Omar Deghayes is one of hundreds of former detainees who have been released from the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay over the past several years. In his years as a detainee, he went on three hunger strikes and says he understands what current prisoners are going through.
Instead of traveling alongside picturesque beaches, this boat takes passengers on a tour of the nation's busiest shipping terminal. The sightseeing includes sea lions and trash, juxtaposing Long Beach's commercial might with a fragile ecosystem.
The immigration overhaul bill currently circulating around the Senate would scrap a two-decade old program that distributes diversity visas to countries with historically-low rates of immigration to the U.S. But it would also introduce the merit-based visa, given to those with a job and high-level education.
Lawmakers return to Congress on Monday, following a week's hiatus. Host Rachel Martin checks in with NPR congressional correspondent David Welna about what's on their agenda for the upcoming session. Internet sales tax, paying creditors, immigration, Benghazi hearing, Syria, Guantanamo
Planet Money's Zoe Chace reports that the immigration overhaul bill proposes doubling the number of skilled-worker visas available to companies that want to hire foreign workers. But the application process is a challenge in itself. (This piece initially aired May 2, 2013, on Morning Edition.)
This week, Slate magazine published excerpts of the 466-page memoir of Guantanamo detainee Mohamedou Ould Slahi. It's a remarkable account of the interrogation methods that were used by the U.S. and their effects. Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Kelly McEvers talks to Larry Siems, who posted the memoirs.
Weekends on All Things Considered guest host Kelly McEvers talks to Jack Boogaard, the assistant superintendent of schools in Leemore, Calif., about how schools near military bases rely on federal money, much of which has been lost because of the budget cuts known as sequestration.
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