Wednesday, March 12, 2008

  • Spitzer Resigns Over Prostitution Scandal


    New York Governor Eliot Spitzer is expected to resign today over his involvement in a high-end prostitution ring. No charges have been filed against Spitzer, who became governor last year after campaigning to reform Albany. We speak with Wayne Barrett, senior editor at the Village Voice, where he’s been covering New York politics for over twenty years. [includes rush transcript]

  • As Spitzer Prostitution Scandal Dominates Headlines, a Look at the Plight of Sex Workers


    What happens to the escort? While the Eliot Spitzer story has dominated the news media for the past two days, little coverage has been paid to the plight of sex workers in this country. We speak with Juhu Thukral, director of the Sex Workers Project of the Urban Justice Center. [includes rush transcript]

  • Torture and Democracy: Scholar Darius Rejali Details the History and Scope of Modern Torture


    Darius Rejali has been described as "one of the world’s leading thinkers and writers on the subject of torture and the consequences of its use for modern society." Rejali is a professor of political science at Reed College and author of the new book Torture and Democracy. [includes rush transcript]

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