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SALES OF A DEATH PLAN: Capital Punishment

with Sam Jordan, Kent Scheideggervia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, February 15, 2000

Is America on the wrong side of the death penalty debate? The worldwide wide trend is against the death penalty: more than half the countries in the world have abolished it, including more than 30 nations since 1990. So why do we have a death penalty in America? Is it to deter people from committing murder? If so, does it work? Or is the death penalty fundamentally a matter of justice, of punishing appropriately those guilty of the worst crimes?

NO NUKES IS GOOD NUKES: Nuclear Proliferation

with Sumit Ganguly, William Potter, Scott Saganvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, February 15, 2000

For decades the United States, the former Soviet Union, China, Britain and France were the world's only nuclear powers. But that is changing. When India and Pakistan conducted nuclear weapons tests in 1998, they demonstrated that they had both the ability and the will to build nuclear weapons. Is the United States doing enough to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons? Are we prepared for the very real possibility that nations such as North Korea and Iran may soon be able to build nuclear weapons?

WORKING HARD OR HARDLY WORKING? Living Wage Ordinances

with Thomas E. MaCurdy, Ken Jacobs, Bishop John C. Westervia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 26, 2000

Since 1995, more than forty city and county governments across the country have enacted living wage ordinances. What are living wage ordinances and how does the living wage differ from the minimum wage? Is a living wage ordinance the best way to help low-income families or are there more effective methods of helping those in need?

TRADING ON OUR FEARS: The World Trade Organization

with Melvyn B. Krauss, Kevin Danaher, Jerry Levinevia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 26, 2000

In November of 1999, tens of thousands of people took to the streets of Seattle to protest against the World Trade Organization (WTO). How does the WTO work and why did it raise such a response? Does the WTO threaten environmental laws, human rights and national sovereignty or does it provide the best framework for ensuing that all nations benefit from international trade? Were the protests aimed at the WTO in particular or at the concept of free trade itself?

A TALE OF TWO CHINAS: The Future of Taiwan

with Henry S. Rowen, Michel Oksenberg, David Liuvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, January 26, 2000

What is the future of Taiwan? Deteriorating Taiwan-China relations could be the first foreign policy crisis for the next American President. What is the history of the Taiwan-China situation? Is Taiwan an independent state? If so, why does the United States not recognize Taiwan's sovereignty? How should the U.S. respond if tensions between Taiwan and China increase?

DOCTORING THE SYSTEM: Health Care Reform

with Daniel P. Kessler, Jack Lewin, Mark Hydevia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, November 12, 1999

In the last decade, health maintenance organizations (HMOs) have come to dominate the health care system, in part because they promised to contain soaring health care costs. But patients are unhappy with reduced treatment options and doctors are unhappy with reduced payments. Will the Patients Bill of Rights passed by Congress in 1999 solve these problems? Are there more fundamental problems with our health care system that will require more far-reaching solutions?

A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOC: The Lessons of Kosovo

with Norman M. Naimark, Josef Joffevia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, November 12, 1999

Why are the Balkans important to the United States and what was the justification for the war over Kosovo? What mistakes did we make in our handling of the conflict? What should we do differently the next time there is a crisis in the Balkans?

A LEVEL PAYING FIELD: Campaign Finance Reform

with Bruce Cain, Jerry Lubenow, Ron Unzvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, November 9, 1999

In 2000, the amount of money spent in political campaigns in the United States may reach three billion dollars. Is that too much? Have our politicians been corrupted by special interests and their money? What can be done to reform our system of campaign finance? Should contribution limits be raised or eliminated? Is immediate public disclosure of contributions the answer? What are the prospects for campaign finance reform in the near future?

WIRING FOR DOLLARS: The Electronic Money Revolution

with Richard W. Rahn, Peter A. Thielvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, October 21, 1999

Guests predict that, in the near future, most people will no longer use cash, but rather conduct all financial transactions electronically. These transactions will be instantaneous, secure, and invisible and will remake the entire global economy. What will happen when governments can no longer control or tax the flow of capital? According to our guests, nothing less than a revolution.

FORTS AND FIREBREAKS: America's International Military Commitments

with Ken Jowitt, Daniel Moranvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, October 21, 1999

The Cold War is over, but America's overseas military commitments remain in place. What are we defending the world against? Should we bring the troops home and let the rest of the world fend for itself? Can we create a new blueprint for international involvement that makes moral and rational sense?

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