Pulitzer prize-winning journalist from the Boston Globe Charlie Savage; the late Reverend Jerry Falwell; the dean of the Regent University School of Law, Jeffrey Brauch; and book critic Maureen Corrigan, on this edition of Fresh Air.
Charlie Savage has been writing about a Christian law school whose graduates have become influential in the Justice Department. The school is the Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, which was founded by televangelist Pat Robertson. One of its graduates is Monica Goodling, the former top aide to Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. Savage writes that Goodling has "drawn a harsh spotlight to the administration's hiring of officials educated at smaller, conservative schools with sometimes marginal academic reputations".
Also, Reverend Jerry Falwell, who died yesterday at age 73. Falwell was an outspoken leader of the Religious right. We remember Falwell with an interview recorded in the early days of Fresh Air's national broadcast. Falwell was the founder and pastor of Lynchburg's Thomas Road Baptist Church for more than 50 years. In 1979 he founded the Moral Majority and was a catalyst for bringing the republican party to power with the presidencies of Ronald Reagan, George Bush senior and George H.W. Bush. Falwell also founded Liberty University, an evangelical institution believed to be the largest of its kind. His operations were headquartered in Lynchburg, Virginia. (Original Airdate: 3/14/86)Next, a discussion with the dean of the Regent University School of Law, Jeffrey Brauch.
Finally, Maureen Corrigan reviews Falling Man by Don DeLillo. [Broadcast Date: May 16, 2007]