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September 18, 2021

Rebooting Justice
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Is America truly a nation with Justice for All? A legal expert says large numbers of ordinary Americans are being underserved by today's justice system. Then, death and injury rates from everyday accidents like car crashes and home fires are increasing. How can we get more people to stay safe?
Episode Segments:
The Future of Law
Benjamin H. Barton, Helen and Charles Lockett Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee, and author of Rebooting Justice: More Technology, Fewer Lawyers, and the Future of Law discussed what he sees are longstanding problems in our judicial system. He said that laws are too complex and legal advice is far more expensive than necessary. He outlined a series of reforms which he believes would make the courts much fairer and more accessible for poor and middle-class Americans.
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Avoiding Accidents
Steve Casner, PhD, is a research psychologist, NASA scientist, and author of Careful: A User's Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds. Dr. Casner has devoted his career to studying the psychology of safety. He said after a hundred years of steady decline, the rate at which people are being injured or killed in everyday accidents, such as car crashes, pedestrian fatalities, home-improvement projects gone wrong, medical mistakes and home fires, is increasing. He explained why few of us are as careful as we think we are, and what we can do about it.
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Adventures Of Women Entrepreneurs
Entrepreneur Robin Behrstock, author of Adventures Of Women Entrepreneurs: Stories That Inspire shared some inspiring examples of women who overcame both personal and professional setbacks to turn their dreams of starting their own business into reality. She offered advice for aspiring entrepreneurs who are reluctant to take that first step.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Benjamin Barton
Professor Ben Barton is the author of Glass Half Full: The Decline and Rebirth of the Legal Profession and a Professor of Law at the University of Tennessee. He has worked as an associate at a large law firm, clerked for a federal judge, represented the indigent for 12 years as a clinical law professor, and now teaches torts and advocacy evidence. His scholarship has been discussed in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, The ABA Journal, and TIME magazine. Cambridge University Press published Professor Bartonís first book, The Lawyer-Judge Bias in the American Courts, in 2011 and re-released it in softcover in 2013. His law review articles have been published in the International Journal of Law and Economics, The Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, and the law reviews of the Universities of Toronto, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and California.

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Steve Casner
Steve Casner is a research psychologist who studies the accident-prone mind. A NASA scientist by day, Casner also flies jets and helicopters, rides motorcycles and skateboards, and has surprisingly few scratches on him. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and daughter.

Careful: A User's Guide to Our Injury-Prone Minds

Robin Behrstock
Robin has been starting businesses since she was a kid. Most of them were failures that became learning experiences. At the age of 33, it all paid off when she started a copper mug business just as they became a popular trend. In less than three years, she grew the business to annual sales of $3MM. With that success came the realization it wasn't what she wanted to do with her life. The best part of being an entrepreneur-for her-wasn't making money or selling lots of copper mugs, it was inspiring people. Long-term, that's what she wanted to do. This book became her new focus, with the goal of inspiring women around the world to do something different, to step outside their comfort zone or move beyond their present circumstances and make their dreams a reality

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