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Wednesday, October 22

John Nagl on modern war

Hour 1
Guest: John Nagl

As the U.S.-led airstrikes against the Islamic State continue, retired Lieutenant Colonel JOHN NAGL argues that we need to do more to stop the extremists in Syria and Iraq. Nagl, who fought in both Iraq wars, wrote the most influential book on counterinsurgency strategy, Learning to Eat Soup with a Knife: Counterinsurgency Lessons from Malaya and Vietnam, and co-authored the Army and Marine Corps’ counterinsurgency field manual. In his new book Knife Fights: A Memoir of Modern War in Theory and Practice, Nagl writes about his experiences in Iraq and how they shaped his understanding of how warfare is evolving. Marty talks with Nagl, who is now the headmaster of The Haverford School outside Philadelphia, about his book and how the U.S. should responded to ISIS.

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The ongoing plight of unaccompanied migrant children

Hour 2
Guests: Cathi Tillman and Elizabeth Yaeger

While the flood of young Central American migrants who entered the U.S. this summer has receded, the crisis has not abated. Currently thousands of unaccompanied children from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are in legal limbo awaiting decisions about their future. Many who escaped violence and poverty at home are suffering from the trauma of their childhoods, their long journeys north and detention when they crossed the border. It is estimated that in Pennsylvania some 500 children under 18 are facing deportation and awaiting hearings in federal immigration court. Joining us to talk about their challenges are CATHI TILLMAN, whose organization LaPuerta Abierta/The Open Door, provides free counseling to Spanish-speaking immigrants, and ELIZABETH YAEGER, staff attorney with HIAS Pennsylvania where she provides legal representation for children in immigration court.

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