Balancing public safety with constitutional rights in the debate over gun control.Episode
April 17, 2012 7:47 pm
Washington has just become the seventh state in the nation to approve same-sex marriage, but opponents promise to mount an effort to repeal the law in a referendum vote. We examine the controversy surrounding this contentious issue.Episode
About "Public Matters with C.R. Douglas"
In the tradition of the groundbreaking PBS series Ethics in America, "Public Matters with C.R. Douglas" incorporates the sophisticated but entertaining Socratic method to tackle subjects such as gay marriage, legalizing marijuana and corporate influence over government.
In each episode, Douglas convenes a panel of public officials, policy makers, academics, journalists and other leaders, and challenges them with provocative but fair questions about the topic at hand.
Unlike traditional lines of questioning that often result in perfunctory answers, the Socratic method uses hypothetical situations and rhetorical inquiry to elicit well-reasoned responses. The interviewee is challenged to think about an issue from a different point of view than his or her own. Rather than just being asked to state a position, guests must explain and defend it too.