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Life of the Law

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The law is alive. It doesn’t live in books and words. It lives in how well we understand and apply the law to our lives.

Life of the Law's community of scholars, journalists, producers, editors, writers and attorneys are having a conversation about the law in America. Through sound-rich narrative storytelling, investigative reporting, thoughtful analysis and research presented over multiple platforms, including bi-weekly podcasts, public radio airwaves, blog posts and live events, Life of the Law encourages you to join in the conversation about the law and the role it plays in our lives.


86 Pieces

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The 2016 elections are over but what did we learn from the results? Over the past 11 months, Life of the Law’s team of reporters, editors and schol...

  • Added: Nov 21, 2016
  • Length: 55:48
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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
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The body of legendary Native American athlete Jim Thorpe rests in Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania...but some members of his family say he should be dug up...

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  • Added: Oct 20, 2015
  • Length: 24:46
  • Purchases: 2
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Laws that required cops to live in the cities they patrolled were common in the early 1900’s and still exist in the United States today. However, s...

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  • Added: Sep 09, 2015
  • Length: 28:08
  • Purchases: 1
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In the 1980's, the world's two largest diaper companies set out to destroy each other, in a patent battle known as the Diaper Wars. The court battl...

Bought by New Hampshire Public Radio


  • Added: Feb 10, 2015
  • Length: 17:55
  • Purchases: 1
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The Scottsboro Boys are infamous — nine black teenagers falsely accused and convicted of raping two white women. Last year, the state of Alabama f...

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  • Added: Nov 28, 2014
  • Length: 23:08
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: John and Stuart celebrate after legally marrying in 2008., Credit: Bella Pictures
Marrying the person you love is the ideal, right? So what happens when you finally get to do that, only to have the government tell you, never mind...

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2016
  • Length: 31:17
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Host Osagie Obasogie, Credit: Riverview Photography
This week we take you to New Orleans, for stories told by legal scholars about what life's like as a legal scholar.

  • Added: Jun 17, 2016
  • Length: 01:00:41
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France has been under a “state of emergency” since November, raising questions about the appropriate balance between security and civil liberties.

  • Added: Jun 08, 2016
  • Length: 25:50
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When should a judge step aside? As more and more money floods into judicial elections across the nation, states are grappling with this question. P...

  • Added: May 19, 2016
  • Length: 30:36
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There are 28 judicial emergencies on federal courts throughout the country. A judicial emergency is when there's been a vacancy on the court for to...

  • Added: May 03, 2016
  • Length: 22:00
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Domestic oil drilling offers private landowners the promise of riches in their own backyard. But what if you don’t want to live next door to an oil...

  • Added: Apr 19, 2016
  • Length: 22:39
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...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2016
  • Length: 22:29
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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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“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...

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  • 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