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'The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell'

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
04/13/2006

John Crawford joined the Florida National Guard to pay for his college tuition, willingly exchanging one weekend a month and two weeks a year for a free education. But in fall 2002, one semester short of graduating and newly married -- in fact, on his honeymoon -- he was called to active duty and sent to the front lines in Iraq. During the breaks between patrols, Crawford began writing nonfiction stories about what he and his fellow soldiers witnessed and experienced. John Crawford speaks today with Megan Sukys. Also, Curator Paul Hayes Tucker and Sounds Familiar with Amanda Wilde.

05:00 - 'The Last True Story I'll Ever Tell'
John Crawford joined the Florida National Guard to pay for his college tuition, willingly exchanging one weekend a month and two weeks a year for a free education. But in fall 2002, one semester short of graduating and newly married -- in fact, on his honeymoon -- he was called to active duty and sent to the front lines in Iraq. "When the Third Division was sent home," he writes, "our National Guard unit was passed around the armed forces like a virus They were all sent home, heroes of the war. Meanwhile, my unit stayed on, my soul rotting, our unit outlasted by no one in our tenure there." Crawford and his unit spent months upon months patrolling the streets of Baghdad, occupying a hostile city. During the breaks between patrols, Crawford began writing nonfiction stories about what he and his fellow soldiers witnessed and experienced. John Crawford speaks today with Megan Sukys.

33:00 - DoubleTake
History has a way of repeating itself so subtly or so often that we tend not to notice or to forget. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the history of art, specifically in the reception of avant-garde movements of the 19th and 20th centuries. Beginning with Impressionism, which emerged in Paris in the 1860s, each of these movements started as an assault on the status quo. Each outraged the general public, and was supposedly doomed to a short, unsuccessful season. Yet they survived and thrived, gradually losing their radical character and becoming elevated in public perception to the status of "classics." DoubleTake explores this cultural phenomenon by pairing Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings with works by leading 20th-century artists all from the private collection of Paul Allen. Curator Paul Hayes Tucker speaks today with John Moe.

47:00 - Sounds Familiar: 'Temptation'
Amanda Wilde, host of The Swing Years & Beyond, joins us with the little know history of songs we didn't know we knew so well.

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