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The Latest From Guantanamo

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An activist poses as a Guantanamo Bay detainee.

President Obama has repeatedly called for the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay, but this month marks 14 years since the first detainees landed on Cuban shores.

Several detainees have participated in hunger strikes in protest of their imprisonment. A federal judge has ordered the release of videos showing guards force-feeding detainees but the government has until Friday to appeal the ruling.

Host Frank Stasio talks with VICE News reporter Jason Leopold about the latest.

And a video project documents the experiences of Guantanamo prisoners as well as the stories of family members, prison guards, lawyers and journalists at Gitmo.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Witness to Guantanamo founder and director Peter Jan Honigsberg

He speaks tonight at 6 p.m. at the Rubenstein Library at Duke University in a presentation called, "The Lives and Voices of Guantanamo: The Work of the Witness to Guantanamo Project.”

Laura Lee was the managing editor of The State of Things until mid February 2017. Born and raised in Monroe, North Carolina, Laura returned to the Old North state in 2013 after several years in Washington, DC. She received her B.A. in political science and international studies from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2002 and her J.D. from UNC-Chapel Hill School of Law in 2007.
Will Michaels is WUNC's General Assignment Reporter and fill-in host for "Morning Edition"
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.