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Insight: Proposition 34 / One Amazing Thing / The Year of Magical Thinking / Sound Advice: Blue Dog Jam


 
 
Proposition 34 The question of whether a society should punish criminals who commit extreme acts of murder and violence with death is largely based on a person's moral, ethical, and/or emotional stance on the issue.  But Proposition 34 adds one more factor to California's death penalty debate: the financial cost of killing criminals.  Proponents of Prop 34 say abolishing the death penalty will save the Golden State $100 million a year, which can be redirected to investigating crimes.  Opponents say the cost savings are misleading and California's death penalty should be reformed to be more efficient, not scrapped entirely.
 
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One Amazing Thing Sacramento State's One Book program is featuring "One Amazing Thing" author Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni Thursday, Oct. 25. She's the winner of an American Book Award, a Light of India Award, an Allen Ginsberg poetry prize and other honors. "One Amazing Thing" has been called "ingeniously conceived and intelligently written … the book is a fun read from the first page to the last," by "Life of Pi" author Ha Jin.
 
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The Year of Magical Thinking The life of Sacramento-born Pulitzer Prize nominated novelist Joan Didion is the subject of a one-woman play, "The Year of Magical Thinking," at the California Stage. The play comes from Didion's award-winning book of the same name.
 
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Sound Advice: Blue Dog Jam In our weekly music segment, Blue Dog Jam host Nick Brunner introduces us to latest releases from contemporary rock groups, local bands and artists heard on NPR.
 
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Sound Advice Playlist:
"Tonight We Get To Sing Our Songs (Live)" by Matt Bauer
"All You've Got" by Cold Eskimo
"Upon Viewing Oregon's Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus" by Titus Andronicus
"Sleep in the Park" by Solange
"I Wanna Make an Arrest" by Martha Wainwright
"The Magic Clap" by The Coup
 
Thursday, October 25, 2012
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