As a leading public intellectual at the University of Chicago, Jean Bethke Elshtain was known as a political theorist and ethicist who wasn't afraid to talk about God. Elshtain died this month. University of Chicago professor William Schweiker offers a remembrance of his friend and colleague.
If you do the crime, you do the time. But if you're doing time at Anderson County Jail in Clinton, Tenn., it may get more expensive. The county mayor is deciding whether to approve a policy for the jail, just north of Knoxville, that would charge inmates for basic necessities: $9 for pants, $6.26 for a blanket, 29 cents for a roll of toilet paper. UCLA law professor Sharon Dolovich discusses pay-for-stay policies, which are common in jails across the country.
Thousands gathered in front of the Lincoln Memorial Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the civil rights movement's March on Washington. The rally is among many events around the city over several days marking the historic march.
That sweltering August day in 1963, when almost a quarter-million people thronged the National Mall, women were relegated to the background, even as they played major roles in the movement.
With the sequester, the Public Defender's Office in Tucson, Ariz., has lost a quarter of its staff. But everyone is entitled to legal representation, so judges are appointing expensive private attorneys in the public defenders' place.
The president returned from vacation to take to the road, touring college towns in New York and Pennsylvania to talk about higher education. He's proposing a system that would rank colleges' affordability, which could then be tied to federal aid — but in Washington, a budget battle is waiting.
A new program is working to bring the same level of knowledge that sommeliers have about wine to the world of malt and hops, by turning out batches of certified beer experts known as cicerones.
The Trials of Muhammad Ali is a new documentary that looks at the battles boxing's biggest star faced outside of the ring. Guest host Celeste Headlee talks to the director, Bill Siegel, and journalist Dave Zirin.
At least 20 children, on the radar of child protective services in Florida, have died since April, according to the Miami Herald. Guest host Celeste Headlee asks why it's happening, and what can be done.
Also: Quebec mulls setting the prices of books; Junot Diaz on his writing habits.