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President Obama and Congress are looking for ways that mental health agencies to share information so law enforcement can take action. Is the next step preventive detention for people who’ve never committed crimes? Is prediction possible—or is there no choice but to wait for violence to happen?

 

Making News House Changes Debt Ceiling Strategy 12 MIN

At a House Caucus retreat in Virginia, Majority Leader Eric Cantor said today that Republicans will vote next week to raise the debt ceiling—but only ‘til April—delaying, but not resolving, the anticipated showdown over spending cuts with President Obama.  

Guests:
Jake Sherman, Politico (@JakeSherman)

Main Topic Crime Prediction… and its Unintended Consequences… 30 MIN

The latest mass killing has renewed multiple controversies about mobilizing science and medicine to prevent violent crime.  With a big push from Governor Cuomo, the New York State Legislature passed a law this week requiring psychotherapists to report any client thought “likely to engage” in violent behavior. The police would then confiscate any weapons that person might have. That has produced a backlash from some practitioners. President Obama and Congress are looking for ways that mental health agencies to share information so law enforcement can take action. Is the next step preventive detention for people who’ve never committed crimes? Is prediction possible—or is there no choice but to wait for violence to happen?

Guests:
Paul Appelbaum, Columbia University
Brian Stettin, Treatment Advocacy Center
Stephen Morse, University of Pennsylvania
Kent Kiehl, University of New Mexico

Reporter's Notebook Is the U.S. Falling Behind in the Telecommunications Revolution? 18 MIN

In the future, most US Internet users will have only one choice for a world-class, high-speed provider. In Seoul, South Korea users can already choose between three, highly competitive sources—and pay less for faster service. What does that reveal about American technology—and the economy of the future?

Guests:
Susan Crawford, Cardozo School of Law (@scrawford)

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