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64: Block Boss

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

On every city block, there are rules. Some are unspoken, some require friendly reminders, some are enforced by the law. Is it ever OK to break the rules in order to prevent others from breaking the rules themselves?
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Wall Street

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Curtis Carroll, the guy in the center wearing the white t-shirt, entered San Quentin State Prison as a young man. He could barely read or write. That was until he discovered the world of Wall Street. He asked questions, studied stocks and today, behind the walls of the prison, officers and inmates know him as […]
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63: Water Rights

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

In the Western United States, water law is based on what seems like a simple principle: "first in use is first in right." In other words, first come first served. But take a severe drought, a Native American tribe and a hardscrabble band of ranchers, and it’s actually pretty complicated.
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62: No Lawyers Allowed

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

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.
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61: Outside the Womb

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

What happens when the law changes and people find themselves in legal limbo in a foreign country?
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60: The Bear

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Frank 'The Bear' Abramovitz lost his wife to cancer. That’s when he took over her business, and became a bounty hunter.
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59: The Trauma Room

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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 women that reporter Annie Brown talked to with histories of trauma, being in solitary confinement was more like go to your room and think about what’s been done to you.
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58: Oswald Is Still Dead

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

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 a courtroom, over and over again.
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57: Drag.net

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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. Sometimes it works and sometimes it goes very, very badly. Welcome to the future of crowdsourced law enforcement.
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56: Tipping the Scales

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Are aggressive, expensive elections corrupting the court system? Or are they evidence of a strong democracy?
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55: Marijuana Rules

Monday, April 20, 2015

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. How does a marijuana business navigate all the uncertainty?
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54: Bad Gig

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Exotic dancers, on-call drivers, and writers might have a different name for what they do -- freelancing, part-time work and independent contracting -- but it all means the same thing. Work that doesn’t start at 9 and end at 5. And sure, it has its perks, but do 1099 workers have protections?
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53: Anatomy of a Confession

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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 commit? On Life of the Law, the story of a man dying of cancer on Texas’s Death Row who confessed to a crime he says he didn’t do.
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52: Birth Rights

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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 include choosing the right midwife even in states where birth by midwife is not legal.
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Call NOW!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

When things go bad all you need to do is pick up the phone and CALL. Or so lawyers like Saul on AMC’s new series tells us. Since the US Supreme Court allowed lawyers to advertise in the 1970s, practices like these have skyrocketed, with often shoddily-produced results. Are tacky lawyer ads trashing the profession or simply making it more easily accessible to those who might not otherwise know who to call when they need an attorney?
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51: Call NOW!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

When things go bad all you need to do is pick up the phone and CALL. Or so lawyers like Saul on AMC’s new series tells us. Since the US Supreme Court allowed lawyers to advertise in the 1970s, practices like these have skyrocketed, with often shoddily-produced results. Are tacky lawyer ads trashing the profession or simply making it more easily accessible to those who might not otherwise know who to call when they need an attorney?
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The Diaper Wars

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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 battles lasted seven years and cost millions of dollars. What did we get out of it? Better diapers -- and one very messy lesson in patent law.
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50: The Diaper Wars

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

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 battles lasted seven years and cost millions of dollars. What did we get out of it? Better diapers -- and one very messy lesson in patent law.
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Life After Doxing

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

If you’re constantly harassed by someone in real life, you can get a restraining order. But can the law protect you when you are threatened online? Ann Marie Awad has the story.
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49: Life After Doxing

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

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 post it online, inviting others to harass you, stalk you, or worse. And thanks to minimal regulation of the Internet, there may not be a whole lot you can do about it.
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