Law

Robert Caro:  LBJ and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Robert Caro: LBJ and the Civil Rights Act of 1964

June 30, 2014

Fifty years ago, President Lyndon Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act into law. We talk with Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Robert Caro on LBJ and his role in the struggle for civil rights.

Bipartisan Efforts to Reduce Government Gridlock and Reform Money in Politics

Bipartisan Efforts to Reduce Government Gridlock and Reform Money in Politics

June 26, 2014

Our panel, including former U.S. Sen Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) and law professor Larry Lessig, discuss the new bipartisan efforts to reduce government gridlock and the influence of big donors.

David Boies & Theodore Olson: "Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality"

David Boies & Theodore Olson: "Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality"

June 24, 2014

In 2008, California voters passed Proposition 8, banning same-sex marriage. Attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson on their five-year struggle to overturn the law and the future of same-sex marriage in the courts.

Wider Implications of the U.S. Patent Office Decision on the Washington Redskins

Wider Implications of the U.S. Patent Office Decision on the Washington Redskins

June 19, 2014

On Wednesday, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office announced it was canceling the Washington Redskins trademark registration. The plaintiffs, like many fans across the country, had argued the name was disparaging to Native Americans. Guest host Susan Page and a panel discuss what the ruling means for the team and evolving notions of what's offensive.

The Latest On The Violence In Iraq

The Latest On The Violence In Iraq

June 18, 2014

President Barack Obama sends nearly 300 troops to boost security at the American embassy in Baghdad, as Al Qaeda-inspired insurgents continue to expand areas of control. We discuss the crisis in Iraq and the possibility of US-Iranian cooperation.

 Debate Over How Teacher Tenure Affects The Quality Of Education

Debate Over How Teacher Tenure Affects The Quality Of Education

June 17, 2014

After a judge in California ruled the state’s teacher tenure laws unconstitutional, guest host Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts discuss teacher tenure and the quality of a public school education.

The Security Crisis In Iraq And Its High Stakes Regional Implications

The Security Crisis In Iraq And Its High Stakes Regional Implications

June 16, 2014

Islamic extremists continue their push for control of Iraqi territory. We discuss the growing security crisis in Iraq, America's role and the high-stakes regional implications.

Two Views On Solving Income Inequality In America

Two Views On Solving Income Inequality In America

June 12, 2014

Many experts have come to agree that income inequality is slowing our nation's economic recovery. But partisanship often gets in the way of finding a solution. Economists Robert Reich and Douglas Holtz-Eakin offer ideas from across the political spectrum.

New Recalls And More Than 80 Lawsuits: The Future of General Motors

New Recalls And More Than 80 Lawsuits: The Future of General Motors

June 10, 2014

General Motors faces more than 80 lawsuits related to defective ignition switches. Last week it announced four new recalls. Diane and her guests discuss what's ahead for GM, its customers and its management.

Piper Kerman On Her Story That Inspired The Netflix Series "Orange Is The New Black"

Piper Kerman On Her Story That Inspired The Netflix Series "Orange Is The New Black"

June 9, 2014

As the second season of "Orange Is The New Black" premiers on Netflix, the woman that inspired the series, Piper Kerman, joins Diane to talk about her experience behind bars and her work on prison reform.

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