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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?

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?

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.

YOU'VE COME A LONG WAY, MAYBE: Feminism Today

with Jennifer Roback Morse, Stacey Karp, Cathy Youngvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, September 2, 1999

How has the status of women in America improved over the past forty years of feminism? As past problems have been solved, have new ones been created? What are the most important issues for the women's movement today? For that matter, just how much do women agree on what it even means to be a feminist?

FIELD OF GENES: Genetically Modified Foods

with Henry I. Miller, Walter Anderson, Peggy Lemauxvia Uncommon Knowledge
Thursday, September 2, 1999

Genetically modified crops and foods are already big business. But are they safe? Have the giant agribusiness companies that have rushed them into the fields and into our stores overlooked potential dangers posed by genetically engineered crops? Even if scientists do believe these crops are safe, how do they convince a skeptical public?

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?

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?

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