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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 in how well we understand and apply it to everyday life. We ask questions, find answers, and publish what we discover in feature episodes and live storytelling.

Law is alive. It doesn’t live in books and words. It thrives in how well we understand and apply it to everyday life. We ask questions, find answers, and publish what we discover in feature episodes and live storytelling.
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United States

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Panoply

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Law is alive. It doesn’t live in books and words. It thrives in how well we understand and apply it to everyday life. We ask questions, find answers, and publish what we discover in feature episodes and live storytelling.

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English


Episodes

122: Government Ghost

11/14/2017
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2017 has been a terrible year for tens of thousands of people. Fires in northern California and record-setting torrential hurricanes and floods in Texas and Puerto Rico have meant that families have lost their homes and in many cases all of their belongings, including documentation and identification -- Social Security cards, drivers licenses and birth certificates. What happens when you lose your identification? As it turns out it's not always as easy as you might think getting government...

Duration: 00:20:36


121: In-Studio - Brutally Ruthless

10/31/2017
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"As incompetent and bumbling as the Trump Administration has been in so many areas, they have been brutally ruthless on immigration." -- Jose Chito Vela, Immigration Attorney and Candidate for Texas State Legislature It’s been a year since the Presidential election of 2016 and the night the world turned upside down and inside out. Polls showed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton ahead by a solid margin. But by the end of the night, the networks had declared Donald Trump the next...

Duration: 00:52:58


120: Life Un-DACAmented (Re-Broadcast)

10/17/2017
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Nearly two years ago on January 26, 2016, Life of the Law presented Un-DACA-mented, a report on the Obama Administration's DACA Program, or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. The program, begun in 2012 offered undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children, a chance to defer deportation. Life of the Law producer Jonathan Hirsch traveled to Texas where he met Luis Morales, a young man who came to the US from Mexico with his family when he was eight years old. In 2015, with the...

Duration: 00:34:59


119: Live Law Detroit

10/3/2017
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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 you stop to hear their story, you may miss it. Each year new and former Soros Justice Fellows gather for four days of discussions, workshops, plenaries, breakout sessions, and meals to debate and discuss issues facing the US criminal justice system. On the last night of this year's gathering in Detroit, seven Fellows took to the stage to share...

Duration: 01:13:39


118: Global Intellectual Property

9/19/2017
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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 are they enforced? And if not, what then? This week our team took to the studio for a discussion to sort out global culture and international copyright law. If you haven't yet listened to our most recent feature episode GIFT AND CURSE OF MUSIC - Haiti's Fight for Copyright by reporter and composer Ian Coss, take a minute to hit the play...

Duration: 00:40:03


117: The Gift & Curse of Music

9/5/2017
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As a child, Serge Ternier fell in love with the sounds of the carnival bands that would pass near his house in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Now one of the top music producers in the country, Ternier is faced with the reality that Haitian law offers little protection for music copyrights and he must decide whether to quit the music business altogether, in order to provide financial security for his family.The Gift and Curse of Music - Haiti’s Fight for Copyright - is the story of Serge Ternier, a...

Duration: 00:36:00


116: In Studio - Prosecuting Discretion

8/22/2017
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"Every criminal trial is a competition between the prosecution and the defense. The judge has relatively less dominant role than in other countries and a lot of times, we have the guilt and innocence of people decided by juries, unless of course there's a plea bargain. This means prosecutors are crucially important because they're the ones who decide whether a case is going to go through, and what shape that case is going to take." Life of the Law, our team met up in the studios of KQED...

Duration: 00:48:17


115: Ten Hours to Twenty Years

8/8/2017
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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 prosecutors stepped in. Reporter Mary Lee Williams, a graduate of UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, tells the whole messy story of some people who got caught up in two different systems of laws, and two prosecutors who saw their crime from two very different perspectives, with long term consequences. Our story… Ten Hours to Twenty...

Duration: 00:29:39


113: In Studio

7/11/2017
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America is a nation that locks up more people per capita than any other country in the world. The Sentencing Project reports 2.2 million people are incarcerated in America's prisons. That's a 500% increase over the past 40 years. The Institute for Criminal Policy Research in London reports America locks up 670 people per 100,000. Russia locks up 439 per 100,000. Rwanda 434 per 100,000. China 118 per 100,000. How in the world did this happen? Are Americans criminally prone? Or has America's...

Duration: 01:09:07


112: In Studio

6/28/2017
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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 Cavaliers to win the 2017 NBA Championship. Three days later, thousands of diverse, loyal, cheering, screaming fans filled the streets of Oakland to celebrate a victory many felt belonged as much to them, as to the players. For now at least. After 40 years homed in Oakland, the Warriors are moving across the Bay to a new arena in San...

Duration: 00:44:35


111: Warriors

6/13/2017
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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 episode. One day a year, the Golden State Warriors' coaches, managers, and players go behind the walls of San Quentin State Prison for a game on the prison's lower yard against the San Quentin Warriors, a team of hard-driving inmates. And like all real basketball, it's an annual battle of will and determination against time and rules. "I love...

Duration: 00:19:28


110: In Studio

6/2/2017
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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 Constitution which took effect in 1868, provides that no state shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction "the equal protection of the laws." In 2017 America, does every person have equal protection under the law, or not? Over the past month, Life of the Law presented Sarah Marshall's two part report on the life and execution of Warren...

Duration: 00:48:45


108: Unequal Protection

5/3/2017
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America is a country plagued by racism. Culturally, socially, economically. But what about in the courts? 30 years ago, Warren McCleskey, a black man on Georgia’s death row, took proof to the US Supreme Court that his trial and sentence had been affected by racial prejudice . It’s a landmark case that nearly every law student in American is familiar with -- but few of us know the whole story. Life of the Law reporter Sarah Marshall traveled to Georgia to learn more about the man whose...

Duration: 00:59:56


107: In Studio

4/19/2017
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Welcome to In-Studio from Life of the Law. This week we're talking about our most recent episode Mother and Son, the role of corporal punishment in the house, and the recent United Airlines situation. Each month we present an investigative feature report and two weeks later our team -- a scholar, journalist, producer, and attorney -- meet up in the studios of KQED in San Francisco to talk about our investigative reports, the law in the news, and the law on our minds. Join us for this...

Duration: 00:49:29


106: Mother and Son

4/4/2017
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Prison is a walled off, secret world, where inmates and officers live a sort of altered reality. For the past 10 years Life of the Law's Executive Producer, Nancy Mullane, has been reporting on the people inside San Quentin State Prison in Northern California and over those years, some of the men she's been reporting on have themselves become journalists -- writing print stories for the San Quentin News and producing audio stories for the San Quentin Prison Report, stories told by...

Duration: 00:39:25


105: In Studio

3/21/2017
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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 conversation? Welcome to In-Studio from Life of the Law. Each month we present an investigative feature report and two weeks later our team -- a scholar, journalist, producer and attorney meet up in the studios of KQED in San Francisco to talk about our investigative reports, the law in the news and the law on our minds. Join us for this month's...

Duration: 00:53:59


104: Heroin Town

3/8/2017
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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 what do you do? Production Notes Heroin Town was reported and produced by Sam Fenn, Gordon Katic, and Alexander Kim of Cited Podcast in partnership with Travis Lupick and the Georgia Straight, and edited by Nancy Mullane, Life of the Law's Executive Producer. The...

Duration: 00:48:35


103: In Studio

2/21/2017
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Welcome to In-Studio from Life of the Law. Each month we present an investigative feature report, and two weeks later our team of scholars, journalists, producers and guests will meet up in the studios of KQED in San Francisco to ask questions and get some answers about the law, or at least start to look for some answers. Do you have questions about the law you'd like us to discuss? Write to us at Life of the Law with your stories and questions about the law,...

Duration: 00:53:21


102: Radio Silenced

2/7/2017
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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 license. But that raises questions: could the owner get a license? If not, why not? And why did he need one in the first place? Finally, it is the story of Greg Lawson -- a man who always keeps the radio on, and listened as the stations he depended on...

Duration: 00:41:18


101: In Studio

1/24/2017
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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're going to ask questions and hopefully get some answers, or at least begin to look for answers. We want to welcome you to join us for In Studio and we encourage you to write to us at Life of the Law with your stories and questions about the law. Each month we'll present an investigative report, and two weeks later our team of journalists,...

Duration: 00:41:57

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