Life of the Law

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A podcast featuring documentary stories and investigations of people’s relationship to the law. Take a listen.

We feature a new episode every other Tuesday morning on the Panoply Network of Podcasts (from Slate). Visit our website Life of the Law for more information about our project, our team and our live storytelling events. You can email us with story pitches, suggestions, and feedback at connect@lifeofthelaw.org

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127 Pieces

A podcast offering documentary stories and investigations of people's relationship to the law.


Pieces

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On every city block, there are rules. Some are unspoken, some require friendly reminders, some are enforced by the law. Is it ever OK to break the ...

  • Added: Jul 31, 2013
  • Length: 12:16
Caption: Stills from a video made of the Lime Street Fire experiment. In four minutes, it went from a couch on fire to a room on fire, Credit: Video courtesy of John Lentini
Over the past 20 years, there’s been a revolution in the science of arson investigations. Many of the clues that had been used for decades to deter...

Bought by KMUZ, WJCT, and KALW


  • Added: Jul 23, 2013
  • Length: 16:26
  • Purchases: 3
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(This episode contains explicit language) Most of us have an idea of what the crime of rape is. But the legal meaning of the word rape varies wide...

  • Added: Jul 11, 2013
  • Length: 15:58
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When things go bad, all you need to do is pick up the phone and CALL. Or so the late-night ads on basic cable tell us. Since the US Supreme Court a...

Bought by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, KPIK-LP, WJCT, Georgia Public Broadcasting, and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 26, 2013
  • Length: 21:45
  • Purchases: 5
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Today, fewer than 50 percent of American families are married. Half of the Unites States is in a non-traditional, non-nuclear family. What do these...

Bought by KVNF and PRX Remix


  • Added: Jun 26, 2013
  • Length: 15:18
  • Purchases: 2
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Online, multi-player games create addictive, all-encompassing competitive worlds for players. But sometimes, players disturb the fantasy with abusi...

Bought by XRAY.fm, KALW, and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 11, 2013
  • Length: 12:55
  • Purchases: 3
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What does it take to become a judge? No one starts their legal career as a jurist. First they work as a lawyer advocating for one side of a case ov...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: May 11, 2013
  • Length: 13:25
  • Purchases: 1
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After a big snowstorm, the streets of many northern cities start to get cluttered with furniture. Why? Because of “dibs,” the practice of claiming ...

Bought by KPIK-LP and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 11, 2013
  • Length: 12:34
  • Purchases: 2
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More than 30,000 people died by guns in 2011 in the US. Of those, close to 20,000 died by suicide. Many still do not make a connection between gun ...

Bought by PRX Remix


  • Added: May 11, 2013
  • Length: 10:30
  • Purchases: 1
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Vietnamese fishing communities are still finding themselves grounded by the BP oil spill, one of the largest environmental disasters of the century...

Bought by KALW and PRX Remix


  • Added: Mar 22, 2013
  • Length: 10:20
  • Purchases: 2