14 episodes

In 2011, veteran and journalist Elliott Woods embedded with the twelve Marines of Third Squad in one of the most violent parts of Afghanistan at the height of the war against the Taliban. Only eleven of the twelve would make it home. A decade later—with America’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan looming—Elliott goes on a cross-country road trip to track down the Third Squad survivors, to talk about the war and coming home, and to ask: What was it all for? And where do we go from here? 
 
Third Squad is a 12-part documentary podcast hosted by Woods and produced by Airloom Media. New episodes every Thursday starting October 21, 2021.

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    • 4.9 • 389 Ratings

In 2011, veteran and journalist Elliott Woods embedded with the twelve Marines of Third Squad in one of the most violent parts of Afghanistan at the height of the war against the Taliban. Only eleven of the twelve would make it home. A decade later—with America’s chaotic withdrawal from Afghanistan looming—Elliott goes on a cross-country road trip to track down the Third Squad survivors, to talk about the war and coming home, and to ask: What was it all for? And where do we go from here? 
 
Third Squad is a 12-part documentary podcast hosted by Woods and produced by Airloom Media. New episodes every Thursday starting October 21, 2021.

    The End of the Road

    The End of the Road

    Asheville, NC: Teresa Bradley still lives in the house where she grew up and where she raised her twin sons, Michael and Timothy Dutcher. In the final visit of the journey, Teresa and Tim tell the story of Michael’s life and how his death continues to haunt their family.

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    • 1 hr 28 min
    I Think This is Hell

    I Think This is Hell

    Ventnor City, NJ: Jeffrey Lopez grew up steps away from the Atlantic Ocean with a house full of brothers who loved to fight. His mother, Rosibel, escaped war-torn El Salvador in hopes of raising her family in peace—and her son’s deployment to Sangin was a nightmare come true.

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    • 1 hr 14 min
    Sandcastles in the Tide

    Sandcastles in the Tide

    Deer River, NY: As a teenager, Taylor Moody had a mohawk and cared more about punk shows than school. He tells Elliott about his tough adjustment to the disciplined life of a Marine and his quest to find a place for himself back home.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Chasing The War

    Chasing The War

    Greensburg, PA: As squad leader, Jeric Fry’s biggest responsibility was to keep his Marines alive. He could never have known that he’d save the life of one of his Marines years after the squad came home.

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    • 1 hr 6 min
    Bad Paper

    Bad Paper

    Lexington, KY: In Sangin, Scott McEtchin told Elliott that he joined the Marines to get his life together after a bout of teenage trouble. But trouble wasn’t far behind when McEtchin got back from Afghanistan.

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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Make Peace or Die

    Make Peace or Die

    Palmer, AK: Elliott takes a detour from the road trip to fly to Alaska, home to David Richvalsky, Third Squad’s machine gunner. During an ATV trip to a glacier, Richvalsky describes the gaps in his memory caused by concussions from IED blasts—which he says may actually help him avoid dwelling on the worst moments of his deployment.

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    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
389 Ratings

389 Ratings

schnellke ,

Humbling, Frustrating, Extremely Emotional

I never had a tour in Afghanistan but I had three in Iraq. I had several very good friends command in both. I also lost very good friends in both Theaters.
This was extremely emotional to listen to. I don’t/didn’t know any of these people but I am all too familiar with people like them.
Every American should listen to this.

Westonphippen ,

Masterful

Elliot Woods has made a fantastic podcast that anyone will enjoy, learn from, and feel devastated by.

Mike the birdnerd ,

Stunning!!

Incredible journalism, I could not stop listening to this podcast! Raw and real, an eye opening (and sometimes tear-inducing) examination of the true costs of war.

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