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Backstory: The Rhetoric on Healthcare Reform

Thursday, June 28, 2012

On the heels of today’s Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act, Propublica’s Charlie Ornstein and The Economist’s Charlotte Howard take a look back at the political talking points which engulfed what came to be known as “Obamacare.”

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Underreported: The Martin Act & Investor Lawsuits

Thursday, May 10, 2012

University of Pennsylvania law professor David Skeel explains the recent judicial expansion of the Martin Act of 1921, which now makes it easier for private investors to file lawsuits against investment firms.

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Jeffrey Toobin on the Health Care Reform Law and the Supreme Court

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Yorker staff writer and CNN senior legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses the health care reform law in the Supreme Court. He's the author of the 2007 book The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court. His latest book, The Oath: The Obama White House. The Supreme Court, will be published in September by Doubleday.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Loving Story

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nancy Buirski, director of the documentary “The Loving Story,” recounts the love story of Mildred and Richard Loving, an interracial couple whose marriage was declared illegal in 1958 until they successfully fought their case in front of the Supreme Court, resulting in the landmark 1967 Civil Rights decision ending marriage discrimination based on race. “The Loving Story” premieres on HBO on February 14, at 9 pm.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Proposition 8 Ruling

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

NYU law professor Kenji Yoshino, the Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law, discusses the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling on the constitutionality of Proposition 8 today.

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Backstory: Bradley Manning Trial

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Liza Goitein, co-director of the Liberty & National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, joins us to discuss the trial of Bradley Manning as it wraps up.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

20 Years Later: Anita Hill and the Justice Thomas Confirmation Hearings

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Two decades later, Nina Totenberg, NPR legal affairs correspondent, talks about the ripple effects of Justice Thomas' Supreme Court confirmation hearings and Anita Hill's accusations against him.

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NY Lawyers Learn About Same-Sex Marriage Legalities

Sunday, September 18, 2011

As same-sex couples continue exchanging wedding vows in New York, lawyers are working to catch up on the complications the new law creates.

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Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

John A. Farrell discusses the life of America’s legendary defense attorney and progressive hero, Clarence Darrow. His biography, Clarence Darrow: Attorney for the Damned draws on previously unpublished correspondence and memoirs to offer a candid account of Darrow’s life—from his divorce and affairs to his feud with his law partner, Edgar Lee Masters to his controversial cases: from the landmark Pullman Strike case to the Scopes “Monkey Trial.”

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Crime After Crime

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Director Yoav Potash and Joshua Safran, a lawyer who’s featured in the documentary “Crime After Crime,” talk about the film, which tells the story of a battered woman's decades-long struggle to be released from a wrongful prison sentence. It opens July 1 at IFC Center.

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Hot Coffee and Tort Reform

Monday, June 27, 2011

Filmmaker Susan Saladoff, a former public interest lawyer, talks about her documentary “Hot Coffee,” about the McDonald’s coffee case, which continues to be cited as a prime example of how citizens use “frivolous” lawsuits to take unfair advantage of America’s legal system. But is that an accurate portrayal of the facts? The movie looks at the infamous legal battle that began with a spilled cup of McDonald’s coffee and investigates America’s zeal for tort reform, which, Saladoff argues, could restrict the legal rights of everyday citizens and undermine the entire civil justice system. The documentary debuts June 27 on HBO.

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The Man in the Rockefeller Suit

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Mark Seal tells the story of Clark Rockefeller, a stranger-than-fiction tale of a con man who convincingly passed himself off as Rockefeller. The Man in the Rockefeller Suit: The Astonishing Rise and Spectacular Fall of a Serial Imposter looks at the man behind the lie, and how, over 30 years, he boldly assumed a series of false identities, moved up the social ladder on both coasts, and married a rising star businesswoman with a Harvard MBA who believed he was a Rockefeller. When his marriage ended and he was arrested for kidnapping his daughter, his past of astounding deceptions was exposed.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Perjury and the Ethics of American Life

Monday, May 30, 2011

James Stewart discusses what he sees as an epidemic of perjury sweeping our country, undermining the foundation of our courts, and explains why he thinks it’s symptomatic of a broader breakdown of ethics in American life. Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff goes behind the scenes of the trials of Martha Stewart, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Barry Bonds, and Bernard Madoff, and includes interviews with prosecutors, investigators, and participants speaking for the first time. The book looks at age-old tensions between greed and justice, self-interest and public interest, loyalty and duty.

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Erin Brockovich

Monday, May 30, 2011

Environmental and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich talks about her debut novel, Rock Bottom, the first in a series of thrillers. It tells the story of Angela Joy Palladino, who became pregnant at 17 and fled her hometown in West Virginia as a pariah. Years later, she takes a job with a lawyer crusading against mountaintop removal mining, and has to return to that town.

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The Central Park Five

Monday, May 23, 2011

Sarah Burns gives an in-depth account of one of New York City’s most notorious crimes—the brutal assault on a woman who became known as the Central Park jogger, which took place April 1989. The Central Park Five: A Chronicle of a City Wilding intertwines the stories of the five black and Latino teenagers who were arrested and confessed to the crime, despite the fact that they quickly recanted and that no DNA tests or eyewitness accounts existed, with the stories of the police officers, the district attorneys, the victim, and Matias Reyes—the man actually guilty of the attack.

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David Goldman's Battle to Bring His Son Home

Thursday, May 12, 2011

David Goldman tells about his years-long struggle to bring his son home after he was abducted by his wife. In A Father’s Love: One Man’s Unrelenting Battle to Bring His Abducted Son Home, Goldman recounts his battle to bring Sean back home—an international controversy that would eventually reach the highest levels of the U.S. and Brazilian governments. It would be almost five years before David saw Sean again.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Rutgers Suicide Case

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Daniel J. Solove, John Marshall Harlan Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School, author of the forthcoming book, Nothing to Hide: The False Tradeoff Between Privacy and Security, and founder of TeachPrivacy, discusses the legal implications of the indictment against the 19-year-old Rutger’s student who allegedly broadcasted online an intimate encounter involving his roommate, Tyler Clementi. Clementi later committed suicide.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Shakespeare and Justice

Monday, April 25, 2011

Legal scholar Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at NYU School of Law, explains how Shakespeare's greatest plays demonstrate what makes a fair and just society and can elucidate some of the most troubling issues in contemporary life. A Thousand Times More Fair: What Shakespeare's Plays Teach Us About Justice addresses fundamental questions we ask about our world today: Why is the rule of law better than revenge? How much mercy should we show a wrongdoer? What does it mean to "prove" guilt or innocence?

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James Stewart on Perjury

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

James Stewart discusses what he sees as an epidemic of perjury sweeping our country, undermining the foundation of our courts, and explains why he thinks it’s symptomatic of a broader breakdown of ethics in American life. Tangled Webs: How False Statements are Undermining America: From Martha Stewart to Bernie Madoff goes behind the scenes of the trials of Martha Stewart, Lewis "Scooter" Libby, Barry Bonds, and Bernard Madoff, and includes interviews with prosecutors, investigators, and participants speaking for the first time. The book looks at age-old tensions between greed and justice, self-interest and public interest, loyalty and duty.

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Underreported: The Acquittal of Luis Posada Carriles

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Eighty-three-year-old Luis Posada Carriles is a former CIA operative. He has been connected to the Bay of Pigs fiasco, the funneling of U.S. money to the Contras in Nicaragua in the 1980s, a series of attacks on Havana hotels in 1997, and the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner that killed 73 people. Posada was acquitted this month of charges that he lied to U.S. immigration officials when he entered the country in 2005. Jefferson Morley, a former editor at The Washington Post and the author of Our Man in Mexico: Winston Scott and the Hidden History of the CIA, looks at Posada's background and his recent acquittal.

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