The Supreme Court

October 10, 2002

The Supreme Court began its new term this week. Several judicial watchers talk about current cases and some of the possible new rulings on immigration, criminal law and copyright issues.

Albert DeMeo: "For The Sins of My Father"

September 3, 2002

From the Corleones to the Sopranos, fictional Mafia families have long been part of American entertainment. Albert DeMeo, son of a member of the notorious Gambino family, talks about what it was really like growing up in "the Mob."...


July 16, 2002

A panel talks about the role of whistleblowers in government and the private sector, the ongoing campaign for more laws to protect them, and why it seems many whistleblowers in the media spotlight in the past few months have been women.

International Criminal Court

July 8, 2002

A panel talks about the international criminal court: why the U.S. "unsigned" a treaty to establish the court, and a look at the repercussions for our foreign policy and for peacekeeping efforts around the world.

Death Penalty Moratorium

May 13, 2002

Maryland is the second state to suspend the death penalty to allow for an examination of possible mistakes and racial bias in the system. A panel talks about this trend and what the data show so far about the reality of capital punishment...

John Dean: "The Rehnquist Choice" (Free Press)

October 2, 2001

Former Nixon White House counsel John Dean tells the controversial story behind Justice William Rehnquist's appointment to the Supreme Court.

Counterterrorism Proposals

September 20, 2001

Attorney General John Ashcroft wants Congress to assist the battle against terrorism by changing laws affecting intelligence gathering, money laundering, immigration, and criminal justice. A panel explains the proposals and concerns they...


August 30, 2001

A panel talks about how a resettlement program mandating the transfer of large, mostly white-owned farms to landless blacks has destabilized Zimbabwe.

Murdoch & Price: "Courting Justice" (Basic Books)

August 8, 2001

Over the past half-century, the Supreme Court has heard a great variety of cases related to gay rights. In their new book, journalists Joyce Murdoch and Deb Price look back on some of the milestone decisions and examine the social forces...

Michael Pollan: "The Botany of Desire" (Random House)

July 18, 2001

Journalist Michael Pollan explores the complex relationships between plants and people in his book. He tells the histories of how four common plants - apples, potatoes, tulips, and marijuana - have been domesticated.

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