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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.