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Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2011
Mandatory Minimum Sentencing
The Patrick Administration wants to eliminate mandatory minimum sentences for nonviolent offenders to reduce overcrowding in prisons. What could this mean for public safety? Middlesex County Sheriff Peter Koutoujian and former prosecutor Wendy Murphy join Emily.
MacArthur Fellowship Winner Markus Greiner
Markus Greiner, an associate professor of physics at Harvard University, was one of 22 recipients to receive a MacArthur Foundation "Genius Fellowship."
Life is good Festival
Life is good, the local company that prides itself on "selling optimism" will host the Life is good Festival in Canton this weekend. This year's musical acts will include Ray LaMontagne, Brandi Carlile, the Ryan Montbleau Band, the Levon Helm Band and many more. Chief optimists Bert and John Jacobs give Emily a preview.
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The biggest cause of violence in Amerika today is the "war on drugs". It is the most violent and brutal prohibition war in history. Several hundred million honest, decent human beings have been declared criminals by thousands of U.S. drug laws. Just in the last twenty years, drug fighters and illegalizers have quadrupled the prison population. They have transformed the former "land of the free" into the worlds leading policeprison state with more people in prison per capita than any other country. After several decades of escalating government violence against innocent victims of unjust laws, militarystyle assaults against peaceful people are now taking place in every city and town across the nation. Government gangs, in full combat gear, kick down doors, invade and ransack homes, terrorize families, and murder anyone who dares to resist and many that dont. It looks like the Nazis rounding up the Jews. In fact, there are more government goons kicking down doors in this country today than there were in Nazi Germany. Ninety nine percent of all armed home invasions are now being committed by the police. These violent and criminal attacks on human beings and their rights have produced an equally violent and criminal response. The violent and brutal intervention into the free market has produced an equally violent and brutal black market.
Im no fan of Sean Bielat, but did you really have to cut your interview with him so short? Especially when you followed it with the rambling, incoherent Macy Gray. I expect more seriousness from Greater Boston.
Really bright lets take off good local programming during Begging Period and replace it with usually very old CPB programs. How many timesdo you expect us to watch watch Yoga for Old Farts and the German Band Leader or Rick Steves 1980 visit to Helsinki? More importantly, why would I give you money for that crap?
Atul Gawande "Letting Go" in Aug. 2nd New Yorker would suggest many patients would not wish to read drs notes
What a shameful lack of compassion shown for John Odgrens victim by professor Fox and the defense attorney guest tonite. They spent the whole segment sympathizing with the kid who murdered a classmate, and talking about the raw deal he got. Fox and his cohort have intellectualized a brutal crime and devalued the teenage victims life.
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