Drug Testing For Benefits
In three dozen states, policy makers have proposed drug testing for people receiving benefits from the government such as welfare and unemployment assistance. Laws have already passed in Florida, Arizona, Indiana and Missouri. Those in favor of testing say they help ensure tax dollars are used properly. But opponents argue that testing perpetuates stereotypes about the poor, and blocks some people who need money for basic necessities. Neal Conan talks with guest about the proposals, and the ACLU's lawsuit against the Florida program.
On the CBS-TV hit drama The Good Wife, Alan Cumming plays Eli Gold, a pithy and practical political consultant and crisis manager who is never afraid to speak his mind. Cumming got his start in musical theater, making his breakout performance in the 1993 London revival of Cabaret. He's also a writer, director, host of PBS' Masterpiece Mystery and an activist for gay rights and education. Host Neal Conan talks with Cumming about playing Eli Gold and his various roles on stage, and on the big and small screens.
Twenty years ago today 35-year-old law professor Anita Hill told the Senate Judiciary Committee Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. The hearings were part of Thomas's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. He passed both the committee and full Senate and has held that post for the past two decades. Hill has spent the last two decades mostly out of the limelight, focusing on her academic work as a professor of social policy and law at Brandeis University. She says the tens of thousands of letters she's received since the hearings inspired her to write her new book, Reimagining Equality: Stories of Gender, Race, and Finding Home. Anita Hill joins host Neal Conan to discuss her new book and her influence on how the public sees workplace discrimination since her controversial testimony.
NPR's new ombudsman Edward Schumacher-Matos is the public's representative to NPR, serving as an independent source regarding NPR's programming. Schumacher-Matos joined NPR in June. He has spent more than three decades as a reporter and editor for some of the nation's most prestigious news outlets. Immediately prior to NPR, he wrote a syndicated weekly column for The Washington Post and was the Ombudsman for The Miami Herald. Schumacher-Matos will talk about what it means to be a journalist, and the role journalism plays in a democracy.