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Wednesday, December 02, 2009

On today’s show, we’ll examine the legal and social consequences of the increased reliance on “snitching” –and whether offering deals to criminal offenders in exchange for information is a good idea. Then, we’ll learn about Louis Howe, FDR’s closest advisor, who helped orchestrate Roosevelt’s return to politics after he lost an election and was paralyzed by polio. Photographer Michael Poliza discusses his collection of pictures of polar regions. Plus, Three Cups of Tea author Greg Mortenson talks about his efforts to establish girls' schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Alexandra Natapoff, Professor of Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, argues that the consequences of snitching—police and prosecutors offering deals to criminal offenders in exchange for information—aren’t always positive. Her book Snitching: Criminal Informants and the Erosion of American Justice is a comprehensive analysis of this common ...

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FDR's Shadow

In 1921, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had just lost an election as vice president, was left paralyzed from the waist down by polio, and his marriage was on the rocks. Julie Fenster describes how his friend and advisor, Louis Howe, was instrumental in FDR’s resurgence and for shaping Eleanor Roosevelt’s role. ...

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Award-winning photographer Michael Poliza talks about venturing to the polar regions with his camera. His book Antarctic: A Tribute to Life in the Polar Regions captures images of these frozen paradises threatened by global warming.

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Stones Into Schools

Picking up where his bestseller Three Cups of Tea left off in 2003, Greg Mortenson recounts his efforts to establish schools for girls in Afghanistan; his work in Azad Kashmir and Pakistan after the 2005 earthquake; and the ways he has built relationships with Islamic clerics, militia commanders, and ...

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