StoryCorps: A soldier returns from Iraq

Jul 20, 2015

Ryan Garrett joined the military right out of high school. His sister, Samantha, asks him about what it was like leaving​​ home for the first time to serve in Iraq, and ​the ​​difficulties of adjusting ​after he returned. During this StoryCorps conversation, Samantha gets to know a brother she hardly knew but greatly admired.

Supersurvivors - Growing from Adversity

Sep 11, 2014


M.W. Benutzer

Free pot for petition signers…  US House says banks should be able to work with dispensaries… Events canceled... Gambling and cannabis don’t mix in Nevada… and more


San Jose advocates giving away grass to petition signers // SF Weekly      Give-away is an attempt to qualify a referendum on the ballot that would overturn strict zoning regulations for dispensaries.

Your Call: Veterans and Post-traumatic stress disorder

Apr 11, 2014

Smaller school buffers considered in San Francisco…  E-cigs treated like tobacco in two Bay Area counties… Local cultivation bans upheld by CA Supreme Court… Cannabis endorsed for MS treatment… and more.

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Teaching Mindfulness to At-Risk Kids

Mar 13, 2014


How can mindfulness training address the negative effects of growing up in poverty? City Visions talks with educators and researchers about an innovative program at Stanford that is helping kids address stress through mindfulness and yoga.


After serving time in the Air Force, Nathan Baxter, an African American man from Pennsylvania, ended up in the South in the 1960s. Baxter learned a lot of lessons during and after his service – one of which was how difficult it could be to be a black man in the South at that time. He stopped by mobile Storycorps booth in Oakland to share some never-told experiences with his descendants.

Judy Silber

Nathan and Lesley Keith met on a military base in Kuwait, in 2006. They’re both Navy veterans, and together they served for a cumulative 27 years. In many ways, they’re well-adjusted, regular people. And on the surface they lead regular lives. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll find that the Keiths are in the middle of a serious struggle. It started in 2006, just after they came back from Kuwait.

A combat veteran and a veteran of the streets deal with PTSD

Nov 11, 2013
Nigel Poor

KALW has partnered with radio producers inside California's oldest prison to bring you the San Quentin Prison Report, a series of stories focusing on the experiences of these men, written and produced by those living inside the prison's walls.

Many veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder --  a type of anxiety disorder that can occur after you have seen or experienced a traumatic event. About 30% of Iraq and Afghanistan vets treated by the VA are diagnosed with PTSD, but PTSD is not just a veterans’ issue. Today we’ll hear from a former marine who survived the trauma of military warfare and a man who survived the trauma and violence that came with growing up in San Francisco’s inner city. Both men are serving time at San Quentin State Prison. Even though they come from different backgrounds, their experiences with PTSD are similar.

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First fine issued to rogue dispensaries in L.A… Eight tons of pot found in San Diego tunnel… Map: compare legal and illegal cannabis prices… The Top 50 Most Influential Marijuana Users… and more.


Since 2001, about 2.5 million people have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan, at least a third of them more than once. When they return, many veterans need long term physical and mental care. But they often don't get it.

The Ripple Effects of PTSD

May 13, 2013

What veterans have seen at war doesn’t just affect them – it also affects the people around them. Journalist Mac McClelland has been reporting on how Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) affects families and how they cope when very little treatment is available. KALW’s Casey Miner interviews McClelland about her recent article in Mother Jones magazine titled, “Is PTSD contagious?” 

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(ASA) // The US House of Representatives was  presented with updated legislation yesterday calling for cannabis to be reclassified for medical use. US Representative Sam Farr, from California’s Central Coast, is a lead sponsor. The bill is substantially the same as one previously introduced by recently retired US Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts.

On today's Your Call, we’ll have a conversation with Kirby Dick, director the documentary "The Invisible War." The film shines a spotlight on widespread rape and assault in the military. Eighty percent of assault cases go unreported. How are these men and women dealing with their trauma? Join us at 10am PST or leave a comment here. The film is a call to action. What will it take to hold perpetrators accountable? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


Ariana Klay, former Marine Officer

Kirby Dick, director of The "Invisible War"

The scars inside: An Iraqi refugee opens up about PTSD

Apr 3, 2012

Over the past decade, California has resettled more Middle Eastern refugees than any other state in the country. In Northern California, Santa Clara County in the South Bay is a resettlement hub for Middle Eastern refugees – more than 1,300 moved there since 2006. About one out of three of those refugees are from Iraq. And most have seen or suffered through violence related to the war.

A war at home: a soldier’s mission against PTSD

Mar 20, 2012

Jeremy Profitt lives with his family in an East Bay suburb about 45 minutes outside of Oakland. He’s in his weekend uniform when he greets me at his door: white t-shirt, jean shorts, flip-flops.

They’ve just moved in, and his wife is unpacking the kitchen as Profitt picks up his baby daughter, Reiland. He gently cradles her in his lap as he starts to tell me his story.

“It felt gratifying,” Profitt says of his time in service. “I felt I was able to do my part.”

How does a comic deal with personal tragedy? On this week's Out in the Bay, hosts Marilyn Pittman and Eric Jansen play excerpts from Marilyn's solo show, "It's All the Rage," about her parents’ 1997 murder-suicide, and talk about rage, PTSD, gender roles, and how humor, friends and her wife helped her survive.