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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The Syrian civil war has flared up in the south of the country, near the Israeli border. A group of Islamist fighters have now captured a border crossing between Syria and Israel on the Golan Heights.
 
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August 28, 2014 | NPR · The protests following Michael Brown's death have rekindled long-standing complaints about racist policing in the St. Louis area. Cops there are now becoming more outspoken in their own defense.
 

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Jul 14, 2011 — NPR coverage of You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon. News, author interviews, critics' picks and more.
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May 30, 2011 — Some of the best summers are those filled with journeys, reunions and good food — three themes that factor prominently in the books recommended by our independent booksellers.
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Jan 22, 2011 — Siobhan Fallon writes precise, powerful stories about the pain of separation that military families experience when deployment after deployment tears their intimacy apart. Her debut short story collection, When the Men are Gone, explores the emotional worlds of those left behind.
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Jan 18, 2011 — Debut author Siobhan Fallon writes about the lives of soldiers and their families in her new short story collection, You Know When the Men Are Gone. Families, she says, take the strangeness of deployment and learn how to create a new normal.
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Nov 27, 2009 — The Messenger tells the story of a man assigned to one of the toughest jobs in the military: notifying the families of the fallen. Col. Steve Beck does that job for the U.S. Marine Corps, and his story is at the center of Final Salute, a book by Jim Sheeler. Sheeler (pictured) and Beck join Fresh Air to talk about a duty that's both an honor and a burden.
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May 26, 2008 — Marine Lt. Col. Steve Beck and journalist Jim Sheeler talk about the book Final Salute.
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Apr 30, 2008 — "Never leave a Marine behind." That tradition began in 1775, and continues today via officers like Col. Steve Beck, whose job it is to notify families of the loss of a loved one. Beck — and the families he contacted — is the subject of journalist Jim Sheeler's book Final Salute. Sheeler (pictured) and Beck talk to Terry Gross about a duty that's both an honor and a burden.
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Jul 4, 2007 — When editor Andrew Carroll first read Ryan Alexander's "The Cat," the startling imagery of the former Marine's poem took his breath away. After all, troops aren't known for readily sharing their innermost feelings — certainly not with a wide audience.
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Jul 4, 2007 — Excerpt: 'Operation Homecoming'
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Jan 15, 2007 — In 2003, U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Clint Douglas was deployed to Afghanistan. He found that the complications of fighting the Taliban were magnified by odd interactions with local leaders.
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