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Thursday, November 24, 2011

Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is now author of Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge’s View. He discusses civic education and some of the most notable decisions to come out of the courts. Plus: journalist Isabel Wilkerson shares her own Great Migration story and takes listener calls; German film director Werner Herzog on his new documentary on the death penalty; Dr. Jane Goodall, primatologist, on chimpanzee lessons; and what a stack of old report cards tells us about pupils of the past.  

Justice Breyer on American Democracy

Stephen Breyer, Supreme Court Justice and author of Making Our Democracy Work: A Judge's View, offers his view of interpreting the Constitution. 

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Werner Herzog on the Death Penalty

German film director, producer and screenwriter, Werner Herzog, explores the American death penalty in his new documentary, Into the Abyss, about a triple homicide in Texas.

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The Great Migration

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Isabel Wilkerson, talks about her book, now in paperback, The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, as listeners share their families' stories of moving away from the Jim Crow south.

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Jane Goodall Live

Jane Goodall, primatologist and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, talks about her work with chimpanzees and the release of a new documentary about her life called Jane's Journey

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The Batch of Report Cards

Paul Lukas, best known as the man behind Uni Watch, discusses his recent Slate series about his research into a batch of 1920s and 30s report cards from a Manhattan trade school for girls. 

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