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What do radio silence, the FCC, net neutrality, President Trump’s first solo press conference, and Richard Wagner have in common? Welcome to In-Studio from Life of the Law.

Each month we present an investigative feature report and two weeks later our team of scholars, journalists, producers and guests meet up in the studios of KQED in San Francisco to talk about the investigation, the law in the news, and the law on our  minds.

Join our In Studio team for a conversation about the law in our lives…This month it’s the FCC, NPR, net neutrality, and President Trump’s first solo press conference.

  • Brittny Bottorff  Attorney and Chair, LOTL Advisory Board
  • Tony Gannon  LOTL Senior Producer
  • Nancy Mullane  LOTL Exec Producer and Host
  • Osagie Obasogie  Scholar and LOTL Advisory Board Member
  • Kirsten Jusewicz Haidle  LOTL Post Production Editor

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Stories we’re talking about…or want to talk about:

Each time our team meets up In-Studio, we bring stories in the news that are on our minds – stories we have questions about and want help sorting out.

This week our team brought the stories listed below to our In Studio conversation.


Production Notes

Life of the Law In Studio: Radio Silenced was produced by Nancy Mullane, Life of the Law’s Executive Producer, and our Senior Producer, Tony Gannon. Our Post Production Editors are Kirsten Jusewicz-Haidle and Rachael Cain.

We want to thank our Advisory Board Members Brittny Bottorff and Osagie Obasogie for joining us In Studio.

Our engineers were Danny Bringer and Howard Gelman of KQED Radio in San Francisco. Music in this episode was composed by Ian Coss.


This episode of Life of the Law was funded in part by grants from the Open Society Foundations, the Law and Society Association, and the National Science Foundation.

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  • Shawn H

    Love the show, but it’s okay to just simply say I don’t know. Because your description of net neutrality fundamentally misunderstands the whole concept.

    You talked about a slow lane and a fast lane. How many “internets” come into your home. I use that word as almost a joke. You get one option or possibly two for your home broadband.

    So lets say your choice is Comcast. Comcast could tell Netflix, that Netflix is hurting Comcast’s broadband business so they decide to SLOW DOWN netflix traffic (throttle it down). Or lets say the reverse is happening and there is a new competitor out there for Netflix. They start up some servers in Denver and Comcast, ATT and Time Warner decide to “Slow Lane” that companies traffic in favor of Netflix that gives them lots of money.

    Think of the internet as the road in your house. The road is very busy correct? Now lets say Comcast owned that road and it decided to make a fast lane for UPS trucks and not for USPS, FEDEX or JoeShmoe’s Delivery Service.

    Now comcast is deciding what shipping company you can use.

    Comcast could slow down amazon boxes in favor or walmart boxes.

    This is net neutrality.

    Sure Fedex, UPS and USPS do have advantages in their awesome trucks, employees and distribution, but they don’t get priority of service on your road which at least allows some chance of competition.

    Imagine Comcast owned your road and could pick what pizza companies can go on the “Fast Lane”.

    So just remember there really is no “Fast Lane” you have one road to your home, and the only way to give “priority” to some traffic is to slow down other traffic.

    Thank You

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