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WHAT'S HATE GOT TO DO WITH IT? Hate Crime Statutes

with Pamela S. Karlan, Brian Levin, John Yoovia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, September 2, 1999

Are hate crimes more serious than other crimes, requiring greater penalties, or are laws against them an unnecessary addition to the criminal code? Does hate crime legislation infringe on freedom of speech? Should congress extend hate crime statutes to cover more groups or should the federal government leave the issue up to the states?

A BUG'S LIFE: A Conversation with Tom Wolfe

with Tom Wolfevia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, May 26, 1999

Noted Author Tom Wolfe discusses the latest findings in the field of neuroscience, which Wolfe believes"... is on the threshold of a unified theory that will have an impact as powerful as that of Darwinism a hundred years ago." Over the past several decades, neuroscientists have been putting together a model of the human brain that suggests that a great deal of our behavior and motivations are hardwired in our brains. In exploring the question of what human nature is, Tom Wolfe makes the connection between this cutting edge and religion, philosophy, and psychology.

NYPD BLUES: Fighting Crime in NYC

with Joseph D. McNamara, John O'Sullivanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, May 26, 1999

In New York city, Mayor Rudolph Guiliani created a special police unit to aggressively target street crimes. Their activities included stopping and searching thousands of "suspicious-looking" people on the street. Are these actions necessary to clean up the streets, or are they unnecessarily confrontational and even racist? Has Mayor Giuliani's zero-tolerance approach to street crime been responsible for the dramatic reductions in crime in the city, or have his policies done more harm than good? What lessons should the rest of the nation learn from New York?

THEY PAVED PARADISE AND PUT UP A PARKING LOT: Urban Sprawl

with Jim Blumquist, Gary Garzinski, Lynn Scarlettvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, May 26, 1999

Cities and towns across the nation are struggling with problems of future growth and the legacies of past development. Is it time to wake up from the American Dream? Has the post-World War II model of suburban development let us down? What does "smart growth" mean? Should the federal government mandate changes on a national level or only offer guidance to local governments?

Former Hoover fellow and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman.

PRESIDENTIAL REPORT CARD: Milton Friedman on the State of the Union

with Milton Friedmanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, February 10, 1999

Milton Friedman, Senior Research Fellow, Hoover Institution and Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences grades the achievements of the Clinton administration and evaluates the programs the President proposed in his 1999 State of the Union address.

DOING COMPANY TIME: The Privatization of Prisons

with Lance Corcoran, J. Mike Quilan, Eric Schlosservia Uncommon Knowledge
Wednesday, February 10, 1999

The United States now has approximately 1.8 million people behind bars. Ninety thousand (about 5 percent) are held in private prisons. Is 5 percent too many or too few? Lance Corcoran, Vice President of the California Correctional Peace Officers Association, J. Mike Quilan, Vice Chairman of the Board at Prison Realty Trust, and Eric Schlosser, Correspondent at the Atlantic Monthly discuss the politics of the privatization of America's prisons.

VETO NATO? The Future of NATO

with Peter J. Duignan, Melvyn B. Kraussvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, January 12, 1999

In the past decade we have witnessed the end of the cold war and the demise of the Soviet Union. Should NATO be the next to go? Peter Duignan, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, and Melvyn Krauss, William L. Clayton Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution ask what are NATO's new missions, and what justifies America's continued involvement in them?

STATUTE WITH LIMITATIONS: The Independent Counsel Statute

with David Brady, James J. Brosnahan, John Donohuevia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, January 12, 1999

The independent counsel statute was passed by Congress as a response to Watergate. And it has been the subject of controversy and criticism ever since. This year the statute is up for renewal. David Brady, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Associate Dean and Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science, Business and the Changing Environment, and Ethics at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, Professor, Department of Political Science at Stanford University, James J. Brosnahan, Senior Partner at Morrison & Foerster, Attorneys at Law, and John Donohue, Professor, Stanford Law School discuss whether Congress should reenact it, reform it, or let it die?

POLITICS FROM THE BLEACHERS: The State of American Politics

with Morris P. Fiorina, Richard Brody, Nelson W. Polsbyvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, December 15, 1998

Will the recent presidential crisis have a long-term impact on the nation and its government or just on the legacy of one man? Which party will emerge victorious in the elections of the year 2000? Richard Brody, Professor Emeritus, Department of Political Science, Stanford University, Morris Fiorina, Hoover Institution Senior Fellow, Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University, and Nelson Polsby, Director, Institute of Governmental Studies, and Heller Professor of Political Science, University of California, Berkeley discuss American politics today.

ADIOS, IMF? International Monetary Fund

with John B. Taylor, Vinny Agarwall, Michael McFaulvia Uncommon Knowledge
Tuesday, December 15, 1998

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has hundreds of billions of dollars at its disposal and is a major player in the economies of nations around the world. But just what does it do? Vinny Agarwall, Professor, Department of Political Science, and Director, Berkeley Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Study Center, University of California, Berkeley, Michael McFaul, Peter and Helen Bing Research Fellow, Hoover Institution, Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, Stanford University, and John Taylor, Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution, Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics, Stanford University pose the question: Is the IMF's mission still valid, or does it do more harm than good?

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