Across the country this year, partisan redrawing of districts was so effective that many incumbents ran virtually unopposed. Why? New computer programs can all but guarantee victory for parties drawing the map.
American RadioWorks and BBC Current Affairs looks at the effects of gerrymandering in the U.S., focusing on recent efforts by Texas Republicans to redraw the district maps and deliver a critical advantage for President George W. Bush in his second term.
In the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, the U.S. government has embraced new tools and new powers to track the movements of people within America's borders. While headlines about increased scrutiny may seem familiar, most Americans don't know the half of it. Government and the private sector are busily teaming up to create a surveillance society unlike the world has ever seen.
" Privacy....does it really exsist after 9-11?"
It was phenomenally successful in the air, breathtakingly decisive on the ground - and suddenly the war in the Persian Gulf was over, with an overwhelming victory for the allied forces. But what really happened? Why did the air war work so well? Why did the massive allied casualties many predicted for the ground phase never materialize? Why was it all so easy, when American intelligence had said it would be so hard?
"Useful history for those who weren't there"