May 31, 2001

Future Perfect: Confronting Decisions about Genetics

Guest: Lori B. Andrews.

What are the benefits and drawbacks of genetic testing? Who should have access to your personal genetic information? How do we decide which genetic therapies should be made available? Today on Focus, we're joined by top genetics lawyer Lori Andrews to tackle these questions and talk about her new book, Future Perfect.


May 25, 2001

Update on Ballistic Missile Defense

Guest: Julian Palmore.

Earlier this month, President Bush announced plans for a national missile defense system. The idea has drawn criticism from governments around the world as well as the arms control community, who fear that this system will set off a new arms race. Today on Focus we're joined by professor of mathematics Julian Palmore to review plans for a ballistic missile defense.


April 05, 2001

The Secret History of Public Key Cryptography

Guests: Nigel Boston and Simon Singh.

Public key crypography is a system for maintaining privacy in communications that has allowed the information age to flower. Until recently, the true story of its invention was kept secret by the British government. Today on Focus, we're joined by journalist Simon Singh and expert Nigel Boston to hear the full story.


February 16, 2001

Addressing the Digital Divide in East St. Louis

A discussion of challenges and opportunities in providing public internet services for underserved populations in the region of East St. Louis, Illinois, with Varkki George, Martin Wolske, and Paul Adams from Prairienet, the public freenet service affiliated with the Graduate School of Library & Information Science, University of Illinois.


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