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Presidential campaigns address 'birther' lies and spin 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Donald Trump today changed his tune about President Obama's birthplace, but in the process, he tried to revise political history when he accused Hillary Clinton of beginning the controversy in her 2008 presidential campaign.

Of course, it was Trump who kept the "birther" conspiracy alive even after the President released his birth certificate. Declaring that "his campaign was founded on an outrageous lie," Clinton has called for an apology. Jonathan Allen, who is is head of content at the political news platform Sidewire and a columnist at Roll Call, picks up the story.

Guests:
Jonathan Allen, Sidewire / Roll Call (@jonallendc)

More:
NY Times' timeline on Trump and birtherism

Mass incarceration in middle America 34 MIN, 20 SEC

Prison reform is reducing inmate populations from big America cities — but, in many suburbs and rural communities, it's just the reverse. The same crimes that call for probation or just months in jail in Cincinnati, Ohio, are leading to years in prison in nearby Dearborn County, Indiana. The new convicts are not Latinos and African Americans, imprisoned disproportionately for so many years. They're part of the white middle class. One reason is the addiction to prescription drugs that's created a new market for cheap heroin and the crime that goes with it. It's also due to the punitive use of discretion by prosecutors and judges -- raising new questions about equal treatment under the law.

Guests:
Josh Keller, New York Times (@joshkellerjosh)
Aaron Negangard, District Attorney's Office of Dearborn and Ohio Counties (@AaronNegangard)
Marc Mauer, Sentencing Project (@SentencingProj)
Lisa Roberts, Scioto County Drug Free Communities Support Program

More:
Keller on increased incarceration in Indiana
The Sentencing Project on drug policy in America

Is there a constitutional right to literacy? 9 MIN, 2 SEC

Students in some Detroit schools say they’re being cheated out of an education. Are they being deprived of a right guaranteed by the Constitution?

Some Detroit schools lack desks, teachers or books and their students have a literacy rate that’s under 10 percent. Now a pro-bono law firm in Southern California wants the courts to extend Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark US Supreme Court Case of 1954. Mark Rosenbaum was formerly with the ACLU of Southern California. Now with the pro-bono law firm Public Counsel, he says the Michigan lawsuit is the first of its kind in the US.

Guests:
Mark Rosenbaum, Public Counsel (@publiccounsel)

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