As violence continues in Syria, guest host Alex Chadwick speaks with former Syrian prisoner Bara Sarraj. He was in the infamous Tadmor prison for nine years and was tortured on a regular basis. He tells of getting picked up and not charged, then beaten and locked in prison. He gives details of daily life and the “symphony of terror” he heard every day. Also in this episode: we meet the poet Kazim Ali and hear him read from his Ramadan journal. And: "Wondeful Boy", a story from the podcast The Memory Palace.