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Up first, we take a look at the money behind private corrections and detention operators via a comprehensive report from the Corrections Accountability Project. Then, we talk to a self-described lifelong Republican Reverend about how he got interested in immigration, and why faith leaders chose to...

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An economy on the brink

Every day seems to reveal a new, grimmer economic number. This week it's a big drop in home prices, small economic growth, and a potential interest rate cut by the Federal Reserve Board. Peter Goodman of The New York Times helps The Takeaway understand what those numbers will mean for our pocketbooks.

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Brother, can you spare a kidney?

Iran is the only country in the world not suffering from an organ shortage. It's also the only country that legally permits kidney vending. Takeaway expert and 'Freakonomics' co-author Stephen Dubner tells us about us Iran's free market for organs. Guest: 'Freakonomics' co-author Stephen Dubner.

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Geneticists solve a beta blocker puzzle

It was a medical enigma: Why do many black patients respond differently to a class of heart drugs called beta blockers? Researchers now say a genetic variant allows 40 percent of black patients to produce their own version of the drugs. Dr. Stephen Liggett tells The Takeaway about his study and the potential impacts on health care.