Today's Takeaways: PTSD, Life in Captivity, and Art and Music as a Remedy

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014

A U.S. soldier walking next to the razor wire-topped fence at the abandoned 'Camp X-Ray' detention facility at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, April 9, 2014. (MLADEN ANTONOV/AFP/Getty)

1. Is a Rift Growing Between the U.S. & Poland? | 2. Who Are the Taliban Fighters Released from Guantánamo Bay? | 3. Life After Captivity: What's Next for Bowe Bergdahl | 4. Coal Country Responds to Obama's Carbon Cuts | 5. Your Take: How Art & Music Helps You Cope | 6. New Hip-Hop Album Takes on Mental Health | 7. In Trayvon Martin's Hometown, Police Policy is 'Stop & Frisk on Steroids'

Is a Rift Growing Between the U.S. & Poland?

President Obama is traveling to Poland this week, but the Poland he arrives in is much cooler about its American ally. Is there a subtle but growing divergence of interests between Poland and the United States behind all of the apparent consensus over the Ukraine crises?

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Who Are the Taliban Fighters Released from Guantánamo Bay?

President Obama authorized the release of five Guantánamo Bay detainees over the weekend, in exchange for an American POW. Carol Rosenberg, reporter from the Miami Herald, profiles the five released prisoners and discusses their potential future.

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Life After Captivity: What's Next for Bowe Bergdahl

Stephen Farrell, reporter for our partner The New York Times, knows firsthand what being held hostage by the Taliban can be like. He reflects on what newly-released American POW's recovery process will likely entail in the coming weeks and months.

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Coal Country Responds to Obama's Carbon Cuts

The border of Southeast Ohio and West Virginia has long been considered coal country. In the wake of President Obama's announcement that he plans to cut carbon emissions by 30 percent, Bob Vincenzo, the mayor of St. Clairsville, Ohio, is worried about the future of his town—and the region.

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Taking on Trauma Through Music and Art

In his fourth studio album entitled "PTSD," Pharoahe Monch tells stories that represent painful experiences for him, but they have also made him a champion for people whose limitations and challenges have never made it into popular culture. 

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In Trayvon Martin's Hometown, Police Policy is 'Stop & Frisk on Steroids'

“New York City stop-and-frisk on steroids” is how some have described the Miami Gardens Police Department's approach to questioning neighborhood residents. Since 2008, the number of people who have been stopped and questioned by police totals more than half the area population.

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