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Ancient Tales, Modern Warriors: Veterans Look To "The Odyssey" For Help Adjusting to Civilian Life

Image from the NH Humanities Troy to Baghdad program

This show originally aired on November 22, 2016.

A NH Humanities program uses Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, to help New Hampshire veterans make the transition from combat to life at home.  We find out how this centuries-old tale, complete with cyclops and witches, resonates for today's service members. 


  •  Brendan O'Byrne - UNH student and 2007 Afghanistan combat infantry veteran.
  • Ann-Maria Contarino - English Instructor and Writing Center coordinator at Saint Anselm College.
  • Tim McLaughlin -  Attorney at Shaheen and Gordon and Marine Corps veteran.

Some books recommended by callers during the program:


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