Monthly Archives: January 2014

“The Birth of the Minimum Wage”

To my mind, one of the best podcasts is NPR’s Planet Money podcast.  Recently, the Planet Money team has been producing some great shows. The most recent episode discusses the creation of the minimum wage and seems to be the first in a series about the minimum wage.  

Here is a description of the show: 

For most of U.S. history, there was no minimum wage. A few times, politicians passed laws tiptoeing toward a minimum. But the Supreme Court struck those laws down.

On today’s show: how the U.S. finally got a minimum wage. It’s a story of exploding bakeries, a blue eagle, and a guy who may or may not have been drunk.

Leave a comment

January 21, 2014 · 5:49 pm

Remembering MLK

If you have not heard Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech in full, make today the day you do so. It is a truly inspiring speech, steeped in American history and tradition. As a nerdy confession, there was a time that I would listen to the “I Have A Dream” speech before each of my law school exams.


January 20, 2014 · 11:56 am

Sunday Funday: Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Fallon and “Bridge-Gate”

So “Bridge-Gate” might not be the most policy-laden scandal, but it did produce this outstanding parody of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born To Run” by Jimmy Fallon and none other than the Boss himself. For this edition of Sunday Funday, we bring you “Gov. Christie Traffic Jam.”

Leave a comment

January 19, 2014 · 11:42 am

The Credit Card Black Market

Interested in where you can purchase your credit card number? Want to know how/where your credit card number can be attained? This Planet Money podcast discusses the stole credit card black market. Here is a description of the podcast: 

If you know the right people — and if you can get other criminals to vouch for you — you can go online and buy huge bundles of stolen credit cards.

As it turns out, Planet Money knows the right people.

On today’s show, we sit in with Keith Mularski of the FBI. Mularski got so deep into this world that he wound up running a major criminal website.

He takes us to a giant online mall for stolen credit cards, where vendors offer discounts for repeat customers and banners advertise hacking and phishing tutorials.

Leave a comment

January 18, 2014 · 9:22 pm

The Epitome of Patriotism: An Iranian Americans Story

I listen to a lot of podcast.  Few are as moving as the story told on The Moth Radio Hour about a young Iranian American who travels back to her homeland during the 2009 Iranian elections.  Her story demonstrate how truly lucky we are to be American.  Although all of the stories on this edition of The Moth Radio Hour were superb, the Iranian American story is segment three starting at around 49:40.  



Leave a comment

January 17, 2014 · 8:13 pm

Is the Death Penalty Dying By Lethal Injection?

The very popular Stuff You Should Know podcast recently devoted an entire episode to lethal injection.  The episode, entitled “Is lethal injection humane?,” discusses how lethal injections work and how states are currently struggling to find the drugs necessary for the death penalty.  

Here is a summary of the program: 

Since the Supreme Court’s ban on capital punishment was reversed, states have sought a humane method of killing sentenced criminals. They settled on lethal injection, but is this quasi-medical means of killing as quick and painless as we think?

1 Comment

January 16, 2014 · 10:11 pm

Bitcoin and the Law

Recently, my professor for Commercial Transactions mentioned Bitcoin, a new online currency.  It is not money according to the Uniform Commercial Code, but it increasingly used as currency throughout the United States and around the world.  The latest edition of the Lawyer to Lawyer podcast discussed the legal issues surrounding Bitcoin. 

Here is a description of the podcast: 

If you had bought $1,000 worth of Bitcoins in 2010, you would have $2.4 million dollars today. The anonymous, Internet-based currency has seen an exponential rise in value and popularity since its inception in 2009. This raises legal questions regarding the legitimacy, the legalities, and what lawyers need to know about this new currency. In this edition of Lawyer2Lawyer hosts Bob Ambrogiand J. Craig Williams invite Bitcoin experts, attorney Lowell D. Ness and journalist Kashmir Hill, to provide some answers and a foretelling of the e-currency’s future.

Ness is a partner of the nationwide law firm Perkins Coie which has extensive experience in virtual currency. The firm’s Virtual Currency Report Blog, which Lowell regularly contributes to, provides a legal outlook on the state of bitcoin and the market. Lowell’s practice focuses on high-growth emerging companies and involves venture capital financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, and private placements.

Senior Online Editor of Forbes, Hill is a privacy pragmatist with an interest in the intersection of law, technology, social media, and personal information. Former editor of Above the Law, she has been following the Bitcoin story from the start, and will be releasing an e-book documenting Bitcoin’s rise later this year.

1 Comment

January 15, 2014 · 10:51 pm