Law

Smoking Bans

January 10, 2006

Many states and communities around the country have enacted or are considering enacting bans on smoking in public. A look at trends in anti-smoking campaigns.

Conservatives on Foreign Policy

December 19, 2005

A panel joins Diane to discuss President's Bush Oval Office address, U.S policy in Iraq, domestic eavesdropping, and U.S policy on torture.

Texas Congressional Redistricting

December 15, 2005

The Supreme Court's decision to consider the legality of Texas's 2003 congressional redistricting plan comes amid leaks revealing Justice Department attorneys' initial opposition to the plan, and the legal battle of its engineer, former...

The Death Penalty

December 5, 2005

Executions in the U.S. top 1,000 since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty in 1976. At the same time, public support for the death penalty has dropped and high-profile clemency petitions land governors and their decisions in the...

Nell Bernstein: "All Alone in the World" (New Press)

November 7, 2005

One in ten American children has a parent who is incarcerated, on probation, or paroled. An award-winning journalist examines the impact on families and society as a whole.

John Hope Franklin: "Mirror to America" (Farrar Straus & Giroux)

November 2, 2005

John Hope Franklin is a prize-winning historian, Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree for his civil rights work, and has served on presidential committees for FDR and Bill Clinton. Now 90 years of age, he joins Diane to talk about his...

Samuel Alito Supreme Court Nomination and Bush Administration Strategy

October 31, 2005

A discussion of the President's choice to replace Sandra Day O'Connor with Judge Samuel Alito. Also, a look at White House strategy following the indictment and subsequent resignation of Vice President Cheney's chief of staff, I Lewis...

Joan Biskupic: "On Her Own Terms" (Ecco)

October 20, 2005

A look at the tenure and impact of the first woman appointed to the Supreme Court.

Robert Bausch: "Out of Season" (Harcourt)

September 30, 2005

A novel about a 13 year-old boy killed by his brother and a father's attempt to understand the circumstances behind the killing. It's also the story of a fading Virginia tourist town, a bully who rules the residents, and a young woman in...

Brandt Goldstein: "Storming the Court" (Scribner)

September 26, 2005

In 1992, Yale law students sued the U.S. government over the detention of Haitian refugees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The author explains how this case became precedent for human rights concerns over suspected terrorists held at the...

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