25 Years of Ukrainian Independence, Former Prisoner On His 43 Years In Solitary Confinement and U.N. Refugee Summit

Louisiana State Penitentiary At Angola
This April 2009 file photo shows a view of the front entrance of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. Albert Woodfox, the last of three high-profile Louisiana prisoners known as the "Angola Three," walked free on February 19, 2016. Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for 43 years. He was accused, along with three other prisoners, in the stabbing death of Brent Miller, a 23-year-old guard at the penitentiary. Judi Bottoni / Associated Press
Louisiana State Penitentiary At Angola
This April 2009 file photo shows a view of the front entrance of the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola, La. Albert Woodfox, the last of three high-profile Louisiana prisoners known as the "Angola Three," walked free on February 19, 2016. Woodfox has been in solitary confinement for 43 years. He was accused, along with three other prisoners, in the stabbing death of Brent Miller, a 23-year-old guard at the penitentiary. Judi Bottoni / Associated Press

25 Years of Ukrainian Independence, Former Prisoner On His 43 Years In Solitary Confinement and U.N. Refugee Summit

On today’s show:

  • As Ukraine celebrates 25 years of independence from the former Soviet Union, the country is split by two years of civil war along its eastern border. We reflect on the situation.
  • Albert Woodfox spent 43 years in solitary confinement, much of it in a six-by-nine-foot cell at the Louisiana State Penitentiary in Angola. He was released earlier this year. We talk to Woodfox about his experience.
  • This week, the U.N. General Assembly is hosting the first-ever summit on ‘Addressing Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants’. New York Times reporter Somini Sengupta joins us to discuss the summit.