Friday, April 18
Guest: Doug Fine
As the widely contested legalization of marijuana in the United States is increasingly making headlines, pot’s non-psychoactive cousin, hemp, became legal earlier this year. The Agricultural Act of 2014 allows for 10 states’ universities and state agricultural departments to study the growth, cultivation and marketing of industrial hemp, the first time in over 70 years. Our guest, author and former NPR contributor, DOUG FINE, has been an advocate of bringing back this ancient plant, and he comes in to talk to Marty about his latest book, “Hemp Bound: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Next Agricultural Revolution.”
Guests: Emily Bazelon, Daniel Filler, and Heidi Beirich
On Sunday, three people were shot dead outside a Jewish community center near Kansas City, Missouri. The man charged with their murder is 73-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller, a prominent white supremacist. The United States Attorney for Kansas says Miller will also face federal hate crime charges. Free speech protection makes the categorization of hate crimes challenging, and critics say legislation does little to deter extremist violence. We’ll examine the law on hate crimes, and the prevalence and motivations behind them. Joining us are Emily Bazelon, Senior Editor at Slate magazine, Daniel Filler, Senior Associate Dean at Drexel University School of Law, and Heidi Beirich, Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center’s quarterly investigative journal, The Intelligence Project.