In both its spoken and written forms, the English language is constantly evolving. Grammar - the system and structure that underpin communications - and linguistics - the science of its study - can help us make sense of these shifts and changes. We talk with experts in each field about the quirks, foibles, understanding and glory of the written and spoken word.
Two cases argued last week before the Supreme Court raise a troubling question: Do intentionally-vague fraud laws give federal prosecutors too much power? And could you be the next target of a sting? Kojo explores the travails of unwitting criminals, the limits of a little-known federal statute regarding “Honest Services”, and the unusual coalition trying to protect your rights.
- Randall Eliason former chief of the Public Corruption/Government Fraud section of the U.S. Attorney's office for the District of Columbia; adjunct professor at American University and George Washington University
- Adam Liptak Reporter, The New York Times
- Harvey Silverglate Author of Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds Target the Innocent
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