Episode #423

Turow, Courthouse, Exonerated

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Saturday, June 07, 2003

Kurt Andersen and the bestselling author Scott Turow talk about how law and the justice system tangle up with art. They watch TV lawyers evolve from Perry Mason into Ally McBeal, and they discover how courthouse architecture affects people's lives. Also, a man who was wrongly imprisoned on death row, now watches his story unfold on stage, in the play The Exonerated


Scott Turow

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Special Guest: Scott Turow

Kurt Andersen and author Scott Turow explore the connections between art and the law. 

In 1987 Scott Turow launched the rebirth of the legal thriller with his first novel, Presumed Innocent. He's since written five more bestsellers including Reversible Errors, which came out last fall. Throughout his writing ...


TV & The Law

Most of us know the inside of a courtroom not through experience but through reading novels, or watching movies and television. Jacquie Gales Webb tracks the evolution of TV law — to see how those dramas compare with the real thing.


Courthouse Design

Federal courthouses have become showpieces of contemporary architecture. But at the municipal level, courts remain mostly humble or strangely designed buildings. Studio 360's Michele Siegel found an example of the worst and of the best in local law buildings.


The Exonerated

The former Attorney General Janet Reno said that The Exonerated will do more to promote justice than any literary effort she knows. It's a play that features the real life stories of people who were arrested, tried, and committed to death row for years — before having their sentence overturned. ...


Sketch Artist

Stephen Mancusi has been a police forensic artist for 19 years. Mancusi has to conjure up the face of the suspect, often from the memories of a crime victim who is uncertain in what he or she saw. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.


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