Listen & Learn | A Crash Course

Want more background about Missouri’s death penalty, racial justice, the criminal justice system, and more? See our list of Must-Listen podcasts below for a crash course.

The Personality MythWe like to think of our own personalities – and those of our spouses, children and friends – as predictable and constant over time. But what if they aren’t? In this episode, Alix Spiegel visits a prison to explore whether there is such a thing as a stable personality. And Lulu Miller asks whether scientists can point to a single thing about a person that doesn’t change over time. The answer might surprise you.
The Culture InsideIs there a part of ourselves that we don’t acknowledge, that we don’t even have access to and that might make us ashamed if we encountered it?

Revisionist History:
Mr. Hallowell Didn’t Like ThatArrested, arraigned, indicted, tried, convicted, and sentenced to die in the electric chair in 24 hours.

Bonus Episode: Marcellus WilliamsAugust 18, 2017 / Colin talks to the attorney of a man scheduled to be executed despite DNA evidence exonerating him.

Stuff You Should Know:
Solitary Confinement: Cruel and Unusual: In our continuing exploration of crime and punishment, we take a look at the practice of solitary confinement. To be sure, it has its place in prisons, sometimes for protection of the inmates themselves. However, leaving people in solitary for weeks, months and even years is another thing. We explore this cruel and unusual punishment in today’s episode.

Death Penalty Information Center On the Issues:
Examining issues in the death penalty system. Brought to you by the Death Penalty Information Center, a non-profit organization serving the media and the public with analysis and information on issues concerning capital punishment. This series of 7-10 minutes podcasts will bring you up to date on various aspects, national and international, of the death penalty.