A Small Town’s Fight Over America’s Biggest Sport

This episode contains descriptions of suicide.

Over the past five years, a series of investigations by The Times has revealed the terror and tragedy that America’s air wars, despite being promoted as the most precise in history, have brought to civilians on the ground.

The program has also exacted a heavy toll on the military personnel guiding the drones to their targets. They include soldiers such as Capt. Kevin Larson, a decorated pilot, who died by suicide after a drug arrest and court-martial.

For suicide prevention resources in the United States, go to SpeakingOfSuicide.com/resources. Go here for resources outside the United States.


Dave Philipps, a national correspondent covering the military for The New York Times.

Capt. Kevin Larson’s service dress jacket. He participated in 650 combat missions from 2013 to 2018 out of Creech Air Force Base in Nevada.
Mason Trinca for The New York Times

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David Philipps contributed reporting.

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