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It's been nine years since the death penalty was carried out in California; death row is packed with 750 inmates.  A ruling this week by the US Supreme Court may pave the way to restoring the practice, although advocates accuse the state of "dragging its feet.: Will California voters get another chance to decide if some convicts should live or die?

Also, Pope Paul has spoken out about climate change. Now it's the turn of the Dalai Lama. He'll celebrate his 80th birthday and address the subject starting Sunday at the Global Compassion Summit in Orange County.

Photo: California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation

Producers:
Paul von Zielbauer

Is There a Way – and the Will -- to Resume Executions in California? 15 MIN, 38 SEC

This week, by a vote of five to four, the US Supreme Court approved part of a three-drug cocktail used for executions in Oklahoma. Under a legal settlement, Governor Brown how has 120 days to propose a way to implement the death penalty in California. There has not been an execution for nine years, and death row is crowded with 750 people. Maura Dolan covers legal affairs for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times (@mauradolan)
Kent Scheidegger, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation (@cjlfsacramento)
Elisabeth Semel, UC Berkeley School of Law (@BerkeleyLawNews)

The Dalai Lama Celebrates His Birthday by Spreading Compassion 7 MIN, 29 SEC

The Dalai Lama has a long association with UC Irvine, and he's chosen to celebrate his 80th birthday there next Monday.  Starting the day before, he'll be part of Orange County's three-day Global Compassion Summit. We hear more from Dr. Thomas Parham, Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs on the campus, and from the man called "the Voice of the Dalai Lama, the Venerable Lama Tenzin Dhonden.

Guests:
Thomas Parham, UC Irvine (@ucirvine)
Tenzin Dhonden, Personal emissary for peace for His Holiness the Dalai Lama (@dalailama)

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