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Life of the Law

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Law is alive. It doesn’t live in books and words. It thrives on how well we understand and apply it to our everyday lives. At Life of the Law, journalists, scholars, writers, editors, attorneys, and students ask questions, find answers, and publish what we discover about the law in feature episodes and live storytelling.Take a listen.. .

We publish new feature episodes bi-weekly 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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Look around. Change is happening. People you know and people you pass on the street are in transition. They are transforming their lives. Unless yo...

  • Added: Oct 03, 2017
  • Length: 01:10:04
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All over the world people create. Music, art, literature. But is their creative work protected? Sure there are international copyright laws, but ar...

  • Added: Sep 19, 2017
  • Length: 38:45
Caption: Serge Turnier
The Gift and Curse of Music – Haiti’s Fight for Copyright is the story of Serge Turnier, a music producer and composer in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Ju...

  • Added: Sep 05, 2017
  • Length: 35:55
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This week on Life of the Law, our team met up in the studios of KQED to talk about the law, moral luck, and prosecutorial discretion in America.

  • Added: Aug 31, 2017
  • Length: 48:12
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It all started out as a plan to steal some comic books, sell them and split the cash. That was before a busted lip, a heart attack, and federal pro...

  • Added: Aug 08, 2017
  • Length: 29:34
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Troy Williams and scholars Rebecca McClennan, Keramet Reiter, Ashley Rubin, and Heather Thompson drove about an hour away to San Quentin State Pris...

  • Added: Aug 04, 2017
  • Length: 48:26
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What does it take to win an NBA Championship? On Monday night, June 12th, Oakland's Golden State Warriors, aka "Dub Nation" silenced the Cleveland ...

  • Added: Jun 28, 2017
  • Length: 44:31
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It's official! The Golden State Warriors are the 2017 NBA Champions! Life of the Law honors the team and each of the players with this special epis...

  • Added: Jun 16, 2017
  • Length: 19:38
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What does color of skin have to do with equal access to justice in America? The Equal Protection Clause, part of the 14th Amendment to the Constitu...

  • Added: Jun 03, 2017
  • Length: 48:40
Caption: Warren McCleskey's last words, Credit: Sarah Marshall
Part 2 of Sarah Marshall’s report on Warren McCleskey’s life after the Supreme Court ruling and his execution on September 25, 1991 by the state of...

  • Added: May 23, 2017
  • Length: 32:44
Caption: A photo of Warren McCleskey at his sister Betty Myers' house., Credit: Sarah Marshall
America is a country plagued by racism. Culturally, socially, economically. But what about in the courts? 30 years ago, Warren McCleskey, a black m...

  • Added: May 03, 2017
  • Length: 56:32
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Join us for In-Studio, when our team gets together in the studios of KQED in San Francisco to talk about our recent episodes, the law in the news a...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2017
  • Length: 46:32
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What’s it like to be a teenager sent to prison for what may be forever, and what’s it like to be his mom? Our story is Mother and Son.

  • Added: Apr 05, 2017
  • Length: 37:45
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Want to know how heroin treatment centers in Canada, the Affordable Care Act, President Trump’s new budget, and Henrietta Lacks all fit into one co...

  • Added: Mar 27, 2017
  • Length: 53:54
Caption: addiction, alexander kim, canada, cited podcast, Crosstown Clinic, Dave Murray, diacetylmorphine, Dianne Tobin, fentanyl, gordon katic, Health Canada, Helsinki declaration, heroin, heroin addiction treatment, Kevin Thompson, legal heroin, NAOMI, NPA, over, Credit: Travis Lupick
Doctors usually treat heroin addiction with methadone, but it doesn’t work for everyone. So what do you do? At a small clinic in Vancouver BC, they...

  • Added: Mar 08, 2017
  • Length: 48:30
Caption: Senior Producer, Tony Gannon, and Post Production Editor, Kirsten Jusewicz-Haidle, Credit: Nancy Mullane
What do radio silence, the FCC, net neutrality, President Trump's first solo press conference, and Richard Wagner have in common? Welcome to In-Stu...

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  • Added: Mar 08, 2017
  • Length: 53:16
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In April of 2014, federal agents raided the studios of 106.1 TOUCH FM in Boston, Massachusetts. The reason was simple: the radio station was operat...

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  • Added: Feb 08, 2017
  • Length: 41:13
  • Purchases: 1
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At Life of the Law, we’re going to shake things up a bit so our team can jump into the national conversation that’s taking place about the law. We’...

  • Added: Jan 25, 2017
  • Length: 41:52
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To celebrate Life of the Law’s 100th Episode, Life of the Law and the National Science Foundation brought five NSF funded scholars to the NSF Headq...

  • Added: Jan 11, 2017
  • Length: 01:07:16
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Eighteen-year-old Tonia Miller was accused of shaking her baby to death. A jury in Michigan convicted the young mother of second-degree murder and ...

  • Added: Dec 20, 2016
  • Length: 30:58