Apple vs. the FBI, Acid Attacks, Stun Guns, Renee Fleming

Apple vs. the FBI, Acid Attacks, Stun Guns, Renee Fleming

Top of Mind with Julie Rose

  • Mar 9, 2016 10:41 pm
  • 1:42:30 mins
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Apple vs. the FBI (1:04) Guest: Eric Jensen, JD, Professor at BYU’s Law School  You’ve undoubtedly heard the broad strokes about Apple’s standoff with the FBI: the FBI wants Apple’s help unlocking an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters; Apple says doing so would compromise the security of every other iPhone user.  Acid Attacks (32:46) Guest: Jaf Shah, Executive Director of Acid Survivors Trust International  Their stories usually contain the same elements: a young girl, a spurned suitor, and a savage act of violence using a weapon as ubiquitous as pencils or paper. Acid attacks are a serious problem in countries including India, Bangladesh and Cambodia, where sulfuric and nitric acids are commonly used in factories. Once it makes contact with the skin, acid burns away at the flesh. If it’s not fatal, the acid leaves behind horrific scars and can render a victim blind, deaf or without the use of their hands.  Apple Seed (50:57) Guest: Same Payne, Host of the Apple Seed  Same Payne joins us in studio to captivate us with a new story.  Stun Guns (1:01:10) Guest: Robert Kane, PhD, Professor and Department Head of Criminology and Justice Studies at Drexel University  As concerns over police shootings grow, TASERS have become the key law-enforcement alternative. Instead of a bullet, TASERS shoot two metal probe darts at the end of 15-foot threads that deliver a brief 50,000 volt burst of electricity. If the person being “TASED” has heart problems, the shock can be deadly. But on the whole, Tasers are considered “one of the preferred less-lethal weapons” and are so widely used by police the TASER company says one is deployed every two minutes.  However, very little research has looked at how TASER exposure affects a victim’s brain and ability to make rational decisions.  Research funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and published in the journal Criminology & Public Policy finds being “TASED” could prevent someone from understanding their rights at the point of arrest.  Renee Fleming (1:19:28) Guest: Renee Fleming, American Soprano and Artistic Advisor At Large at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts  You might expect a woman with this voice – one of the most celebrated opera singers in the world – to have a snobbish streak when it comes to music. But Renee Fleming does not. And her latest endeavor proves it. She’s just accepted a three-year appointment with the Kennedy Center for the Arts where she will curate concerts “celebrating the full gamut of vocal expression” – jazz, pop, classical, singer-songwriter – everything will be fair game.

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