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Letters recently sent from two female inmates at the Arizona State Prison Complex-Perryville describe their growing desperation as their basic hygienic supplies disappeared.

"I ran out on Saturday 9/30," one wrote, "and although I continually asked for [toilet paper], was told they were out. They did have pads that I used as [toilet paper] until Monday 10/1 when they ran out. I then had to use a wash rag until Wed morn."

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As the student loan ombudsman for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Seth Frotman watched as the Department of Education became one of the biggest banks in the country. It has lent out more than a trillion dollars to student borrowers. The problem is, the Department of Education wasn't really built to be a bank.

In 2014, Cohen surprised the Manhattan audience of a closed listening session of Popular Problems, his newest album at the time, by popping in not to sing, but simply say hello and look at everyone like they were aliens. At the time, I remember thinking that everything seemed to be a Very Serious Lark to Leonard.

Two years later, Cohen died. But just before that, he had put the finishing touches on a final book, The Flame, which was released on Oct. 2. It comes with an audio version of the works inside it, read by stars of film and literature.

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In the penguin habitat at an aquarium in Sydney, love is in the air.

The newest penguin couple here are named Sphen and Magic, and the two males are about to take the leap into parenthood.

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At this time last year Riyadh was gearing up to host a raft of leading figures from the world of business and banking at its inaugural Future Investment Initiative. Dubbed "Davos in the Desert" — in a nod to the yearly global economic forum and the kingdom's own lofty ambitions — the conference in the Saudi capital suggested a new era of openness and innovation under the young crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

Companies know that when they screw up big time they need to issue an immediate and comprehensive apology. But what about the smaller stuff? If a company gets your order wrong or sends you a faulty product, what should they do? That's the topic of a new paper on the economics of apologies. A group of economists partnered with the ride-sharing app Uber to try and figure out the most effective way for a company to apologize to a wronged customer.

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What if — instead of compulsively reaching for your phone — you could reach for a book? A kind of comfort object that could keep you company all day long.

That's exactly what illustrator Jonny Sun says he wanted to do in his new collaboration with Lin-Manuel Miranda (yeah, that Lin-Manuel Miranda).

After Hurricane Michael blasted through the Florida coastal towns of Eastpoint and Apalachicola, some residents are beginning the long process of cleaning up.

This area, just 30 miles east of where the powerful storm's eye made landfall on Wednesday, was expected to – and did – receive the worst of the storm surge.

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October 12, 2018: Hour 2

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Florida Panhandle residents are still assessing damage 48 hours after Hurricane Michael made landfall. Homes were destroyed, trees downed and roads made impassable, and in Apalachicola, there’s another concern: oysters. Also, inspectors found significant health and safety risks at the Adelanto U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in California, where a Nicaraguan man died after he hung himself from a noose made of bedsheets in March, 2017.

First lady Melania Trump declared herself “the most bullied person in the world” this week, eliciting strong reactions from Twitter users. A Navy veteran also sprung to social media fame after his mom’s #HimToo tweet turned him into a meme. He clarified a misunderstanding, and many on the internet loved it.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young speaks with Femi Oke (@FemiOke) of Al Jazeera English.

Hurricane Michael left areas across Florida, Georgia and the Carolinas devastated after making landfall Wednesday as the strongest hurricane to hit the continental U.S. in over 25 years. The storm now moves farther north. Rescue crews in affected areas attempt to make progress amid downed infrastructure, and residents of the Florida Panhandle, many without power or cell service, take stock of the damage to their homes.

A new documentary from A&E titled “Chris Rock’s ‘Bring the Pain’ ” details the early failures of stand-up comedy star Chris Rock and the 1996 HBO special,”Bring the Pain,” that changed his career.

Here & Now‘s Peter O’Dowd talks to NPR TV critic Eric Deggans (@Deggans) about the 1996 special’s lasting impact.

Twenty years ago, an openly-gay University of Wyoming student was brutally murdered for being gay. Matthew Shepard was robbed, beaten and left to die in Laramie, drawing an international spotlight to the small town. One of the most enduring legacies has been a wide and diverse collection of artistic responses.

The stock market was recovering ground early Friday, despite a nerve-racking slide Wednesday that continued into Thursday.

Here & Now‘s Robin Young is joined by Michael Regan (@Reganonymous) of Bloomberg News.

Inspectors found significant health and safety risks at the Adelanto U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention facility in California. A Nicaraguan man died after he hung himself from a noose made of bedsheets in March, 2017. Detainees also have to wait weeks and months to see doctors or to get dental care.

Less a month from the midterm elections, one of the candidates in Georgia’s hotly contested Governor’s race has been hit with a federal lawsuit. Republican Brian Kemp, Georgia’s secretary of state, was sued Thursday by groups that say his office is jeopardizing the votes of tens of thousands of minority Georgians. Kemp’s campaign denies wrongdoing.

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