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09/20/2023: Public Defender Shortage | EMS Heat | Anne Moody Pt 2

Poor defendants are getting left behind in Mississippi's criminal justice system. But legal experts and the leader of the state's public defender office have solutions.


Then, a deep dive into the surge in EMS calls for unhoused people in New Orleans due to relentless heat.


Plus, part two of our reflection on the life of a civil rights icon Anne Moody.

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