Can War Be Comfortable For Warriors?

Jun 23, 2016

Diarrhea as a threat to national security is nothing new, (dysentary's been part of American military history since before Valley Forge), but the approaches have certainly evolved.

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Where we are now in easing the ravages of war -- be it intestinal distress, panic, exhaustion, heat, ​flies and/or ​noise --- are all covered in a new book by journalist Mary Roach.

She goes under the armor, below the belt and to a few more unmentionable places in Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans At War.

Roach joins us to talk about how scientists are trying to meet the needs, and ease the pains of combat troops.