ONE MAN’S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVE ON LAW AND ORDER REFORM

Larry Lawton has seen the workings of the criminal justice system from many different vantage points–as a criminal, prisoner, and now reformer and educator.  He shares his thoughts on policing, sentencing, prison life and more in this wide ranging interview on topics being debated in state capitols and Congress.  He is the co-author of ‘Gangster Redemption’.

SIGNS SIGNS EVERYWHERE A SIGN

Protests are taken place throughout the nation and they are taking on various forms.  Larry discusses the recent protests and what they may be moving toward in the period ahead(general strike, perhaps?).  He also looks to the impact they may have given our experiences with the Tea Party in the recent past.  And if you look out over the horizon and see these protests continuing, how do you prepare to join in?  Dr. Joe Alton a disaster preparedness expert, author of ‘The Survival Medicine Handbook’ and presenter of his own podcast(doomandboom.net)joins Larry to provide tips to surviving a protest and the general approach to situational awareness in any public place.

SHOULD EVERYONE BE REQUIRED TO PERFORM TWO YEARS OF NATIONAL SERVICE AT AGE 18?

Step Forward America!
I know one group who hates this idea without going any further.  College presidents.  I can see the Ivy being ripped off the walls just thinking about it.
Other than that group who can argue that citizenship in America really doesn’t require much heavy lifting.  What–going to polls every two years?  And we even complain about that!
We need a month of early voting to find time for it between football games and bar hopping.
And who can argue that with the notion that our understanding of civics and government is slight(ask someone how many branches of the government there are and see how many people consider the Senate and the U S House to add up to 2).
Further, let’s play military bingo and see how many college graduates from the Northeast have worn the uniform.  If you find one, yell ‘bingo’.
In his book, ‘Step Forward America’, Ted Hollander makes a compelling case for a national service program that makes us better citizens.

DO YOU NEED TRUE GRIT TO SUCCEED?

The Progress-Focused Approach: Review of Angela Duckworth's book GRITEdit

According to Angela Duckworth, a professor at U Penn, it’s THE characteristic that truly sets apart the men from the boys.  In fact, in one of the most illuminating examples of passion and perseverance, she explains in her HUGE selling book, ‘Grit’ that it’s the only way to understand why so many of the well qualified West Point freshmen don’t make it.  On the surface, they all seem capable of the rigors involved having gotten through the strenuous application process.  Will we test for ‘grit’ in the future?  Listen to my conversation with her.