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Homeless U.S. Air Force veteran Steven Turachak checks his repaired glasses at a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on November 3, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.
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The Least Bad Options On Iran
The United Nations nuclear watchdog this week offered its strongest evidence yet that Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons. Iran condemned the report, and maintains that its nuclear program is entirely peaceful. But the IAEA's analysis renews questions about what the United States and its allies might do to reign in Iran's nuclear ambitions. Host Neal Conan talks with NPR's Mike Shuster, Robert Kagan of the Brookings Institution and former U.S. Middle East negotiator Aaron David Miller about the latest allegations against Iran and the few good options remaining to deter Iran from pursuing a nuclear weapon.
Alaska's 'Storm Of Epic Proportions'
A storm of "epic proportions" slammed the Alaskan coast yesterday, tearing off roofs, knocking out power and forcing residents out of flooded areas. The state's western coast has seen a significant reduction in sea ice in recent years, which the left cities in the region more vulnerable to storm surges and flooding. Host Neal Conan talks about the strongest storm to hit Alaska in four decades, and how residents are coping.
Why So Many Veterans Are Homeless
Military veterans make up just 9 percent of the U.S. population, yet nearly 15 percent of the country's homeless adults are veterans. As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, there are fears that those rates could grow much worse. Homeless veterans tend to remain homeless longer than nonveterans and they're more likely to suffer from health conditions linked to early death, according to a recent survey by the 100,000 Homes Campaign, a non-profit advocacy group. Host Neal Conan talks with Susan Angell, the Department of Veterans Affairs' Executive Director for Veterans Homeless Initiatives, about the progress of the department's plan to end veteran homelessness by 2015, and with Steve Peck, President and CEO of United States Veterans Initiative about the circumstances that lead veterans to homelessness.
'Where Soldiers Come From'
Dominic Fredianelli and his buddies signed up for the National Guard in exchange for a signing bonus and help with college tuition. A new documentary film follows their path from carefree teens in Michigan to combat veterans facing battle in Afghanistan. Filmmaker Heather Courtney spent two years with the group, which deployed in December 2008, documenting the families and the towns these young soldiers come from, their introduction to combat and disillusionment with their mission, and the problems that surface once they return home. Neal Conan talks with Courtney and Fredianelli, about the film, Where Soldiers Come From.