Police Help Criminals Stay Out Of Jail
For decades, politicians and law enforcement officials focused on reducing crime by putting criminals behind bars. Now, some law enforcement and court officials have challenged the effectiveness of that approach, arguing that the best way to reduce crime is to offer low-level, non-violent offenders a second chance. Criminologist David Kennedy and Judge Steve Teske have developed innovative ways to do that and are putting their ideas into practice on the streets and in the courts. Kennedy and Teske join host Neal Conan to discuss their approaches and what they mean for offenders and the communities they live in.
The Evolution Of Occupy Wall Street
Occupy Wall Street protesters continue to camp out and march in cities across the country. In recent days, demonstrators in Oakland have been forced to adapt as police pushed them out their encampment near city hall. Protesters called for a general strike Wednesday, prompting many downtown businesses to close and teachers and city workers to march on the streets rather than report to work. Demonstrators also shut down Oakland's busy port last night. The uptick in Occupy Oakland's visibility comes just days after demonstrators violently clashed with police. Host Neal Conan talks with Los Angeles Times reporter Lee Romney about Occupy Oakland and how its tactics are changing as the Occupy Wall Street movement continues.
'The Best American Sports Writing 2011'
The best sports writing forces us to confront wonder, horror, disappointment and joy. It's great writing, that just happens to be about sports. More and more, those stories are no longer found on the sports pages of daily newspapers, but in magazines, blogs and other websites. In the introduction to her new collection, The Best American Sports Writing 2011, Jane Leavy writes, "Sports journalism is in the midst of an identity crisis so profound that we no longer know whether we're made up of one word or two." Leavy, a former Washington Post sports reporter, and freelance writer Jake Bogoch, join host Neal Conan to talk about The Best American Sports Writing 2011.
The Way Forward In Afghanistan
As international forces prepare to leave Afghanistan, deep questions remain; Not only about the country's security but also about its government. Former NPR reporter Sarah Chayes left journalism to start a small business in Kandahar, and now lives part of the year in southern Afghanistan. She's since served as special adviser to two commanders of NATO forces in Afghanistan — General David McKiernan and now-retired General Stanley McChrystal. Most recently, she was a special assistant to Admiral Mike Mullen, the former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. She joins Host Neal Conan to talk about the future of Afghanistan and how the governance of the country has been overshadowed by deep security issues.