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How to Fight a Wildfire - the Inside Story

Fighting a large wildfire presents a broad set of logistical and tactical challenges. Take a look at how Cal Fire command teams plot strategy to combat a dangerous, ever-changing foe.

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A guard at Chino State Prison.

Gov. Brown to Decide on Bills Easing Drug Sentences

Two bills on their way to Gov. Jerry Brown push back against the so-called "War on Drugs." The State Senate approved bills to even-out crack and powder cocaine sentences, and to eliminate mandatory prison sentences for a handful of first-time drug possession crimes.

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Is Marijuana Effective Medicine?

Is Marijuana Effective Medicine?

Twenty-three states have legalized medical marijuana, and some patients who use it say it's effective in treating chronic pain, arthritis, epilepsy, PTSD, cancer and other illnesses. But marijuana is a federally controlled substance. That makes it difficult for researchers to test its efficacy and for patients to decide about treatment. We discuss the science and politics of medical cannabis research.


California Prisons Invest in Rehabilitation for "Lifers"

Until recently, prisoners serving life sentences in California had slim chances of ever getting paroled. Now, driven by court rulings that make it harder to deny parole, a record number of lifers are getting out. For the first time, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is offering classes aimed directly at lifers to prepare them for life on the outside. Scott Shafer goes inside Solano Prison to see what the CDCR's programs have to offer.


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Golden Gate

The Golden Gate Bridge isn't golden and the Golden Gate has nothing to do with the Gold Rush. Michael Ellis says why the Gate is Golden.

You're Better Than That

Faced with a group of young men hurling slurs, Larry Rosenthal counters with a gentle approach that gets results.

The Man Who Cut Trees

The man who came to cut Susan Dix Lyons' trees was older than she expected, but what really surprised her was why he cut trees in the first place.