For Paul Ciceri, Christmas has a very special meaning. He spent 3 years in a Middle Eastern prison known for its disregard of human rights, Al-Wathba prison in Abu Dhabi. It's a dangerous enough place for anyone, but even more so if you're like Paul: American, Christian and gay. Also in the show: A war photographer on covering an earthquake.
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.
Dick Gordon talks to the father-daughter duo, Blair and Steve Hansen, about the ups and downs of tackling music as a family business. Also in this episode, we continue to follow the fate of one detainee at Guantanamo, Mr. Al Ghizzawi. His attorney, Candace Gorman, has the update.
Vic Gregory had his dream job as a drag car racer. He left that to teach auto shop at his alma mater, Fordson High School in Dearborn, Mich. The school has a high number of students from the Middle East. The day after 9/11, there was a bomb threat and school officials wondered how to keep the teenagers safe. The teachers and the students had to redefine themselves.
After Lara Logan was sexually assaulted in Tahrir Square, more women reporters have been talking about sexual assault on the job. Pippin Ross was once a regular voice on NPR shows. While reporting on a story in 2000, she was brutally raped and began a downward slide that ended in prison. There, she began to identify the close connections between addiction, sexual violence and the kinds of crimes that land women in prison.
Ammar Abdulhamid and his family were forced to leave Syria in 2005 because of their political activity. When recent protests began, the whole family jumped in - online - to be a part of it. Also in this episode, Mariem Masmoudi left the U.S. for Tunis one semester short of her college graduation so she could have a hand in shaping the country’s future. Plus, Selma Kalousek talks about being the spouse of a war reporter.
Paulina knows her father was a Naval officer serving Augusto Pinochet when he seized power in Chile, but she never asked him what his role was. After he died, she started looking for answers. Her search led her to Hector Salgado - he was imprisoned at the same base where Paulina's father was stationed. Dick speaks with Paulina and Hector about coming to terms with a military coup nearly 40 years after it happens.
We hear two dispatches from U.S. Military Camp Buehring. Chaplain Matt Stewart describes a wall of photographs of the fallen, which he visits on Memorial Day to look for soldiers who have died. Also: tank mechanic Sgt. Roberto Abelardo witnessed the Twin Towers falling on 9-11 and decided to enlist.