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

Caption: Virigina State Colony for the Feebleminded
Beginning in 1907, states in the US began to forcibly sterilize over 60,000 Americans -- people considered by scientists to be “unfit” -- the menta...

Bought by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation


  • Added: Mar 22, 2016
  • Length: 22:29
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Mrs. Montini’s class reads Pete the Cat together., Credit: Ashley Cleek
In Kansas, public schools are at the heart of a debate about how much money the state should budget for education -- a debate that comes down to a ...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2016
  • Length: 32:54
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All over the country, critics argue that ID laws discourage voter participation--particularly among poor and minority voters. This is particularly ...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2016
  • Length: 24:44
Caption: JUGGALO - COSTA MESA, Credit: Jared Eberhardt
In 2011 the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center released their Gang Threat Assessment, which listed Juggalos as a “loosely affiliated hybrid ga...

  • Added: Feb 23, 2016
  • Length: 22:45
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In 2012 President Obama took matters into his own hands. His administration signed a memo addressing all branches of the Department of Homeland Sec...

  • Added: Feb 08, 2016
  • Length: 23:50
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In the U.S., juries are often seen as democracy in action. Twelve men and women are asked to hear an entire case, and ultimately, decide another pe...

  • Added: Jan 21, 2016
  • Length: 23:13
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**This piece cannot be aired prior to December 25, 2015.** On Saturday night, Dec 5, 2015 inmates, returning inmates, volunteers, officers, and s...

Bought by KUER, KQED, XRAY.fm, WCAI / WNAN, and KWMR


  • Added: Dec 19, 2015
  • Length: 56:41
  • Purchases: 5
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“I didn’t go to prison because I was a saint. I went to prison because of my lifestyle. Since the age of 13 I was a gangbanger, and did what gangba...

Bought by KGNU


  • Added: Dec 18, 2015
  • Length: 26:22
  • Purchases: 1
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When you look up at the sky the last thing you probably think about is the law. But space is exactly where the next frontier of law is being played...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio, KALW, and New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Nov 24, 2015
  • Length: 14:42
  • Purchases: 3
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Truth or Dare? What’s it gonna be? On this episode, we have three stories told live: two truths and a dare.

  • Added: Nov 17, 2015
  • Length: 31:25