4:07pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

Getting into Prison: Reporting from California's most restricted cellblocks

For the past few weeks, KALW News has been featuring a series of stories reported by Nancy Mullane from inside some of the hardest to access cellblocks in California's state prison system. Follow Mullane as she gains press access to these restricted areas, include death row at San Quentin State Prison, in the series Getting into Prison: Reporting from California's most restricted cellblocks.

4:07pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

Getting into Prison: Reporting from California's most restricted cellblocks

For the past few weeks, KALW News has been featuring a series of stories reported by Nancy Mullane from inside some of the hardest to access cellblocks in California's state prison system. Follow Mullane as she gains press access to these restricted areas, include death row at San Quentin State Prison, in the series Getting into Prison: Reporting from California's most restricted cellblocks.

Over the past five years, KALW’s Nancy Mullane has had unprecedented access to California’s prisons and the inmates living inside them. While she was reporting on criminal justice issues, Mullane noticed there were entire cellblocks and areas within the state’s prisons where no press were allowed to go.

Last October, Mullane interviewed Scott Kernan, then Undersecretary of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (full disclosure: Scott Kernan is Crosscurrents host Holly Kernan’s cousin) and confronted him about her concern.

Nancy Mullane develops, reports, and produces feature stories for This American Life, National Public Radio, and KALW. She is the author of the book Life After Murder: Five Men in Search of Redemption.

She is a member of the Society for Professional Journalists, the Association of Independents in Radio, and the International Women’s Media Foundation.

In 2011, Nancy was the recipient of a National Edward R. Murrow Award.

3:23pm

Tue October 30, 2012
It's All Politics

The Political Odd Couple: Jersey Shore Edition

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 3:41 pm

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gives a press conference on Hurricane Sandy in Old Bridge, N.J., on Monday.
Marcus DiPaola Xinhua /Landov

2:26pm

Tue October 30, 2012
The Two-Way

Some Bit Of Good News: Philadelphia 'Dodged A Bullet'

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 2:31 pm

Philadelphia after Superstorm Sandy.
Kristina K. Dymond via Flickr

The center of Superstorm Sandy passed less than 25 miles from Philadelphia. In most cases that would mean that the city of brotherly love would have been whipped with the strongest of winds from the weather system.

But Philly, the country's fifth-largest city, emerged today fairly unscathed.

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2:24pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Success Factors: Rich, Poor And Everybody Else

Paid In America: The Road To The Middle

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 8:07 pm

Sarah Bidgood is managing editor of the Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography. She says her parents helped her start adult life with no debt, giving her a leg up.
Art Silverman NPR

As the presidential campaign has unfolded, the candidates have traded polemics about wealth, class warfare, taxes, dependency and the role of government.

And while it may be uncomfortable to admit, some Americans are simply more financially successful than others. But why do some achieve wealth, while others struggle? Why does one woman make it to the executive suite, while another man drives a taxi? And what do we think explains our prosperity — or lack thereof?

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2:23pm

Tue October 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Sandy Could Dent The Vote, But It's Unclear If It Hurts Obama Or Romney More

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 8:36 pm

First responders rescue flood-stranded people in Little Ferry, N.J., on Tuesday.
Craig Ruttle AP

With the death, destruction, flooding, power outages and transportation disruptions caused by Sandy the Superstorm, it may seem crass to ask about the impact on next week's election.

But here's a question: Could the trail of devastation left by the storm in a part of the nation whose states are generally colored blue in presidential races depress turnout in those states, especially among Democrats?

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1:54pm

Tue October 30, 2012
Cops & Courts

What ending the death penalty means for inmates

California Proposition 34, on the ballot this November, would abolish the death penalty and replace it with life without the possibility of parole. The Attorney Donald Heller originally wrote the ballot measure that reinstated the death penalty in California in 1978. Heller now supports Proposition 34.  

San Quentin inmate Troy Williams interviewed Heller by phone about his change of heart.

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1:54pm

Tue October 30, 2012
It's All Politics

Re-Election Campaign Reveals A President Looking For The Right Balance

Originally published on Tue October 30, 2012 2:26 pm

President Obama's performance in the first presidential debate cost him a lot.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

As this long election comes to end, Superstorm Sandy is offering a chance for President Obama to showcase his leadership skills one last time.

For Obama, this campaign has truly been a fight against the elements: a painfully slow economic recovery and a political landscape in which the Republicans swept the table just two years ago. The Obama campaign, with its trademark discipline and meticulous organization, set out to overcome these obstacles.

But the long campaign has also put the spotlight on features of Obama's own personality and performance.

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