In the wake of grand juries not indicting the police officers involved in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. and the choking death of Eric Garner in New York City, the actions of police officers are receiving intense public scrutiny.
On this edition of Up to Date, Steve Kraske and the Ethics Professors look at the question of whether police officers are too often given the benefit of the doubt.
A terminally-ill woman in Oregon chose to end her life last week, should she be allowed to make this choice? A nurse in Maine aggressively fought that state's strict Ebola quarantine, does the greater good trump individual rights? Courts throughout the country are grappling with same-sex marriage bans, are people entitled to marry?
On this edition of Up to Date, guest-host Jeremy Bernfeld and the Ethics Professors sift through these moral dilemmas and the questions they raise.
On this edition of Up to Date, the Ethics Professors join Steve Kraske to examine questions raised by recent events making the news. Has the digital theft of female celebrities’ photos changed how we look at victim and perpetrator? In Ferguson, Missouri, was it right for outside influences to come on the scene and add rhetorical fuel to the fire? How much involvement should a college or university have in investigating a sexual assault on campus? Find out what the Professors, and listeners, had to say.
With suspects in custody for both the highway and Jewish Community Center shootings, many communities in the metro area are waiting to see how justice will be served.
On Wednesday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to mull over the ethical questions surrounding crime and punishment. We also look at the recent case of a man who was imprisoned 15 years after his sentencing due to a clerical error.
John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” is Colorado’s state song, and the marijuana legalization law that went into effect this year might be what the late musician had in mind.
On Thursday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to discuss the problems that surround marijuana, which is still illegal under federal law, but increasingly accepted in many states. Also on their slate is a look at anti-government protests in Ukraine and Thailand.
Google’s unofficial moral slogan is “Don’t be evil,” but some are questioning whether privacy and censorship concerns break that self-imposed creed.
In the first part of Wednesday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors return to discuss slippery ethics surrounding Google’s well-meaning slogan, preemptive breast cancer surgery based on genetics and more.
When thousands of federal employees are being forced to go without a paycheck indefinitely because of inaction in Congress, is it really ethical for members of Congress to keep accepting their own paychecks?
On Thursday's Up to Date, the Ethics Professors join us to discuss that and other issues of murky morals. Should we consider signing up for healthcare part of a civic duty to lower medical costs for everyone? And how should we set a limit when it comes to the cost and scope of treatment?
What if Congress turns down President Obama’s request for authorization to attack Syria? And what if the president proceeds anyway -- even though the American people are saying in polls that they oppose such a move?
How ethical would that be?
Some might say that when it comes to matters of life and death, an American president ought to have the backing of Congress or the American people.
Then there’s this looming question of whether the U.S. and other nations should boycott the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. The reason? Russia’s anti-gay laws.