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Freeing Up California's Prisons: A Massive Undertaking

California's strategy for reducing its prison population involves shifting more responsibility for recurring and ex-offenders on local communities.

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My Big Break

To Mike Birbiglia's Parents: It's OK If Your Son Sticks To Comedy

For comic Mike Birbiglia, getting his parents to accept his career choice was the hardest part of getting started. Appearing on the Late Show with David Letterman seemed to signal he wasn't so bad.

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With Sobering Science, Doctor Debunks 12-Step Recovery

The approach made popular by Alcoholics Anonymous doesn't work for most people, according to psychiatrist Lance Dodes. In fact, he says, the steps can actually be harmful to the majority of addicts.

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Lacrimae Moby

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Freeing Up California's Prisons: A Massive Undertaking
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Bella Marie [Instrumental] Megafaun

Pay to (watch them) play: Dodgers fans in and around Los Angeles can only see their team on TV if they have Time Warner cable service. Reed Saxon/AP hide caption

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In LA, Watching Home Team's Ball Games Just Got More Complicated
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To Mike Birbiglia's Parents: It's OK If Your Son Sticks To Comedy
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Disc II, No. 16: Earthquake and Recognition John Adams
Judah to Ocean Kronos Quartet