Law

Social Media At Work: Is A Facebook "Like" Protected Speech?

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 at 12:43 p.m.

Facebook users post more than 50 million "likes" per day. Now federal courts are trying to figure out whether all those clicks are a form of constitutionally protected speech.

Virtual Prison Visits

Thursday, Aug 9, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

The DC Department of Corrections recently announced a shift to video-only visits for prisoners with family and friends. We look at the benefits and potential drawbacks.

A Treaty To Make Books More Accessible

Tuesday, Aug 7, 2012 at 1:28 p.m.

Debate continues over a treaty that would relax copyright rules to make published work more accessible to the visually impaired living in developing countries.

Photographing The Police

Thursday, Aug 2, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

The right to photograph or record the police has repeatedly been upheld in the courts, yet new lawsuits and cases highlight the complicated line for both police and citizens.

Behind The Battles Over Voter ID Laws

Wednesday, Aug 1, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

A wave of states recently passed new laws requiring that citizens provide identification -- sometimes photo ID -- before they are allowed to vote. Advocates say the measures are necessary to combat voter fraud, but others say the new laws...

Women's Health And The Affordable Care Act

Tuesday, Jul 31, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Starting Wednesday, insurance companies will be required to cover eight preventive care services for women as part of the Affordable Care Act.

Punishing Penn State, Rewriting History?

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

We examine the NCAA's punitive actions against Penn State's football program in the wake of a sexual abuse scandal involving a former assistant coach.

Pit Bulls In Maryland

Wednesday, Jul 25, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Pit bull owners in Maryland got a temporary reprieve from a controversial court ruling that declared the dogs “inherently dangerous,” with landlords and owners responsible for damage or injury they cause.

The Use (And Possible Misuse) Of Polygraphs

Tuesday, Jul 24, 2012 at 1:24 p.m.

Are there limits on what a government agency can ask its employees and prospective employees? And if an agency learns of illegal activities by its employees or applicants, what responsibility does the agency have to report that behavior to proper authorities?

Lessons From A Different Rampage

Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

What can the 2007 Virgina Tech shooting tell us about the nation's willingness to debate gun control and gun show laws? Former Virginia Governor Timothy Kaine reflects on the lessons from the campus tragedy that left 32 people dead.

Access To Police Records In Virginia

Monday, Jul 23, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Transparency advocates would like greater public access to police records throughout the Commonwealth, while law enforcement officials worry making case files public could endanger victims and witnesses. We'll consider both sides of the issue and whether there's common ground to be found.

Small Businesses And Retail Space

Monday, Jul 16, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

Most urbanites say they'd rather see more locally owned shops and fewer chain stores in their neighborhood. But the reality is that local businesses have trouble competing with national chains when it comes to leasing retail space.

Transparency In The Child Welfare System

Thursday, Jul 12, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

It's a double tragedy: A 2-year-old in foster care was murdered by her 12-year-old foster brother. Balancing privacy concerns with public accountability, and ensuring all children in the child welfare system are protected.

"Snow-Storm in August:" D.C.'s First Race Riot

Wednesday, Jul 11, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.

In 1835, a drunken slave entered his mistress' bedroom with an axe, setting in motion events that would lead to Washington's first race riot. We learn about the fascinating, and nearly forgotten, characters involved in the incident and its aftermath.

Howard & Kojo: LGBT In The Workplace

Monday, Jul 9, 2012 at 1:06 p.m.

Nine out of ten Americans believe there's a federal law prohibiting discrimination against gay and transgender people. No such law exists, but recent court and agency decisions are moving in that direction.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.