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After Katrina, Part Two  (aired 7/27/2006)
Last summer, Hurricane Katrina flooded over 80 percent of the city of New Orleans. President George W. Bush proclaimed a call to action to make the city great again. However, since then the only progress seems to be a confusing patchwork of regulations, plans, and programs, and little action on the ground. Can government help make New Orleans whole again? If not, then who?

After Katrina, Part One  (aired 7/20/2006)
Last summer Hurricane Katrina reminded Americans that death and destruction are not just the domain of terrorism. The images of a flooded New Orleans were to many a symbol of government failure, from city hall to the White House. But what responsibility does government have to prevent and respond when disaster strikes? And are we ready for the next large- scale catastrophe?

The Future of the Constitution, Part Two  (aired 7/13/2006)
The Constitution is America’s framework for government. It has survived over two centuries with only a few amendments. But despite its apparent simplicity, interpreting the Constitution is difficult. Although Americans have a strong libertarian identity, they also support big government programs that the Founders never dreamed of. Should the original intent of the Founders be what matters most when interpreting the Constitution? Or can it be a living document interpreted in new ways as America changes?

John Rawls  (aired 3/9/2006)
Harvard University Professor John Rawls, who died in 2002, has been called the most influential political philosopher of the twentieth century - certainly for Democrats. His 1971 book, "A Theory of Justice," touched off a debate over individual rights versus the broader society. Should governments help level the playing field for those least advantaged? Was Rawls too radical? Or not radical enough?

Congressional Corruption Cancer  (aired 1/26/2006)
Scandal is in the air in Washington, DC, and the name of one man is leading the headline parade -- Jack Abramoff. He has touched off a firestorm of investigation. Legal terms like subpoenas, charging papers, plea bargains, indictments, and perp walks are giving America a crash course in corruption. Congressional elections are less than a year away. Will the voters throw the rascals out? And who are the rascals? Is corruption here to stay?

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