1. Executive Privilege and Delegation of Powers
Can the President's conversations with advisors remain secret when Congress demands to know
what was said? Congresswoman Barbara Mikulski, former President Gerald Ford, and
Watergate prosecutor Archibald Cox bring first-hand experience to this topic.
2. War Powers and Covert Action
If the president, as commander in chief, decides to declare war, can Congress restrain him?
Debating the issue are Gerald Ford, former CIA deputy director Bobby Inman, former secretary
of state Edmund Muskie, and others.
3. Nomination, Election, and Succession of the President
A tangled web of issues is involved in electing a president. Edmund Muskie, former presidential
press secretary Jody Powell, party officials, and others discuss the role of political parties, the
electoral college, and what to do if a president becomes disabled.
4. Criminal Justice and a Defendant's Right to a Fair Trial
Should a lawyer defend a guilty person? This and other questions are debated by Bronx district
attorney Mario Merola, former New York mayor Edward Koch, CBS News anchor Dan Rather, and
5. Crime and Insanity
Is a psychiatric evaluation precise enough to be allowed as testimony in a court of law? U.S.
Court of Appeals judge Irving Kaufman, Hastings Center president Willard Gaylin, and others
discuss the use of psychiatry in law.
6. Crime and Punishments
Cruel and unusual punishment, from overcrowding in prisons to the death penalty, is debated by
U.S. Court of Appeals judge Arthur Alarcon, Federal Bureau of Prisons director Norman
Carlson, government leaders, civil libertarians, and journalists.
7. Campaign Spending
Do limits on campaign spending infringe on First Amendment rights? Political consultant David
Garth, Washington Post columnist David Broder, Bill Moyers, and others explore the issues.
8. National Security and Freedom of the Press
What right does the public have to know about national security issues? Former CIA director and
secretary of defense James Schlesinger, former attorney general Griffin Bell, and others debate
9. School Prayer, Gun Control, and the Right To Assemble
A series of events embroils a small town in First and Second Amendment controversies.
Featured are Griffin Bell, former secretary of education Shirley Hufstedler, and civil liberties
counsel Jeanne Baker.
10. Right To Live, Right To Die
Gloria Steinem, Joseph Califano, Rep. Henry Hyde, Phil Donahue, and others discuss the right
to make intensely individual decisions about dying, abortion, personal freedom, and privacy.
11. Immigration Reform
The rights of legal and illegal aliens to employment and to medical and educational services are
debated by U.S. Court of Appeals judge Arlin Adams, Notre Dame president Rev. Theodore
Hesburgh, and immigration officials and journalists.
12. Affirmative Action Versus Reverse Discrimination
Are quotas based on sex or race unconstitutional? Participants include Ellen Goodman, former
EEOC chair Eleanor Holmes Norton, Washington Post columnist William Raspberry, and
United Federation of Teachers president Albert Shanker.
How much power the federal government can wield over state and local affairs is debated in this
final episode. Among those featured are Senators Orrin Hatch and Daniel Moynihan and
Columbia University professor Diane Ravitch.