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The Chopra Brothers
Six-year-old Deepak Chopra and three-year-old Sanjiv Chopra outside their home in Pune, India in 1952.
May 24th, 2013
10:56 PM ET

The Chopra Brothers

Hosted by Michael Schulder

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(CNN) – Once upon a time (and this is a true story even though it begins "once upon a time") there was a physician in India who had amazing ears.

His name was Krishan Chopra. He was a cardiologist with the Indian Army.

His ears were so sensitive that, through his stethoscope, he could hear and time the milliseconds between parts of a heartbeat that, today, doctors must use an EKG to measure.

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Boy Scouts to vote on admitting gay Scouts
Boy Scouts of America will vote this week on wether to allow gay boys to join local troops.
May 22nd, 2013
11:59 AM ET

Boy Scouts to vote on admitting gay Scouts

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) – The Boy Scouts of America will hold a controversial vote at its annual meeting this week that could open the door to gay Scouts to join the more than 100-year-old organization. The new resolution however would keep out gay adult leaders.

If the resolution passes, it could mean that many conservative and church sponsors of troops may cancel those sponsorships, leaving troops without a place to meet.

Reverend Earnest Easley, Senior Pastor of the Roswell Street Baptist Church in Marietta, Georgia, said his church could no longer sponsor the Boy Scouts if they admit openly gay boys:

[0:57] “We cannot be a sponsor of any group that openly embraces a moral agenda contrary to our beliefs.” FULL POST

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A cook’s Guantanamo nightmare
Ahmed Errachidi, nicknamed 'The General,' was falsely detained at Guantanamo for more than five years.
May 9th, 2013
09:53 AM ET

A cook’s Guantanamo nightmare

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) - The Guantanamo Bay terrorist detention facility has been troubled since it opened in 2002. Last week President Obama renewed his pledge to close it:

[0:19] “That is contrary to who we are. It is contrary to our interests and it’s gotta stop.”

One hundred Guantanamo detainees are currently on a hunger strike protesting conditions and their continued detention without trial. According to the Department of Defense, 24 of the hunger strikers are being force fed with three of those being watched at a hospital.

Here is one man’s story that underscores the problems with Guantanamo, the seemingly random rounding up of suspected terrorists:

[0:46] “I am not a terrorist. I am only a cook.”

Ahmed Errachidi, a Moroccan citizen, was trying to raise money in 2002  for a heart operation his young son needed.  His idea was to import jewelry from Pakistan, but he was kidnapped by Pakistanis, sold to the Americans for bounty and taken to Guantanamo.

He spent over five years in detention, before a lawyer was able to prove that Errachidi was only a cook and not a terrorist:

[01:25] “His is one of the most ludicrous cases," says attorney Clive Smith. "And there were quite a few ludicrous cases that I came across at Guantanamo, but his was one of the worst.”

Errachidi wrote a book about his years at Guantanamo titled, The General: The Ordinary Man Who Challenged Guantanamo.

Listen to our podcast to hear more of Errachidi's story.

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Illegal immigrants should apologize says priest
Father Gary Graf of Chicago's Saint Gall Catholic Church wants illegal immigrant to aplogize to Americans.
May 4th, 2013
07:00 AM ET

Illegal immigrants should apologize says priest

By Nova Safo, CNN

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Chicago, Illinois (CNN) - A Chicago priest is making headlines for having done something that likely no other American has experienced: he crossed into Mexico – and then crossed back into the U.S. illegally. He says he did it to understand what many in his mostly Latino congregation have gone through. And he has a message for them: apologize if you’ve come here illegally.

Father Gary Graf of Chicago’s Saint Gall Catholic church on the city's south side serves a predominantly Latino and immigrant part of town. He’s a charismatic figure, in his 50’s and in good shape. He used to be a boxer and he’s got a deep, dark tan. The tan is the result of his walk through the desert at the U-S-Mexico border, where he crossed back into the U-S illegally.

[1:25] “I’ve lived in Mexico, know language, culture. Lived among them here in the states. But have never experienced getting here the way they got here – the vast majority of them,” he says.

The experience, he says, has resulted in a simple message to illegal immigrants:

[4:40] “Sorry. Thank you. I need your help.” FULL POST

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April 8th, 2013
11:47 AM ET

Holocaust survivors still hope for proper reparations

By Jim Roope, CNN

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(CNN) - Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day; calling to mind those who suffered, died and survived the Holocaust of Nazi Germany.

Nearly 70 years after millions were liberated from ghettos and concentration camps, many aging survivors are still seeking proper reparations, like Serena Rubin:

[0:40] “My pain is never gone. It’s always with me.”

Rubin and her sister Rita were barely teenagers when their family was taken out of their Romanian home in 1940 by Nazi soldiers.

After their parents, grandparents and brother were killed, they were moved from concentration camp to concentration camp ending up at Auschwitz, in Austria. Serena and Rita were liberated by the Russians in 1945 and eventually made their way to the U.S.

They’ve been working with the legal aid group, Bet Tzedek (House of Justice), to secure proper reparations from the German government.

In 2009 a German court ruled that survivors get regular pensions. But it’s not much. Serena and Rita receive about 300-dollars a month.

[4:34] “Nothing can replace the loss of our parents and our families. Money will not replace anybody’s life. But we need it,” says Rubin

The German finance ministry says the German government has paid an estimated 91 billion dollars in reparations and pensions since 1951.

It's estimated that around 500 thousand holocaust survivors are still living today.

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