Friday, March 25, 2005
Press Box: Media "Deconcentration"
NPR's Alex Chadwick speaks with Jack Shafer about whether there's a new trend in media ownership that runs against public perception of giant media mergers: "deconsolidation." Listen to the segment.
Summary Judgment: Miss Congeniality 2, Guess Who, D.E.B.S.
Mark Jordan Legan offers a round-up of what movie critics are saying about this weekend's major film releases—Miss Congeniality 2, Guess Who, and D.E.B.S. Listen to the segment.
Thursday, March 24, 2005
Hey Wait a Minute: Schiavo's Disability Rights
NPR's Alex Chadwick speaks with disability rights attorney Harriet McBryde Johnson about case of Terri Schiavo, who has lingered for 15 years in a persistent vegetative state. Johnson is disabled herself, and argues that the removal of the feeding tube without Terri Schiavo's express consent is a form of discrimination against the disabled. Listen to the segment.
Wednesday, March 23, 2005
Dispatches: The Michael Jackson Trial
NPR's Madeleine Brand speaks with Seth Stevenson on the latest in the Michael Jackson trial in Santa Maria, Calif. The pop music icon's dramatic criminal trial on child molestation charges continues despite Jackson's apparent illness. Listen to the segment.
Tuesday, March 22, 2005
Explainer: Estimating Potential Oil Reserves
Daniel Engber explains how geologists can tell if an area has oil beneath its surface, and how much. The U.S. Geological Survey estimates there could be more than 10 billion barrels of oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Listen to the segment.
Jurisprudence: Free Speech vs. Defamation
NPR's Alex Chadwick speaks with Emily Bazelon about a case before the U.S. Supreme Court involving noted defense lawyer Johnnie Cochran. A California court ruled that a former client of Cochran's, who made false and defamatory statements about the attorney, could never speak about Cochran in public again. The issue before the Supreme Court is whether this violates the man's free speech rights. Listen to the segment.
Monday, March 21, 2005
Jurisprudence: Law and Politics in Schiavo Case
NPR's Alex Chadwick talks to Dahlia Lithwick about the legal issues surrounding the case of Terri Schiavo, a brain-damaged woman whose fate has grown into a major political and legal battle. Listen to the segment.