Check it: a new eight-part podcast about the Supreme Court from the audio giants at Radiolab. More Perfect follows the long, winding life of the court's decisions from their lofty beginnings at the bench to their eventual human consequences. In its first episode, we are introduced to arguments for and against the use of lethal injection in administering the death penalty, which hinge on the definition of "cruel and unusual" punishment. In Radiolab's customary narrative mode - sound-rich, wide-eyed, heavily edited - a rather dusty-sounding subject is coaxed to vivid life.
Gateway episodes: #1 Cruel & Unusual (2 Jun 2016) / #4 The Imperfect Plaintiffs (28 Jun 2016) / #5 Kittens Kick The Giggly Robot All Summer (1 Jul 2016)