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Turning Data Into Action With 'Million-Dollar Blocks'

Certain truths about life in a neighborhood are readily apparent to people who live there, but less obvious to city and state officials. The Justice Mapping Center uses data to help bridge that gap with information about the prison system. By mapping the residential addresses of every inmate in various prison systems, Eric Cadora and his colleagues have made vividly clear a concept they call "Million-Dollar Blocks." In some places more than a million dollars are being spent every year to incarcerate the residents of a single Census block. Audie Cornish talks with Eric Cadora. One city is trying to put that information to good use. The push to create the Prison Reentry Initiative in New Haven, Connecticut, stemmed in part from Cadora's maps. When inmates from certain neighborhoods leave prison, there is an intensified effort to connect them with services to help them forge a new life.
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A Poll's Query About Partisan Bias Of Pollsters Finds The Tilt Is With Voters

In another demonstration of how different the partisan lenses are through which voters view the political landscape, a new poll finds most Democrats dismiss the notion of pollster bias in surveys showing President Obama ahead of Mitt Romney. Republicans, by and large, believe it.
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Pennsylvania Judge Blocks Controversial Voter ID Law

In Pennsylvania, a judge has issued a preliminary injunction against the state's controversial voter ID law. In effect, the judge's ruling will allow registered voters to cast ballots in the upcoming election, without showing the government-issued ID required by the law.
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Obama Must Keep Wordiness In Check At Debate

On Monday, we looked at Republican presidential challenger Mitt Romney's strengths and weaknesses as a debater. Now we examine President Obama's record in big debates and the challenges he faces.
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Some States Dragging Their Feet On Health Exchanges

November marks the deadline for states to decide how they'll participate in health insurance exchanges. Those exchanges come from the federal health care law passed in 2010. To find out how much progress the states have made toward their decisions, Audie Cornish talks with Alan Weil, executive director of the National Academy for State Health Policy.
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Sept. 11 Documentarian Wins MacArthur Genius Grant

Melissa Block profiles several of the newly announced 2012 MacArthur Fellows. In this segment she speaks with Laura Poitras, a documentarian who is making a trilogy of films about the post-Sept. 11 world.

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