Life of the Law

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...


Molly Rambach

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

Living with Wolves” produced by Jason Albert, originally airing on Life of the Law, November 2014.

In one of their latest episodes, Life of the Law gets up close and personal with the federal government’s Endangered Species Act.

The Spot 7/24/2014

Jul 24, 2014

Life of the Law: The Necessity Defense  Cannibals, cannabis-growers, Vietnam War protesters, and prison escapees all have something in common: The necessity defense. We explore the origins and uses of this rare long-shot defense argument, which says in essence, “Yes, I’m guilty of committing a crime...."

Life of the Law: Privacy Issues  Mike Katz-Lacabe is a normal, taxpaying, married, father of two. And yet, the San Leandro police department has what amounts to a family photo album of him and his car.  If you drive a car and live in an American city, your local police department probably has an album of you, too.

Youth Radio podcast: "An on-line challenge turns deadly"  An online drinking challenge made popular in the UK and Australia has already been responsible for five deaths of men under 30 years old. Youth Radio’s Rafael Johns and his friends have been monitoring this trend on YouTube wondering if it will hit in the US.

99% Invisible: “Call Now” The subtle, possibly endless civil war over how attorneys should advertise their services (and whether they should advertise at all).

VoiceBox: "Auctioneering"  Inside the rhythm, art and sport of the live auction, with Colorado Auctioneers Hall of Famer Steve Linnebur and Tennessee auctioneer Justin Ochs.

Since Jerry Brown became governor, a record number of inmates, including “lifers,” those sentenced to life behind bars, have been released from California prison. Lifers receive one of two kinds of life sentences: with or without the possibility of parole. Those sentenced with the possibility of parole are expected to use the decades spent in prison to reform themselves. They then have to go before a parole board to prove that they’re rehabilitated.

But since 1988, California’s governors have had the option to veto a parole board decision, and they’ve done so in the majority of cases, until recently.

Life of the Law: “Bad Constitution”  Alabama has the longest constitution, not just in the country, but in the world, with 885 amendments and counting.  Hear why it got that way, and how it affects everything in the state from school desegregation to pig farms.

Life of the Law:  "School DisciplineAs the number of law enforcement officers on school campuses has gone up, so have the number of arrests. This month the Obama Administration issued recommendations for alternative forms of discipline -- but as the story of Kyle Thompson demonstrates, in the real world of schools, the issues are tricky.