Alice Goffman, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, UW-Madison, documents police violence and the over-incarceration in a relatively poor African-American community in Philadelphia. Goffman focuses on the Taylor family and how they cope with the criminal justice system
David Jarrard, Professor, Department of Urology, UW School of Medicine and Public Health, addresses clinical questions about prostate cancer including why it is more frequent in an aging population, which cancers are dangerous and how to identify them. Jarrard discusses whether prostate cancer can be prevented.
Jenell Johnson, Assistant Professor, Department of Communication Arts, UW-Madison, focuses on the campaign led by psychiatrist Peter Breggin to stop the use of psychosurgery as a means of curbing violent behavior. The controversy cummulated in congressional hearings, legislation and the formation of a federal commission.
Sarah Paul, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, delves into the question of whether we are guilty of a crime if we have thought about doing something illegal but not followed through. Should the law step in if no harm has been done?
Atul Gawande, Author, Surgeon, Professor, Harvard Medical School, joins Anne Strainchamps,
Executive Producer and Host, Wisconsin Public Radio, in a conversation about death and dying. Gawande addresses the goal of providing a better quality of life for the patient and their family with a focus on maintaining the dignity of the patient up to the end.
Deborah Tuerkheimer, Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law, challenges the diagnosis of “shaken baby syndrome” which has led to convictions in court cases. Tuerkheimer focuses on biomechanical research which indicates that the diagnosis is less certain than had once been accepted and therefore the American justice system needs to make corrections based on this information.
Jeffrey Kahn, Professor, Berman Institute of Bioethics, Johns Hopkins University, and Eric Sandgren, Director, Research Animal Resources Center, UW-Madison, join moderator Russ Shafer-Landau, Chair, Department of Philosophy, UW-Madison, in a discussion of the ethics of using and then euthanizing baby monkeys to study the neurochemical reactions to anxiety and depression.
Kristen Felten, Dementia Specialist, Office of Aging, Wisconsin Department of Health Services discusses recent court cases in Wisconsin which resulted in a statewide plan to care for individuals with dementia who become involved in the crisis response system. The Dept. of Health Services has launched a public policy initiative to redesign the system of caring for people with dementia.
Calvin DeWitt, Professor Emeritus, Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, UW-Madison, focuses on the Keystone XL pipeline proposed by TransCanada to move bitumen from northern Alberta to Nebraska and ultimately to Port Arthur, Texas. DeWitt presents his analysis in the context of climate change, the carbon economy of the biosphere and public policy.
Paul Meier, Scientist, Wisconsin Energy Institute, UW-Madison, assesses energy systems to create a model of Wisconsin’s energy picture which is socially acceptable, financially responsible and reliable. Meier analyzes electricity systems, transportation systems and fuel production systems as criteria for building an energy portfolio.