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At least 60,000 children from Central America are expected to be stopped at the US border this year — illegally and alone. We hear why they leave home, what terrors they encounter along the way, and their continuing struggles in this country. Also, the mystery of Malaysian Airlines 370 continues, and how rap music is encouraging young Afghans to participate in next month's upcoming presidential elections.

Banner image: US Customs and Border Protection

Producers:
Jenny Hamel
Katie Cooper
Evan George

Mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 Continues 7 MIN, 41 SEC

There's a new development in the baffling disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 four days after it took off from Kuala Lampur on its way to Beijing. Malaysian authorities now say that — after it stopped communicating with ground controllers — it made an unscheduled turn to the west. Patrick Smith is a pilot and author of Cockpit Confidential: Everything You Need to Know About Air Travel. (Questions, Answers, and Reflections). He hosts the website AskThePilot.com.

Guests:
Patrick Smith, AskThePilot.com (@AskThePilot)

More:
Smith on the mystery of Malaysian Airlines Flight 370

Ask the Pilot

Patrick Smith

The Tragedy of Immigrant Children — Travelling Alone 35 MIN, 23 SEC

President Obama boasts that illegal crossings of the Mexican border are the lowest in 40 years. But for kids, it's another story. The number of apprehensions expected this year is 60,000, ten times more than three years ago. They're running from extortion, rape and murder at home in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala--with more of the same in store as they travel northward through Mexico. We hear what happens when they arrive in this country -- as the humanitarian crisis continues — almost invisibly.

Guests:
Sonia Nazario, journalist and author (@SLNazario)
Eric Olson, Wilson Center (@eric_latam)
Wendy Young, Kids in Need of Defense (@supportkind)
Roberto Suro, University of Southern California (@robertosuro)

More:
KIND on child migrants navigation the US immigration system
Nazario's 'Enrique's Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother'
Suro's 'Strangers among Us: Latino Lives in a Changing America'
Wilson Center report, 'Organized Crime in Central America: The Northern Triangle'

Enrique's Journey

Sonia Nazario

Afghanistan's Upcoming Election Gets a Rap Anthem 7 MIN, 32 SEC

Afghanistan's presidential elections have seen a decline in voter participation for a lot of reasons. With 70% of the population under 25, rap music is being used to encourage young people to turn out for next months' voting. Artists like Edris Bayan, rapping in Pashto about how voting is a "peace flag" and that you can be a "sword," are encouraging young people to take part in a musical contest, with the ultimate goal of increasing the turnout for next months' presidential elections. 

 

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Guests:
Uri Friedman, The Atlantic (@UriLF)
Travis Beard, Sound Central (@SCFTravisBeard)

More:
Friedman on whether rap can make young Afghans interested in politics?
Sound Central on its first ever Afghan presidential elections song contest

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