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What Shakespeare Can Teach Us About PTSD

Words: Laicie Heeley
Pictures: Felipe Elioenay
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“What is that “honor”? Air. A trim reckoning. Who hath it? He that died o’ Wednesday. Doth he feel it? No. Doth he hear it? No. ‘Tis insensible, then? Yea, to the dead. But will it not live with the living? No. Why? Detraction will not suffer it. Therefore, I’ll none of it. Honor is a mere scutcheon. And so ends my catechism.”

Today, on Things That Go Boom, we explain what Falstaff means when he says honor is ‘air’ — why military parades don’t equal honor, and why when civilians say “thank you for your service,” there’s a reason it’s not always well-received.

We also talk to a woman who found a hidden secret in her grandmother’s belongings.

This is our last episode of the season, but don’t go away. We’ve loved sharing these stories with you, and we’re already hard at work on the next chapter of this story.

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+ For another take on the civil-military divide, be sure to read Peter Marino’s piece up today.

Thank you for following along!

Laicie Heeley

Editor in Chief

Laicie Heeley is the founding CEO of Inkstick Media, where she serves as Editor in Chief of the foreign policy magazine Inkstick and Executive Producer and Host of the PRX- and Inkstick-produced podcast, Things That Go Boom. Heeley’s reporting has appeared on public radio stations across America and the BBC, where she’s explored global security issues including domestic terrorism, disinformation, nuclear weapons, and climate change. Prior to launching Inkstick, Heeley was a Fellow with the Stimson Center’s Budgeting for Foreign Affairs and Defense program and Policy Director at the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation. Her publications include work on sanctions, diplomacy, and nuclear arms control and nonproliferation, along with the first full accounting of US counterterrorism spending after 9/11.

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