Should America Rethink Its Ransom Policy?

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American journalist James Foley was beheaded in Syria this week by a militant from the Islamic State. We now know that before carrying out the execution, the group demanded $132 million in ransom from the U.S. government. The U.S. didn’t pay it, because it has a policy of not paying ransoms. But European countries DO pay. And their citizens usually get released.

Credits

Guest:
Yochi Dreazen - Foreign editor for Vox - @yochidreazen

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Andrew Walsh, Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott