Thursday, March 28, 2013
We’ll look at the current status of public defenders and the legacy of the Supreme Court decision Gideon v. Wainwright. Aleksandar Hemon talks about growing up in Sarajevo, and watching its destruction from Chicago during the Balkan War. Mary Beth Keane discusses her new novel about Typhoid Mary, called Fever. Dr. Robert Lustig explains how the massive amount of sugar we’re consuming has changed our brain chemistry, affecting what—and how much—we eat.
Friday, September 21, 2012
David Cay Johnston explains the ways corporations hide sneaky stipulations in contract, often with government permission. In The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind, he deciphers the jargon used in things like utility bills that cost you money, and he points out what’s missing—all the contractually binding clauses that companies hide but still enforce. Johnston shares solutions you can use to fight back against these devious practices.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Michael Armstrong describes the1970-72 Knapp Commission investigation into police corruption, prompted by the New York Times' report on whistleblower cop Frank Serpico. In They Wished They Were Honest he examines how the commission affected the NYPD's public image, what leads to police corruption, and the toll it takes on society.
Thursday, May 19, 2011