Radio Archive by Tag

Legal System

  • Prologue.

    527: 180 Degrees 06.13.2014

    Host Alex Blumberg talks about New York City’s long-standing ban on ferrets. And how, after ...CityFunnyLegal System

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  • DEA Agent Takes a Hit.

    524: I Was So High 05.02.2014

    Producer Brian Reed recounts one of the more riveting arguments he's ever heard about whether ...DrugsLegal System

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  • Rental Gymnastics.

    512: House Rules 11.22.2013

    Reporter Nancy Updike talks to a group of New York City residents about their frustrating ...Legal SystemRace

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  • The Missionary.

    512: House Rules 11.22.2013

    Once the Fair Housing Act became law in 1968, there was some question about how to implement it ...Legal SystemPresidentsRace

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  • Prologue.

    503: I Was Just Trying To Help 08.16.2013

    Ira speaks with Sharon Snyder. Until recently, Sharon was a clerk for circuit court judge in ...Criminal JusticeLegal System

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  • Nipped in the Bud.

    503: I Was Just Trying To Help 08.16.2013

    Under California law, it's legal to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes if you have a doctor's ...DrugsLegal System

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  • Breaking the Ice.

    498: The One Thing You're Not Supposed To Do 06.21.2013

    Reporter Michael May tells the story of activists from the National Immigrant Youth Alliance who ...ActivismImmigrationLegal System

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  • Act One.

    497: This Week 06.14.2013

    News kept coming all week about the National Security Agency collecting data on the phone ...GovernmentLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • Act Four.

    497: This Week 06.14.2013

    At Guantanamo Bay, hearings resumed for Abd al Rahim al Nashiri, who is accused of organizing ...GovernmentLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • Act Six.

    497: This Week 06.14.2013

    On Wednesday, Florida executed a death row inmate named William Van Poyck. His execution came ...Legal System

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  • Death Takes a Policy.

    473: Loopholes 08.24.2012

    An estate attorney in Rhode Island discovers the investor's Holy Grail: a financial scheme that ...DeathEconomicsLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    471: The Convert 08.10.2012

    At a Muslim community center in New York, two lawyers teach a workshop on how to react when an ...Legal System

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  • Harrah's Today, Gone Tomorrow.

    466: Blackjack 06.08.2012

    TAL producer Sarah Koenig tells the story of a woman who sued the casino where she lost her ...GamblingLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    441: When Patents Attack! 07.22.2011

    There's a derogatory term in Silicon Valley for companies that amass huge troves of patents and ...BusinessLegal SystemTechnology

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  • Act One.

    441: When Patents Attack! 07.22.2011

    NPR reporter Laura Sydell and This American Life producer/Planet Money co-host Alex Blumberg ...BusinessLegal System

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  • Act Two.

    441: When Patents Attack! 07.22.2011

    Laura and Alex continue their story about Intellectual Ventures and the practice of patent ...BusinessLegal SystemTechnology

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  • Messing with the Bull.

    437: Old Boys Network 06.03.2011

    In a small west Texas town called Kermit, two nurses were accused of harassment after they ...Criminal JusticeHealth Care/MedicineJobs/Employment

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  • Donkey See, Donkey Do.

    437: Old Boys Network 06.03.2011

    In this act: judge wannabes working with the old boys network. Ira talks with Chicago Sun-Times ...Legal SystemPolitics

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  • Part One.

    430: Very Tough Love 03.25.2011

    Ira reports from Glynn County Georgia on Superior Court Judge Amanda Williams and how she runs ...DrugsLegal SystemTeenagers

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  • Part Two.

    430: Very Tough Love 03.25.2011

    We hear about how Brandi Byrd and many other offenders end up in Judge Williams' drug court. ...DrugsLegal System

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  • Prologue And Act One.

    421: Last Man Standing 12.03.2010

    Ira Glass speaks with JoAnn Chiakulas, the only Juror on the trial of former Illinois Governor ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemPolitics

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  • Misdeeds.

    409: Held Hostage 06.04.2010

    An angry man in New Orleans seeks revenge against people who bought property that he formerly ...HousingLegal System

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  • Hasta La Vista, Maybe.

    398: Long Shot 01.08.2010

    In California, Maryland and Oklahoma, the governors can over-rule parole boards' decisions to ...Criminal JusticeLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    387: Arms Trader 2009 08.07.2009

    Host Ira Glass describes a recent terrorism case in Newburgh, N.Y., in which four men were ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • Act One.

    387: Arms Trader 2009 08.07.2009

    Hemant Lakhani, an Indian-born British citizen, had been a salesman all his life. Clothing, ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • Act Two.

    387: Arms Trader 2009 08.07.2009

    Our story about Hemant Lakhani's case continues, through the sting and the trial. (21 minutes.) Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • Act Three.

    387: Arms Trader 2009 08.07.2009

    Ira talks to Aziz Huq about whether cases like Lahkani's will continue to be pursued under the ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • Occupancy May Be Revoked Without Notice.

    386: Fine Print 07.24.2009

    David Rakoff tells the story of a contract between a son and his visiting mother. David Rakoff ...FamilyFictionFunny

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  • Restrictions May Apply.

    386: Fine Print 07.24.2009

    Ira goes to one of the nation's great manufacturers of fine print: The U.S.Congress. He reports ...GovernmentLegal System

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  • May Be Hazardous To Children.

    386: Fine Print 07.24.2009

    Susan Burton rereads her parents' divorce papers—the fine print that changed her life forever. ...DivorceLegal SystemParents

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  • Prologue.

    385: Pro Se 07.10.2009

    Host Ira Glass describes the scene at a courthouse resource center in lower Manhattan where ...Legal System

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  • Psycho Dabble.

    385: Pro Se 07.10.2009

    From London, TAL contributor Jon Ronson tells the story of a man who has spent more than a ...Legal SystemMental Health

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  • Disorder In The Court.

    385: Pro Se 07.10.2009

    Earlier this year, admitted drug user Jorge Cruz decided to act as his own lawyer in an Albany, ...Criminal JusticeDrugsLegal System

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  • Don’t Stop ‘til You Get Enough.

    384: Fall Guy 06.26.2009

    Planet Money's Alex Blumberg and Adam Davidson talk to Ira about the lawsuit phase of the ...BusinessEconomicsLegal System

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  • The Secret Life Of Secrets.

    383: Origin Story 06.19.2009

    Ira tells the story of the 1953 U.S. Supreme Court case that formed the basis for the ...GovernmentLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    382: The Watchmen 06.05.2009

    Host Ira Glass talks with Michael Perrino, a law professor at St Johns University School of Law ...BusinessEconomicsLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    379: Return To The Scene Of The Crime 05.01.2009

    There's a town in Florida where if you shoplift, and get caught, a judge will send you back to ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemLive Performance

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  • D-u-why?!

    379: Return To The Scene Of The Crime 05.01.2009

    Mike Birbiglia recalls being in a car accident with a hit and run drunk driver. In the weeks ...Criminal JusticeFunnyLegal System

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  • On the Court With the Clock Running Down.

    372: The Inauguration Show 01.16.2009

    Barack Obama's transition team made it clear this week that the incoming president plans to ...Legal SystemTerrorism

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  • Prologue.

    356: The Prosecutor 05.30.2008

    Host Ira Glass recalls the case of the so-called Detroit Sleeper Cell—four men, arrested in the ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • Conviction.

    356: The Prosecutor 05.30.2008

    Reporter Petra Bartosiewicz tells the first half of Rick Convertino's story. The Detroit Sleeper ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemPolitics

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  • Retaliation.

    356: The Prosecutor 05.30.2008

    Reporter Petra Bartosiewicz's story continues. Tensions between Rick and his bosses at the ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • Prologue.

    353: The Audacity of Government 03.28.2008

    Host Ira Glass talks with Yale law professor Jack Balkin about what he calls the Bush ...GovernmentLegal SystemPolitics

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  • The Prez Vs. The Commish.

    353: The Audacity of Government 03.28.2008

    Ira Glass tells the story of a little-known treaty dispute with far-reaching ramifications for ...GovernmentLegal SystemPolitics

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  • This American Wife.

    353: The Audacity of Government 03.28.2008

    This American Life contributor Jack Hitt uncovers a strange practice within the U.S. Citizenship ...GovernmentImmigrationLegal System

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    353: The Audacity of Government 03.28.2008

    Ira Glass interviews Charlie Savage, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for the Boston Globe, ...GovernmentLegal SystemPolitics

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  • Let No Court Put Asunder.

    339: Break-Up 08.24.2007

    Ira talks with divorce mediator Barry Berkman about why it's bad when the justice system gets ...DivorceLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    336: Who Can You Save? 07.06.2007

    Host Ira Glass talks to Tim Jaccard, who used to be a police medic. The calls he hated most were ...ActivismHeroismLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    334: Duty Calls 06.01.2007

    Host Ira Glass talks to Vincent Homenick and Norman Goodman, the court officials who hear all ...Legal System

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  • Prologue.

    331: Habeas Schmabeas 2007 04.27.2007

    Joseph Margulies, a lawyer for one of the detainees at Guantanamo, explains how the detention ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • There's No U.s. In Habeas.

    331: Habeas Schmabeas 2007 04.27.2007

    Jack Hitt explains how President Bush's War on Terror changed the rules for prisoners of war and ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • September 11th, 1660.

    331: Habeas Schmabeas 2007 04.27.2007

    Habeas corpus began in England. And recently, 175 members of the British parliament filed a ...Criminal JusticeHistoryLegal System

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  • We Interrogate The Detainees.

    331: Habeas Schmabeas 2007 04.27.2007

    Although more than 200 prisoners from the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay have been released, ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • Prologue.

    322: Shouting Across the Divide 12.15.2006

    In the 1930s, the designer of the U.S. Supreme Court made a frieze to adorn the courtroom walls. ...Legal SystemReligion

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  • Prologue.

    310: Habeas Schmabeas 03.10.2006

    Joseph Margulies, a lawyer for one of the detainees at Guantanamo, explains how the detention ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • There's No U.s. In Habeas.

    310: Habeas Schmabeas 03.10.2006

    Jack Hitt explains how President Bush's War on Terror changed the rules for prisoners of war and ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • September 11th, 1660.

    310: Habeas Schmabeas 03.10.2006

    Habeas corpus began in England. And recently, 175 members of the British parliament filed a ...Criminal JusticeHistoryLegal System

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  • We Interrogate The Detainees.

    310: Habeas Schmabeas 03.10.2006

    Although more than 200 prisoners from the U.S. facility at Guantanamo Bay have been released, ...Criminal JusticeLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • I Am Curious, Jello.

    285: Know Your Enemy 03.25.2005

    About 20 years ago, a Los Angeles prosecutor named Michael Guarino thought he'd make a name for ...Legal SystemMusic

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  • Prologue.

    260: The Facts Don't Matter 03.12.2004

    Host Ira Glass discusses Howard Stern, who claims that current action by the FCC will take him ...Legal SystemRadio

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  • Straight Eyes On The Quirin Guys.

    260: The Facts Don't Matter 03.12.2004

    Chris Neary tells the story of how a bungled Nazi sabotage operation from the early days of ...HistoryLegal SystemTerrorism

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  • Prologue.

    184: Neighbors 05.11.2001

    Host Ira Glass talks to the Arnold Abbott, the founder of "Love Thy Neighbor," a Florida charity ...BusinessLegal System

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  • The Inevitable.

    179: Cicero 03.16.2001

    In the 1970s and 1980s, a wave of non-white migration into Cicero begins, this one primarily ...CrimeGovernmentLegal System

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  • War By Other Means.

    179: Cicero 03.16.2001

    Despite the town's resistance, Hispanics now make up three quarters of the population. And yet ...GovernmentLegal SystemPolice

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  • The Family That Flees Together, Trees Together.

    177: American Limbo 02.09.2001

    The Jarvis family, a group of eight, goes on the run from the law—for seven years. They live on ...ChildrenCrimeDrugs

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  • A Brief History Of Republican Time.

    176: Two Nations, One President 01.26.2001

    Writer David Brock gives us the inside story of how we got to this point of bitterness. It is ...GovernmentLegal SystemPolitics

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  • Let Us Reason Together.

    176: Two Nations, One President 01.26.2001

    We return to the Supreme Court case of Bush vs. Gore to try to better understand why the ...GovernmentLegal SystemPolitics

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  • Act One: Where Goes The Neighborhood.

    170: Immigration 10.13.2000

    Producer Blue Chevigny tells more of the story from Bristol County, where the immigration law of ...CrimeCriminal JusticeImmigration

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  • Act Two: Whose Idea Was This Anyway?

    170: Immigration 10.13.2000

    Immigration and Naturalization Service spokesman Bill Strassberger explains why INS opposes ...GovernmentImmigrationLegal System

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  • Man Without A Country.

    170: Immigration 10.13.2000

    What happens if the immigration service wants to deport you, but the country you came from won't ...Criminal JusticeFriendshipImmigration

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  • Act One.

    168: The Fix Is In 09.15.2000

    We hear the first part of our story about Archer Daniels Midland and FBI informant Mark ...BusinessCrimeGovernment

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  • Act Two.

    168: The Fix Is In 09.15.2000

    Our story about ADM and Mark Whitacre continues. The FBI finds out that their star cooperating ...BusinessCrimeGovernment

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  • Take That, Copper.

    163: Can You Fight City Hall…If You Are City Hall? 06.30.2000

    Monica Childs's story continues. She tells the story of how she was asked by her boss to do ...CrimeJobs/EmploymentLegal System

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  • Are You My Mommy?

    159: Mother's Day 05.12.2000

    When Jessica Robinson was sent to adult prison at the age of 14, the state did such a terrible ...CrimeCriminal JusticeLegal System

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  • Conning The Con Men.

    155: Hoaxing Yourself 03.17.2000

    The story of a con man, one of the most successful salesmen in a long-running ...BusinessCrimeLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    143: Sentencing 10.22.1999

    Host Ira Glass with former Congressman Daniel Rostenkowski. When Rostenkowski began a term in ...CrimeCriminal JusticeDrugs

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  • What's Wrong With This Picture?

    143: Sentencing 10.22.1999

    The story of how a person could be sentenced to 19 years for drug possession—even if police ...CrimeCriminal JusticeDrugs

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  • How We Got Here.

    143: Sentencing 10.22.1999

    We hear the history of why these drug laws were enacted from a firsthand witness. Eric Sterling ...DeathDrugsGovernment

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  • Who Watches The Watchmen?

    143: Sentencing 10.22.1999

    Judges give their opinions of the drug sentencing laws. Terry Hatter is the Chief U.S. District ...CrimeCriminal JusticeDrugs

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  • A Night In Drug Court.

    143: Sentencing 10.22.1999

    Before this show ended we wanted to know—how typical are the horror stories? What happens in a ...CrimeCriminal JusticeDrugs

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  • Saying No For 75 Years.

    134: We Didn't 07.09.1999

    Journalist Steve Bogira tells the story of Vincent Bogan, who said "no" to something once—a ...CrimeCriminal JusticeLegal System

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  • Exile.

    130: Away From Home 05.21.1999

    Twenty-six-year-old Jose William Huezo Soriano—a.k.a. Weasel—grew up in Los Angeles. Under new ...CrimeFamilyLegal System

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  • Prologue.

    124: Welcome to America 03.19.1999

    Ira goes to the courtroom of Abraham Lincoln Marovitz, who, at 93, presides over the ceremony to ...GovernmentImmigrationLegal System

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  • Pot Of Gold.

    113: Windfall 10.16.1998

    Writer Scott Carrier in Salt Lake City tells the story of someone's life that improved with a ...HousingLegal SystemMental Health

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  • Potato Potahto.

    81: Guns 10.24.1997

    Two people who've nearly died in gun battles describe what it's like, getting shot at. ...CrimeGuns/Gun ControlHealth Care/Medicine

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  • The Procedure.

    56: Name Change 03.07.1997

    A story by Margy Rochlin. (7 minutes)Legal System

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  • More Animals Eating Other Animals.

    49: Animals 01.10.1997

    An original radio drama called "Kathleen on the Carpet," in which animals talk and hold their ...AnimalsFunnyLegal System

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  • International Justice.

    48: Justice 01.03.1997

    They can't pronounce the names, can't read the maps, don't know the history, and are on an ...CrimeCriminal JusticeHistory

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  • Juvenile Justice.

    48: Justice 01.03.1997

    Scott Carrier visits a courtroom where teenagers are tried and convicted by their teenage peers ...CrimeCriminal JusticeLegal System

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  • The Port Chicago 50.

    37: The Job That Takes Over Your Life 09.27.1996

    The story of the worst stateside disaster during World War II, at Port Chicago, an ammunition ...BoatsHistoryJobs/Employment

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  • Citizen Kane.

    19: Rich Guys 04.12.1996

    Jack Hitt reviews the strange case of William Kane, his mistress, his family, and fifteen vials ...DeathFamilyFathers

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  • Fan Dance.

    17: Name Change / No Theme 03.21.1996

    Barbara Adams, a former member of the Whitewater trial jury, showed up for jury duty wearing a ...ChildhoodLegal SystemParents

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  • A Wedding.

    13: Love 02.07.1996

    Ira describes a wedding held in the dingy basement room of the City of Chicago's Marriage Court. ...Legal SystemWeddings

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  • Act Two.

    6: Christmas 12.22.1995

    A story about Christmas at Juvenile Court by Chicago novelist/editor Reginald Gibbons. (10 minutes)Criminal JusticeFictionHolidays

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  • Act Three.

    5: Anger and Forgiveness 12.15.1995

    In the last few years, laws and sentencing guidelines have become much harsher. Sociologically ...CrimeCriminal JusticeLegal System

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