Michelle Carter's Defense Team On Their Continued Appeal Efforts
After five years of hearings, arguments and appeals in the infamous case of Michelle Carter — the Massachusetts woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter for sending her boyfriend text messages encouraging him to commit suicide — she is now behind bars. The case was widely watched by legal observers, as it waded into largely untested waters to ask: Can someone be convicted for their words? While some have argued the conviction set a troubling precedent for free speech rights, others have said that justice was served because Carter bullied a vulnerable person experiencing acute mental crisis.

To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by Carter’s legal defense team, which is now considering an appeal to the Supreme Court: retired federal judge Nancy Gertner, and local defense attorneys Williams Fick and Daniel Marx.

' Medicare For All': What's It Mean, And Is It Possible?
Although it’s been proposed for years by some health care reform advocates, "Medicare For All" is gaining new steam as the race for 2020 heats up. While various Democrats are currently introducing different versions of the idea, the central idea remains: a new, single-payer health care system with a wide range of coverage and zero out-of-pocket costs except for prescription drugs, and different forms of taxpayer funding replacing premiums. Is such an ambitious overhaul feasible, either technically or politically?

To discuss, Jim Braude was joined by Dr. Don Berwick, former head of Medicare and Medicaid under President Barack Obama; and Jonathan Gruber, one of the architects of the Affordable Care Act and Romney-Care.

IMHO: One Year After Parkland, What Has Changed?
Jim Braude shares his thoughts on what young activists have accomplished on gun reform since the high school massacre – and how much is left to be done.