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In a campaign for justice reform, Barack Obama is plowing new ground for an American president: commuting dozens of sentences for non-violent crimes and visiting inmates in a federal prison. But he's not alone. Conservative Republican Senators agree a system that's not working means an opportunity to save money.

Also, the European bank raises emergency credit for Greece. On today's Talking Point, a sting video raises questions about Planned Parenthood. 

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Katie Cooper

European Bank Raises Emergency Credit for Greece 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Despite street protests last night in Athens, the Greek parliament agreed to accept more austerity by a vote of 229-64. Today, European financial officials pledged support and money.  But political uncertainty continues.  Yannis Palaiologos reports for the newspaper Kathimerini.

Special thanks to Charlotte Duren for production assistance.

Guests:
Yannis Palaiologos, author, 'The 13th Labour of Hercules' (@yanpal7)

Crime and Punishment: Is It Time for Reform? 33 MIN, 38 SEC

After decades of “tough on crime” laws, the US has packed its prisons with young, black convicts for non-violent drug crimes.  Many conservatives now agree a system that’s not working is not worth the cost, and the call for reform is becoming bipartisan.  On Monday, President Obama commuted the sentences of 46 federal prisoners serving long sentences — including life -- for non-violent drug crimes.  On Tuesday, he addressed the convention of the NAACP

Today he became the first sitting president to visit a federal prison, the El Reno Correctional Institution in Oklahoma, as part of a campaign to overhaul America’s justice system.

Guests:
Bill Keller, Marshall Project (@billkeller2014)
Graham Lee Brewer, The Oklahoman (@grahambrewer)
Michael Rushford, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation (@CJLFsacramento)
Niaz Kasravi, Anti-Recidivism Coalition (@NiazKasravi)

More:
Marshall Project analysis of Obama's speech on criminal justice reform
House Oversight Committee hearing on criminal justice reform (Part I)
House Oversight Committee hearing on criminal justice reform (Part II)

Congress Calls for Probe of Planned Parenthood after Sting Video 9 MIN, 44 SEC

Research using fetal tissue has led to vaccines for polio and measles as well as other diseases. But legal and ethical issues remain — especially when the tissue comes from fetuses that have been aborted. The latest controversy involves Planned Parenthood. 

An anti-abortion group called the Center for Medical Progress has released a selectively edited video featuring actors posing as buyers for a human biologics company. They went to lunch with Deborah Nucatola, senior director of medical services for Planned Parenthood and secretly recorded a conversation about the cost of fetal tissue for medical research.

The video is heavily edited and the audio is hard to understand, but it has spurred an upcoming Congressional investigation. Sarah Kliff covers healthcare for the news site Vox.

Guests:
Sarah Kliff, Vox (@sarahkliff)

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