Shows: August 1, 2006

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Actor Mako

Bush Era Civil Rights

Established in 1957, the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department is charged with enforcing the nation’s civil rights laws, including the Voting Rights Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Until recently, experienced civil rights attorneys filled posts at the department, and hiring committees comprised of veteran career lawyers handled hiring decisions. But in 2002, John Ashcroft changed the agency's procedures. As a result, increasing numbers of lawyers with conservative credentials and ties to conservative politicians have joined the division. We will speak with Boston Globe reporter Charlie Savage, who covers national legal affairs for the newspaper, and who earlier this year broke the story of Bush’s use of signing statements, about the implications of the hiring shifts and how they fit into the larger context of the Bush administration’s policies.

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30-Year Sentence in an Anti-Terrorism Case

In December 2005, we brought you the story of the Paracha family, one of the many cases in the government’s war against terrorism. The father, Saifullah, has been detained at Guantanamo since October 2004, and the son, Uzair, was at the time being held in Manhattan, awaiting sentencing on a charge of providing material support to an alleged terrorist. Last month, Uzair, who is a Pakistani citizen, was sentenced to 30 years in prison. We will speak with his attorney, Edward Wilford, about his case and a prison term that the sentencing judge said would deter others who might wish to do the same.

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Tribute to Asian American Actor Mako (1933-2006)

We look back on the life, career, and legacy of Mako, an Asian American actor who appeared frequently in films and on television. He died on July 21st in Ventura County, California at the age of 72. His credits include “McHale’s Navy,” “M*A*S*H,” and “Conan the Barbarian,” and he was nominated for an Academy Award in 1966 for his work in “The Sand Pebbles.” Mako co-founded the East West Players, the nation’s first Asian American theater company, and he spent his career advocating for non-stereotypical roles for Asian Americans. We will speak with Tim Dang, Producing Artistic Director for the East West Players.

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