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No More Private Prisons
The Department of Justice recently announced it would be ending its contracts with privately operated prisons, which hold non-citizen federal inmates. Dave Davies talks with investigative reporter Seth Wessler, whos reported on troubling conditions and poor medical care at those prisons in The Nation.
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Richard Tanne's new film is a dramatization of Barack and Michelle Obama's first date in 1989. Critic David Edelstein says the movie's mix of politics and romance has a "naive kind of charm."
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Seth Freed Wessler reported on substandard medical care in privately-run prisons in the federal corrections system for The Nation, which may have led the Justice Department to phase out their use.
E. T. Mensah, who died 20 years ago, played highlife, an offshoot of jazz that for years was the most popular style of music in southern Africa. Milo Miles reviews a new anthology of Mensah's music.