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The US Supreme Court ruled that overcrowding in California prisons is "cruel and unusual punishment," and ordered inmate reductions. Governor Brown lost on appeal, and last week a panel of lower court judges said he's not even trying to release enough prisoners. Today, Brown formally filed another appeal. Is there a real threat of increased crime, or does the state have options to protect public safety? We hear a clash of opinions. Also, the Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX has been re-designed in the shape of ocean waves. Will it bring $4.1 billion in new business?

Image-for-WWLA.jpgOn our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, we thread our way through American efforts to end 12 years of war in Afghanistan.  With players including the Karzai government, the Taliban, Pakistan and India, we look at the host of challenges facing American diplomacy as the fighting goes on.

 

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Producers:
Katie Cooper
Kerry Cavanaugh
Christian Bordal

Main Topic Governor Brown Files Yet Another Appeal 19 MIN, 2 SEC

It's been more than two years since the US Supreme Court gave California just that much time to reduce its prison population to 137.5% of capacity.  Governor Brown says he's done all he can, and today he said he'll file a second appeal with the highest court in the land.  This comes after last week's scathing opinion by a three-judge panel, which repeated its threat to hold Brown in contempt of court.

Guests:
Don Thompson, Associated Press
Kim Raney, California Police Chiefs Association
Peter Eliasberg, ACLU of Southern California (@ACLU_SoCal)

Reporter's Notebook LAX Gets a Makeover to Amp Up Sex Appeal 6 MIN, 22 SEC

The newly renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX will open for business in August after decades of being the airport tourists tried to avoid. KCRW's Saul Gonzalez was part of the crowd as the Mayor showed off what he claims as a major accomplishment.

 

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Antonio R. Villaraigosa Pavilion, the centerpiece of the modernization effort
at LAX's Tom Bradley Terminal
Photo: Saul Gonzalez

Guests:
Saul Gonzalez, KCRW producer (@SaulKCRW)

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