Friday, Dec. 17, 2004
Press Box: Anonymous Sources and the Law
NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with Jack Shafer about the recent crop of journalists who have gotten in legal trouble over their use of anonymous sources. Listen to the segment.
Summary Judgment: Flight of the Phoenix, Spanglish, A Series of Unfortunate Events
Writer Mark Jordan Legan has a roundup of the buzz on this weekend's major film releases: Flight of the Phoenix, Spanglish, and Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events. Listen to the segment.
Thursday, Dec. 16, 2004
Chatterbox: The "Faithless Elector" for Edwards
Timothy Noah explains the legal and historical significance of the "faithless elector"—a member of the Electoral College who refuses to cast a vote for the presidential candidate who won their state. This week, one such elector in Minnesota cast a vote for Sen. John Edwards instead of Democratic nominee Sen. John Kerry. Listen to the segment.
Moneybox: America and the Global Market
NPR's Madeleine Brand talks with Daniel Gross about America's diminishing role in the global economy. Listen to the segment.
Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2004
Explainer: Blinding Pilots With Laser Beams
The Department of Homeland Security and the FBI have warned airport officials that terrorists may try to use laser beams to blind pilots coming in for landing at airport. Andy Bowers reports on whether using laser beams this way could really bring down a plane. Listen to the segment.
Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2004
Jurisprudence: Death Sentence for Peterson
NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with Dahlia Lithwick about the conclusion of the Scott Peterson trial. The court recommended the death penalty Monday afternoon for the murder of his pregnant wife Laci two years ago. Listen to the segment.
Human Nature: Conservative Abortion Attack
NPR's Alex Chadwick talks with Will Saletan about anti-abortion legislation likely to be pursued by conservative politicians when the next Congress convenes in January. Listen to the segment.
Monday, Dec. 13, 2004
Kausfiles: Kerik Pulls Out Ballot Box: Fight for DNC Chair
Mickey Kaus has an audio blog about Bernard Kerik's withdrawal from consideration for the top spot at the Homeland Security Department. Kaus says Kerik's explanation—that he may have employed an illegal immigrant—could be masking more serious improprieties that would have imperiled his nomination. Listen to the segment.
NPR's Noah Adams speaks with Chris Suellentrop about the political maneuvering for the chairmanship of the Democratic National Committee. Listen to the segment.
Kausfiles: Kerik Pulls Out
Ballot Box: Fight for DNC Chair