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Alcatraz 11: Vietnam's "Defiant" POWs

For years during the Vietnam War, hundreds of prisoners-of-war endured brutal treatment at Vietnam's Hoa Lo prison, also known as the "Hanoi Hilton." To evade their captors' ruthless quest for intelligence, 11 men developed a system of stealth communication and strict adherence to U.S. military code -- resistance that eventually landed them at an isolated jail known as "Alcatraz." Kojo hears the story of the men who fought the Vietnam war from Alcatraz, and discusses efforts on the home front that would permanently change America's treatment of POWs.

Vietnam POW Blinking Morse Code "T-O-R-T-U-R-E"

Retired U.S. Rear Admiral and former Senator (R-Al.) Jeremiah Denton blinks the word "torture" during a propaganda video made by his North Vietnamese captors.

Read An Excerpt From "Defiant"

Excerpted from "Defiant: The POWs Who Endured Vietnam's Most Infamous Prison, the Women Who Fought for Them, and the One Who Never Returned" by Alvin Townley. Copyright © 2014 by Alvin Townley. Excerpted by permission of Thomas Dunne Books. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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In This 2005 Interview, Gene Wilder Explains How He Learned To Get Laughs

When he was 8, Wilder's mother had a heart attack, and he took it upon himself to cheer her up. We'll listen back to a Fresh Air interview with the comic actor, who died Monday at age 83.
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Why California's New Farmworker Overtime Bill May Not Mean Bigger Paychecks

California's lawmakers just passed a landmark bill that would make farmworkers eligible for overtime when they work more than 8 hours a day or 40 hours a week. Some farmers say they can't afford that.
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Republicans Consider Lasting Impression Of Trump On Their Party

Republicans are debating whether — win or lose — Donald Trump has already altered the DNA of the Republican Party.
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Facebook Faces Trending News Problems After Firing Curators

On Friday, news site Quartz reported that Facebook fired its "news curators" and replaced them with algorithms to compile the news that ends up on Facebook's "Trending" news section. Many users took note when a fake article about Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly was trending.

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