We have followed Ahmed Fadaam for six years - during the Iraq War and after U.S. troops pulled out. This month, he moved to the U.S. with his family, and he now faces the challenge many immigrants have faced - to find a place in America.
In the past 4 years, the drug war in Mexico has claimed over 34,000 lives. Today people begin marching all over Mexico, calling for an end to the violence and President Calderon’s war on the drug traffickers. The unlikely leader of this nascent movement is writer and poet Javier Sicilia. His 24-year-old son was murdered last month. Javier says that poetry for him has died, but he has found another voice - speaking out against corrupt politicians, and the murder of so many innocent Mexicans.
The debate over the future of Guantanamo Bay continues. In this hour, we look back at another time when controversial prisoners were moved to the US, and what that meant to one young boy who lived near the camp.Also in this episode: for the last three years, we have been following the story of one Gunatanamo Bay detainee, Mr. Al Ghizzawi, through his lawyer, Candace Gorman.
President Bush defended his plan for Iraq in his State of the Union address this week. Part of that plan includes extending the deployment of soldiers currently serving in Iraq. Yesterday, the Democratic Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Joe Biden, led his colleagues in a vote against the president's plan. Kody and Jessica Larson are living out these decisions and debates currently occurring in Washington.
People in Baghdad are still talking about what happened on September 16 - the day an incident involving the private security company Blackwater USA left at least 17 Iraqis dead. Ahmed Abdullah visited the scene in Nisour Square and talked to witnesses.
Carolyn Sartor is well versed in the detection and treatment of breast cancer. She is the former head of the department of radiation oncology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. She's the one who used to give the news to patients. Also in this show: Civilization
Now in her 80s, Louise Bicks clearly remembers the more humble way she and her family lived on their small farm. One of Louise's favorite stories is about the blood transfusion given to her mother by a local doc. The doctor drained blood out of her father's arm into a pitcher, then got the blood into the arm of Louise's mother. Also on the show: Jeanne moved to a rundown neighborhood and began planting gardens in the parkways between the sidewalks and the streets. Then, another edition of Ahmed's Diary. And finally, a woman remembers being bullied by Girl Scouts.
Arizona's new immigration law is a hot topic along the campaign trail and talk of legal reform has focused mostly on the U.S./Mexico border. But turn your eyes northward for a moment: Even laws governing travel from Canada to the U.S. have changed in recent months. Guest host David Brown talks to one married couple getting a crash course on immigration law. She’s Canadian, he’s American and they’re desperate to be back together. George Kendall and Verna Brake Kendall haven’t lived together in a year.