Law

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

December 12, 2007

New Supreme Court rulings boost judge discretion in considering federal sentencing guidelines, while the U.S. Sentencing Commission has moved to reduce dramatic guideline disparity between crack and powder cocaine offenses. But only...

Bridging the Foreign Policy Divide

December 10, 2007

Conservatives and liberals came together to find common ground on the most pressing foreign policy issues under a project developed by the Stanley Foundation. We talk with the project's editors and the authors of the chapter on detainee...

Tasers

December 5, 2007

Tasers are an increasingly popular non-lethal weapon for police departments. But several recent incidents, including the death of a Polish immigrant in the Vancouver airport, have heightened debate over use of the Taser stun gun.

Julie Fenster: "The Case of Abraham Lincoln" (Palgrave Macmillan)

December 4, 2007

In 1856, Abraham Lincoln was at a crossroads. He was a man without a political party. And he was growing bored with his work as an attorney. The formation of an new party - the Republican Party - offered him a political home. A...

Daniel Stashower: "Arthur Conan Doyle" (Penguin)

November 19, 2007

Sherlock Holmes, the fictional genius of deductive reasoning, is a famous figure, but far less is known about his creator, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. A previously unpublished collection of his letters offers new insights into the real life...

Peter Heller: "The Whale Warriors" (Free Press)

November 13, 2007

The award-winning adventure writer describes his voyage to the Antarctic with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to stop an illegal Japanese whaling fleet.

The Definition of Torture

October 31, 2007

The Senate Judiciary Committee has asked President Bush's nominee for Attorney General to clarify his views on whether a technique that simulates drowning known as waterboarding constitutes torture. We discuss new questions about harsh...

Supreme Court Preview

October 1, 2007

On the first day of the Supreme Court's 2007/2008 term, two best-selling authors provide a rare, behind-the-scenes glimpse at the inner workings of the Court. They discuss how the personalities and philosophies of the Justices may...

Amy Zegart: Spying Blind (Princeton)

September 27, 2007

A professor of public policy offers her analysis of why the CIA and the FBI failed to adapt to the growing threat of terrorism before 9/11 and why, more than six years later, our country's intelligence systems remain inadequate.

The Jena Six and Civil Rights Activism

September 20, 2007

Racial confrontations and allegations of unequal justice in Jena, Lousiana have galvanized today's nationally-organized rally. A discussion of the Jena Six and where civil rights activism is headed.

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