The Civic Commons Radio Show and Podcast

Crisis in the courts

There may be one thing Republicans and Democrats agree on right now: that there is a crisis in the federal court system. Not surprisingly, they totally disagree on whose fault it is. But here's the big surprise: there might be a solution that all sides can like. The crisis, in short, is the more than 70 vacancies on the federal bench. It's a bigger problem than it sounds: it can take over eighteen months to fill a vacancy; and civil cases can take more than four years to resolve. And now that we've entered the presidential election season, the Senate has stopped tending to current nominations. On this hour, Dan Moulthrop sits down with two federal court watchers to dissect a recent panel in which we hear from a sitting federal judge, a top aide to the Senate Judiciary Committee, and voices from all sides of the issue. It's heady, complex stuff, simply explained.

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Prosecution, not Persecution

Fresh off the smashing success of the Civic Commons on-line forum that featured candidates vying to be the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor and citizens who wanted to know what they stood for (www.http://goo.gl/5af5v), Dan and Noelle bring a bunch of new perspectives to prosecute in the studio. Well, really they just had some great conversation.

Guests: Jonathon Witmer-Rich; Cleveland Marshall College of Law, Russell Johnson; Richmond Heights City Council, Michael Jones; Breaking the Cycle, Jim Dixon; Citizen's League, Felicia Haney; The Call & Post; Wes Millican; The Akronist.

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Another Listen: Just What the DJ Ordered

Take another listen to this story of positive social impact from early in the Fall. as winter sets in, we need some positive vibes.

Kids and drugs equal trouble, and it’s tough to turn that trouble into something positive. Treatment Centers apply 12-step recovery principles and demand kids become responsible for better choices. And now some kids are getting schooled in hip-hop principles to add to their recovery mix.

Join Dan and Noelle as they travel to Synergy Studio and spend time with Dee Jay Doc Harrill—hip hop producer, turntablist and concerned social innovator (http://deejaydoc.com/). They get an earful about his work with troubled youth, quest for neighborhood unity and belief in the power of scratching records as a tool for saving lives. 

 

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Show #31 Just What the Dee Jay Ordered

Kids and drugs equal trouble, and it’s tough to turn that trouble into something positive. Treatment Centers apply 12-step recovery principles and demand kids become responsible for better choices. And now some kids are getting schooled in hip-hop principles to add to their recovery mix.

Join Dan and Noelle as they travel to Synergy Studio and spend time with Dee Jay Doc Harrill—hip hop producer, turntablist and concerned social innovator (http://deejaydoc.com/). They get an earful about his work with troubled youth, quest for neighborhood unity and belief in the power of scratching records as a tool for saving lives. 

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