It all started with a conversation in the summer of 2010 at an ice-cream stand on a hot night in Austin Texas. We kept talking about the law – what we know and don’t know about how it works. Today, we’re a team of journalists, editors, producers and scholars working together to tell stories about the law in our lives.

Feature Episodes

We want to hear from you! Our team of reporters, editors, producers and scholars are working behind-the-scenes throughout the year to produce the sound-rich feature stories you hear every two weeks on Panoply, the Slate network of Podcasts, iTunes, Stitcher and on public radio stations. If you enjoyed a particular episode, want to hear more about law and elections, science, patents, in the movies, on the street, or just want to send your thoughts on the law, we hope you’ll take a minute to write us a note. If you know someone with a story about law that needs to be told, or you have a story you want to share with us, send us a note in the form below or send an email to

Life of the Law is interested in stories that explore law and its effect on people and society with a curious, critical eye and we welcome story pitches from professional reporters. Themes we consider: health, environment, love, science, culture, justice, money…and law. Before you pitch, we suggest you listen to a few of our feature stories. We aren’t looking for a “traditional public radio voice.” We want your voice. The pitch doesn’t need to be long (three paragraphs are enough), but must include a strong, central character, first stage reporting (sources, research, national impact, newsworthiness) and scenes that will propel the story and compel us to listen.

Send your pitch to Be sure to include two links to your published work. Our team will get back in touch within two weeks.

Live Law

Some stories about the law and how it plays a part in our lives are simply best told before a live audience. Our team of producers work with people around the country to present LIVE LAW storytelling events. Let us know if you’d like to work with us to bring a LIVE LAW event to your group, community, university by filling out the form below. We will get back in touch. We announce our upcoming shows on our website and in our newsletter – subscribe and get all the news.

We have co-produced LIVE LAW events in:  New York, San Francisco, Albuquerque, Nashville, Baltimore, New Orleans, Seattle, Des Moines, Minneapolis, and inside San Quentin State Prison. Throughout 2016, we’re co-producing LIVE LAW events in: New Orleans, Washington DC, Los Angeles, Brooklyn and San Francisco/Oakland. Hope you’ll join us!


You can listen to all of our feature episodes:

  • Stream them for free on Life of the Law’s website
  • Listen on Panoply
  • Stream Life of the Law‘s podcast on iTunes
  • Want to hear Life of the Law on your local radio station? Give them a call or send an email to your local community station. Let them know they can purchase the rights to air all episodes of Life of the Law on PRX (Public Radio Exchange.)
  • Subscribe to Life of the Law’s newsletter and be one of the first to hear about our new episode, get a behind-scenes-look from the reporter, follow-ups and next ups!


Life of the Law is a non-profit project of the Tides Center. We receive funding support from our listeners to help cover the direct costs of producing feature episodes and LIVE LAW events. We hope you’ll consider making a tax-deductible donation here.

Life of the Law is supported by grants from the Law and Society Association, the Open Society Foundations, the Proteus Fund and the National Science Foundation.

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