A Nation of Inmates

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Monday, March 03, 2008

For the first time in history, more than 1 out of every 100 American adults is in prison. We break down the numbers, examine just how we became the world's number one incarcerator, and take a look at New York’s prison system. And we do the Texas two-step in anticipation of Tuesday night’s primary. Plus, the truth behind nail-biting.

A Nation of Inmates

Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project at the Pew Center on the States, talks about the new report that shows one in 100 adult Americans is behind bars and Michael Jacobson, director of the Vera Institute of Justice talks about New York's numbers.

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Business Behind Bars

Joseph Robinson, author of a book about learning business skills while in prison, says some criminals are just misguided entrepreneurs.

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Not So Cute-icle

Emily Bazelon, senior editor at Slate, has passed on her nail-biting habit to her son. In her recent piece, she explores just why we chew our nails.

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Texas Two Step

Paul Burka, executive editor of Texas Monthly, discusses the latest in primary politics, and does his best to explain the Texas primary caucus system. Plus, WNYC's Bob Hennelly is driving through Texas, on his way to Austin for primary night. He checks in with stories from the road.

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Big Money, Small Change

Matthew Mosk, Washington Post national political reporter compares Clinton's and Obama's fundraising.

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A Second Look at The Safe Haven Law

Should the "Safe Haven" law apply to babies older than 5 days, after a 6-month-old was left at a fire station last week? Timothy Jaccard, president of the AMT Children of Hope Foundation, runs a hotline about the law and explains its rationale.

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