Friday, June 17, 2005
Summary Judgment: Batman Begins, Heights, The Perfect Man
Mark Jordan Legan reviews what the critics are saying about this week's new movie releases, including Batman Begins, Heights, and The Perfect Man. Listen to the segment.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
War Stories: Reading the Downing Street Memo
The so-called "Downing Street Memo"—a secret British pre-Iraq war memo that some critics believe proves Bush administration officials "fixed" intelligence to build support for the war—gets a public hearing Thursday on Capitol Hill. But what does the memo, and the other leaked documents that support it, actually say? Alex Chadwick discusses the document with Fred Kaplan. Listen to the segment.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005
Explainer: U.S. Apologies, Decades Too Late
The U.S. Senate this week issued a resolution apologizing for the federal government's failure to act against the lynchings that claimed thousands of lives from 1880 to 1968. Andy Bowers explains what motivates the government to issue apologies for actions that are often many decades in the past. Listen to the segment.
Summer Movies: End of Movie Rentals?
Madeleine Brand speaks with Edward J. Epstein about Rupert Murdoch's plan to offer movies through in-home digital video recorders. Epstein believes Murdoch's plan, if successful, could lead to the end of the video and DVD rental business. Listen to the segment.
Tuesday, June 14, 2005
Explainer: A Life for Birds After Cockfighting?
The FBI recently arrested more than 100 people for running a cockfighting ring in Tennessee. Daniel Engber explains whether fighting birds can ever be rehabilitated. Listen to the segment.
Monday, June 13, 2005
Explainer: Boxing Win-Loss Records
The weekend brought a humiliating defeat for former champion boxer Mike Tyson. Andy Bowers reports about whether win-loss records mean anything in the world of boxing. Listen to the segment.
Jurisprudence: Court Passes on Padilla Case
Madeleine Brand talks with Emily Bazelon about some more U.S. Supreme Court rulings handed down Monday morning. The decisions include the reversal of a murder conviction for a black inmate in Texas who claimed that prosecutors illegally stacked his jury with whites, and the court's refusal to expedite a hearing for "dirty bomb" terrorist suspect Jose Padilla. Listen to the segment.