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‘After War’ Upends the Image of the Heroic Wounded Vet

Posted on · Americans soldiers severely injured in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq often face an uphill battle rebuilding their lives while recovering at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. To get a better sense of this struggle, Rice University anthropologist Zoe Wool spent a year at Walter Reed getting to know many of these soldiers and their […]

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Houston Museum Home to Vintage Military Aircraft

Posted on · The Texas Flying Legends Museum recently launched five WWII warbirds for a 2,200-mile journey to perform overseas. These trips are part of the museum's broader mission to honor war veterans. Houston Matters' Maggie Martin recently visited the museum at Ellington Airport as pilots were preparing to take off. The warbirds are expected to return to […]

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Houston Photographer Captures Hidden Worlds From World War I

Posted on · When we think of the brutal warfare of World War I, we tend to think of the 9 million soldiers and 7 million civilians dead, of infantrymen waging war with guns and grenades, hiding in muddy trenches above ground, of chemical weapons being used for the first time in warfare. But there were also cavernous […]

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Why is Houston A Top Destination for the World’s Refugees?

Posted on · According to the Refugee Resettlement Program of Texas, last year the Lone Star state took in more than seven thousand refugees; more than two thousand found their way to Houston. Such refugees, persecuted in their homeland, have been given legal entrance to the United States. They come from homes they didn’t really want to leave, […]

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Houston Group Re-Enacts War of the Worlds Broadcast on 75th Anniv.

Posted on · On Oct. 30, 1938 — 75 years ago — Orson Welles and his Mercury Theatre of the Air presented a radio adaptation of H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Most of the broadcast was presented as a series of simulated news bulletins, so convincing that, as the story of an alien invasion by Martians […]

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Houstonians Weigh In On Syria

Posted on · President Obama addressed the nation on Tuesday night, Sept. 10, to again make his case for targeted military action in response to last month's deadly chemical attack in Syria, which killed more than a thousand people, including hundreds of children. The President described how, without a response, the Assad government, and other tyrants will commit […]