Law

Taxing Soft Drinks

October 15, 2009

Soda pop, obesity and spiraling healthcare costs. Studies that link soft drink consumption to America's growing obesity epidemic have led to calls for a new tax on sugary soft drinks. Arguments for and against.

The U.S. Supreme Court's New Term

October 8, 2009

Gun rights, campaign finance, free speech and a Christian cross on federal land. Analysis of some of the major cases coming before the U.S. Supreme Court this term.

Michael J. Sandel: "Justice" (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)

October 7, 2009

A Harvard political philosopher applies concepts of virtue and the common good to broad economic and civic concerns.

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Abortion and the Health-Care Debate

October 5, 2009

Debate over abortion rights could complicate health-care overhaul efforts. A panel discusses the latest on health-care legislation and how Americans� shifting opinions on abortion may affect the final bill.

News Roundup - Hour 1

September 4, 2009

The Obama administration gears up for a new push on health care legislation. The U. S. manufacturing sector grows for the first time in eighteen months. Drug company Pfizer pleads guilty to criminal charges and will pay a record $2.3...

Haleh Esfandiari: "My Prison, My Home" (ECCO)

August 31, 2009

An Iranian-American scholar describes her experience in an Iranian prison and why she believes the recent mass trials of protesters might backfire on Iran's leadership

News Roundup - Hour 2

August 14, 2009

Secretary of State Clinton decries the sexual violence in eastern Congo. The Taliban in Afghanistan threatens to harm anyone participating in next week's presidential election and reports that the French and German economies grew last...

Crisis in the Democratic Republic of Congo

August 13, 2009

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton calls the sexual violence in eastern Congo "one of mankind's greatest atrocities." An update on the security crisis and what the U.S. and other nations can do to help stabilize the Democratic Republic of...

Violent Street Gangs

July 30, 2009

Two journalists describe life inside some of America's most violent street gangs. They discuss the the growth of Central American gangs from urban to suburban areas.

Lucinda Roy: "No Right to Remain Silent" (Harmony Books) (Rebroadcast)

July 26, 2009

Two years ago on the campus of Virginia Tech, a disturbed student gunned down thirty-two of his classmates and teachers. An English professor who had reached out to the troubled young man talks about the tragedy.

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