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A Memorial Day Preview

It's the Friday before the memorial holiday weekend, and we are excited about the program that we have in store for you. So, here is a quick preview.

As the nation pays homage to fallen service members, we tell you what you need to know about the ongoing war in Afghanistan and why President Obama has put this conflict on the front burner. Michel talks with Amin Tarzi, the director of Middle East Studies at the Marine Corps University. We also post a "web exclusive" interview, as part of our Afghanistan primer conversation, with Clare Lockhart, of The Institute for State Effectiveness, who takes us inside the Taliban and explains why they are still a force to be reckoned with.

We also bring you the story of fallen soldier, Army 1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King. He died in Baghdad in 2006, but not before leaving behind a 200-page journal for his infant son Jordan. King's surviving partner and mother of his son, Dana Canedy, an editor at The New York Times, turned the journal into a book "A Journal for Jordan." It's a story of love and loss and one that you don't want to miss.

Finally, we had to recognize that many of you will spend the day enjoying the requisite barbeques and may want to listen to something that makes you stomp your feet and clap your hands. Country chart-topper Cleve Francis fits the bill. He was one of the first African-American country artists to sign a major record deal after music legend Charley Pride.

Oh, and by the way, music isn't his day job. Francis is a cardiologist. Healing hearts and soothing our savage souls, he visits our studio with his band to preview his new album "Story Time" with a special performance chat.

From all of us at Tell Me More, we wish you a happy Memorial Day. And to our service members and their families, we say thank you.