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Take Two for March 20, 2013

Published March 20, 2013 at 8:59 AM PDT
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Tariq Abu Khumra, a former translator for U.S. forces in Iraq,  holds an American flag, which was given to him by American troops, in his Glendale apartment.
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Tariq Abu Khumra, a former translator for U.S. forces in Iraq, holds an American flag, which was given to him by American troops, in his Glendale apartment.

Today, we'll hear about an Iraqi translator who's adjusting to his new life in the U.S. Plus, California raisin farmers get their day in the high court against the USDA, U.S. attorneys general meet with their Mexican counterpart to discuss drug and human trafficking, and much more.

For a look at the whether this cooperation will stem the tide of crime and violence, we're joined by Ioan Grillo, a journalist based in Mexico City and the author of , "El Narco: Inside Mexico's Criminal Insurgency."
Horne v. USDA pits California raisin farmers against the Department of Agriculture. The decision could have widespread implications for property rights and government compensation.
Former Iraqi translator Tariq Abu Khumra fled Baghdad after working for the US military. Ten years after the war began, he makes a new life for himself in California. He doesn't know when he'll see his family again.
Matt Gallagher is a former Army captain who served 15 months in Iraq. He's one of the 15 men and women whose lives were affected by war and who contributed to the new book, "Fire and Forget, Short Stories from the Long War."
State GOP lawmakers say counties can't manage the thousands of new felons under their supervision.
It's time to get a get a little exercise and take a run through the world of sports with Andy and Brian Kamenetzky. They've covered the Los Angeles sports scene for over a decade for the Times and ESPN.
Inspired by March Madness, KPCC has launched its own bracket, the public radio bracket. It’s your chance to cheer on and vote for your favorite public radio show, from national shows like All Things Considered and This American Life to KPCC’s own, including AirTalk, Take Two and Off-Ramp.
A tectonic that disappeared millions of years ago has turned up in Central California and Mexico. It's a big breakthrough in how we think about California's 100-million-year-old geology and could have implications for how we predict earthquakes.
As part of our look this week at the legacy of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, we turn our attention to public safety. The crime rate hit historic lows during his tenure, but how much credit should go to the two-term mayor? KPCC’s Frank Stoltze reports.
Scientists are using trace amounts of radiation found in fish from the waters near the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan to track their movements across the Pacific.
Fisherman in Washington state are spotting an odd creature washing up on their shores. It's a translucent glob known as a salp, jelly-fish like creatures about the size of a deflated balloon. Sometimes they swim on their own, sometimes they swim in a chain formation, and they've been known to show up in very large numbers.
One informal study of 100 LinkedIn profiles found that people with fewer grammatical errors had a higher level of professional achievement.
The California wine industry recently lost one of its earliest pioneers, James Barrett. He was 86.
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