Heroin addicts from Puerto Rico are being sent to Chicago - sometimes with one-way tickets from police there, or from government authorities. The men are told they’re coming for high-end treatment. The places they end up are often rundown, unlicensed residences with no treatment - and many addicts leave. Reporter Adriana Cardona Maguigad brought us this story on This American Life. Theodora Binion is acting director of the Illinois Department of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse and joins us to talk. Also, jazz sounds from Makaya McCraven.
Officials in Puerto Rico give drug addicts one-way tickets to Chicago with the promise of housing, treatment and medical care. What many find instead are harsh conditions in residences run by former addicts.
Several organizations are trying to battle the spread of HIV/AIDS in Kenya through sex education. We talk to two of them on the show today. Also, Nelson Denis, author of the book "War Against All Puerto Ricans" joins us on the show to share his findings about the United States' relations with the island. Finally, historian John Schmidt talks about the first moderns Olympics.
Shafqat Munir explains the significance of Ghulam Azam's conviction for war crimes and looks at what's next for Bangladesh. The ACLU's William Ramirez tells us about police brutality in Puerto Rico. Natan Sachs weighs in on what's needed for Mideast peace talks.
Living things that make their own light exist across the natural world, from fireflies to dinoflagellates to glow-in-the-dark mushrooms. We explore the point of all that light with the help of a Harvard scholar and a bioluminescent bay.
Frank Rosaly is best known for playing and composing improvised or avant garde jazz music. But in his most recent musical research he's venturing into entirely new terrain – his own Puerto Rican roots.
In 2008, teachers in Puerto Rico joined with students and parents in an island-wide, 10-day strike decrying the state of education. The shutdown was a historic one, as it's against the law in Puerto Rico for teachers to strike.