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The Getty Museum's famous statue of Aphrodite has gone home from the Villa in Malibu to a small town in Sicily, and the Getty, along with other US museums, no longer buys looted antiquities from a criminal underground. A new book tells the story of beauty, corruption and the waste of millions of dollars. We talk with one of the authors, a Getty spokesman and a well-known writer and blogger about the art world. Also, the US Supreme Court says California's prison population must be reduced by thousands of inmates.  On our rebroadcast of today's To the Point, Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty lead a Restive Republican field.

Chasing Aphrodite

Jason Felch

Making News Supreme Court Tells California to Release Thousands of Prisoners 8 MIN, 37 SEC

The US Supreme Court today upheld a lower court order that California cut its prison population by tens of thousands of inmates. It was a 5 to 4 decision with the majority saying overcrowding and inadequate care are depriving prisoners of their constitutional rights. The minority called the decision "radical" and a threat to public safety. Don Thompson reports from Sacramento for the Associated Press.

Don Thompson, Associated Press

Main Topic Crime and Culture at the World’s Richest Museum 18 MIN, 7 SEC

A new book called Chasing Aphrodite is subtitled "the hunt for looted antiquities at the world’s richest museum." That, of course, would be the Getty here in Los Angeles. Ralph Frammolino is coauthor of a work based on investigative reporting with Jason Felch, which won prizes for them and for the LA Times. Frammolino trains investigative journalists in South Asia.

Ralph Frammolino, 'Chasing Aphrodite'
Ron Hartwig, J. Paul Getty Trust
Lee Rosenbaum, 'CultureGrrl' blogger (@CultureGrrl)

Main Topic Romney and Pawlenty Lead a Restive Republican Field 25 MIN, 42 SEC

Romney and Pawlenty Lead a Restive Republican FieldIndiana Governor Mitch Daniels said late Saturday night he would not be a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, but today Tim Pawlenty (seen at left), former Governor of Minnesota, said he would be. He joins Mitt Romney (seen at far left), who championed healthcare reform as Governor of Massachusetts.


Other potential GOP candidates mentioned, include:

Jon Huntsman
Herman Cain
Michele Bachmann
Rick Perry

Ron Brownstein, Atlantic / CNN (@RonBrownstein)
Michael Crowley, Politico (@MichaelCrowley)
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics / Dornsife LA Times Poll (@danschnur)
Michael Gerson, Washington Post

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