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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Danger in The Mediterranean, The Sounds of Liberation, and A New Graphic Novel

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Takeaway explores the Mediterranean refugee crisis, criminal justice reform in Georgia, and new work about Ada Lovelace.

The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A New Clinton Scandal, A Habitable Moon, and Science For Sale

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The Takeaway looks at a new scandal swirling around Hillary Clinton, we explore what a habitable moon would look like, and we discuss the corporate business of buying experts.        

The Leonard Lopate Show

Letters From Death Row

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Hamilton Nolan has been soliciting and publishing letters from death row inmates. He joins us to discuss the projects, the letters, and what people on death row really have to say. 

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The Takeaway

American Jails: A 'Desperate' Netherworld

Friday, January 30, 2015

Recent investigations have found myriad problems on Rikers Island, the biggest jail complex in New York City. A former corrections commissioner has ideas for lasting change on Rikers.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Supreme Court Gets It Wrong, and An Innocent Man Fights for Exoneration

Friday, December 19, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled that the state was under no obligation to preserve potentially useful evidence for trial, and an innocent man had to fight for his exoneration.

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The Takeaway

Mentally Ill Inmate Set to be Put to Death in Texas

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

On Wednesday at 6 P.M. central, a mentally ill Texas inmate is set to be put to death in a case that tests the legal justification for applying the death penalty to the mentally ill.

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The Takeaway

Spotlight on Mississippi Prisons as Ex-Chief Indicted

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Christopher Epps was Mississippi's longest-serving corrections commissioner. He was recently indicted for accepting nearly $2 million in private prison bribes.

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WNYC News

Behind Razor Wire, Learning To Be A Dad

Friday, November 07, 2014

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A class at Sing Sing teaches parenting skills to convicts, including some who might not be going home for a long time.

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Here's The Thing

Robert Lustig and Martin Horn

Monday, March 17, 2014

Alec Baldwin talks with two people on the front-lines of two of society’s most serious challenges: obesity and prison reform.

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The Takeaway

Obama Commutes Sentences of Eight Inmates

Friday, December 20, 2013

Yesterday President Barack Obama commuted the sentences of eight federal inmates for crack cocaine offenses. Each inmate has been imprisoned for at least 15 years, and six were sentenced to life in prison. Aside from the eight lucky ones, 500,000 people remain behind bars across the U.S. for drug violations. Joining The Takeaway to explain Obama's decision is Mark Osler, a law professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis.

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The Takeaway

Chelsea Manning & the Transgender Prison Experience

Monday, August 26, 2013

Chelsea Manning, formerly known as Bradley, has been sentenced to 35 years in prison for leaking state secrets. The day after sentencing, Manning came out as transgender. Her gender identity could complicate her stay at the all-male military prison Fort Leavenworth, where she is set to spend the next 35 years. Alisha Williams is Director of Prisoner Justice at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project. She explains the predicament of transgender prisoners.

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WNYC News

New York Promised Help for Mentally Ill Inmates – But Still Sticks Many in Solitary

Thursday, August 15, 2013

In New York, inmates diagnosed with “serious” disorders should be protected from solitary confinement. But since that policy began, the number of inmates diagnosed with such disorders has dropped.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

California Prison Strike

Thursday, July 18, 2013

As of July 16, 2,500 inmates in California prisons remained on a statewide hunger strike. Pulitzer Prize-winning Los Angeles Times reporter Paige St. John about the protestors’ demands—and about a lawsuit challenging long-term solidity confinement practices.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Dead Man Walking: 20 Years Later

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Twenty years after the publication of her book that inspired a movie, an opera and a play, Sister Helen Prejean, Roman Catholic nun, advocate for abolishing the death penalty, and author of Dead Man Walking: An Eyewitness Account Of The Death Penalty In The United States, talks about the decline in support for the death penalty and her work to end its use.

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The Takeaway

Overpopulation of Prisons, The History of Privacy & Democracy, Will Snowden Be Extradited?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Extradition or Rendition: How Will the U.S. Get Snowden Back on U.S. Territory? | Will Edward Snowden be allowed to stay in Hong Kong? | Transparency, Secrecy and Freedom: The History of Privacy and Democracy | Supreme Court Invalidates Arizona 'Proof of Citizenship' Policy for Voter Registration | P is for Prison: Sesame Street and Overpopulation in America's Jails | Kambiz Hosseini: Iran's Jon Stewart on the Presidential Elections| G.O.P Reopens Fight on Abortion Limits to Court Conservative Base

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WNYC News

Two New York Prisons for Female Inmates Facing Final Lockup

Monday, February 11, 2013

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As the number of people incarcerated in New York continues to decline, Gov. Andrew Cuomo has proposed closing two women's prisons to save money.

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WNYC News

1 in 4 Given Solitary Confinement in State Prisons, Study Finds

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

One in every four people in New York's state prisons is sentenced to forced isolation that deprives them of necessary interactions, according to a report by the New York Civil Liberties Union released Tuesday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Charities Posting Bail

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Robin G. Steinberg, executive director of The Bronx Defenders, discusses the Bronx Freedom Fund, a program that helps Bronx residents pay bail and avoid time in jail when they can't afford it, and the new New York State law that allows charities to do this.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

New Jersey Halfway Houses

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

New York Times reporter Sam Dolnick discusses his 10-month long investigation into corruption and abuse in the New Jersey system of halfway houses.

Then, Dr. Robert Mackey, senior vice president for clinical services and research at Community Education Centers, the company that operates many halfway houses in the system, responds to the story.

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Soundcheck

Accordions And Prison Music - a followup

Friday, March 23, 2012

More listener comments on recent Soundcheck shows

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