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Panel Round One

Our panelists answer questions about the week's news: Reviews with Conviction.

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Right now, panel, time for you to answer some questions about this week's news. Tom, some people are logging on to Yelp not to review restaurants or bars or stores, but to review what?

TOM BODETT: Their dates?

SAGAL: No, people already do that on other sites.

BODETT: Yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: This is pretty new. And I'll give you an example. In one negative review the commenter said: Leavenworth not Leaven-worth it.

MO ROCCA: Oh, gosh.

BODETT: Prison.

SAGAL: Yes, prison.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

SAGAL: They are not just inmates, they're empowered consumers of penal services. And the only thing worse...

BODETT: I give it four bars.

SAGAL: Exactly, yeah.

(LAUGHTER)

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SAGAL: The only thing worse than being sentenced to life in prison is being sentenced to life in a one-star prison. Most of the reviews share common complaints, from the water is always cold, to the cafeteria is too stabby.

(LAUGHTER)

SAGAL: The reviews - you'll be surprised, the reviews are not all bad. There are people in prisons who are giving them positive reviews. One two-star review stated, and this is quote, a true quote, "Sure, the beds were uncomfortable and my bunkmate was frequently rude, but the food was great. And so reasonably priced," unquote.

(LAUGHTER)

ROCCA: Attica, more like Rattica, this place is a mess. This place did not make me Sing, Sing. I'm trying to - just scrolling through different prison names.

SAGAL: I understand, we're doing our best.

ROCCA: Any more prisons?

PAULA POUNDSTONE: I don't know the names of a lot of prisons.

(LAUGHTER)

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