Guest Host: Steve Roberts

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.


  • 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."
  • Michael Mello professor of law, Vermont School of Law
  • Eugene Volokh professor of law, UCLA Law School

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