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The Rule Book

The rules we make... and sometimes break. A podcast series featuring stories from around the world on the laws we make to protect ourselves and each other, and the many ways they can come unstuck.
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Dec 17, 2016

!! This is part 2. If you haven't heard part 1, you'll be sorry !!

 

The Most Unpopular Defendant wanted someone to pay for his lawyers. He couldn't pay himself. He was serving life, with pretty slim chances of parole. And cold cases were stacking up against him. 

This episode features interviews with:

Greg Barns, barrister and spokesperson for the Australian Lawyers Alliance;

Fiona McLeod, Senior Counsel at the Victorian Bar

Paul Smallwood, Barrister at the Victorian Bar

Produced and scored by James Milsom and tricksy studio

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This episode featured media clips from 7 News, Channel Ten, 3AW radio and ABC News.

Dec 3, 2016

The Most Unpopular Defendant wanted someone to pay for his lawyers. He couldn't pay himself. He was serving life, with pretty slim chances of parole. And cold cases were stacking up against him. 

This episode features interviews with:

Greg Barns, barrister and spokesperson for the Australian Lawyers Alliance;

Fiona McLeod, Senior Counsel at the Victorian Bar

Paul Smallwood, Barrister at the Victorian Bar

Produced and scored by James Milsom and tricksy studio

Tweet @rulebookpodcast and become a paying subscriber here.

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This episode featured media clips from 7 News, Channel Ten, 3AW radio and ABC News.

Oct 28, 2016

Jared Hyams hesitated one day a few years ago when he was about to sign his name on an official government document. What's the point? What do they care? He drew a pretty rough depiction of the male genitalia and... well the story starts there. 

This episode of The Rule Book was produced and scored by James Milsom. 

This episode features interviews with Jared Hyams and legal expert Tex Moyer (not his real name).

For the curious, Jared's driver's licence is here. 

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Oct 1, 2016

Lesley Williams was sent from the Aboriginal settlement where her family was forced to live, to work as a domestic servant for a white family. She was 17 years old. Decades later, she started asking questions, like where was the money she was supposed to have been paid? That question led her around the world and sparked an explosive movement that still rocks Australian governments today.

This episode includes interviews with:

Lesley Williams;

Tony Woodyatt, Queensland Public Interest Law Clearing House

Stephen Gray, Monash University Law School

Produced by James Milsom. Music by James Milsom

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This episode includes clips from:

ABC 7.30 Report

Christopher Nolan's Batman films

 

Sep 13, 2016

A first person narrative piece that tells the true story of an experience had by the host, James Milsom, while working as a criminal lawyer with an Aboriginal legal service in Australia's central desert. 

'First Language' was awarded the second prize in the Audiocraft short feature competition in 2016 and was first aired on ABC's Radio National (in Australia). 

The story was written by James Milsom. Musical score and production also by James Milsom.

 

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Aug 28, 2016

In most parts of the world, you can't have sex with people after they've, you know... died. The Swedish Liberal party's youth chapter in Stockholm decided to ask why. 

We let our governments make laws for us to protect us from harm and to ensure our collective morals are preserved. Simple, yes. But bulletproof? Hmm... 

Produced by James Milsom. Music from James Milsom.

This episode features interviews with:

Cecilia Jonsson

Anil Aggrawal, Professor of Forensic Sciences at Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi.

Thanks to Tex Moyer (the ex lawyer) and Rachel Toovey for lengthy conceptual discussions.

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Clips from:

Michael J Sandell, Harvard University edX
Mohsen Al Attar, Queens University Belfast
Newsbreaker.tv
Rich Hall
David Mitchell Soapbox
The Lip TV
World 5 List
Freedom Alternative
Jim Beckwith
Next News Network

Aug 12, 2016

Part II

We get to sit on juries and decide between right and wrong, fact and fiction, freedom, sometimes even life. So what happens when our heads are full of Serial and Making a Murderer. Or what if we're binging on old CSI episodes. Can we still be trusted to make the right decisions?

'The Making a Murderer Effect' asks these questions through the lens of one particular case in Melbourne, Australia.

This episode features interviews with journalist Julie Szego, Professor Jeremy Gans and lawyer, Hina Pasha.

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Jul 30, 2016

We get to sit on juries and decide between right and wrong, fact and fiction, freedom, sometimes even life. So what happens when our heads are full of Serial and Making a Murderer. Or what if we're binging on old CSI episodes. Can we still be trusted to make the right decisions?

'The Making a Murderer Effect' asks these questions through the lens of one particular case in Melbourne, Australia. 

This episode features interviews with journalist Julie Szego, Professor Jeremy Gans and Hina Pasha, lawyer.

 

Produced by James Milsom and tricksy studio. Music from James Milsom

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Jul 9, 2016

We give our governments the power to watch over us, or just to watch us. Or sometimes they just do it, whether we know it or not. In this story, the Facebook group coordinating the effort to watch the watchmen in Melbourne, Australia.

 

 

May 15, 2016

In the search for a case exposing some aspects of the 'horror show' that is the death penalty around the world and in India, we stumble upon the story of Sonu Sardar, a death row inmate convicted for a mass murder in central India. 

Through interviews with Sardar's lawyer and other legal experts in India, this story looks at the Indian criminal justice system and the many flaws it shares with so many other systems the world around. 

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Produced by James Milsom and tricksy studio

Music composed and performed by James Milsom

 

 

Mar 15, 2016

The story of Kyle Magee, an anti advertising campaigner, and the Supreme Court challenges he's using to push for change.

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