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Casino Gambling
The Answer for Cash-Strapped States?
Last Featured: 3/5/2007

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Overview

Casino gambling has undergone a boom in recent years as cash-strapped states and Native American tribes have opened casinos and entertainment complexes across the nation. In this edition of Justice Talking, we’ll take a look at who is profiting from these developments. Will casino gambling raise the state revenues that have been promised? How will gambling affect local neighborhoods and gamblers? Tune in this week as we look at whether casinos are a win or loss for communities.


Should Philadelphia be Casino-Free?
Justice Talking’s Viet Le spent an afternoon in downtown Philadelphia with an anti-gambling organizer to hear what some residents think about the plan to build casinos in their city.

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Casino Gambling in America
Host Margot Adler talks with David Schwartz about the history and state of gambling in the U.S.


Dave Schwartz is the director of the Center for Gaming Research at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He has written three books, including Roll the Bones: The History of Gambling. Schwartz also worked in casino security and casino surveillance, as well as several other jobs in and around the gaming and entertainment industries.

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Casinos in Chicago
Host Margot Adler interviews Lou Lang, a Democratic state representative from Skokie, Illinois, about his efforts to expand gambling in the state, including building casinos in Chicago.


Lou Lang is a Democratic state representative from Skokie, Illinois. He also chairs the Illinois House Gaming Committee. A lifelong resident of Illinois, Lang obtained his B.A. in political science at the University of Illinois and his law degree from DePaul University.

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Debate on the Issue: Casino Gambling
Gaming industry spokesperson Jan Jones and gambling opponent Tom Grey debate whether casino gambling is good for our communities.


Jan Jones is senior vice president of communications and government relations for Harrah's Entertainment, Inc. Prior to joining Harrah's in 1999, Jones served two terms as mayor of the city of Las Vegas. Jones is the former chairwoman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the former director of the Nevada Resorts Association.


Reverend Tom Grey is the national spokesman and field director for the National Coalition Against Legalized Gambling. Before becoming a minister, Grey served as the commander of a U.S. Army rifle company in Germany and as a military advisor to a Vietnamese infantry battalion in Vietnam. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Garrett Theological Seminary.

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Report from Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania began granting licenses for slot machine parlors late last year. Reporter Brad Linder visited one of the first in the state.

Slot parlor at a Pennsylvania racetrack.


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The Mathematics of Slot Machines
Host Margot Adler talks with mathematician Stacy Friedman about the history of slot machines and how they work.


Stacy Friedman began his career in the gaming industry as a game mathematician, designing slot machine games and evaluating new game concepts. He is the founder of Olympian Gaming, where he performs mathematical analysis on new casino games for individual inventors as well as slot and table game design for online casino software vendors.

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Native American Casinos
Host Margot Adler speaks with Kathryn Rand about casino gambling on Indian tribal lands and the impact it has on Native American communities.


Kathryn Rand is a professor of law and associate dean for academic affairs at the University of North Dakota School of Law. She is co-director of the Institute for the Study of Tribal Gaming Law and Policy at the University of North Dakota. Rand co-founded the Institute in 2002 as the first academic institute in the U.S. devoted to the study of Indian gaming.

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