In the Balance: BioAttack & City Under Siege Series

Lectures curated around In the Balance: BioAttack & City Under Siege, which delves into the thorny ethical and practical challenges raised by terrorism.

BioAttack A few days before Thanksgiving, a videotape appears on a journalist's desk. It claims to be a warning from terrorists, saying a group of the nation's largest malls have been targeted, and those who shop over Thanksgiving weekend will die. The tape is found to be credible. The journalists, and soon afterward the federal government and state and local governments at the sites of the targeted malls, face some very difficult choices. Among them: When should the public be told of this threat?

City Under Siege After bombs hidden in empty baby strollers go off in two major amusement parks within days of each other, leaders must deal with fears that the bombs are the beginning of a series of terrorist attacks. They must grapple with how to advise the public: Do they urge them to be more "vigilant"? In this context, what does vigilance mean? This program forces us to consider how we as a nation should, and should not, change in the face of a terrorist threat, and how our values as well as our safety may be at risk in the War on Terror.

About In the Balance Over twenty years ago, television news pioneer Fred W. Friendly brought to public television a unique series of programs in which participants were forced to put their principles to the test in gripping dilemmas drawn from real life. Now the production company founded by Fred Friendly ushers his vision into a new millennium with In the Balance. Beginning with this two-part series on terrorism, In the Balance will bring together people in power to confront some of the greatest dilemmas of our time. The fast-paced, in-the-round dialogue may have a new look, but one thing is unchanged: The requirement that panelists put aside their speeches, make hard decisions, and talk to each other rather than at each other.

Lectures curated around In the Balance: BioAttack & City Under Siege, which delves into the thorny ethical and practical challenges raised by terrorism.

BioAttack A few days before Thanksgiving, a videotape appears on a journalist's desk. It claims to be a warning from terrorists, saying a group of the nation's largest malls have been targeted, and those who shop over Thanksgiving weekend will die. The tape is found to be credible. The journalists, and soon afterward the federal government and state and local governments at the sites of the targeted malls, face some very difficult choices. Among them: When should the public be told of this threat?

City Under Siege After bombs hidden in empty baby strollers go off in two major amusement parks within days of each other, leaders must deal with fears that the bombs are the beginning of a series of terrorist attacks. They must grapple with how to advise the public: Do they urge them to be more "vigilant"? In this context, what does vigilance mean? This program forces us to consider how we as a nation should, and should not, change in the face of a terrorist threat, and how our values as well as our safety may be at risk in the War on Terror.

About In the Balance Over twenty years ago, television news pioneer Fred W. Friendly brought to public television a unique series of programs in which participants were forced to put their principles to the test in gripping dilemmas drawn from real life. Now the production company founded by Fred Friendly ushers his vision into a new millennium with In the Balance. Beginning with this two-part series on terrorism, In the Balance will bring together people in power to confront some of the greatest dilemmas of our time. The fast-paced, in-the-round dialogue may have a new look, but one thing is unchanged: The requirement that panelists put aside their speeches, make hard decisions, and talk to each other rather than at each other.