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Thursday, February 04, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll look into what a yearlong investigation has revealed about secret prisons in military bases in Afghanistan. Then, Alex Lemon discusses being afflicted with strokes and undergoing brain surgery while he was still a college freshman. Also, science journalist Jeff Wise tells us about the latest research about how our brains respond to fear. Plus, our latest Underreported segment looks at child trafficking in Haiti. And, on Backstory, we look at the issues surrounding "corporate personhood."

America's Secret Afghan Prisons

Anand Gopal discusses America's secret prisons in Afghanistan. His article "America's Secret Afghan Prisons" was published collaboratively by and The Nation, and supported by the Fund for Investigative Journalism. Anand Gopal has reported in Afghanistan for the Christian Science Monitor and the Wall Street Journal. His dispatches ...

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Alex Lemon talks about the debilitating strokes that interrupted his hard-partying college days. In Happy: A Memoir, he recounts coping with strokes, brain bleeds, and depression by sinking deeper into drug and alcohol abuse, and how his mother nursed him back to health after brain surgery.

Events: Alex ...


Extreme Fear

Science journalist Jeff Wise explains the latest research about how the brain reacts to fear, and describes his hands-on approach to his reporting. His book Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger reveals how the simple "fight or flight" model has been replaced by a more complex ...

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Underreported: Haiti's Children

Before last month’s earthquake, Haiti’s children were at risk of indentured servitude and sex trafficking. On this week’s Underreported, Caryl M. Stern, president of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and Manuel Fontaine, a UNICEF Representative in Algeria and child protection expert who is currently on mission ...

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Backstory: The Corporation as a "Person"

The Supreme Court’s recent ruling in the case Citizen’s United v. Federal Election Commission has been criticized as granting corporations the same freedom of speech as human beings. We’ll explore the history of this idea with Doug Kendal of the Constitutional Accountability Center. We’ll also be joined by Richard Briffault, ...

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