Life of the Law

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

Life of the Law publishes a new, unique episode every other Tuesday morning on our website - www.lifeofthelaw.org, Panoply, iTunes and on most podcast apps.

Investigative reports
Audio diaries
Live storytelling events (recorded)
In-Studio discussions


127 Pieces

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Caption: Odessa Summers
For 22 years, Philadelphia FIGHT has hosted an entire month of free workshops, trainings, and outreach about HIV and AIDS. This year, Life of the L...

  • Added: Aug 16, 2016
  • Length: 01:01:58
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Since 2014 the department of justice and President Obama have been working to right the wrongs of the war on drugs. Through Clemency, Obama has com...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2016
  • Length: 15:28
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Bail is supposed to allow a person accused of a crime to put some money up as a type of collateral - a promise they will return for their court dat...

  • Added: Jul 26, 2016
  • Length: 27:06
Caption: Veronica Martinez with her daughter inside Folsom Women's Prison in Northern California., Credit: Nancy Mullane
Veronica Martinez is a mother in prison. While in county jail awaiting trial she gave birth to her daughter Amaya Martinez. The Bureau of Justice S...

  • Added: May 13, 2014
  • Length: 24:13
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...

Bought by WJCT


  • 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
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This week we take you to Nashville for BLOOD, SWEAT, AND TEARS: stories about the blues, jazz, songwriting and a cabin in the woods.

  • Added: Apr 08, 2016
  • Length: 59:00
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