Public Executions

Public Executions

This week, several public radio stations aired a special featuring tape recordings from a Georgia execution chamber. Later this month, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh will be executed, and survivors and relatives of his victims will...

This week, several public radio stations aired a special featuring tape recordings from a Georgia execution chamber. Later this month, Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh will be executed, and survivors and relatives of his victims will be able to watch on closed-circuit TV. A panel talks about the political and psychological aspects of the debate over whether the public should witness capital punishment being carried out.

Guests

E.J. Dionne Jr.

senior fellow at The Brookings Institution, Washington Post columnist, and author of "Souled Out: Reclaiming Faith and Politics After the Religious Right" and of "Stand Up Fight Back."

Eugene Volokh

professor of law, UCLA Law School

Michael Mello

professor of law, Vermont School of Law

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