This week, Israeli officials also announced plans to build more than 1,000 housing units in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. This decision has enraged Palestinian leaders and lead some to question Israel's commitment to the peace talks. Haim Malka, Deputy Director and a Senior Fellow in the Middle East Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, joins The Takeaway to discuss whether or not there is a chance for peace at the Israeli-Palestinian negotiating table.
As Attorney General Eric Holder made clear in a speech yesterday, drug sentencing about to change. Mandatory minimums revolutionized the justice system, so how will Holder's new guidelines transform criminal justice today? Joining us to discuss this are two veterans of the system—Robin Steinberg, Executive Director of the Bronx Defenders and Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative.
Lavabit and Silent Circle have stopped providing their email encryption services, sending a message that they would rather close down than give up data for U.S. surveillance. Silent Circle president and co-founder Phil Zimmerman joins us to explain how we got here, and what the next steps are for ensuring data privacy.
This week The Takeaway is exploring the individual and collective experience of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in America. Corporal Jeffrey Lucey served in Iraq between January and July 2003 as a Humvee driver. In March 2004, after his return home, he began exhibiting signs of PTSD. Jeffrey took his own life on May 22, 2004. Jeffrey's father, Kevin Lucey, joins the program to discuss his late son's battle with PTSD.
Years after the Vietnam War, PTSD is now a household term. Mary McGriff is a retired Captain in the United States Air Force. She served at Balad Air Force base in Iraq in 2004. Douglas Howell was a Marine Corpsman in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. These are two veterans of two very different wars, and they are separated by nearly 30 years. Today they share their experience with PTSD.
About 95 percent of troops wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan survive. But upon returning home, many have grappled with an entirely new reality that can include a traumatic brain injury, missing limbs, and hearing loss. Valerie Brown has seen her life turned upside down after her son, Sergeant John Barnes, suffered a traumatic brain injury and partial paralysis while serving in Iraq. She is now his sole caregiver.
Over the decades, those who treat people with dementia have tried a number of methods of care to deal with symptoms, from physical exercise to drug therapy. Tena Alonzo, director of education and research at Beatitudes Campus in Phoenix, Arizona is pioneering a more revolutionary approach. As part of our week-long series on caregiving, Alonzo shares how her emotional approach to dementia care is changing lives for patients.
Throughout the week, we're talking with caregivers—people who give much of their time and energy to caring for children, parents and other loved ones who need regular and ongoing assistance. In some cases, this caregiving can last weeks or months. In others, it can last well-over a decade. Such has been the experience of Bernice Osborne-Pollard, long-term caregiver to her mother Mary who suffers from Alzheimer's disease. Bernice shares her story of love, caring, frustration, and overwhelming sacrifice.
As part of caregivers series this week, we asked you to share your stories of caregiving with us. Frank Medina cares for his mother-in-law, who suffered a stroke in 2006. Medina and his family decided to put his mother-in-law into a nursing home, but found that she wasn't getting the care she needed in the facility. His wife decided to bring her mother home, putting everyone into the role of caregivers. He joins The Takeaway to tell his story.
When the care a patient requires becomes too great, families often call in help from nurses and home health aides who become a in integral part of the support system.
All this week we're talking to some of the 66 million caregivers in America who work day and night to care for someone they love, a process that can sometimes be overwhelming. But for Peggy Battin, overwhelming doesn't begin to describe the change her life took two years ago when her husband Brooke Hopkins was struck by another cyclist, thrown from his bike onto his head, and nearly died.
Caregiving is a vast responsibility that a growing proportion of the population is faced with. As part of our week-long series on the lives of American caregivers, The Takeaway analyzed statistics from AARP, the National Alliance for Caregiving, the Pew Research Center and the Family Caregiving Alliance. We're joined by Dante Chinni, director of the American Communities Project, who provides some numbers that tell the story of just how big a job caregivers really have.
More than 65.7 million Americans—almost 30 percent of the adult population—are caregivers. All this week, The Takeaway peeks into the lives of these caregivers to learn what it is like to care for someone. Susan Senator is the mother of Nat Batchelder, who suffers from autism and lives in a residential living facility. Linda Carney-Goodrich cares for her adult son, Philip Carney-Goodrich, in her home. Susan and Linda discuss what it's like to care for an autistic child into adulthood.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced late last week that she will be resigning from her post. Napolitano’s departure raises an interesting question: Could her resignation actually help immigration reform’s prospects? Michael Chertoff, is the former Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the challenges associated with running the Department of Homeland Security, and how this announcement might impact the immigration overhaul being mulled in Congress.
About 30,000 inmates in California are on hunger strike this week protesting the state's solitary confinement policies and prison overcrowding. California holds some 4,500 inmates in solitary confinement and the psychological and emotional effects of years in solitary can be devastating. Some researchers liken its effects to those of post-traumatic stress disorder. Today we have two views on whether long spells of solitary confinement has a place in a 21st century penal system.
This month, inmates in prisons around California are participating in a hunger strike. The strikers are demanding better conditions overall in the prison system. They are also revisiting the issue of solitary confinement. Los Angeles Times reporter Paige St. John has been following the story, and updates us as the hunger strike continues on.
A leaked Pakistani government report reveals what Pakistan did and did not know about Osama Bin Laden, and provides details of Bin Laden's life on the run. Akbar Ahmed is the chair of Islamic Studies at American University and Pakistan’s former Ambassador to the United Kingdom. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the report and what it could mean on a larger scale.
Last month, the Senate passed a sweeping, bipartisan overhaul of the nation’s immigration system and passed it on to the House of Representatives. Today House Republicans will hold a closed-door meeting to discuss their own bill. U.S. Representative Blake Farenthold is a Republican representing Texas’s 27th district, which is 49 percent Hispanic. Congressman Farenthold joins us to discuss the major points of this closed-door meeting.
Ever since the name "Trayvon Martin" entered the public consciousness in March 2012 there has been one prevailing theme in the media and around the water cooler: Race. Though it isn't the focus inside the courtroom, it continues to surface. JeffriAnne Wilder is an assistant professor of Sociology at the University of North Florida. She joins The Takeaway to discuss how race has played out in the Zimmerman trial so far and how it might affect the trial.
Artist Jackie Sumell was outraged when she learned that a Louisiana state prisoner named Herman Wallace has lived in solitary confinement 23 hours a day for more than 40 years now. He is believed to be the longest-serving prisoner in solitary confinement in the United States. Angad Balla's documentary airing tonight on PBS, "Herman's House," follows Jackie as she raises awareness of long-term solitary confinement through art.