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Post-Show: Coming Back from War
Something happens when you turn the microphones off, and it doesn't matter how intimate the preceeding conversation was. When the "on-air" light goes black, people relax, their tone of voice changes, and, often, something very true comes out.
We're going to try our damndest every day here to get those moments on the air ? to erase the distinction between on-air and off-air, in other words ? but no matter how hard we try I think that some days we'll still end up hearing certain things, post-show, that ring in our ears.
Today's version, from Bill Congelton, was about his sensation on hearing the recording Emily made on the day he was injured. "I got chills when you played the tape," he said. "I could hear the pain in my body just coming through my voice." And we could hear it, again, even as he told us.
From Mandy Martin we heard that she learned in Iraq to only step where she could see someone's previous footsteps. Four years later, and two continents away from the mines she was trained to avoid, she still won't walk on grass.
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