soldiers en Dated Methods Mean Slow Return For Fallen Soldiers — Or None At All The agency charged with bringing home and identifying American war dead is slow, inefficient and stymied by outdated methods, <a href="">according to a joint investigation by NPR and ProPublica. </a> <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 16:53:01 +0000 Kelly McEvers 30051 at Dated Methods Mean Slow Return For Fallen Soldiers — Or None At All Homelessness, Pigeons And Life After Injury <p><strong>No Home To Go To: Stories From The Homeless And Poor</strong></p><p></p><p>As many as<a href=""> 3.5 million people</a> in the United States experience homelessness in a given year. We'll hear a few personal stories about homelessness. In 2007, Steve Scher talked with Lisa Gray-Garcia (aka Tiny), journalist, poet and founder of POOR Magazine and the Poor News Network, Neal Lampi, who was living in a transitional housing program, and Renee Gebre, then living at Seattle Union Gospel Mission’s Women and Children’s Shelter.<br>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Pigeons: Rats With Wings Or Symbols Of Peace?</strong></p><p></p><p></p><p>The pigeon used to be considered a symbol of peace and fertility. The birds were also a critical component of wartime communication. Yet, now people often consider them rats with wings. Steve Scher talks with Andrew Blechman, an award-winning journalist and author of “Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World’s Most Revered and Reviled Bird,” as well as Dave Cheney from National Bird Control.</p><p></p><p><strong>Life After Injury: Stories From American Soldiers</strong></p><p></p><p>Thousands of American soldiers have served in Iraq and Afghanistan during the last decade. Many suffered physical injury as a result. Today we hear first hand stories from members of our military. Steve Scher talked with Lt. John Arthur, Capt. Jeremy McGuffey and Sgt. Christopher Hoyt about life after injury and coming home from war.</p><p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 13:00:00 +0000 weekday 18676 at Militia Group Allegedly Formed By Washington State Soldier <p></p><p>A solider from Washington state has been charged with murder in the death of his pregnant wife.&nbsp; Prosecutors also say Pvt. Isaac Aguigui of Cashmere, Wash., is the ringleader of an anti-government militia group that plotted to overthrow the government and poison apple crops in Washington state.</p><p> Fri, 05 Apr 2013 15:07:04 +0000 Patricia Murphy 10896 at Poet Colleen McElroy On Choosing "What Stays Here" <p></p><p>In her poem "What Stays Here,"&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Colleen McElroy</a> imagines life as a female soldier who must choose between loyalty to herself, and loyalty to a military code that says "keep quiet" and "get along." Like many of the <a href="" target="_blank">poems</a> in McElroy's ninth collection, "Here I Throw Down My Heart," (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012) the poem awakens us to voices and stories we might otherwise never hear with such intimacy and power.</p><p> Tue, 26 Mar 2013 21:54:41 +0000 Elizabeth Austen 10348 at Poet Colleen McElroy On Choosing "What Stays Here"