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...

John Roberts Hearings

September 6, 2005

A preview of the questions and issues Supreme Court nominee John Roberts is likely to face at his Senate confirmation hearings.

Kermit Roosevelt: "In The Shadow of the Law" (Farrar, Straus & Giroux)

August 9, 2005

A former clerk for a Supreme Court justice discusses his new novel about junior lawyers and their struggle to adjust to life at a big law firm. They take on the challenge of a death penalty appeal, billable hours, and complex corporate...

Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research

August 1, 2005

Republican Senate leader Bill Frist broke with President Bush Friday on the stem cell debate, saying he would support expanded federal funding for stem cell research. Diane and her guests talk about the latest developments in the ethical...

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