WAMU 88.5 : The Big Fix

The Big Fix: Government

Play associated audio
Adam Fagen (http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/4177588781/)

This week's focus is on how government runs - from elections and campaign financing to voting and performance data. Our guests are Jaime Raskin, a Maryland State Senator and American University Law Professor, and Bradley A. Smith, a former Chairman of the Federal Election Commission and Capital University Law Professor. They will debate the merits of taxpayer-funded elections, term limits and sunset clauses.

Guests

Jamie Raskin is a professor of Constitutional Law, the First Amendment, and Legislative Process and founding Director of the Program on Law and Government (with the late Tom Sargentich) at American University.

Raskin is a Maryland State Senator who represents Silver Spring and Takoma Park and serves on the Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee and chairs the Special Committee on Ethics Reform. He has been described as the Senate's "constitutional authority" (Washington Post), the "whiz kid of the General Assembly" (Silver Spring Voice) and "one of Maryland's Top Ten Most Effective Senators" (Maryland Gazette of Politics and Business).

Bradley A. Smith holds the Josiah H. Blackmore II/Shirley M. Nault Designated Professor of Law position at Capital University Law School. A 2010 recipient of the Bradley Prize, he is one of the nation's leading authorities on election law and campaign finance.

In 2000, he was nominated by President Clinton to fill a Republican-designated seat on the Federal Election Commission, where he served for five years, including serving as Chairman of the Commission in 2004. Mr. Smith has been on the Capital University Law School faculty since 1993. He also has taught law at George Mason University in Virginia.

NPR

Texas Bookseller Picks 3 Summer Reads

Julia Green of Front Street Books recommends Moonlight on Linoleum by Terry Helwig, City of Women by David R. Gillham and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.
NPR

He Used To Live On The Streets Of Mumbai. Now, His Cafe Welcomes Everyone

Amin Sheikh's new cafe is a rarity in class-stratified India: It's open to people from all walks of life. Sheikh is a former street child, and so are many of his employees.
NPR

For Many Black Voters, Trump's 'What Do You Have To Lose?' Plea Isn't Enough

Donald Trump promises to help bring jobs and security to black neighborhoods. But his poll numbers with African-Americans are in the low single digits, and many say his message is insulting.
WAMU 88.5

A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.