killed In Afghanistan <p>A Marine from New Hampshire was killed in Afghanistan on Friday.</p><p> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 02:09:24 +0000 Michael Brindley 50604 at All Eyes On Afghanistan: Elections, The Taliban, And The U.S. Military Drawdown <p>The results of this weekend’s elections, many say, will have enormous consequences for the country’s future - from the status of ongoing U.S. military support, to whether recent civil rights gains are maintained.&nbsp; But the balloting has been marred by violence, and deep-seated concerns about fraud.</p><p><strong><u>GUESTS:</u></strong></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 13:00:00 +0000 The Exchange 46222 at All Eyes On Afghanistan: Elections, The Taliban, And The U.S. Military Drawdown N.H. Welcomes National Guard Unit Back From Afghanistan <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">New Hampshire's elected officials joined the state's military leaders to welcome home a </span>medevac<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> unit that recently returned from Afghanistan. &nbsp;</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The </span>169th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> </span>MEDEVAC<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> unit went to Afghanistan in September 2012. Made up of National Guard units from New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Missouri, the group became known as "Jigsaw'' to reflect the merger of different units. Sat, 07 Dec 2013 17:36:34 +0000 Amanda Loder 39745 at What It's Like Being A Drone War Veteran <p>A full decade into the drone war in the Middle East, we’re still asking questions: what does an unmanned military mean for the future of warfare?&nbsp; Who chooses who lives and who dies? What does it mean to pull the trigger on a target half a world away?</p><p>And what is like being a veteran of the drone war?</p><p><strong>Matthew Power</strong> is a freelance print and radio journalist and a contributor to <em>GQ Magazine</em>, where he <a href="">wrote a profile </a>of former drone operator and Airman First Class <a href="">Brandon Bryant.</a></p><p> Wed, 13 Nov 2013 19:35:50 +0000 Taylor Quimby 38462 at What It's Like Being A Drone War Veteran Andrew Bacevich: Cheap Grace And The American Way Of War <div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden view-mode-full"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>Drawing on Dietrich Bonhoeffer's concept of "cheap grace," Andrew Bacevich exposes the chronic defects in the current U. S. approach to waging war. &nbsp;He explains why the world's most powerful military doesn't win and why the nation's reliance on professional soldiers has turned out to be such a bad bargain. When American soldiers deploy to places like Iraq and Afghanistan, what is the cause for which they fight? Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:00:00 +0000 32207 at Andrew Bacevich: Cheap Grace And The American Way Of War Tumbling the Drone War <p>We look into a Tumblr&nbsp; account that <a href="">lends perspective</a> to the drone war by using Google Earth. Joining us is blogger and artist James Bridle, creator of <a href="">Dronestragram</a>.</p><p></p><p> Tue, 04 Dec 2012 14:27:14 +0000 Virginia Prescott 17874 at Where Soldiers Come From <p>A new documentary follows the poignant journey of a group of three small town friends to Afghanistan and back again.</p> Thu, 08 Nov 2012 17:10:41 +0000 Virginia Prescott 358 at Where Soldiers Come From The New Dogs of War <p>When we call dogs ‘man’s best friend’, we’re typically referring to their value as companions and protectors - but canines have a long history of helping people with affairs far more solemn that playing fetch.&nbsp; For centuries, dogs have played a pivotal role in aiding the disabled, in hunting, for search and rescue operations, and for their service in police and military applications.&nbsp; After a long hiatus,&nbsp;U.S. bomb-sniffing dogs were re-introduced to the battlefield in 2007.&nbsp; There are now some six-hundred military dogs deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan. Mon, 17 Sep 2012 13:12:34 +0000 Virginia Prescott 13029 at The New Dogs of War The War Within the War for Afghanistan <p><span style="line-height: 200%; font-family: &quot;Arial&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 12pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">An inside look at the war in Afghanistan. Recently, an increasing number of American troops have died at the hands of their Afghan counterparts, raising questions about American efforts there. Wed, 05 Sep 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Laura Knoy 12201 at The War Within the War for Afghanistan