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Photo: Residents inspect their damaged homes after an airstrike on the rebel-held Old Aleppo, Syria August 15, 2016. (Abdalrhman Ismail/Reuters)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Jenny Hamel

15 Guantánamo detainees released 6 MIN, 30 SEC

President Obama promised to close the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay, and the population is dwindling down. Last night the Pentagon announced the largest release so far: 12 Yeminis and three Afghans were transferred to the United Arab Emirates. Jason Leopold, investigative reporter for Vice News, has more on the detainees and the release decision.

Guests:
Jason Leopold, Vice News (@JasonLeopold)

The battle over Aleppo brings new pleas for intervention 34 MIN, 18 SEC

Rebel forces in Syria won a rare victory this month by getting some food to 300,000 starving citizens trapped by constant bombing in the city of Aleppo. The US reportedly looked the other way while moderates teamed up with a former affiliate of al Qaeda. Nevertheless, a crisis of massive proportions is still growing.

America's Holocaust Museum, is among those demanding action. President Obama's legacy has already been called into question. But, despite speculation that Russia's involvement is timed to the US election, the Trump and Clinton campaigns have had very little to say.

Guests:
Erika Solomon, Financial Times (@ErikaSolomon)
Roy Gutman, veteran foreign correspondent (@Roy_Gutman)
Cameron Hudson, US Holocaust Memorial Museum (@HolocaustMuseum)
Christopher Preble, Cato Institute (@capreble)
Andrew Tabler, Washington Institute for Near East Policy (@andrewtabler)

More:
Gutman on jihadis with al Qaeda links breaking Assad siege of Aleppo
Gutman on Syrian rebels in Aleppo bracing for Putin’s onslaught
US Holocaust Memorial Museum on Assad's deliberate attacks on civilians in Aleppo
Preble calls for robust US debate on foreign policy choices
Tabler on the case for bombing Assad

In the Lion's Den

Andrew Tabler

The secret of Jamaica's runners 9 MIN, 7 SEC


A photographer catches up with Bolt after his gold-medal win at the London's Olympics
Photo by Hilts uk

Usain Bolt is billed as the fastest man on Earth, and other Jamaicans are right behind him.

This week's 100-meter dash was the third straight victory in that Olympic event for the man now called the fastest on Earth. Fellow Jamaican Elaine Johnson is billed as the fastest woman on Earth. In fact, 19 of the fastest 26 times for 100 meters were run by Jamaicans. How do they do it? Dr. Orlando Patterson is a Jamaican-born American sociologist who teaches at Harvard. He wrote "The Secret of Jamaica's Runners," an op-ed piece for the New York Times.

Special thanks to Tena Rubio for production assistance.

Guests:
Orlando Patterson, Harvard University (@opatters1)

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