Us & Them Delves into History of Concentration Camps

Mar 29, 2018

Credit West Virginia Public Broadcasting

On this West Virginia Morning, the U.S. Detention Facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is the longest-standing war prison in our nation’s history.

Trey Kay, host of WVPB’s podcast Us & Them, has been thinking a lot about how Guantanamo compares to similar detention facilities throughout history. He recently interviewed journalist and Parkersburg native Andrea Pitzer, who just published a book that provides an extensive history of concentration camps. She says if you want to know about the history of -- or current state of -- concentration camps, look at Cuba. We have part of the latest Us & Them episode called “Suburb of Hell.”

Also on today's show, as temperatures plunged during the 12-day cold snap that hit just after Christmas, many people across the East Coast reached for their thermostats, which increased demand for electricity.

A new federal report finds that without coal-fired electricity, the eastern United States would have experienced blackouts during the so-called “Bomb Cyclone” winter storm earlier this year. Brittany Patterson reports.