Law & Disorder

Deaths in Custody – A Public Health Emergency; Plus Resistance in Residence Artist David Solnit

Deaths resulting from interactions with the US criminal legal system are a public health emergency, but the scope of this issue is intentionally ignored by the very systems that are supposed to be tracking these fatalities. We don’t know how many people die in custody each year, whether in an encounter with police on the … Continued


Law & Disorder

Palestine Post: Israel’s Incursions into Lebanon, Media Analysis, & Pink- and Purple-washing; Plus Resistance in Residence Artist David Solnit

Israel has killed at least 22,600 people in Gaza and 57,910 have been wounded, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, since early October. Thousands more are feared dead under the rubble left behind by airstrikes. In Israel, the death toll from Hamas’ attack stands at 1,139. Today we start on the latest events, Israel’s expansion … Continued


Law & Disorder

Challenging Racist Conduct in CA Criminal Courts; Plus, How NY Prison Guards Unions Defend Abusive Guards

We start today’s show with our weekly State Terror Round Up. New elements of California’s Racial Justice Act for All went into effect on January 1st of this year. The new state law could have tremendous impact on the criminal justice system by empowering individuals serving felony convictions in the state to challenge racist conduct against … Continued


Law & Disorder

Despite Concerns, SF and Oakland to Enforce Speeding Tickets with Traffic Cameras; Michigan Fails to Compensate for Wrongful Imprisonment

One of the many laws going into effect this week will roll out in San Francisco and Oakland, two of six pilot cities which will start enforcing speeding violations with automated surveillance cameras that send tickets out on their own, in an effort to prevent traffic accidents and pedestrian deaths. Joining us to discuss the … Continued


Law & Disorder

Appropriating Rock n Roll from Legendary Artist Willie ‘Big Mama’ Mae Thornton; Plus, Resistance in Residence Artist ‘Tiny’

We spend today’s show in a deep exploration of the blues. We’ll explore the racialized, gendered, sexualized, and overarchingly monetized, tension of that music, and its relationship to normative socials and economics of whiteness – and we’ll do that through the lens of one of the legendary creators and original influencers of music that became … Continued


Law & Disorder

Death by Prison – Examining Life Without the Possibility of Parole Sentencing

In recent decades, life imprisonment without the possibility of parole (LWOP) has developed into a distinctive penal form in the United States, one firmly entrenched in US policy-making, judicial and prosecutorial decision-making, correctional practice, and public discourse. LWOP is now a routine practice, but how it came to be so remains in question. Fifty years … Continued


Law & Disorder

The Golem of Brooklyn: Battling Anti-Semitism and White Supremacy with a Jewish Mystical Avenger

We spend the hour with famed writer Adam Mansbach, whose latest novel draws on Jewish mysticism to fight anti-semitism and modern white supremacy. The Golem of Brooklyn offers a serious take, but is written in a long legacy of Jewish self-deprecating and laugh-out loud humor. Adam Mansbach, has won awards for many of his books, but … Continued