Rachel Martin http://wvasfm.org en Tiny Liechtenstein Loses A Precious Quarter-Acre http://wvasfm.org/post/tiny-lichtenstein-loses-precious-quarter-acre The tiny principality of Liechtenstein spreads across a grand total of 62 square miles. Now, it's getting smaller. Sun, 20 Apr 2014 12:07:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 46646 at http://wvasfm.org After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again http://wvasfm.org/post/after-bitter-struggle-dso-brings-joy-people-again <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=86ukcgSnME0</p> Sun, 09 Mar 2014 12:40:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 44332 at http://wvasfm.org After A Bitter Struggle, DSO Brings 'Joy' To The People Again Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost? http://wvasfm.org/post/long-run-rebuilding-coastlines-could-prove-too-costly One year ago Tuesday, Hurricane Sandy bore down on the East Coast, devastating shoreline communities from Florida to Maine.<p>Many of these areas have been rebuilt, including the Long Beach boardwalk, about 30 miles outside New York City. Officials held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new boardwalk Friday.<p>Ninety percent of the funding for the restoration came from the federal government. The Federal Emergency Management Agency paid $44 million to repair the devastation.<p>Jack and Roseanne Vanderbeck love the new boardwalk. Sun, 27 Oct 2013 12:00:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 37077 at http://wvasfm.org Is Rebuilding Storm-Struck Coastlines Worth The Cost? Did You Hear The One About The Government Shutdown? http://wvasfm.org/post/did-you-hear-one-about-government-shutdown Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>As we just heard, the government shutdown is affecting people inside and outside the Beltway. All over the country, there are workers going without pay and services grinding to a halt. But the government shutdown has also made for some great comedic fodder. Here's late night host Stephen Colbert earlier this week.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF TV SHOW, "THE COLBERT REPORT")<p>STEPHEN COLBERT: Because as of midnight last night the government of the United States officially closed for business. Sun, 06 Oct 2013 11:18:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 35913 at http://wvasfm.org Petraeus' Fall As Stunning As The Career Before It http://wvasfm.org/post/petraeuss-fall-stunning-career-it The resignation of CIA Director David Petraeus, the retired four-star general who stepped down late Friday citing an extramarital affair, brings to an end one of the most storied careers in modern U.S. military history.<p>Petraeus <a href="http://www.npr.org/2011/08/31/140093537/after-37-years-petraeus-retires-from-the-army">left the Army</a> in August 2011 after nearly four decades in uniform. Before his retirement ceremony had even begun, he walked up on the empty stage, went over to the podium and tapped on the microphone. Sun, 11 Nov 2012 06:32:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 18190 at http://wvasfm.org Petraeus' Fall As Stunning As The Career Before It Turns Out, There Are Rules For The Debates. Lots http://wvasfm.org/post/turns-out-there-are-rules-debates-lots When President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney meet for their third presidential debate on Monday, there will be some rules for the candidates — and the audience.<p>In the first debate, Jim Lehrer of PBS demanded "Absolute silence!" Although Lehrer caught some flack for letting the candidates freewheel in that debate, he meant business when it came to keeping the audience quiet.<p>"If you hear something that's really terrific, sit on it!" he told the audience. "If you hear something you don't like, sit on it!"<p>But that's not the only debate rule — not by far.<p>On Oct. Sun, 21 Oct 2012 10:32:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 17048 at http://wvasfm.org Turns Out, There Are Rules For The Debates. Lots Frontlines Of Fatherhood: Catching Up After War http://wvasfm.org/post/frontlines-fatherhood-catching-after-war Last year, members of the 182nd National Guard regiment marked Father's Day far away from their loved ones. This year, they're home with their kids after a year in Afghanistan.<p>Spc. Bryan Tolley, 29, knows the challenges of being both a soldier and a dad. His son, Ryan, is a shy, blond 18-month-old who happily clings to his dad.<p>"Seeing his face light up when he sees Dada come through his bedroom door instead of Mama — because he's so used to his mother — it's awesome. I love it," says Tolley of Plymouth, Mass.<p>At a Guard event in the state, he meets up with his friends from deployment. Sun, 17 Jun 2012 09:42:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 9938 at http://wvasfm.org Frontlines Of Fatherhood: Catching Up After War Help And Hope, From Soldiers, For Soldiers http://wvasfm.org/post/guard-members-last-stop-transition-home The 182nd Infantry Regiment of the Army National Guard landed back in the U.S. last March after a yearlong deployment to Afghanistan.<p>After two months of leave, however, their official transition time is over and the deployment paychecks have stopped. It's now time to get back to regular life, and for the members from Massachusetts, that means a mandatory check-in with the unit's leadership.<p><strong>From Soldier To Civilian</strong><p>For most of the soldiers, it was the first time they've put on a uniform in months. Sun, 10 Jun 2012 10:02:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 9666 at http://wvasfm.org Help And Hope, From Soldiers, For Soldiers National Guard Members' Next Battle: The Job Hunt http://wvasfm.org/post/national-guard-members-next-battle-job-hunt Before the soldiers of the 182nd Regiment of the Army National Guard came home, they were asked how many were unemployed or looking for work. The answer: about one in three.<p>As more soldiers return to civilian life, a civilian job may not be there waiting. Service members with the National Guard have the extra challenge of convincing employers to hire them when they may be called to active duty for a year or more. Sun, 29 Apr 2012 10:25:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 8200 at http://wvasfm.org National Guard Members' Next Battle: The Job Hunt The Army Chaplain: A Kind Of Mission Specialist http://wvasfm.org/post/army-chaplain-kind-mission-specialist Transcript <p>RACHEL MARTIN, HOST: <p>There is one group in the military with a unique role in helping soldiers and their families through difficult times. So, on this Easter Sunday, an Army chaplain describes his work helping soldiers who have just returned from war.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)<p>RICK EBB: My name is Chaplain Rick Ebb. I'm the post chaplain here at Camp Atterbury. I am one of the first people they see, and I think that's very important that the representative of faith is there. Sun, 08 Apr 2012 12:00:00 +0000 Rachel Martin 7485 at http://wvasfm.org