Life of the Law

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.


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June 28, 2017

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 Cavaliers to win the 2017 NBA Championship. Three days later, thousands…

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April 5, 2017

Twenty-one years ago, at the age of 19, Greg Eskridge was sentenced to 65 years-to-life plus two life terms in prison. Greg’s mom, Patricia Eskridge, was in the courtroom that day to hear the judge…

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March 21, 2017

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 conversation? Welcome to In-Studio from Life of the Law. Each month we present an…

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March 8, 2017

HOST INTRO: Heroin is illegal in Canada. And just like in the United States many doctors and treatment centers treat heroin addiction by providing a legal alternative, such as methadone. But methadone treatment doesn’t always…

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March 8, 2017

Heroin is illegal in Canada. And just like in the United States many doctors and treatment centers treat heroin addiction by providing a legal alternative, such as methadone. But methadone treatment doesn’t always work. So…

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February 21, 2017

What do radio silence, the FCC, net neutrality, President Trump’s first solo press conference, and Richard Wagner have in common? Welcome to In-Studio from Life of the Law. Each month we present an investigative feature report…

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February 7, 2017

In April of 2014, federal agents raided the studios of 106.1 TOUCH FM in Boston, Massachusetts. They took turntables, microphones, transmitters, pretty much everything. The reason was simple: the radio station was operating without a…

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December 20, 2016

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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 sentenced her to 20-30 years in state prison. But did she do…

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December 20, 2016

HOST INTRODUCTION Être parent peut réserver bien des surprises… Surtout quand il s’agit d’un nouveau né. Parfois, les bébés commencent à pleurer et on ignore pourquoi. Ils se mettent à éternuer, à tousser et évidemment,…

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November 1, 2016

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The TV ad was on every station — cable, network —  nonstop all the time for ten days. It was carpet bombing by TV ad. — Justice Robin Hudson Judges across the country are in…

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October 4, 2016

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We used to sit and eat dinner at the same table in the chow hole.  And one day I was just sitting in there and I just started shedding tears and I hoped nobody had…

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October 4, 2016

HOST INTRO: Douglas Collier is currently serving a life sentence inside San Quentin State Prison.  For years, he shared a 9×4 cell with his friend Tony, a fellow inmate.  Then, Tony got sick.  His arteries…

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September 20, 2016

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Each summer, people from all around the country gather for the Soros Justice Fellowship Conference — three days of meetings, conversations, and workshops by scholars, journalists, attorneys, and advocates working on projects that explore the…

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September 6, 2016

Arminio Órtiz Pérez, photo credit: Eilís O’Neill

What do you eat for breakfast? A bit of steel cut oatmeal with warm milk.  Yogurt with fresh fruit. And when you sit down to eat do you think about where it all comes from?…

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August 23, 2016

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When you’re sixteen or seventeen do you really think about what you’re doing and who you’re doing it with? Sometimes, sure. But not all the time. There’s science to show that teens don’t think like…

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July 26, 2016

HOST INTRODUCTION: When we elect a president, we give them extraordinary power, including the power to grant clemency — to pardon or commute the sentence of someone convicted of a federal offense. A commutation means…

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July 26, 2016

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When we elect a president, we give them extraordinary power, including the power to grant clemency — to pardon or commute the sentence of someone convicted of a federal offense. A commutation means their sentence…

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July 12, 2016

HOST INTRODUCTION: This month, we’re presenting a special summer series of the best and the brightest new voices in investigative reporting and audio production. Ariel Ritchin at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has taken…

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July 12, 2016

Entrance to the Vernon C. Bain Correctional Center at Rikers Island, in the Bronx. This is the only prison bardge in the US, and is anchored in the South Bronx near Rikers Island. The Bardge handles inmates from medium- to maximum-security in 16 dormitories and 100 cells. (Photo by David Howells/Corbis via Getty Images)

Hundreds of people in cities throughout the US have been arrested for participating in Black Lives Matter protests.  In Chicago, a judge set one protestor’s bail at $350,000. To “make bail” he will have to…

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June 28, 2016

John and Stuart celebrate after legally marrying in 2008. Photo Credit: Bella Pictures.

This summer, Life of the Law is featuring stories from some of the best and the brightest upcoming audio journalists from Pitzer College and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. We’re calling it our New Voices Series….

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May 31, 2016

PARIS - APRIL 27: French police control the street, Paris the 27 april 2013, France. Paris is one of the most populated metropolitanareas in Europe

“My wife called me saying, ‘Halim, there were some very big serious police officers who just came to the house.’” – Halim Abdelmalek Europe has suffered a series of terrorist attacks, and now France, one…

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May 3, 2016

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“The court has to appear normal to the outside world. Even though things are really abnormal inside, it’s my job to keep a sense of normalcy and not to draw attention to the court.” –Chief…

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March 22, 2016

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“If I could have had a family, I probably would have had two or three children.  I think about that all the time.  And sometimes I just cry because the people done me wrong. I…

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February 23, 2016

Groupies have always been a part of the music scene. The Grateful Dead and the Deadheads. Beatles and Beatlemania. Juggalos like music called horrorcore rap and the main group they follow is the Insane Clown…

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February 23, 2016

More Dead American Soldiers

“Lowest voter participation in the nation. Lowest voter registration in the nation. We dug a deep deep hole in Texas. And what we’ve gotta do is stop digging.” – Leland Beatty Voting is a right…

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February 9, 2016

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“I may be Mexican, but I don’t consider myself a Mexican. I consider myself a Juggalo.” -Gabe Gonzales In 2011 the FBI’s National Gang Intelligence Center released their Gang Threat Assessment. In this Assessment Juggalos…

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January 30, 2016

It’s hard to believe it’s been 20 years since Congress has been able to come together to pass comprehensive immigration reform in the US. So, in 2012 President Obama took matters into his own hands….

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January 26, 2016

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In 2012, the Obama Administration signed a memo addressing all branches of the Department of Homeland Security, which granted undocumented immigrants who migrated as minors to the United States a renewable deferral of deportation. A…

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January 15, 2016

INTRO When you get that notice in the mail for jury duty, it’s can be annoying. How are you going to fit it in? But juries are important — they’re  democracy in action… twelve men…

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January 12, 2016

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This story begins back in 2008, when a violent crime was committed in the small town of Auburn, Alabama. It was in the evening, at the start of spring. Shannon Rae McKenzie was at home…

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December 15, 2015

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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 gangbangers do. I’m 49 years…

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November 24, 2015

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Imagine it’s 1957. It’s the middle of the Cold War and fear is everywhere. Senator Joseph McCarthy’s just spent years accusing people of being communists and spies. The Soviet Missile crisis is on the horizon….

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November 3, 2015

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Jury Duty. It’s one of the pillars of our democratic society. If you are charged with a crime, a jury of your peers will determine your innocence or your guilt. But who selects the jurors?…

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October 20, 2015

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It’s been over 60 years, but Henrietta Massey still remembers Jim Thorpe’s funeral. His first funeral. “Gosh, it was kind of like a shocking day for me,” said Sandra Massey, a tribal elder with the…

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