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Gypsy Band Pearl Django, Libya, Iraq, And Untreated PTSD

Steve Scher
01/04/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Gypsy jazz band Pearl Django and guest guitarist Martin Taylor play a session in KUOW's performance studio. They're sure to pick up your spirits if they are down. Then, we hear about the Veterans Affairs's roadblocks in identifying and treating post–traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in returning soldiers. Next, Suehil Abdurrahman, a UW student and Libyan exile, looks at his country's future and Hussain Al–Sadi ("Weekday" intern Amina Al–Sadi's father) give us an on–the–ground report from Iraq.

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Pearl Django with special guest Martin Taylor perform at Jazz Alley January 3–8 at Dimitriou's Jazz Alley in downtown Seattle. Tickets are $24.50. Call 206.441.9729 for more information.


Gerald Manar is deputy director of National Veterans Service for the Veterans of Foreign Wars. He worked for the Veterans Benefits Administration for more than 30 years.

Suehil Abdurrahman is a UW student and Libyan exile who just returned from traveling to Libya last March to participate in the protests.

Hussain Al–Sadi is an Iraqi and United States citizen. He's also "Weekday" intern Amina Al–Sadi's father. He joins us from Iraq with a look at how the country has changed following the war.

Pearl Django is Troy Chapman on guitar, Ryan Hoffman on guitar, David Lange on accordion, Michael Gray on violin and Rick Leppanen on bass. They are joined by special guest jazz guitarist Martin Taylor.

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