FROM David Cannon
Racial Discrimination in Jury Selection In 1987, an 18-year-old black man named Timothy Foster stood trial for murder in Georgia. During jury selection, the prosecution eliminated ALL the black jurors from the pool, citing reasons like “appeared confused” and “did not make eye contact.” The all-white jury then sentenced Foster to death...and for nearly thirty years now, the case has been an example of how racial discrimination in jury selection has managed to survive. Today, Foster’s case has reached the Supreme Court.
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Terrorism in London: Lessons for the US This weekend’s terrorist attack in London left seven people dead and almost 50 injured. London police fatally shot the attackers, and ISIS claimed responsibility.