Your friends skeptical about 655,00 Iraqi Dead? [AUDIO]

This American Life Producer Alex Blumberg delves into the controversial Johns Hopkins studies (both printed in the Lancet Med Journal), showing enormous Iraq War casualties: 100,000 in the first study; 655,000 in the more recent one [Listen or download, right].

What he found is that they're only controversial if you don't look at them.

This astonishing, thorough and human journey explores the methodology, stories, and media cowardice surrounding the study, including one man's shift from the Pentagon to a human rights org.

It closes: "Despite the difficulties surrounding civilian casualties in war time, it's actually not that hard." Maybe just too damned sad to comprehend...


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