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Pope Francis Writes Back to Juvenile Inmate in LA

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CARLOS Vasquez and parents

“Dear Carlos, May the peace of Jesus Christ be with you.”

Carlos Vasquez, a teenage inmate, says the personal letter he received from Pope Francis has given him hope for the future. Read about it in The National Catholic Register here: Pope Francis Writes to Juvenile Inmate in Los Angeles. After the jump, Carlos and his parents.

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TCC Radio: Workin’ on The Chain Gang | Snap Judgment

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AmericanChainGang

Paul Cauthen learned to sing in three part harmony as a child in the Church of Christ. As an adult he felt out of place when he found himself working on a chain gang. He didn’t know how to deal with the situation…except to sing. “We started singing gospel songs – old hymns that my granddad taught me.” Listen to the whole story from Snap Judgment after the jump:

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TCC Radio: Act V | This American Life

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prison theater

Over the course of six months, reporter and This American Life contributor Jack Hitt followed a group of inmates at a high-security prison as they rehearsed and staged a production of the last act—Act V—of Hamlet. Listen to the power of theater to change lives after the jump:

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