"Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War" (Encore Presentation)
On this installment of ST, on the eve of the Fourth of July, we replay an interview from last year with the Denver-based journalist and nonfiction author Helen Thorpe, whose writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Texas Monthly, and elsewhere. Thorpe's first book, 2009's widely acclaimed "Just Like Us," tellingly profiled the lives of three young Latinas living in the United States. And in the summer of 2014, in the show we're replaying today, she spoke with us about her second book, "Soldier Girls: The Battles of Three Women at Home and at War." This work, given a starred review in Kirkus, takes a close look at three female veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. In doing so, it explores the overlapping yet distinct effects of active duty on these three soldiers' lives, relationships, careers, friends, children, and futures. You can learn more about this show -- and can listen to an on-demand, free mp3 "stream" of it -- here.