Deb Barry of Save The Children has been working in one of the refugee camps for Syrians, in Erbil, Iraq. She says the smallest things, like an ink pen and notebook, bring a small measure of normalcy to children’s’ lives.
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Nearly 400,000 members of the U.S. military watched nuclear detonations after World War II. They were told that the radiation was minimal and that they were far enough away from the blasts so they wouldn't be harmed. Bob Greenwald was one of those men. Also in this episode: a dream deferred.
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.
Carlos Spector is an immigration attorney in El Paso, just over the border from Juarez. He represents Mexicans seeking asylum in the U.S. Many of them are police officers, journalists, lawyers, and business owners - all refugees from the drug war. Last year Carlos became a target himself, receiving a threat from armed gunmen. Also in this show: Hope In Reality TV
Jon and Chris Boggiano are brothers, West Point graduates, and veterans of the Iraq war. Jon and Chris consider themselves lucky. They're entrepreneurs who have started their own sustainable building consulting company, and they say their belief in this work matches the dedication they once felt in the Army.
Candace Gorman is a lawyer who represents two detainees at Guantanamo Bay. She was thrilled to hear President Obama's announcement that the controversial center will be closed. She was also surprised to see changes the last time she visited, after Obama's inauguration.