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Understanding Hunger Strikes: From Bobby Sands To Guantanamo

Hunger strikes can result in long-term physical or mental damage, if not death. Yet prisoners continually resort to the harmful form of protest. We explore the power of hunger strikes across history, from "the Troubles" of Northern Ireland to today's prisoners in Guantanamo.


Who Will Hurt The Most From Immigration Bill?

Congress is reviewing an immigration bill that could bring sweeping changes to how people come to the United States. But some prominent African American groups are finding themselves on opposite sides of the debate. Host Michel Martin examines who would benefit, and who would feel the pain, from the Senate's proposed immigration bill.
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Sexual Assault In The Military (Rebroadcast)

A new report indicates sexual assault cases in the military increased more than 30 percent in two years. Diane and guests discuss pressures on the Pentagon to prosecute offenders and prevent future crimes.

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The Politics Hour

D.C. Council Member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8) and Arlington County Board Chairman Walter Tejada (D) join Kojo and Tom Sherwood in the studio.


Five Reasons Vetoes Have Gone Out Of Style

President Obama may not like the bills Congress considers, but he rarely vetoes them. In fact, Obama has vetoed fewer pieces of legislation than any president since Martin Van Buren. It's not just because Congress is sending him fewer bills.
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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

A State Department official gives emotional testimony about Benghazi on Capitol Hill. Stocks rally to all-time highs. And a suspect is charged in the Cleveland abduction case. A panel of journalists joins Diane for analysis of the week's top national news stories.


Republicans Vow To Keep Pressure On Benghazi Probe

A House committee held a hearing Wednesday into last year's attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The event has been a key political weapon for Republicans, first against President Obama's re-election campaign, and now against then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is a potential Democratic presidential candidate in 2016.