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The last British detainee held at Guantanamo Bay arrived in London today. What’s his story?

Also today, thousands of drug offenders are being released from federal prisons. Why? And what does the future hold for them?

Next, a look at the mega mansions sprouting up in Bel Air and what they say about Los Angeles and its real estate market.

In our regular Friday film roundup, we check out “Our Brand is Crisis,” “Burnt,” and more.

And finally, how did “sexy” Halloween costumes become a thing?

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Last British Detainee Released From Guantanamo 9 MIN, 23 SEC

Guantanamo detainee Shaker Aamer touched down in London today. He was the last British detainee held at Guantanamo Bay. Aamer was held there for nearly 14 years without charges or a trial. Military officials have portrayed Aamer as a dangerous Islamic terrorist, but there was never proof or charges brought. Human rights advocates are calling him a victim of the war on terror. At Guantanamo,  Aamer served as an unofficial spokesman for detainees, drawing attention to life inside the prison, leading to a mass hunger strike at the prison. We hear more about his story, and what it portends for the future of Guantanamo.

Guests:
Erwin Chemerinsky, University of California Irvine (@UCILaw)

Drug Offenders Released From Prison 11 MIN, 51 SEC

Six thousand drug offenders are being released from federal custody today and Monday. Nearly a third will be turned over to immigration and likely deported. Most of the rest are already out of prison, in halfway houses or home confinement, and will now be released to a probation officer. This particular release stems from a decision by the U.S. Sentencing Commission two years ago to cut sentences for drug offenders by two years on average. What does the future hold for those released under it and what does this mean for the efforts to reduce our prison populations?

Guests:
Mary Price, Families Against Mandatory Minimums. (@MaryfromFAMM)
Wesley Lowery, Washington Post (@WesleyLowery)

The Mega Mansions of Bel Air 8 MIN, 43 SEC

Let’s say you’re in the market for a house; what are your must-haves? More than one bedroom? A backyard? Or how about a champagne room not just for storing booze, but a whole room designed to look like a champagne glass? Or a race car simulator? Those are just a few of the amenities in a new development called the Park Bel Air. The Park Bel Air consists of three mega-mansions laden with indulgent perks. It’s the latest in a series of supersize spec homes rising in Bel Air. What does this mean for the neighborhood, and L.A.’s real estate market in general?

Guests:
Candace Jackson, Wall Street Journal (@candacejackson)

The Mega Mansions of Bel Air 8 MIN, 43 SEC

Let’s say you’re in the market for a house; what are your must-haves? More than one bedroom? A backyard? Or how about a champagne room not just for storing booze, but a whole room designed to look like a champagne glass? Or a race car simulator? Those are just a few of the amenities in a new development called the Park Bel Air. The Park Bel Air consists of three mega-mansions laden with indulgent perks. It’s the latest in a series of supersize spec homes rising in Bel Air. What does this mean for the neighborhood, and L.A.’s real estate market in general?

Guests:
Candace Jackson, Wall Street Journal (@candacejackson)

More:
Where Prices Start at $115 Million: Bel Air’s Trophy Home Boom

Friday Film: Our Brand is Crisis, Burnt and more 11 MIN, 25 SEC

There are plenty of thrills and chills at the movies this weekend with Halloween upon us, though not from necessarily horror films. You’ll find a terrifying look into the mind of a political operative; what it’s like to be trapped in a kitchen with a megalomaniac; and, of course, zombies.


Guests:
Amy Nicholson, Film Critic (@theamynicholson)
Grae Drake, Rotten Tomatoes (@graedrake)

The History of Sexy Halloween Costumes 5 MIN, 26 SEC

Tomorrow is Halloween, and Americans will spend about $7 billion celebrating this year. About $1 billion of that will be on kids’ costumes. But about $1.5 billion will be on costumes for grown ups. Costumes that are often risque. So when did Halloween become an excuse to strip down? We get a history on the evolution of the “sexy” Halloween costume.

Guests:
Lesley Bannatyne, Author

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