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June 4, 2010

Held Hostage

Stories of people held captive — by criminals, by paperwork, and in one man's case, his own body — and the ways they try to cope.

Viviana Duarte, one of many Colombian children whose father was kidnapped by the FARC. He’s been gone since 1998.

Photo: Jacob Silberberg

Prologue

Ira Glass speaks with a man named Daniel Johnson, who is in the K&R business. That's the kidnap and ransom business, where a company helps you negotiate to get back your loved one. Daniel explains some surprising strategies for surviving as a hostage. (6 minutes)

Captive Audience

So much kidnapping happens in Colombia that the biggest radio station in the country has a show aimed specifically at an audience of kidnapping victims. Reporter Annie Correal tells the story. Annie originally produced this as a longer story with Jay Allison for the website transom.org. Annie is a reporter for the Newspaper El Diario. (15 minutes)

Song:

“Colombia” by Jan Hammer