Law

Joshua Key: "The Deserter's Tale" (Atlantic Monthly Press)

March 13, 2007

A U.S. Army deserter and Canadian refugee applicant talks about how he crossed the line in Iraq and why he won't return.

Ken Alder: "The Lie Detectors" (Free Press)

March 8, 2007

The polygraph machine seeks to separate the truth from lies. But the answers it gives are inadmissible in court, and those who know how can easily trick the machine. The origins of the lie detector and what its use reveals about both...

Kerry Max Cook: "Chasing Justice" (William Morrow)

February 27, 2007

Kerry Max Cook spent 20 years on death row for a murder he didn't commit. He talks about how he finally walked free, and what American justice looks like from death row.

Presidential Powers at a Time of War

February 1, 2007

The Bush Administration returns to federal court to defend a lawsuit against its warrantless surveillance program. And the handling of the Iraq war deepens debate over executive powers.

Richard Clarke: "Breakpoint" (Putnam)

January 23, 2007

The counterterrorism czar to Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush presents his latest novel. It's a tale of cyber-insecurity, the growing threat from China, and a not too distant future where advances in science and technology threaten...

Jeffrey Rosen: "The Supreme Court" (Times Books)

January 10, 2007

A look at how the temperament of a supreme court justice can and does influence court rulings. Law professor and legal affairs reporter Jeffrey Rosen examines four crucial eras in the history of the Court and explains how larger-than-life...

Readers' Review: "The Stranger" by Albert Camus (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2006

Diane invites listeners to participate in a discussion of this classic French novel about an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach.

James Olson: "Fair Play" (Potomac Books)

December 18, 2006

Americans have always had a love - hate relationship with spying. A former high-ranking CIA officials examines the moral dilemmas often associated with clandestine work.

Andrew Koppelman: "Same Sex, Different States" (Yale)

November 29, 2006

A law professor discusses which state laws should govern in specific situations as gay couples travel or move from place to place.

Readers' Review: "The Stranger" by Albert Camus

September 27, 2006

Diane invites listeners to participate in a discussion of this classic French novel about an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach.

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