NPR in Kansas City
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations
Up To Date

Seg. 1: Transforming American Prosecution | Seg. 2: Where Were You?

Segment 1: District attorneys' exercise of power has affected mass incarceration and convicted the innocent. 

The United States is the only country in the world that elects its prosecutors who can exert greater influence over criminal cases than judges. The author of "Charged" explained that while these prosecutors can be the "cause of enormous injustice" the pendulum may be swinging the other way as voters are putting more reform-minded candidates in office.

Segment 2, beginning at 23:06: Listeners recall where they were when Brown v. Board of Education and Roe v. Wade rulings came down.

They remain two of the nation's most monumental Supreme Court cases in modern history. Listeners remembered their reactions to these decisions and the impact these cases had on their lives.

  • Daniel Weddle, director of academic support at UMKC School of Law
Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.