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Prisoners who spent time in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay are now part of a legal settlement that will change how California prisons use the practice. The settlement affects thousands of prisoners who will be moved out of solitary cells—some have been in what’s called “the SHU” for 20 years. One prisoner, Anthony Graves, spent 18 years in solitary confinement on death row in Texas for murders he didn’t commit. Then, the story of  Dr. Lisa Tseng who wrote more than 27,000 drug prescriptions from 2007 to 2010 —about 25 a day. Now she’s on trial for second degree murder in the cases of three young men who overdosed on opioid painkillers she prescribed. And Drunk History returns tonight for its third season. Each episode features inebriated friends and guests of the show recounting events from American history, which are re-enacted by celebrities. Finally, if you’re looking for a house in the Pasadena area, you can call a real estate agent or you can try CalTrans. Beginning in the 1950’s, the state’s transportation agency started buying homes in Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno to make way for a 6-mile extension to the 710 Freeway. Now CalTrans is getting ready to sell all those houses, and the people who rent them are worried that they’ll be priced out.

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Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

Solitary Confinement Settlement 10 MIN, 49 SEC

Prisoners who spent time in solitary confinement at Pelican Bay are now part of a settlement that will bring big changes to how California prisons use the practice. The settlement affects thousands of prisoners who will be moved out of solitary cells—some have been in what’s called “the SHU” for 20 years.

Guests:
Carol Strickman, Staff attorney at Legal Services for Prisoners with Children.

Solitary: One Prisoner’s Story 8 MIN, 18 SEC

Solitary confinement can have profound psychological and physical impacts on prisoners. One prisoner shares the story of what it was like to be in solitary confinement for 18 years.

Guests:
Anthony Graves, Spent 18 years in solitary confinement on death row in Texas for murders he didn’t commit. He was released five years ago. (@anthonycgraves)

Prescription Abuse Trial 7 MIN, 21 SEC

From 2007 to 2010, Dr. Lisa Tseng wrote more than 27,000 drug prescriptions—about 25 a day. Some of the appointments at her storefront medical clinic in Rowland Heights lasted as little as three minutes. Now she’s on trial for second degree murder in the cases of three young men who overdosed on opioid painkillers she prescribed. One of the men, Joey Rovero, an Arizona State student, had driven 300 miles from Tempe Arizona to get painkillers from Dr. Tseng. In opening statements, prosecutors said the doctor had been warned by law enforcement that her patients were overdosing. But Dr. Tseng’s defense attorney said her client couldn’t be held responsible when patients didn’t use the drugs as prescribed.

Guests:
Steven Smith, Teaches health law at California Western Law School.

The Funny World of Drunk History 13 MIN, 3 SEC

The web series turned Funny or Die series turned Comedy Central series Drunk History returns tonight for its third season. Each episode features inebriated friends and guests of the show recounting events from American history, which are re-enacted by celebrities.

Guests:
Jeremy Konner, co-creator of 'Drunk History' (@Jeremykonner)
Derek Waters, co-creator of 'Drunk History' (@derekwaterss)

CalTrans Selling Pasadena Homes 5 MIN, 49 SEC

If you’re looking for a house in the Pasadena area, you can call a real estate agent or you can try CalTrans. Beginning in the 1950’s, the state’s transportation agency started buying homes in Pasadena, South Pasadena and El Sereno to make way for a 6-mile extension to the 710 Freeway. But, there has been fierce opposition. And after decades of legal and political wrangling, it looks like the extension will happen underground, if it happens at all. So now CalTrans is getting ready to sell all those houses, and the people who rent them are worried that they’ll be priced out.

Guests:
Laura Nelson, Los Angeles Times (@laura_nelson)

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Tenants worry as Caltrans prepares to sell homes along 710 Freeway corridor

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