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Midmorning: Public defenders and influential Americans

Posted at 7:05 AM on January 31, 2007 by Bill Wareham (1 Comments)

Their role in the criminal justice system is often misunderstood and underappreciated, and their caseload grows every year. At 9 a.m., two Minnesota public defenders join Kerri Miller to talk about their work. John Stuart is Minnesota state public defender and Leonard Castro is the chief public defender for Hennepin Countyr.

At 10 a.m., Kerri's guests discuss the picks of top historians who recently answered the challenge of determining the 100 most influential Americans. But is the most influential person the most notorious? Or are there lesser known people who were more influential than we recognize today?

Robert Dallek is a historian and author of Nixon and Kissinger: Partners in Power, due out this spring. Ross Douthat is author of the article on the 100 most influential Americans that appeared in the December 2006 issue of the Atlantic Monthly. H.W. Brands, professor of history at the University of Texas at Austin. His latest book is The Money Men: Capitalism, Democracy, and the Hundred Year's War Over the American Dollar.


Comments (1)


Thank you for this program at 9... this is a good discussion, and one we should have more often!

Posted by gml4 | January 31, 2007 9:19 AM