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Force-Feeding Prisoners: On Monday an op-ed in the New York Times, Gitmo Is Killing Me, went viral. Dictated to his lawyers through a translator, Samir Naji al Hasan Moqbel, described the rampant hunger strike at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba and the violent ways that prisoners are force-fed to keep them alive. Force-feeding is considered torture by World Medical Association, but still happens regularly in US prisons. Journalist Ann Neumann, who edits The Revealer and teaches at Drew University, has covered many hunger strikes and joins us from New York to talk about the ethics of force-feeding.
Gun Deaths and Suicide: In 2011, of the 30,867 gun deaths in the U.S., 19,766 were suicides. As part of Front and Center’s exploration of how guns and gun regulations affect our lives, WBEZ reporter Shannon Heffernan looks at how suicide complicates the issues of mental health and firearm ownership.
Coya Paz: Our race and social justice commentator looks at Rand Paul’s ill-fated trip to Howard University, racial profiling in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing and dealing with the scary feelings of “2001 all over again,” as letters filled with poison are being mailed to the Capitol, and reviewing the Senate’s version of immigration reform.