All Too Common Law
By G. T. Blackwell
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All Too Common Law examines major items in the news with an eye toward the legal issues raised by the events on the ground. It also covers new developments in the law itself, particularly when those developments are important to the progressive and atheist communities.
||ExplicitDocket # 17-004: Eat Sh*t, Bob! or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Defamation Suits||Warning I am not your attorney, so don’t run around spreading lies and innuendo saying I am your attorney, because I’m not. And then you’ll have a defamation suit on your hands and you don’t want that, as you’ll see later in this episode. Plea||8/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket # 17-003: Impeachment Watch, Part 1 of…?||Warning The following podcast contains law words like “judiciary,” “rules of procedure,” and “criminal indictment.” Please don’t think that just because I’m using these words I’m giving you legal advice. I am not your attorney.||8/3/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #17-002: #NoMuslimBan||Thanks to the swift pace at which current events are shifting, this episode is a little more raw than the episodes I usually put out, but I think it’s important to give you all the opportunity to hear this interview in a timely manner. On Wednesday,||2/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #17-a: The Lost Signals: 12 Angry Men||Special thanks to the guys from The Lost Signals for inviting me to appear on their podcast. The guys over there are working their way through the AFI Top 100 Greatest American Films. This episode reviews the classic jury room drama 12 Angry Men.||2/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #17-001: Activism and the Citizen Lobbyist||Thanks to a wedding, this episode is going to be a short one. Coming up: I sat down with my former co-host, Amanda Knief, author of Citizen Lobbyist: A How-to Manual for Making Your Voice Heard in Government,||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #16-008: Next year has to be better… right?||In this episode: The Supreme Court is set to decide how fair a fair trial needs to be; What Attorney General Jeff Sessions would mean for the legalization movement; It’s been a tough year for the International Criminal Court,||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #16-007: Orangefinger!||Coming up in this episode: Can a republican president be held accountable for anything at all under a republican-controlled House and Senate? What can our new Dear Leader’s potential Supreme Court picks mean for the next thirty years of Supreme Court||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #16-006: Corporations are people, too–terrible, terrible people.||Coming up in this episode: Your trip to the grocery store is, in all likelihood, helping fund human rights abuses around the world; Nebraska’s Supreme Court rules that a convicted child molester can live with three teenage girls,||9/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #16-005: Predatory Pokémen||Coming up in this episode: All you scholarly types will get to keep using google to search old books; A Missouri lawmaker fight to keep birth control away from his women— just HIS women, mind you; A couple hateful bigots find out other people have rig||8/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #16-004: Lessons in Punting||WARNING: I was really uncomfortable while recording this because I was sweating my balls off, so really I didn’t care what I said. Please don’t take any of this as legal advice. Coming up in this episode: • The Supreme Court gives up and||5/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #16-003: Will that be cash or credit… or faith?||WARNING: You wouldn’t drink a mason jar full of urine just because it was labelled “Granny’s peach tea,” would you? Don’t take in this podcast and thinking it’s legal advice. I am not your attorney. Coming up in this episode: The Russian Ort||4/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #16-002: Black Friday in Missouri Just Got More Interesting||Warning! While I am an attorney, I am not your attorney. Please, don’t confuse the indefinite article for the second-person possessive pronoun. That’d just be embarrassing. But not as embarrassing as mistaking this podcast for legal advice.||1/25/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #16-001: Happy Null Year!||WARNING: I am not your attorney. I’m also not Donald Trump’s attorney which, thankfully, means I don’t have tell ridiculous lies like “If elected, Mr. Trump, I can state unequivocally, will be the most lawful individual ever elected to the presi||1/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-014: War Crimes and Misdemeanors||In this episode: Residents of Charlotte, North Carolina might start hearing the words, “Papers, please,” way more than they ever thought possible; Progressives cry foul over threats to continue investigating planned parenthood,||10/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-013: I, Oliver, Hereby Swear or Affirm…||Warning: I am not your attorney. Please don’t take anything I might say as legal advice. In this episode: We can all say goodbye to those terrible birthday songs the wait staff at restaurants are forced to sing; A listener asks about swearing in witne||9/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-012: Lawmaking with Dignity||Coming up this episode: California’s legislature has sent a bill legalizing end of life treatment to the desk of Governor Jerry Brown, a Catholic who once planned to become a priest. Whether he will sign or veto the bill is a mystery,||9/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-011: …And the NRA Said Nothing||Unfortunately, this episode is going to both begin and end on a down note. It couldn’t be helped. There’s no getting around it, I’m going to have to talk about the Second Amendment. I’m Oliver, and you are listening to episode 15-11 of All Too||8/6/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-010: Acronym Salad||Coming up this episode: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission says Title VII makes it illegal to discriminate against gays and lesbians, and in doing so pretty much guarantees we’ll have another major gay rights decision from the Supreme Court i||7/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-009: Douchebag 2016!||CORRECTION: In this episode I mention in passing that the Supreme Court decision Katz v. United States was handed down in 1977. I meant to say Whalen v. Roe was handed down in 1977. Katz was handed down in 1967. The Supreme Court may be on vacation,||7/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-008: It is So Ordered.||This episode is a long one, so get comfortable! We’ve got hate crimes, patent law (which wound up being more fun than you’d think thanks to Justice Elena Kagan), Obamacare has survived another challenge, Facebook threats, employment discrimination,||6/28/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-007: You Do Not F**k With the Recently-Dead||Coming up this episode: I’m finally going to talk about the home more than a little of my own emotional turmoil, the City of Baltimore. It may not be dominating the news right now, but that story isn’t going anywhere anytime soon; Nebraska’s state||6/1/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-006.5: New Full Episode Next Week||My grandfather died late last week. As a result, Amanda and I did not record our usual episode. We’ll be back this time next week, though, so please be patient.||5/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-006: Police Feline Unit||This episode, Amanda and I discuss the Supreme Court’s decision in Rodriguez v. United States and how the interpretation of the Fourth Amendment continues to evolve, plus Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard are being sued over their cult classic horror film,||5/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-005: SCOTUSdog||Editor’s note: This episode was recorded prior to the declaration of a state of emergency in Baltimore. Coming up this episode: The U.S. Supreme Court says police can’t drag out a traffic stop in order to bring out a drug dog; A child in Philadelphi||4/29/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-004: Theocracies, Big and Small!||This episode: Indiana passes it’s own Religious Freedom Restoration Act, with a surprise double twist ending! Congress is poised to scuttle the deal struck between Iran, the United States, Europe, Russia… pretty much everybody.||4/19/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-003: The Happiest Place on Earth?||In this episode: Vaccinations and the recent measles outbreak; The Slender Man trial moves forward in Wisconsin; What Hillary Clinton’s emails mean for open government laws; and a couple other things in between.||4/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-002: Shiny Happy Fun Time!||Amanda Knief, Managing Director of American Atheists, joins the podcast in her first episode as co-host. Amanda is a fellow lawyer, though not practicing at present, since her time is mostly spent managing a national non-profit organization.||3/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket #15-001: Aaand We’re Back!||Hey guys! It’s been two weeks… and then another eight weeks… and then another eight weeks. Did I miss anything? F*****g hell, I don’t even know where to start.||3/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket 14-008: Judges Behaving Badly||The news stories today are all about the judges. I think I'll title this one Judges Behaving Badly. In Tennessee and Louisiana, two judges let their freak flag fly by deciding against equal rights for gay and lesbian couples,||10/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket 14-007: Ferguson, Finally||It's been a while, and I had plenty of stories lined up, but not very many of them aged well. My bad. Still, there are new developments in the world of copyright law and I'm finally going to dig deep into the events in Ferguson.||9/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket 14-006: The news from Ferguson, MO is depressing, so… Rick Perry was Indicted!||One of these days, I'm going to get an episode out on time. Not sure when that will be, but the day is coming. This time around, Missouri erupts into chaos, which, let's face it, we all knew was going to happen eventually,||8/19/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket 14-005: Barmageddon!||So, it's been a month. Finally back. Took the bar exam...which was fun. This was almost immediately dubbed Barmageddon, because nothing like what happened last week across the country has ever happened before.||8/8/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket 14-004-b: Gay Marriage, No-Fly List, Cell Phone Searches, and More||It's been a busy couple of weeks in the legal world. Even after splitting this episode into two parts so that I could address Hobby Lobby in-depth, I've still got a pile of news stories to get to, including an update on the battle over marriage equalit.||7/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket 14-004-a: A Hobby Lobby Decision Special||It's hard to figure out where to begin when it comes to the Hobby Lobby decision. I guess the first thing to say is that this is a bad decision. In pretty much every way. It's internally contradictory. It lays down legal conclusions without providing a.||7/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket 14-003: Elections!||It's an election themed episode of All Too Common Law! Sort of! “But, Oliver, wait,” you're saying, “it's June! The elections are still nearly five months away!” Good eye, anonymous audience member. Election day is a ways away. Deal with it!||6/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket 14-002: Killer Robots, iCloud, and Hobby Lobby||This episode's a short one, so I can get this damn thing out and move on to Episode Three before all my stories are out of date, so: It turns out that the UN has really taken all those James Cameron movies to heart,||6/7/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitDocket 14-001: Legislative Prayer||This episode, a church in North Carolina turns the tables on the far right, some old white guys in D.C. can't work their smart phone, and Boko Haram threatens to sell nearly 300 kidnapped school children into slavery.||5/13/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
SO interesting. I'm stoked to have found a new show to enter into watch-every-episode category.
Considering how many shows I subscribe to, this category is disappointingly small. The Scathing Atheist (from which I found out about this show), Skeptoid, Cognitive Dissonance, Skeptics with a K, Exposing Pseudoastronomy, SGU, Radiolab, and This American Life. The vast majority on my subscription list are shows that are good, but are neither funny/entertaining enough nor provide a novel perspective or expertise on the issues commonly discussed within the community.
This show provides a legal perspective on these issues and the host has the credentials and expertise to do so. To be honest, I'm surprised no other skeptics/atheists with backgrounds in law had this idea before now.
Anyhow, the show is well researched and also well produced (this quality is missing FAR TOO OFTEN in newly created shows). The host has a great tempo and covers a lot of different topics, using enough legal jargon to be accurate but still can be understood by a decently-informed but non-expert listener. If only I discovered this two years from now I'd have a backlog of more than 4 episodes to satiate myself with.
Definitely want to give this a HUGE recommendation to people who are fans of the shows I listed above.
All Too Rare Quality
This cast is VERY well researched. The dude presents the legal issues in an accessible yet not overly dumbed down way. He sometimes gets sidetracked with liberal rants, but more than makes up for it with the quality of his legal analysis.
I give it 5 stars since it recently cracked my starting rotation along with EconTalk and Planet Money. Keep up the good work man.
Very well done
This is both an interesting and entertaining show. I greatly enjoyed Oliver's thrashing of How to Get Away blah blah blah DISBARRED! The introduction of a co-host should only make the show better (and hopefully make it more regular). Please keep doing what you're doing.