Life of the Law

Series produced by 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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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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In real life, the business of jury selection is a 400 million dollar industry. So in a world of high priced jury consultants what does a jury of ou...

  • Added: Nov 03, 2015
  • Length: 24:42
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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...

Bought by KPIK-LP and PRX Remix


  • Added: Oct 20, 2015
  • Length: 24:46
  • Purchases: 2
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We all know this feeling. You're driving. Maybe you're speeding. Maybe you don't think you're doing anything wrong. All of a sudden blue lights fla...

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  • Added: Oct 06, 2015
  • Length: 15:48
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: After Emily Baxter interviews someone about getting away with a crime, she takes a photo that reflects the person's character and story., Credit: Emily Baxter/weareallcriminals.com
Ever committed a crime? Were you caught? Arrested? Maybe not. Between a quarter and a third of all adults in America were caught and arrested. Now ...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and PRX Remix


  • Added: Sep 22, 2015
  • Length: 14:44
  • 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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At disciplinary hearings in prison, inmates are not guaranteed the right to an attorney. In fact, they aren’t allowed to have one at all.

  • Added: Aug 03, 2015
  • Length: 21:22
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The law isn’t actually written in stone. It morphs and changes with the times. What happens when laws change all of a sudden and people find themse...

  • Added: Jul 14, 2015
  • Length: 19:32
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Bounty hunters are kind of like human bloodhounds. They’re dogged. They won’t stop until they get who they’re looking for. Frank Abramovitz is a bo...

  • Added: Jun 30, 2015
  • Length: 20:22
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When prisoners act out, they get put in solitary confinement-- the penal version of 'go to your room and think about what you've done.' But for the...

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  • Added: Jun 28, 2015
  • Length: 24:26
  • Purchases: 1
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Lee Harvey Oswald was murdered before he could stand trial for the assassination of JFK. But that hasn’t stopped people from trying to get him into...

Bought by PRX Remix, KPIK-LP, and WXAV 88.3FM


  • Added: Jun 08, 2015
  • Length: 20:21
  • Purchases: 3
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Amateur sleuths armed with their own laptops, public information and a lot of spare time are working alone and in groups to crack criminal cases. S...

Bought by Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, KVNF, and PRX Remix


  • Added: May 24, 2015
  • Length: 32:30
  • Purchases: 3
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The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that states can prohibit judges from openly asking for money to pay for their judicial campaigns. Life of the Law'...

  • Added: May 05, 2015
  • Length: 24:30
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Recreational pot has earned the state of Colorado $53 million dollars in tax revenue. All on a drug that, according to federal law is still illegal...

Bought by KVNF


  • Added: Apr 20, 2015
  • Length: 23:27
  • Purchases: 1
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Exotic dancers, on-call drivers and writers might have a different name for what they do -- freelancing, part-time work and independent contracting...

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


  • Added: Apr 07, 2015
  • Length: 14:51
  • Purchases: 4
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A triple murder, a habitual liar on a stolen motorcycle, and a confession that doesn’t add up. Why would anyone confess to a crime they didn’t comm...

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  • Added: Mar 24, 2015
  • Length: 31:23
  • Purchases: 1
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Pregnant with options. There’s the stroller, the crib and the adorable baby clothes. And, for more than 50,000 women each year birthing plans also ...

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  • Added: Mar 17, 2015
  • Length: 14:17
  • 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 internet is anonymous. Except for when it isn't. When someone wants to hurt you, they can find your address and other personal information and ...

Bought by KISU, XRAY.fm, and KPIK-LP


  • Added: Jan 27, 2015
  • Length: 17:03
  • Purchases: 3
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Freedom of speech is a right guaranteed in the first amendment of the constitution. One exception to the rule is obscenity. But determining what is...

  • Added: Jan 26, 2015
  • Length: 16:05