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Jack is really a storyteller, international explorer, and humanitarian and everything else rolls out from there. As a writer, its what he does.  As a trial lawyer and trial skills teacher aroud the world, its his most important tool. As a former CIA officer, the only way to truly motivate people is to connect and to tell them a story that they can feel viscerally.  As a media analyst, what better way to make a point.  In the end, he tries to captivate his audience about the world and its people as much as he himself is captivated.

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[Republic of Georgia TV] May 17th: Media is Different and the Same Everywhere


[Republic of Georgia TV] May 17th: Talking Rule of Law and the Courts

What an extraordinary day. The Republic of Georgia has only been an independent nation for less than 30 years and has had to overcome some truly extraordinary challenges.  After more than 70 years of domination by the Soviet Union, the Georgian people clearly decided to turn to the West for their legal model.  While their Consitution is somewhat similar to the American system, it also has its roots in the German system.  At the same time, their courts are clearly turning to the Americans and Brits.  Their latest development involves intorducing the jury system. 

While this conference included the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, a Associate Justice of the Minnesota Supreme Court, the Senior Prosecutor in Georgia, a half dozen judges from Minnesota, and prosecutors and defense attorneys from Georgia, as well as yours truly, there were still as many questions as well as answers. However, regardless of whether there was lots of answers, sometimes the effort to try to find those answers is the most one can hope for. 

While I was surprised that the media appeared at the conference, I guess I shouldn't have. The people of Georgia are very interested in where their country is going and the media wouldn't be doing its job if they didn't push and probe and try to figure out what was going on. What really surprised me was how they came at me. That was interesting, challenging and pretty entertaining in many ways.  


[The Nicole Sandler Show] January 27th: Jack Talks Media in the Trump Era

I appear on the Nicole Sandler Show on January 27th at 3;30 p.m. e.s.t. with my old friend Nicole Sandler.  She have known each other since the Air America days and beyond.  President Trump has declared war on the media and his watch dog Steve Bannon has upped the charge.  He says the the Media should just shut up and listen.  That's fascinating considering when what Mr. Trump continues to say is verifiable lie after verifiable lie. By the way, I am not using the term lie here loosely.  What he is saying regarding a whole series of things has been verified false by source after source after source.  When POTUS continues to repeat the lie and claim that it is true, regardless of how many times it has been pointed out, I believe that the term lie is appropriate.  We will talk about the role of the media and why now, more than maybe ever, the media needs to stand up to politicians.

On a separate issue, we will also discuss torture and the CIA.  Apparently, POTUS believes in waterboarding and may be arguing for its continuation.  This is quite extraordinary and should result is an amazing conversation.  I have some very specific ideas about it and contemplate what it might be like to prosecute this President in the Hague for crimes against humanity.  

This promises to be interesting.



[WCCO Radio Appearance] September 16th: Jack Talks Criminal Law, Senser and the Media

I appear on WCCO Radio's John Williams Show on September 16th. Amy Senser has been charged.  So, now what?  How do you defend somebody like this?  How do you deal with the media to make sure that she gets a fair trial?  Most importantly, how do you play this so that your client most likely is found "Not Guilty"?

I will talk about this and how criminal law and the media collide.  This should be an interesting conversation.  Hope you can listen.


Should President Obama Lift the Ban on the Coverage of Flag Draped Coffins Coming Home from Warzones?

kogo2 There has been a debate in this country for decades about whether the public can handle being exposed to the ramifications of war, namely death.  In 1991, the first President Bush banned coverage of flag draped coffins being flown home from distant shores.  The ban has been in place ever since. military_coffins15 President Obama now faces the question about the lifting of the ban.  And whether or not there should be limitations to lifting the ban.   It seems the balance involves respect for the dead, respect for the families of the dead, privacy, acknowledging sacrifice and the true cost of war and even the impact that the scenes might have on the nation's resolve. Tonight on Top Story with Jack Rice on AM 600 KOGO, Jack will open up the phones and ask a simple question with few simple answers:  Should President Obama lift the ban?  If so, should there be any limitations?  Should the families of the fallen have the right to "opt out" their loved one's remains from photos?  Is the loss a personal one or a national one?  Does that change the answer? Listen to the program on AM 600 KOGO  in San Diego or at at 6:00 p.s.t.  You can call in at 1-800-600-5646.

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Jack Rice: In the Cross Hairs

In an ever shrinking and dangerous world, a passive look just isn't enough. Jack represents the new generation that uses television, audio, podcasts, blogs, print and video, and will take you to where the news is happening and what it means.

Jack Appears on AM 600 KOGO in San Diego.

While California is facing a financial crisis not seen for many years, how serious is it? Some experts are suggesting that while the economy may be a "train wreck", the state may also present a golden opportunity for the future. Jack with host Top Story on Monday night and open up the phones for listeners. Are you optmiistic? Or are you packing your bags and getting out of Dodge? Or Escondido? Or El Cajon? Or El Centro?

Jack Appears on KOGO in San Diego.

Jack hosts Top Story on AM 600 KOGO tonight where he opens up the phones and discusses California's unemployment increase to 9.3%. It is significantly worse than the national average and the worst in California in 15 years. What can be done to address it? Is it a government role? A private role? A combination?