Private Sector Nancy Updike
Award winner: Congrats to Nancy for winning the Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Excellence In Electronic Media/Radio. 20,000 civilian contractors are part of the American forces in Iraq. They have been killed by roadside bombs, they were interrogating prisoners at Abu Ghraib. Ira devotes the whole This American Life hour this documentary on the lives of several: including a Boston policeman teaching Iraqis the trade, and a screener at Baghdad airport: private citizen on the payroll of an occupying power.