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A Report From The Field

From: Charline Spektor
Length: 58:59

A report from the field in Iraq by Lt. Paul Rieckhoff who served 10 months in Baghdad. Read the full description.

Default-piece-image-0 American Dialogue presents Lt. Paul Rieckhoff, who served 10 months in Baghdad and is now preparing to return, gives us a first-hand account of the dangers facing our soldiers, and the promises that have been boken. This is a heart-stopping interview by producers Kathleen Turner and Charline Spektor.

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American Dialogue presents Lt. Paul Rieckhoff, who served 10 months in Baghdad and is now preparing to return, gives us a first-hand account of the dangers facing our soldiers, and the promises that have been boken. This is a heart-stopping interview by producers Kathleen Turner and Charline Spektor.

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This is a very casual interview with two hosts, Kathleen Turner and Charline Spektor. They talk with Lt. Paul Rieckhoff who spent a tour in Iraq and is preparing to go back. Rieckhoff had some very interesting and provocative things to say about life in the military, what it is like to be in Iraq and his thoughts on the broken promises made by military and political leaders. This is a terrific subject for an interview and Rieckhoff had a lot to say from his very specific vantage point of being on the ground in Iraq. Unfortunately it was hard listening to get to this important content. The problem—the hosts sounded totally unscripted and unprepared—frankly they sounded amateur. They didn’t respect this listener’s time. Here’s one example. They didn’t introduce the topic or the guest—they had the Rieckhoff introduce himself—including his name and rank. A suggestion—listen to how Terry Gross welcomes, introduces and reintroduces guests to Fresh Air throughout the program. The hosts’ interviewing approach was far too casual and unscripted for such an important topic.

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