Ever since a photo of a Syrian boy dead on a beach made the rounds of the internet, there has been a new focus on the refugee crisis. The United Nations reports more than four million registered Syrian refugees and the country's neighbors are taking the brunt of the strain. Now Europe is struggling to handle a flood of migrants to that continent. Germany is among the countries imposing border controls in response to the flood of refugees who survived the long and dangerous journey away from war.
What can the United States do to help the situation? President Obama wants to bring in at least 10,000 displaced Syrians and humanitarian organizations, including one in New Haven, are ready to help. Critics have security concerns though. What's the best way for us, as a country and as individuals, to help?
Later in the hour, we preview a new "American Experience" film on the Rorschach test of American culture: Walt Disney. Listen to the interview with the filmmaker behind the Disney biography here:
- Ellen Small Billard - Co-founder and Executive Director of Road to Mafraq
- Chris George - Executive Director of Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services in New Haven
- Sarah Colt - Director and producer of American Experience: Walt Disney
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show.