The Hello Girls, Dirt is Good
Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 635
- Sep 8, 2017 11:00 pm
- 1:43:31 mins
The Hello Girls Guest: Elizabeth Cobbs, PhD, Author, “The Hello Girls: America’s First Women Soldiers,” Melbern Glasscock Chair, Texas A&M University, Senior Fellow, Stanford University’s Hoover Institution They were America’s first women soldiers. On the front lines in France, they ran the telephone switchboards that allowed men in the trenches to get battle instructions from their commanders. One of the female telephone operators even received a Distinguished Service Medal from US Army General John Pershing. But when the Hello Girls came home, the government denied they’d ever been real soldiers, refused to give them bonus pay or veteran’s benefits or even military funerals. Award-winning historian Elizabeth Cobbs’ new book, “The Hello Girls,” preserves the story of America’s first women soldiers and their fight for recognition after the war. Dirt Is Good Guest: Dr. Jack Gilbert, PhD, Director of the Microbiome Center, Professor, Department of Surgery, University of Chicago, Author, “Dirt is Good” Sweaty children running around chasing the dog in the mud would be a nightmare for most moms. But a new book called "Dirt is Good" teaches that from a microbial perspective, dirt is great for kids. So are dogs. And farm animals. And, by the way, if your baby’s pacifier hits the ground, go ahead and clean it by sucking on it yourself for a moment.