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Justice Talking Tackling Tough Issues
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For our final show, we’ll bring you interviews with some of our favorite guests who challenged conventions or common perceptions. We’ll also look at how we’ve covered two major topics, the Supreme Court and national security.

Common People with Uncommon Insights
American Medical Students in Cuba
In September 2000, Fidel Castro announced the creation of full scholarships for U.S. students of little means to go to medical school in Cuba. In our August, 2007 show on Cuba, Margot Adler spoke with three medical students taking advantage of the scholarship program.
Perspectives from Inside the Porn Industry
Nina Hartley has been an adult film actress for over 20 years. She is also a sex educator and a registered nurse. Two decades in the industry have given her a unique take on how attitudes toward porn have changed and how they haven't. Margot Adler interviewed her on our December 17, 2007 Justice Talking.
Combatting a Different Kind of Stigma
In our August 20, 2007 show on the rights of the mentally ill, we met Ellyn Saks. The law professor and author of The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness told us of her decades long struggle with Schizophrenia and the institutional responses to it.

Calibrating National Security
Talking Nukes with Robert McNamara
In October of 2006, host Margot Adler spoke with Robert McNamara, secretary of defense during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. For many, McNamara had been the embodiment of the Cold War. We were surprised to hear him taking an unexpected position on nuclear armaments.
  The Rights of Detainees
In our October, 2007 Supreme Court preview, Neal Katyal (pictured left), who represented Salim Ahmed Hamdan in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld before the Court, debated the legal rights of Guantanamo detainees with former Bush administration lawyer Bradford Berenson (pictured right).
Interrogating an Interrogator
Independent producer Dan Epstein was an army interrogator for five years. For Justice Talking, Dan spoke with Terry Carney, a staff sergeant who describes the interrogation process as a personal transaction between two human beings.

Interpreting the Supreme Court
Race and the Roberts Court
Two cases that were struck down by the Supreme Court dealt with race and public school assignments. Law professor Charles Ogletree and public interest lawyer Terrence Pell debated whether, and to what extent, these decisions would affect Brown v. Board of Education.
Bong Hits 4 Student Speech
Morse v. Frederick, otherwise known as "Bong Hits for Jesus," addressed the free speech rights of students outside of the classroom setting. On our April 30, 2007 program, we were joined by Pepperdine University School of Law dean and former special prosecutor Kenneth Starr and constitutional lawyer Jay Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, each of whom had some surprising positions on the case.
Lilly Ledbetter v. the Supreme Court
In October of 2007, Justice Talking examined the recent Supreme Court ruling in Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company. In this gender-based wage discrimination case, the Court ruled that the petitioner, Lilly Ledbetter, had waited too long to file her objection and, thus, lost the opportunity. Host Margot Adler spoke with Ms. Ledbetter for her reaction to the Court's decision.

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The United States Constitution: What It Says, What It Means
The Cuban Embargo: Should U.S. Policy Change?
Pornography and the First Amendment
Rights of the Mentally Ill
Nuclear Disarmament: An Impossible Dream?
On The Docket: A Supreme Court Preview
The Tension Between Security and Liberty in the War on Terror
Race and Public School Assignments
Does Free Speech Stop at the Schoolhouse Door?
Employment Discrimination Post Ledbetter
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