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The Leonard Lopate Show

Migration-Extortion Industry Targets Children Fleeing Violence at the Border

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Kidnappers are targeting the more than fifty thousand unaccompanied child migrants fleeing violence in Central America. 

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The Takeaway

U.S. Pays Heavy Price for No Ransom Policy

Monday, December 29, 2014

While European officials often pay millions to ensure the release of their kidnapped citizens, the U.S. refuses to pay ransom -- a policy that may have led to unnecessary deaths. 

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The Takeaway

Mass Protests Over Mexico’s Missing Students

Friday, November 07, 2014

There have been mass protests in Mexico this week over the slow pace of an investigation of 43 missing student teachers in the southern state of Guerrero on September 26th.

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BackStory

Go West, Young Orphan

Friday, October 03, 2014

With the American History Guys

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PRI's The World

An Eritrean refugee endured brutal torture. But he may find hope on a ranch in California

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Philemon Semere has a harrowing story to tell. For seven months, the Eritrean refugee was held captive in the middle of the Sinai desert for a huge ransom. He managed to be set free last year after his family paid some of the $25,000 his captors demanded. Now, an American woman is offering him a place to stay and work — on her remote ranch in California.

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PRI's The World

This could be the end of reporting from Syria

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

With the death of James Foley and the continued captivity of Steven Sotloff, even seasoned war correspondents think that groups like ISIS may have made Syria too dangerous for foreign correspondents to cover the civil war there.

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PRI's The World

If you're a kidnapped American hoping for help from the government, 'that isn’t going to happen'

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

James Foley's kidnapping and murder is a sad trend in the war in Syria, but it's paying off for terrorist groups. They've collected millions of dollars in ransoms, and journalist David Rohde, who spent seven months in Taliban captivity, says current kidnapping policies aren't keeping journalists safe.

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PRI's The World

This American has been held in Pakistan for three years. His daughter wants him home

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Warren Weinstein worked for USAID in Pakistan before he was abducted by unknown men. He has been held since 2011 by men thought to be members of al-Qaeda. As the third anniversary of his kidnapping approaches, his daughter wants to see him back home.

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The Takeaway

Nigerian Officials May Have Ignored Warnings

Monday, May 12, 2014

According to Amnesty International, the Nigerian military had more than four hours of advance warning about the kidnappings of schoolgirls by the terrorist organization Boko Haram, but it failed to act.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

"A Terrible Situation": US to Send Help to Nigeria

Thursday, May 08, 2014

The U.S. has offered the Nigerian government help with locating the roughly 276 kidnapped school girls. In the meantime, a car bomb exploded this week in the capital, Abuja, near the site of another deadly bombing last month. And, on Monday, 100-150 people were killed in a northeastern border town by Boko Haram. Comfort Ero, Africa program director for the International Crisis Group, talks about what the US team of specialists can do to help and what might end the violence in Nigeria.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Elizabeth Smart: My Story

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Elizabeth Smart discusses how she survived being abducted from her Salt Lake City bedroom and forging a new life in the wake of a crime. In My Story, she tells of the constant fear she endured, her determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convince them to return to Utah, where she was rescued.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Guest Picks: Elizabeth Smart

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Elizabeth Smart was on the Leonard Lopate Show to talk about how she survived being kidnapped at the age of 14 and held for 9 months by her captors. A harpist, she also told us what she's been listening to recently.

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The Takeaway

A Story of Kidnapping and Survival in Somalia

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It was August 23, 2008 when journalist Amanda Lindhout and her partner Nigel Brennen were were kidnapped in Somalia.They remained in captivity for 460 days. Amanda Lindhout is the author of a new book about her experience called “A House in the Sky” and she joins The Takeaway to discuss her experience.

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The Takeaway

Cleveland's Puerto Rican Community Reacts to Kidnappings

Friday, May 10, 2013

As a member of Cleveland's Puerto Rican community, Arielle M. Rios distinctly remembers the day of Gina DeJesus's disappearance. She describes the community's reaction DeJesus's release, and learning that Ariel Castro, who hung a Puerto Rican flag on the porch of the home where he kept the three victims, is the lead suspect in this kidnapping case.

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The Takeaway

Three Cleveland Women Missing for Years Found Alive

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Yesterday, three missing women, Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, missing since 2003, 2004 and 2002, respectively, were found alive in a house on Cleveland's West Side. The women were apparently kidnapped and held for years as prisoners.

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The Takeaway

Should the US Negotiate with Al-Qaeda?

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Over the weekend, it was revealed that the U.S. has been secretly releasing high-level detainees from a military prison in Afghanistan as part of negotiations with insurgent groups. But over the border, in Pakistan, the U.S. stated yesterday that they’ve ruled out negotiating with Al-Qaeda to free an aid worker who was kidnapped last summer.

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WNYC News

Children's Safety Concerns Revived in Wake of Patz Search

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

WNYC

The recent search for the missing school boy Etan Patz, who disappeared 33 years ago after walking alone to the bus stop, has reignited an age old debate: at what age should parents give their kids more freedom?

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The Takeaway

Remembering Daniel Pearl

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Ten years ago this week, Wall Street Journal South Asia bureau chief Daniel Pearl was abducted and killed by Pakistani militants. His grisly murder shocked the world, heralding the end of innocence for many foreign correspondents. It also became a rallying cry for those supporting the war on terror as well as those in Afghanistan and Iraq. But for those who actually knew Pearl, it was something else entirely.

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The Takeaway

MLB Player Wilson Ramos Still Missing After Abduction

Friday, November 11, 2011

Over 36 hours after Washington Nationals catcher Wilson Ramos was kidnapped by heavily armed gunmen in his native Venezuela, there is still no word from his captors. The Nationals and Major League Baseball say they are working with authorities to ensure Ramos's safe return. Michael Schmidt of The New York Times has the latest on the story.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Case of Leiby Kletzky

Friday, July 15, 2011

David Greenfield, New York City Councilman (D-44) representing Bensonhurst, Midwood and Borough Park, and WNYC reporter Fred Mogul discuss the community's reaction to the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky.

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