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Thursday, November 08, 2007

What happens in the Iowa caucuses may determine who the next president will be. Today we kick off our new election series, States of the Union, with a look at which issues matter most to Iowans…..and whether the candidates are listening. Also: the origins of habeas corpus. We hear about Theresa Rebeck's new play, Mauritius. And on Underreported: why radio is such an important medium in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Guests:

Theresa Rebeck

Why Habeas Corpus Matters

The right of habeas corpus has been an important safeguard of individual freedom. We look into what habeas corpus really means, its medieval origins, and whether it's been weakened in the US in recent years. Dr. Paul Brand is a senior research fellow at Oxford University; Noah Feldman is professor ...

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States of the Union: Iowa

As the Iowa caucuses approach, which issues matter most to Iowans? And are politicians doing a good job of addressing those issues? We kick off our States of the Union election feature with O. Kay Henderson from Radio Iowa.

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Theresa Rebeck and Bobby Cannavale on Mauritius

The new Broadway play Mauritius, now at the Biltmore Theater, was described by the New York Times as a “thriller about stamp collecting.” Leonard talks to playwright Theresa Rebeck and star Bobby Cannavale.

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Underreported: Congo Radio

Radio is THE medium in the eastern Congo. Wanda Hall of Interactive Radio for Justice (IRfJ) produces radio shows there exploring ways to achieve justice and reconciliation post-conflict in the Ituri region of the Congo, where millions have died during the war.

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Underreported: Update on Sri Lankan Press Freedom

Back in August, veteran Sri Lankan journalist Iqbal Athas told us why he was in grave danger because of government crackdowns on freedom of the press. He joins us again today to update us on the situation there, and whether the threats against him have died down.

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