More than 600 inmates are protesting solitary confinement through a mass hunger strike that began July 8th. But it's not the first time California prisoners have refused food to seek concessions from prison officials.
The hunger strike has become the biggest protest of its kind in California history. Many strikers have dropped in and out, forgoing just a few meals, and the longer the protest continues, the more people drop out altogether.
Mayor Filner's story has made national headlines in recent weeks. Many believe that the reason for his behavior is that he simply thought he could get away with it, but Charisse L'Pree, who's just completed her doctoral studies at USC researching the relationship between media and psychological development and identity has another opinion.
On a plane ride home to Vatican City from his recent trip to Brazil, Pope Francis held an 80 minute news conference. During that conversation, he said he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation.
Gay pride events there have been scarred with violence and last month the country passed a law where tourists or foreigners could be arrested for being perceived as gay or "pro-gay." In response, gay columnist Dan Savage called for a nation-wide boycott of Stoli and other Russian vodkas.
Convicted killer Todd Ashker has been described as the legal brains behind the California prison hunger strike. Journalist Paige St. John wrote a profile of Todd Ashker, and she joins the show with more.
The US Air Force is facing a shortage, but not of hardware. There are a lot less trained fighter pilots these days and they are offering a quarter million dollar bonus, over ten years, to former pilots who return to service.
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