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3/25/2018


Stories from Third Med: Surviving a Jungle ER

Filed under: Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 9:05 pm

In conjunction with BobEdwardsRadio.com and our own BobEdwards.Info, over the next few weeks we’re going to post “the documentaries,” the special programs built to perform a deep-dive into a specific issue. Once they are posted here, the files will be made available to those two websites so they may update the existing links to the programs. It’s past-time these were available for those searching to hear them again.

Next up is a listener favorite; Stories from Third Med: Surviving a Jungle ER. This program has been repeated quite a number of times on The Bob Edwards Show, and a time or two on Bob Edwards Weekend, but it had gone missing from the Internet…we take care of that problem now. From the introduction:

Today on the Bob Edwards Show, we are going to listen to war stories — from the doctor’s perspective. Medics are sent to the battlefield to heal, not to kill. Their experience may be fundamentally different than that of a soldier or marine, but as you will hear, it can be just as traumatic. During the Vietnam war, the Navy’s Third Medical Battalion was stationed with the Marines near the demilitarized zone during some of the worst battles. The doctors and corpsmen of the Third Med recently reunited for their fortieth anniversary and producer Ariana Pekary attended that reunion to record these stories which have otherwise never been told in public. For the full hour today, “Stories from Third Med: A Jungle ER.”

As I have done in the past, I have edited together the original broadcast as recorded off of the XM Satellite Radio and a studio-originating copy, to provide the best of both. (In this particular case, you can rather dramatically hear how the broadcast programming was acoustically compressed when compared to the studio audio.) Script/roadmap is also included below.

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show Script for Friday, May 23rd, 2008: Download

icon for podpress  The Bob Edwards Show for Friday, May 23rd, 2008 [59:15m]: Play Now | Play in Popup | Download

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3/4/2018


The Invisible: Children Without Homes Documentary

Filed under: News, Radio Today, Bob Edwards Archives — Charlie Summers @ 7:47 pm

In conjunction with BobEdwardsRadio.com and our own BobEdwards.Info, over the next few weeks we’re going to post “the documentaries,” the special programs built to perform a deep-dive into a specific issue. Once they are posted here, the files will be made available to those two websites so they may update the existing links to the programs. It’s past-time these were available for those searching to hear them again.

Today, The Invisible: Children Without Homes. Bob Edwards and producer Ariana Pekary spent hours interviewing homeless men, women, teens and children – at shelters, group homes, and on city sidewalks to report their stories. These families told of the financial hardship and violence – verbal, physical, and sexual – that forced them on to the streets, creating even more difficult and dangerous situations. These are stories of survival and hope in a time when solutions are quietly debated. Social workers, advocates for the poor, and government officials generally agree about how best to help that nation’s homeless children: provide comprehensive services, education assistance, and medical treatment. In this special documentary, Bob Edwards examines whether enough is being done to break the cycle for homeless kids.

A copy of this program is in the archives on CD burned from the files in Dalet (XM’s content-management system); as I have done a few times before, I mixed the CD audio with the audio I recorded from my XM radio the morning of December 27th, 2007 so you have the best audio available while retaining the original XM Public Radio commercials/promos.

There is no script or roadmap in the archives for this program, but a complete transcript of the program is available. Also be sure to check out The Invisible Page at BobEdwardsRadio.com for another copy of this program, photos, that transcript, and links to places mentioned in this documentary. And don’t miss The Invisible Honored, where producer Ariana Pekary explains why this can be properly called an “Award-Winning Documentary.”

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