Ron Capps served in five wars in ten years, and was left with severe PTSD. On today’s show, he talks with us about founding the Veterans Writing Project to harness the power of prose for coping with the hidden wounds of war. Plus, we’ll find out how one mother of three dealt with her husband’s prolonged absence during military deployments: by asking guests to fill his empty seat once a week.
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Veterans Writing Project
- Ron Capps has helped many of his fellow veterans as founder of the Veteran’s Writing Project. His memoir about that time is called Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years.
A Short History of Music as a Weapon
- Since trumpets brought down the walls of Jericho, music has been part of the war narrative, and the playlist has gone far beyond the fife and drum corps of the American Revolution. From Scottish bagpipes to Metallica, Aaron Henkin takes us on a short tour through the history of music as a weapon.
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Dinner With the Smileys
- Sarah Smiley is a syndicated newspaper columnist. Her new book is Dinner with the Smileys: One Military Family, One Year of Heroes, and Lessons for a Lifetime.
- Phil Klay is a writer and a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He served in Iraq from 2007-2008. His debut collection of stories is called, Redeployment.