Shooting at Fort Hood Stuns Army, Nation

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Friday, November 06, 2009

Shooting at Fort Hood Stuns Army, Nation

Thirteen people are dead and 31 injured after a soldier went on a shooting spree at Fort Hood in Texas. The Army base was locked down for much of the afternoon as authorities tried to determine the series of events that lead the suspected shooter, Army psychiatrist Major Nadal Malik Hasan, to open fire on his colleagues. Hasan was injured after being shot by another soldier.

To help unravel the story, we talk to Olga Peña, managing editor of the Killeen Daily Herald, who has been covering the story. For a soldier's perspective, we speak with Naveed Ali Shah, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Army who was stationed at Fort Hood from 2008 to 2009, and whose wife and son are still there. Shah is, himself, Muslim; he joined us from Iraq. We also spoke with Andrew Pomerantz, a professor of psychiatry at Dartmouth University, who has worked with veterans with PTSD for 35 years.

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Congressional Reaction to Ft. Hood, Health Care

Our own Todd Zwillich joins us from Washington to discuss how Congress reacted to initial news of the Fort Hood shootings, and to look ahead to Saturday's scheduled vote in the House on health care reform.

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Is Fired the New Retired?

The latest unemployment numbers are out, and as expected they rose. The unemployment rate is now at 10.2 percent, and 190,000 jobs were lost in October. The numbers are surprising and reveal that the recovery on Wall Street is not reaching most of America. But buried in those data are startling numbers of older workers who are being hit hard by the rise in unemployment. Louise Story, business reporter for the The New York Times, brings us the story. The Takeaway's correspondent Femi Oke went to the New York State Labor Office yesterday to talk to older workers among the job hunters there.


American Muslim Reaction to Shooting at Fort Hood

Major Nidal Malik Hasan is the alleged shooter in the rampage at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas; 13 people are dead and 31 injured. The suspected shooter is an American soldier, a psychiatrist and Muslim. He had told relatives that he had been harassed for being a Muslim during his military career. To discuss how the Muslim community is reacting to the news we speak to Ibrahim Hooper, with the Council on American-Islamic Relations.


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Unfolding Details on Fort Hood Shooting

New details are emerging this morning out of Fort Hood, in Texas, where an army psychiatrist has allegedly killed 13 people and injured 31 during a shooting rampage. Major Nidal Malik Hasan is alive but injured after being shot by a civilian officer. We're joined by Ericka Aguilar, KUT reporter in Fort Hood. Matthew Cassese was stationed at Fort Hood in 2007 and 2008. He remembers a base that was safe, but says soldiers were frequently in trouble for drunken driving. We also talk to Detective First Grade Nick Casale, a former director of counterterrorism for New York City's subway system, about what is involved in a complex criminal investigation.

Here is a press conference from yesterday outside of Fort Hood. This clip shows how confusing it can be during a criminal investigation to get the facts straight. Yesterday they thought it was up to three shooters, one of whom died. Today we know it was one shooter, who is alive, but in critical condition:


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Dem. Rep. Jim Clyburn on Ft. Hood, Health Care Plan

Yesterday, we spoke with House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.,) about the Republican plan for health care reform. Today we talk with House Majority Whip Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.), who has just one more day to line up votes for the House Democrats' health care reform plan. Ahead of Saturday's expected vote, he joins us for a look at what's in and what's out in the Democrats' bill.

Rep. Clyburn also gives us his thoughts on the shooting in Fort Hood, Texas. (click through for a full interview transcript)

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Press Conference From Fort Hood

A press conference at Fort Hood Army Base in Texas answers some of the questions stemming from yesterday's tragic shooting on the base. Major Nidal Malik Hasan, an army psychiatrist, is suspected of gunning down his colleagues, killing 13 and wounding at least 30. Officials say Hasan walked into a military compound with two guns and opened fire yesterday afternoon. He was shot and is in critical condition. We also speak with Dr. Brian Aldred, the medical director at the Emergency Center at the Seton Hospital near Fort Hood, Texas, about his hospital's response to the tragedy. Finally, we speak with Olga Pena, the managing editor of the Killeen Daily Herald, who has been following this story.

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Update Live From Fort Hood

Chris Haug is the chief of media relations at Fort Hood, Texas. He tells us how the Army base is trying to recover a degree of normalcy after yesterday's tragic shooting. The base will be marking the event with a moment of silence while the details of the tragedy continue to emerge.

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From Print to Screen: The Evolution of 'Precious'

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Psychological and Religious Reactions to Fort Hood Shootings

As the nation learns the details of the shooting on the Army base in Fort Hood, Texas, reactions are pouring in. To sort through the reactions we speak with Kate Dailey, health and lifestyle editor for; our own Ibrahim Abdul-Matin on local Muslim reaction to the shooting allegedly by a Muslim soldier; and Ibrahim Hooper of the Council on American-Islamic Relations.

Here is President Obama's reaction to the tragedy:

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The Psychology of Stress

Angela Huebner is an associate professor in the Department of Human Development's Marriage and Family program at Virginia Tech. She just completed a study on multiple deployments and the affect on military families. As an expert on stress in the military, she talks about how stress can affect both families and military psychiatrists.


The Military on the Silver Screen

While the tragic shooting at Fort Hood, Texas, has captured the nation's attention today, the military has long been an interest for Hollywood. We look at two upcoming releases that address loss and life for military families. Newsday film critic Rafer Guzman talks us through "Brothers" and "The Messenger" as well as the recently released film "The Hurt Locker."

Here's the trailer for "Brothers," which features Natalie Portman, Jake Gyllenhall and Tobey Maguire. Click through for the preview of "The Messenger":

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Military Stress in the Wake of Fort Hood Shootings

Army psychiatrist Major Nidal Malik Hasan is in custody in the hospital after allegedly opening fire on the Army base in Fort Hood, Texas. He killed 13 of his fellow soldiers and injured at least 30 others. The reasons behind the attack are still unknown, but the tragedy will undoubtedly have a lasting affect on the families stationed at Fort Hood.

We speak to Olga Peña, managing editor of the Killeen Daily Herald, for local reactions to the shooting. Andrew Pomerantz, associate professor psychiatry at Dartmouth Medical School, who works with soldiers recovering from post-traumatic stress, also joins us, along with Angela Huebner, associate professor in the Department of Human Development's Marriage and Family program at Virginia Tech. The three discuss the psychological effects of stress on military personnel and their families.


Profile of the Alleged Fort Hood Shooter

What drives a man, a psychiatrist trained in the stresses specific to military personnel, to pick up a gun and shoot fellow soldiers? We may never know what really drove Major Nidal Hasan to his crimes, but a portrait of the alleged shooter at Fort Hood in Texas is beginning to emerge. The Washington Post has a story which says that Hasan used to pray every day at the Muslim Community Center in Silver Spring, Md. Christian Davenport from The Washington Post joins us with more.

Here's the profile that the Associated Press has put together so far:


From the Base: A Military Wife on Fort Hood News

We talk to Amanda Lee, whose husband is stationed at Fort Hood in Texas. She gives us an insider's view on how the story of this tragic shooting is being heard by military families.


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