The Injustice of Bail, Drunk Driving Brain, Your Ticket to the Sun

The Injustice of Bail, Drunk Driving Brain, Your Ticket to the Sun

Top of Mind with Julie Rose - Radio Archive, Episode 792

  • Apr 17, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 1:40:51 mins

Bail is Not Just Guest: Shima Baradaran Baughman, JD, Professor of Law at the University of Utah, Author of “The Bail Book: A Comprehensive Look at Bail in America’s Criminal Justice System” Nearly two-thirds of the people sitting in jail around the country right now have not been convicted of a crime. So why are they behind bars? Mostly because they either couldn’t come up with the money to make bail or a judge deemed them too risky to go free while they wait for trial. "And so what?" you may be thinking. These people obviously did something to get themselves arrested. But what about “innocent until proven guilty”? As legal scholar Shima Baradaran Baughman sees it, America’s bail system is racist, unfair to people who are poor, unnecessarily expensive to tax payers and maybe even unconstitutional. Mantis Cam Guest: Missael Garcia, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher of Electrical Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The mantis shrimp has the some of the most complex eyes in the animal kingdom, and if we could see like they do, scientists think we’d have better underwater navigation systems. Engineers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have made a camera to help our much-less capable human eyes see more like the mantis shrimp. It’s called the “mantis cam” and we recently learned about it through an article in “The Atlantic.” Women's Wear is Far from Fitting (Originally aired: June 15, 2017) Guest: Anne Bissonnette, PhD, Associate Professor of Material Culture and Curatorship, Curator of the Clothing and Textiles Collection, University of Alberta It’s just a fact of life that our bodies change in shape and size as we age. Sudden – or even subtle – shifts in weight can require a whole new wardrobe. Why are clothes in the Western world designed so that even a slight gain in the hips or belly requires a new pant size? A exhibit called "Misfits" at the University of Alberta in Canada explored the lack of adaptability in Western clothing. Why a Drunk Brain Thinks it Can Drive Guest: Ksenija Marinkovic, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, Adjunct Associate Professor of Radiology, and the Director of the Spatio-Temporal Brain Imaging Laboratory at San Diego State University Crashes caused by drunk driving kill more than 10,000 people a year in the United States. Why do so many people who’ve been drinking still get behind the wheel and think they’re fine to drive? Neuroscientists at San Diego State University may have found the answer. Your Ticket to the Sun Guest: Nicola Fox, PhD, Parker Solar Probe Project Scientist and Chief Scientist, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory If you’re making summer plans, you need to hurry to get a ticket to this summer’s hottest spot. NASA is launching the first-ever spacecraft to the sun and you can be part of the mission. Captain Kirk is doing it – aka William Shatner. Get your ticket to the sun here. Coding with DNA Guest: Rebecca Chen, Graduate Student in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, University of Delaware One major problem with chemotherapy is that to kill the cancer cells, the treatment also kills lots of healthy cells, too.  Radiation is used to treat cancer in a localized area in the body. But wouldn’t it be so much better if the drug could float harmlessly in the body until it sensed a cancer cell and only then would it turn toxic? University of Delaware chemists are one step closer to making that a reality. Who Were the Dragomans? Guest: Natalie Rothman, PhD, Associate Professor of History, University of Toronto The predecessors of modern-day diplomatic interpreters date back to the 1500s when everyone who was anyone was in Istanbul hoping to win the favor of the Ottoman Empire. This was the Ottoman heyday and European countries were measly by comparison, so they all had embassies in Istanbul to negotiate with the Turks. But since these European diplomats didn’t speak Turkish, they relied on interpreters called dragomans.

Episode Segments

Bail is Not Just

21 MINS

Guest: Shima Baradaran Baughman, JD, Professor of Law at the University of Utah, Author of “The Bail Book: A Comprehensive Look at Bail in America’s Criminal Justice System” Nearly two-thirds of the people sitting in jail around the country right now have not been convicted of a crime. So why are they behind bars? Mostly because they either couldn’t come up with the money to make bail or a judge deemed them too risky to go free while they wait for trial. "And so what?" you may be thinking. These people obviously did something to get themselves arrested. But what about “innocent until proven guilty”? As legal scholar Shima Baradaran Baughman sees it, America’s bail system is racist, unfair to people who are poor, unnecessarily expensive to tax payers and maybe even unconstitutional.

Guest: Shima Baradaran Baughman, JD, Professor of Law at the University of Utah, Author of “The Bail Book: A Comprehensive Look at Bail in America’s Criminal Justice System” Nearly two-thirds of the people sitting in jail around the country right now have not been convicted of a crime. So why are they behind bars? Mostly because they either couldn’t come up with the money to make bail or a judge deemed them too risky to go free while they wait for trial. "And so what?" you may be thinking. These people obviously did something to get themselves arrested. But what about “innocent until proven guilty”? As legal scholar Shima Baradaran Baughman sees it, America’s bail system is racist, unfair to people who are poor, unnecessarily expensive to tax payers and maybe even unconstitutional.