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February 1, 2019

Wartime Radio

Intimate and personal dispatches from two very different battlefields: A small town in the Syrian war. And the U.S. opioid epidemic. Each came from a DIY radio outfit. (Okay, one’s a podcast.)

Matt Chase

Note: The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. BEEPED VERSION.

Prologue


Ira tells the story of Dave, a former heroin addict who, with his friend Chris, launches a podcast inspired by the Howard Stern Show. Except it’s all about heavy drug use. (5 minutes)




Good Morning, Kafranbel

Reporter Dana Ballout tells the story of Radio Fresh, a community station in Syria that the local listeners depend on, and local militant factions try to shut down. (22 minutes)

Song:

“World War” by Narcy