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Mon 4/15, 2013, 7:30pm
Brian Castner with Warren Etheredge
War and the Life that Follows

Brian Castner served three tours of duty in the Middle East, two of them as the commander of an Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit in Iraq, tasked with the nerve-racking yet strangely exhilarating exercise of disarming deadly IEDs—or picking up the pieces. Not surprisingly, this war within wars exacts a toll on the people fighting it: When Castner returned home, he struggled with an unshakable feeling of fear, confusion, and survivor’s guilt he calls “the crazy.” In conversation with The Warren Report founder and The High Bar host Warren Etheredge, Castner, author of The Long Walk, takes a heartbreaking, honest look at his two harrowing and simultaneous realities: the terror, excitement, and camaraderie of combat, and the lonely battle against the enemy within—after enduring what he has endured, can there ever be such a thing as “normal”? Presented as part of the Town Hall Civics series with Elliott Bay Book Company. Series supported by The Boeing Company, the RealNetworks Foundation, and the True/Brown Foundation.

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