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Episode 222: Interview: Laurie Levenson and Adam Grant on L.A.’s Project for the Innocent at Loyola Law

Project for the Innocent: An Interview with Laurie Levenson and Adam Grant By Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson Professors Laurie Levenson and Adam Grant are co-founders of the Project for the Innocent based at Loyola Law School of Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. The clinic provides Loyola law students the opportunity to work with faculty to represent wrongfully convicted individuals in their post-conviction appeals. Amanda Knox I was wondering if you both could talk to me about your origins as...

Episode 10: Let’s Talk About the Dismemberment

Links to all of CRIME STORY'S coverage of the Robert Durst trial are here. Episode 10: Let's Talk About the Dismemberment Episode Synopsis Dick DeGuerin continues his opening statement to the jury on behalf of Robert Durst by reprising his assertion from the trial in Texas that Durst killed Morris Black in self-defense and then - in a panic - dismembered Black's body. DeGuerin then tries to counter the prosecution's presentation of Durst's own incriminating interviews with the filmmaker's of...

Episode 221: COVID-19 in Prison: Week by Week — Part 15

Sean Smith presents Part 15 of his week by week analysis of the news stories aggregated in Crime Story Daily related to COVID-19 and our carceral system. You can find links to each of Sean’s analysis pieces here. This article covers the week beginning June 21. WEEK 15  (JUNE 21-27)  At his Tulsa, Oklahoma campaign rally on Saturday, June 20, President Donald Trump disputed the efficacy of mass testing for the coronavirus. “Here’s the bad part,” Trump confided. “When you do testing to that extent, you’re...

Episode 220: Interview: Carl Weathers and Paul Alan Smith on the Prison Letters of Tiyo Attallah Salah-El (with Amanda Knox)

Prison Letters: An Interview with Paul Alan Smith and Carl Weathers By Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson Tiyo Attallah Salah-El was a decorated Korean War veteran and jazz musician who, in 1975, was sentenced to life in prison for murder. While incarcerated, he earned a BA in African American history, a MA in Political Science, worked as the Director for the Prisoner Education Program, and founded the Coalition for the Abolition of Prisons.  A new book, Pen Pal: Prison Letters From a Free Spirit...

Episode 219: Interview: Aya Gruber on the Feminist War on Crime (with Amanda Knox)

The Imperfect Alliance Between Law Enforcement and Feminism: An Interview with Aya Gruber By Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson Aya Gruber is a law professor at the University of Colorado who teaches and writes about feminism and criminal law.  Her new book, The Feminist War on Crime: The Unexpected Role of Women’s Liberation in Mass Incarceration, documents the history of feminist efforts to strengthen criminal law responses to gender violence. Her analysis reveals how those efforts have contributed to mass incarceration and offers an...

Episode 218: Interview: Jarrett Adams on How Two Acquitted Men Were Sentenced to Life (with Amanda Knox)

The Narrative: How Two Acquitted Men Were Sentenced to Life  by Amanda Knox with Christopher Robinson Jarrett Adams   Narratives are powerful things, Amanda. And you know that. I'm not telling you anything you don't know. Narratives are powerful things. The narrative that has been created is these guys are cop killers and drug dealers. And if they're not cop killers, then they're still drug dealers. Amanda, they're neither of them. They're neither. Amanda Knox (Narration) That’s Jarrett...