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December 10, 2007

A Different Kind Of Juvenile Justice


What made Robert Hawkins take a rifle and shoot strangers last week in Omaha? Today, Dick talks to Josh Stroder, a young man who had something in common with Mr. Hawkins. 

When Josh was 14, he went to high school in a rural area and didn't fit in. He started getting bullied and before long, he was feeling at odds with everyone. By the time he was 15, Josh was shooting heroin, dressing in Goth clothing, threatening teachers, and planning revenge on his bullies. Teachers were worried he might commit a Columbine-like massacre. When he built a bomb and set it off on the porch of one of his tormentors, he was arrested, tried as an adult and sentenced to 10 years in prison.  

But Missouri has an unusual juvenile justice system, and Josh was given a second chance. By pleading guilty and entering the state's dual jurisdiction program, Josh has been able to graduate from high school and begin realizing his dream of earning a college degree.

Now 18, Josh is an example of why Missouri has become a model of a different kind of juvenile justice - one that has lower recidivism rates than almost anywhere else in the United States.



Gary Yohe is the lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the United Nations agency that accepts the Nobel Peace Prize today with Al Gore. 

Gary didn't start out as an environmentalist. He's an economist, the kind of guy who gets excited over the minutiae of creating models to calculate risk. But back in the early 80s, he got an invitation to help figure out if carbon dioxide emissions could have an impact on the earth's temperature. The more he learned, the more alarmed he became. Along the way, Gary has learned that even a practitioner of "the dismal science" such as himself has something to contribute to the scientific discussion of climate change.

He talks with Dick Gordon about the thrill and the challenge of trying to get 130 countries to agree about how to deal with climate change.

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