Justice Talking

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Justice Talking Tackling Tough Issues

For our final show, we'll bring you interviews with some of our favorite guests who challenged conventions or common perceptions. We'll also look at how we've covered two major topics, the Supreme Court and national security. KEYWORDS: For our final show, we'll bring you interviews with some of our favorite guests who challenged conventions or common perceptions. We'll also look at how we've covered two major topics, the Supreme Court and national security.

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Justice Talking Through the Years

As this radio series comes to an end, we take a look at how the program began and some of the defining moments of the last 9 years from the debate between Howard Dean and Ralph Nader to getting stranded in New Mexico on 9/11. KEYWORDS: As this radio series comes to an end, we take a look at how the program began and some of the defining moments of the last 9 years from the debate between Howard Dean and Ralph Nader to getting stranded in New Mexico on 9/11.

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Trash Management and Recycling

With the nation's landfills reaching capacity, state and local governments are adopting new strategies to deal with solid and hazardous waste, from stepped-up recycling programs to exporting trash to foreign countries. Join us on this edition of Justice Talking as we take a fresh look at trash management and recycling programs and ask whether governments are cleaning up the problem or if their efforts are just one big waste. KEYWORDS: trash, refuse, waste disposal, landfills, recycling, where does the trash go, where all the trash goes, hazardous wastes, ewastes, e-wastes, solid waste, biomass, fresh kills

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Do Our Fighting Men and Women Have a Right to Free Speech?

When a soldier joins the armed forces, he or she agrees to abide by military law — these rules and regulations are meant to ensure good order and discipline in the military. But what about when it comes to free speech? By putting on a uniform, does a soldier surrender his or her First Amendment rights? More and more soldiers are posting their thoughts and feelings in online diaries or blogs, but military officials worry that sensitive information could make its way onto the Internet. Tune in to this edition of Justice Talking as we examine whether our fighting men and women have a right to free speech, from blog posts to protests. KEYWORDS: rights of soldiers; military rights; free speech in uniform; troops; soldier rights; soldier blogs;

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Freedom of Religion

The protection to practice any religion is written into the U.S. Constitution. Over the years there have been battles over how to interpret these protections or freedoms as well as concerns over the separation of Church and State. All of these issues come up in the major institutions of our society - schools, the military, prisons and politics. On this edition of Justice Talking, what does religious freedom mean in the 21st century? KEYWORDS: freedom of religion; religious freedom; church and state; separation of church and state; religion in the military; religion in prison; religion in politics;

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Innovations in Policing

As murder rates increase in a number of large cities, police are implementing a host of new measures aimed at reducing crime: cameras in high-crime areas, automatic scanners that run ID checks on every automobile that passes by a police cruiser, stop-and-frisk policies and door-to-door "consent" searches for weapons. This edition of Justice Talking will ask whether the new technologies and methods are effective and fair. Do they unfairly discriminate against poor African-American families? Are the policies violating the rights to privacy and free association or are they reasonable measures that protect communities' right to live free of violence? KEYWORDS: As murder rates increase in a number of large cities, police are implementing a host of new measures aimed at reducing crime: cameras in high-crime areas, automatic scanners that run ID checks on every automobile that passes by a police cruiser, stop-and-frisk policies and door-to-door "consent" searches for weapons. This edition of Justice Talking will ask whether the new technologies and methods are effective and fair. Do they unfairly discriminate against poor African-American families? Are the policies violating the rights to privacy and free association or are they reasonable measures that protect communities' right to live free of violence?

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The US Economy

A major focus for voters in the race for president is concern over the economy. But what are the hidden costs behind headline issues like soaring food prices, free trade agreements, as well as the war in Iraq? On this edition of Justice Talking, we'll look at why food prices are going up and how some Americans are struggling to put food on the table; we'll talk about whether trade agreements are good or bad for America's workforce; and Linda Bilmes explains how she and a Nobel Prize-winning economist determined that the war is costing a staggering three trillion dollars. KEYWORDS: scary numbers; economy; deficit; debt; balance of payments; food crisis; energy crisis; food shortages; energy shortages; trade agreements; balance of trade; U.S. monetary policy;

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Neurolaw

Some lawyers are using brain scans showing defects to argue that their clients aren't responsible for criminal behavior. In recent years, this neuroscientific evidence has been increasingly used in our courtrooms. But some scientists argue that the imaging is still new and unreliable, while others question whether juries should be ruling on what counts as a "defective" brain. As neurolaw grows in influence, it could potentially revolutionize our notions of guilt and punishment as criminals say "my brain made me do it." Might we be, one day, just a brain scan away from a form of lie detection and prediction of criminal behavior? Tune in as we examine this new frontier of law on this edition of Justice Talking. KEYWORDS: neurolaw; neurology; brain defects; phrenology; eugenics; PET scan; functional magnetic imaging; brain scan;

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The Right to a Jury Trial

The right to a trial by a jury is guaranteed to criminal defendants by the Sixth Amendment. The Seventh Amendment extends the right to a jury trial to federal civil cases such as car accidents, contract disputes between corporations, and most discrimination or employment disputes. But there are many questions about how the system works. Who shows up to serve? Is there racial or other bias in the selection process or in jury deliberations? Join us for this edition of Justice Talking as we look at jury trials and jury service and ask whether this system is fair and effective. KEYWORDS: Trial by Jury; Jury Trial; Right to a Jury Trial; Juries; Seventh Amendment; 7th Amendment; Criminal Jury; Civil Jury; Grand Jury; Criminal Juries; Civil Juries; Brand Juries

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The Rights of the Mentally Ill

State laws permit the involuntary commitment of people suffering from mental illness if they are a danger to themselves or others. But how do these commitment laws work in practice? Do laws aimed at protecting patients' rights prevent people from getting the help they need? Are they violating patients' civil liberties? The law and the mentally ill on Justice Talking. KEYWORDS: mental illness; mentally ill; State laws permit the involuntary commitment of those suffering mental illness if they are a danger to themselves or others. But how do these commitment laws work in practice? Do laws aimed at protecting patient's rights prevent the mentally ill from getting the help they need? Are they violating the civil liberties of the mentally ill? The law and the mentally ill, this week on Justice Talking.

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