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Rafael SimÃ³n JimÃ©nez was a high school friend of Venezuela President Hugo Chavez, who died this week. As the country mourns, Dick speaks with Rafael SimÃ³n about the leader as a young man. Also in this show: A dreamy trip to Brazil, Argentina and France through the music of Dom la Nena. Source: thestory.org
As violence continues in Syria, guest host Alex Chadwick speaks with former Syrian prisoner Bara Sarraj. He was in the infamous Tadmor prison for nine years and was tortured on a regular basis. He tells of getting picked up and not charged, then beaten and locked in prison. He gives details of daily life and the â€œsymphony of terrorâ€ he heard every day.
The Middle East conflict sometimes seems like an endless loop of blame from each side. But recently there have been fighters, both Israeli and Palestinian, who are refusing to take up weapons against each other. They have begun an organization called Combatants for Peace. Two founding members tell their stories to Dick Gordon.