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War and Homeland Security: More Work for National Guard

With war underway in Iraq, the burden of homeland security has increased for members of New York's National Guard. Dozens of National Guardsmen from the North Country have been called up. Some for active military service, others to guard facilities around the state. Martha Foley talks with Chaplain Eric Olsen, from Saranac Lake, who's been working in New York City. His job is to keep morale high among the troops.  Go to full article

Another Refugee Crisis? Plattsburgh Braces For More Families

Over the last several months, the border north of Plattsburgh has been overwhelmed by Pakistani families trying to leave the U.S. Shelters in Plattsburgh and Burlington have been full since late December. Now, activist groups in those cities are bracing for a much larger wave of asylum seekers, this one triggered by a new US-Canada immigration treaty that goes into affect on April 21st. Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann to help sort this out.  Go to full article

Media Coverage of War: Then and Now

One things is certain about the war with Iraq: we are seeing it in a brand new way. Satellite video phones, embedded reporters and the play-by-play nature of contemporary news, particularly television news, are combining for a dramatic new way of getting the story. Martha Foley talks with Dan Dullea who teaches mass communications and society at Clarkson University in Potsdam. Part of his curriculum is a history of journalism.  Go to full article

Book: The Pearl of Kuwait

With another war between the U.S. and Iraq, Vermont writer Tom Paine's The Pearl of Kuwait is especially relevant. It's a surreal, comic look at star-crossed lovers during the Persian Gulf War. Paine got a taste of life in the military during Officer Candidate School while attending college. Todd Moe talks with author Tom Paine, who says his first novel is strangely timely.  Go to full article
There's little evidence of a nation at war on Watertown's Public Square
There's little evidence of a nation at war on Watertown's Public Square

Watertown Rallies, Quietly

In Watertown, the military infuses nearly every aspect of life, and people are supporting the troops in Iraq. But patriotic displays are subdued. No more flags than normal. Few yellow ribbons that were ubiquitous during the first Gulf War. As David Sommerstein reports, divisions and uncertainty may be dampening the patriotic fervor.  Go to full article

Thinking About War: Fort Drum Soldiers Await Deployment to Iraq

Earlier this month, David Sommerstein sat down with a group of soldiers waiting for war. They were members of the 4th battalion, 31st Infantry, known as the Polar Bears on the base. They are still at Fort Drum, still waiting. But with the war in Iraq underway, escalating as soldiers approach Baghdad, we thought we would listen again to parts of the conversation.  Go to full article

Pataki and Clinton Agree: Bush Aid Not Enough

The federal government isn't supplying enough funding to help New York state with its homeland security needs. That's according to Governor Pataki and New York U.S. Senator Hillary Clinton.  Go to full article
Gladys and John Walker sort through boxes of supplies bound for the Middle East
Gladys and John Walker sort through boxes of supplies bound for the Middle East

Malone "Adopt A Soldier" Program: Homegrown Help from the Homefront

A Malone-based program to boost the morale of U.S. military personnel overseas is flourishing. Gladys Walker runs the non-profit organization called "Have a Heart-Adopt a Soldier". It's a mom-and-pop program that mails supplies and treats to members of the armed services stationed in Kuwait, Afghanistan and other parts of the Middle East. As Todd Moe reports, what began as a request for a chocolate bar has turned into a nearly round-the-clock operation.  Go to full article

Chemical Plant Security in Question

The General Accounting Office has released a report saying that there's no way to know how secure the nation's chemical plants are from terrorist attacks. The Congressional Research Agency says that no federal department has looked into the problem yet. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Bill Poorman reports.  Go to full article

War Rallies Pro & Con: In Glens Falls, Hard Words Between Neighbors

Media attention over the weekend focused on the war in Iraq - and on massive protests in New York City. But the war has also come home to small towns here in the North Country. Rallies and vigils and prayer services have been held across the region. In Glens Falls, peace protesters and those who support the war squared off Saturday in a tense confrontation. Both sides say they want American troops home safely. But as Brian Mann reports, the two rallies demonstrated a deep divisions in the way people see this war.  Go to full article

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