Season finale: Information warfare and how to avoid being manipulated
In the season finale of the Military Matters podcast, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris shed light on the murky world of information warfare and get insight from industry experts including Rand Waltzman, deputy chief technology officer of the RAND Corporation, Michael Shermer, who is a science writer and founder of Skeptic magazine, and Bob Reid, senior managing editor of Stars and Stripes.
Coming soon: Season finale – information warfare
As we near the end of the inaugural season of Military Matters, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris offer a look at the topic for next week's season finale, information warfare. They will examine what message manipulation might look like and will find out from experts what you should beware of and how you can prepare yourself to guard against it.
Military Matters Review: Breathing with COVID-19
Military Matters podcast hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris talk some more with one of last week's guests, retired Air Force Command Chief Master Sgt. Juan Lewis — also known as the Fired Up Chief — about how his recovery from COVID-19 is coming along.
Episode 8: Breathing with COVID-19
As Military Matters podcast hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris dig further into the deadly COVID-19 pandemic, they talk to an Air Force veteran who is beating the disease, but at a cost; they find out about ventilators — why they're a political lightning rod, why they're needed and what they mean for patients; and they talk with a veteran whose company developed an innovative, new ventilator in response to the Army's industry challenge.
Military Matters Review: Vets helping other vets with mental health care
Military Matters podcast hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris continue to look at the mental health impact of the coronavirus pandemic by talking with Ellsworth Williams, a 24-year Army veteran, about what his organization, Veterans Counseling Veterans, is doing as we maneuver through and beyond the isolation induced by COVID-19.
Episode 7: How COVID-19 is affecting mental health for service members and veterans
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the world indoors with no clear end in sight. Military Matters podcast hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris talk to two mental health clinicians, both veterans, about how the isolation and uncertainty have impacted the mental health of veterans and service members across the country.
Military Matters Review: Coronavirus and finances
Military Matters podcast hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris dig into the financial impact that the COVID-19 pandemic is having on the military community. They talk to veteran and financial counselor Lacey Langford to find out what service members and their families can do to get through the crisis, which has had catastrophic economic effects around the globe.
Episode 6: Coronavirus relief efforts for service members and veterans
As coronavirus cases and deaths surge around the globe, Military Matters podcast hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris find out what is being done to help service members and veterans amid the pandemic. They talk with top officials of each of the relief organizations of the different service branches to find out what they have to offer, and they learn about what VA will be doing with its stimulus funding.
Military Matters Review: Influencers
Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris take a break from the coronavirus by jumping back to the topic of military influencers. They talk with one of the earlier personalities to hit the social media sphere, former Army drill sergeant John Burk. Known in part for his often-controversial videos, Burk gives his thoughts on the world of military and veteran influencers, the value of raising awareness of the issue of veteran suicides, and more.
Military Matters Review: Coronavirus
Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris continue the discussion from last week’s special edition podcast on the coronavirus pandemic. They talk with Dr. Asha M. George of the Bipartisan Commission on Biodefense, Connecting Vets reporter Elizabeth Howe, and Stars and Stripes reporter Kim Gamel, who shares what life is like in South Korea, one of the countries hit hardest amid the pandemic.
Special edition: Coronavirus – what you need to know
Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris talk to U.S. Army emergency room doctor Dr. Kamal Kalsi, reporter Elizabeth Howe from the online news organization Connecting Vets, and Max Brooks, the author of “World War Z,” as they shed light on the coronavirus that is causing major upheaval around the globe.
Episode 5: The rise of the military influencer
Taking a look at influencers among the military community, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris talk to Black Rifle Coffee Company co-founder Mat Best, ArmyAmuse's Sgt. 1st Class Astin Muse, and actor and Navy veteran Jennifer Marshall to discuss the potential opportunities and pitfalls of the field.
Military Matters Review: Military gamers 2.0
Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris dig into the world of eSports and examine whether the U.S. Army eSports Team is having an impact on recruitment.
Episode 4: Military gamers – Army's eSports team aids recruitment effort
Hosts Desmon Farris and Rod Rodriguez delve into video games and how the Army is extending its recruitment outreach into the gaming community through its eSports team.
Military Matters Review: Military fitness 2.0
Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris talk with Megan Reed, an official at the U.S. Army Center for Initial Military Training, to find out more about the military’s changing approach to physical fitness assessments.
Episode 3: Military fitness 2.0 – Tailoring training to today's needs
In this week’s episode of Military Matters, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris delve into military fitness, particularly the various branches’ efforts to revise their physical training and standards to meet the demands that service members face on today’s battlefields.
Military Matters Review: Red flag laws
Continuing the discussion from the most recent episode of the Military Matters podcast, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris respond to listener email and invite legal expert Jake Charles back to dig further into the issue of red flag laws.
Episode 2: Red flag laws – do they help stop gun violence, and can they be abused?
Hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris talk about red flag laws, also known as extreme risk laws, and the implications they can have for gun owners.
Military Matters Review: Cannabis
Looking back at the inaugural episode of Military Matters, hosts Desmon Farris and Rod Rodriguez discuss the response it has received, misconceptions that persist about cannabis, ongoing research and the plant's potential medical and addiction complications.
Episode 1: Cannabis – what are the facts, and can it be helpful?
Welcome to Military Matters. In this debut episode, hosts Rod Rodriguez and Desmon Farris focus on cannabis and shed light on what it is, what it isn’t, and what it could mean for the DOD and for veterans.
Military Matters: Exploring the issues that matter to you
Welcome to Military Matters, a podcast from Stars and Stripes.
Listen as hosts Desmon Farris and Rod Rodriguez explore the topics that matter to service members, veterans, and the people who support them.