Thursday, October 20, 2016

More on Contracts - Comic Contracts 

The Law Report on Australian radio has news about Australian law professors who have tried to use comics to explain contract principles to non-lawyers and  a professor from South Africa who has created an agreement using only pictures. 15 min 24 sec, transcript available.
Free Speech in the U.S. and the National Anthem Protest

Law Professor Michael Dorf examines the words of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg criticizing the actions of football quarterback Colin Kaepernick who kneels during the playing of the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial oppression. A link to Professor Dorf’s reading of his column can be found  at the bottom of his article. 7 min 55 sec.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Nobel Prize in Economics - the Importance of Contracts

 On Morning Edition of October 12 Steve Inskeep interviewed Bengt Holmstrom of MIT. Helmstrom and Oliver Hart were awarded the Nobel Prize in Economics for their work on contract theory. 5 min 16 sec, transcript available.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

More Raising the Bar

Episodes of the BBC radio 5 live programme Raising the Bar disappear after a month, so hurry if you want to hear about divorce law (three days left to listen), or the law relating to young people (ten days left) or finally how criminal law affects ordinary people, especially victims (17 days left).

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar, on BBC Radio 5, has started a new series of programmes about the law.The first, available for another three weeks, has interviews with judges about their profession. The second, available later today for one month, talks about international law. The third, which will air August 7, is about terrorism law in the UK. 60 min, no transcript.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Stop and Search at the U.S. Supreme Court

Nina Totenberg on NPR's All Things Considered reports on an end-of-term U.S. Supreme Court decision (about when evidence obtained by an otherwise illegal search can be used in court) with what she describes as a « barnburner » dissent by Justice Sonia Sotomayor. 4 min 16 sec, transcript available. Another description, in an article on Slate, of the dissent is an "atomic bomb of a dissent".

Monday, June 13, 2016

More Perfect

A new podcast program about the U.S. Supreme Court, More Perfect, has begun on Radiolab. « More Perfect » is an allusion to an expression in the preamble to the U.S. Constitution. The first episode is about the death penalty, the second about the 1962 case that Earl Warren described as the most important of his time on the Court, Baker v. Carr (about redistricting). The internet page for each episode had pictures, links to books and other information about people interviewed in preparation for the program. About 40 min, no transcript.