May 31st Show

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A U.S. soldier from Bravo Troop 1-71 CAV keeps watch during a patrol in Belanday village, Dand district in Kandahar.  In our first hour, Captain Benjamin Tupper talks about his book "Greetings from Afghanistan", and his experience serving in the war. TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. soldier on patrol in Belanday village, Dand district in Kandahar.

A U.S. soldier from Bravo Troop 1-71 CAV keeps watch during a patrol in Belanday village, Dand district in Kandahar.  In our first hour, Captain Benjamin Tupper talks about his book "Greetings from Afghanistan", and his experience serving in the war.

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"Greetings from Afghanistan"
Captain Benjamin Tupper has been talking to NPR for the past few years, detailing his his experiences serving in Afghanistan.  Now, in his new book Greetings from Afghanistan, Captain Tupper takes a deeper look inside the lives of the Afghan people and of American soldiers serving there.  On this Memorial Day, Neal Conan talks to Captain Benjamin Tupper about escaping death, training Afghan forces, and how to win the war.

Bacevich on the meaning of Memorial Day
For retired Colonel Andrew Bacevich, the meaning of Memorial Day has changed from casual to tragic: his son was killed three years ago while serving in Iraq. In an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times, he argues that, "rather than contemplating the reality of what American wars, past or present, have wrought, we choose to look away, preferring the beach, the ballgame and the prospect of another summer." Bacevich honors the fallen and weighs in on how present-day wars will change American families' views of Memorial Day.

The Search for Silence
Writer George Michelson Foy stood on the platform of a New York City subway station, tuned into the passing of the trains, the screaming children, and the rush of traffic...and became fed up with noise.  Foy went on a global voyage looking for absolute silence, recording sounds at the launching for NASA's Discovery shuttle, city parks, his apartment, and the Parisian catacombs. He talks about his book, Zero Decibels, The Quest For Absolute Silence, and why it's so hard to find.

North and South Korea Tension
An international investigation concluded that a North Korean torpedo sank a South Korean naval ship in March. The incident killed 46 sailors in the South's worst military loss since the Korean War. The incident has raised already high tensions between Seoul and Pyongyang,  North Korean officials have cut ties with South Korea and warned the South's moves are pushing the peninsula closer to war.  North Korea expert Victor Cha examines the strain between the two Koreas.

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