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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?

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?

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?

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.

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