Law

Daniel Gardner: "The Science of Fear" (Dutton)

August 5, 2008

Humans today are living longer than ever before. But worries about terrorism, food safety, and random violence, to name but a few, leave many in a perpetual state of fear. Journalist Daniel Gardner examines what the latest brain research...

Victoria Nourse: "In Reckless Hands" (Norton)

July 29, 2008

During the 1920 and 1930s, ten of thousands of men and women were involuntarily sterilized. Author and lawyer Victoria Nourse examines the often overlooked part of American history when a majority of states passed sterilization laws and...

Gays in the Military

July 24, 2008

Congress Wednesday held the first hearing on the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy since it was instituted 15 years ago. Some Democrats envision a major push to repeal the underlying law next year. A look at the policy's role in...

Guantanamo Prosecutions

July 22, 2008

The first military trial of a terrorism suspect at Guantanamo began Monday and the judge threw out some evidence against Osama bin Laden's former driver, Salim Hamdan, that had been collected through harsh interrogation techniques. Also...

Linda Mills: "Violent Partners" (Basic Books)

July 1, 2008

Domestic violence affects millions of Americans every year. An expert on the subject discusses why victims of abuse remain in violent relationships and what steps can be taken to end the cycle of abuse.

Prosecuting Terrorism Detainees

June 17, 2008

Thursday the Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional to deny Guantanamo prisoners the right to challenge their detention. Implications of the ruling, and the debate between creating a new "national security court," vs. trying militarily...

Detention of Terrorism Suspects

June 16, 2008

Tuesday the Senate will hold hearings on the origins of harsh interrogation techniques and last Thursday Guantanamo prisoners won the right to challenge their detention in federal courts. We take a look at how the post 9/11 detention and...

David Iglesias: "In Justice" (Wiley)

June 3, 2008

One of the seven federal prosecutors fired by the Justice Department in 2006 offers his side of the story.

Noah Feldman: "The Rise and Fall of the Islamic State" (Princeton)

April 16, 2008

Why Islamic states thrived for hundreds of years, what led to their downfall, and the some of current challenges of Islamic governments in the modern world.

Nick Smith: "I Was Wrong" (Cambridge)

March 18, 2008

A professor specializing in the philosophy of law, politics, and society reflects on the meanings of private, public, and collective apologies.

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