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Randy Cohen: The Ethicist Is In
August 11, 2017
What’s the right thing to do? Every Sunday for 12 years, that’s the question Randy Cohen tried to answer for readers of the popular column, 'The Ethicist.'
Looking Back With the Former 'Ethicist' for The New York Times August 11, 2017
For twelve years, Randy Cohen offered advice on life’s most vexing moral questions, large and small: Should you ever out a cheating spouse? Is it OK for pastors to download old sermons from the internet? This week, Cohen reflects back on what he learned as the resident “Ethicist” for The New York Times Magazine. From 2011.

Randy Cohen, host of Person Place Thing
Inside the Minds of Muslim Extremists August 11, 2017
Kenneth Ballen spent five years interviewing more than one hundred Islamic radicals and terrorists, trying to understand their real motivations. What he found were young men who were often vulnerable, scared and full of conflicting emotions - in other words, not too different from the rest of us. From 2011.

 Ahmed al-Shayea was badly burned by a failed suicide bomb and came to trust the Americans who helped him recover. He eventually renounced his jihadist past and became one of the success stories featured in Ballen's book. But since this interview in 2011, al-Shayea may have returned to Al-Qaeda.
NYU Press
Government Raids on Minority Religions August 11, 2017
In 2008, authorities removed more than 400 children from the Yearning for Zion ranch in Texas. They were members of Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints—a group accused of underage marriage and the sexual abuse of minors. It was the largest detention of children in government history, carried out with SWAT teams, snipers, helicopters and automatic weapons. Stuart Wright says military style raids on minority religions had been skyrocketing in the 20 or so years leading up to that raid, and his book examines why. From 2012.

Stuart Wright, editor of Saints Under Siege: The Texas State Raid on the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints

A mother escorts her children as police search their property.