Is your worldview set in stone, or are you open to different perspectives?
Elie Mystal, managing editor of Above the Law and More Perfect legal editor, tries to convince a guest, a judge, an audience — pretty much anyone with ears — to go against the conventional wisdom in this new live podcast pilot from WNYC Studios.
The first issue we’ll tackle: hate crimes. Slate writer Mark Joseph Stern will argue that we need laws against them, that our criminal justice system depends on it, and that it’s a moral imperative to punish hate. But is there another way to punish hate without prosecuting what’s in a person’s heart?
Elie says yes. A crime is a crime is a crime.