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MEDIA CIRCUS: The State of the Media

with Robert Zelnick, James Risservia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, June 25, 1998

Should we be concerned that a handful of corporations now control the majority of national news outlets? Robert Zelnick, Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and James Risser, Professor at the Department of Communication, Director of John S. Knight Fellowship Program, and Director of the Graduate Program in Journalism, Stanford University, ask whether the press today is driven by the "public's right to know" or the pressure to beat the competition.

JURY ON TRIAL: Reforming the Criminal Justice System

with Susan Estrich, Charles L. Hobson, Pamela S. Karlanvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, June 25, 1998

The American public has lost faith in our criminal justice system. Susan Estrich, the Robert Kingsley Professor of Law and Political Science at University of Southern California, Charles L. Hobson, Atttorney, Criminal Justice Legal Foundation and Pamela Karlan, Professor of Law at Stanford University, take a critical look at justice in America and tell how to fix a system badly in need of repair.

SHOW ME THE MONEY: The Minimum Wage Debate

with Thomas E. MaCurdy, Shirley Burnell, Michael Hawkins, Eduardo Rosariovia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, May 29, 1998

Thomas MaCurdy, Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Professor at the Department of Economics, Stanford University, Shirley Burnell, Board Member of ACORN, Michael Hawkins, President of the California Restaurant Association and Eduardo Rosario, Executive Officer, San Francisco Labor Council, AFL-CIO, pose the question: Is another increase in the minimum wage good for the economy? Or is the real issue over whether there should be a minimum wage at all?

IT AIN'T OVER TILL IT'S OVER: U.S.-Russia Relations after the Cold War

with Michael McFaul, Brian Hallvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, May 29, 1998

Is our strategic weapons policy in line with Ronald Reagan's proclamation that "a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought"? Michael McFaul, Peter and Helen Bing Research Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Assistant Professor of Political Science at Stanford University, and Brian Hall, Contributor, New York Times Magazine pose the question: Is the Cold War really over?

UP IN SMOKE: The War on Tobacco

with David E. Bonfilio, James W. Stratton, Jacob Sullumvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, May 28, 1998

Are public health advocates asking the federal government to overstep its bounds, or is it time for a national tobacco policy? David E. Bonfilio, an American Cancer Society volunteer, James W. Stratton, Deputy Director of Prevention Services, California State Department of Health Services, and Jacob Sullum, Senior Editor of Reason magazine and author of For Your Own Good: The Anti Smoking Crusade and the Tyranny of Public Health, discuss the war against tobacco.


with Abraham D. Sofaer, Jonathan B. Tucker, Dean Wilkeningvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, May 28, 1998

Abraham D. Sofaer, the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow of Hoover Institution, Jonathan B. Tucker, Director with the Chemical/Biological Weapons Nonproliferation Project at the Center for Nonproliferation Studies and Dean Wilkening, Director of the Science Program, Center for International Security and Arms Control at Stanford University, discuss whether the United States is prepared for a biological or chemical weapons attack. Is it possible that we are over-hyping the threat, scaring the American public, and allowing the FBI to further extend their already-broad powers into our personal lives?


with Gary Reback, Rich Karlgaardvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, December 19, 1997

Rich Karlgaard, editor, Forbes ASAP magazine, and Gary Reback, partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati, examine the Department of Justice charges that Microsoft is violating anti-trust laws by keeping competitors out of the market, stifling technological innovation, and denying consumers a choice of products.


with Henry S. Rowen, Donald Aiken, David Goldsteinvia Uncommon Knowledge
Friday, December 19, 1997

Donald Aiken, senior scientist, Union of Concerned Scientists; David Goldstein, senior scientist, energy, National Resources Defense Council; and Henry Rowen, senior fellow, Hoover Institution, and director, Asia/Pacific Research Center, discuss the effects of the December 1997 treaty agreeing to cut its greenhouse gas emissions seven percent below 1990 levels by the year 2012.


with David Morrison, Andrew Fraknoi, Timothy Ferrisvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, December 11, 1997

Timothy Ferris, professor of journalism, University of California, Berkeley; David Morrison, director of Space, NASA Ames Research Center; and Andrew Fraknoi, chair, department of astronomy, Foothill College, wonder what we are doing in space, and how the public is served by the billions we continue to spend.


with Arnold Beichman, Michel Oksenberg, Lawrence Lauvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, December 11, 1997

Mike Oksenberg, senior fellow, Asia/Pacific Research Center, Stanford University; Arnold Beichman, research fellow, Hoover Institution; and Lawrence Lau, senior fellow, Hoover Institution, and professor of Economics, Stanford University, acknowledge that China wants to be counted among the world's powers. Is China on its way to becoming "the" other superpower? Should the United States be worried? Should we respond? Are the U.S. and China on a collision course?


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