October 24, 2022

Travon Explores the Humanitarian Crisis on Rikers Island

Rikers is a pretrial detention center and while people await their day in court, the conditions at the island are simply inhumane due to violence, overcrowding and inadequate medical care. Rikers is scheduled to close in 2027 but at the...

October 20, 2022

Travon Asks If Microphones Really Stop Bullets

Can you hear the difference between a firework and a gunshot? ShotSpotter says it can. It's a private sector company that uses microphones to detect gunfire and alert police to the scene. The company says it’s a powerful tool to...

October 14, 2022

Travon Unravels the Racist Roots of Excited Delirium

In this episode, host Travon Free uncovers the racist roots of the debunked medical term “excited delirium.” A study from Maryland in 2017 found that excited delirium was referenced in 11 percent of cases where someone died in police custody....

March 1, 2022

Jay Learns Who Really Pays for Prison Time

In all 50 states, people caught up in the criminal justice system can be charged fines and fees for everything from the cost of police transport during arrests, to the cost of room and board for their time behind bars. In this episode, Jay learns about the back story of how Pay to Stay policy was inspired by a killerclown. And he speaks to experts and journalists about how Pay to Stay policies lock people into a never-ending cycle of debt and involvement with the criminal justice system.

February 22, 2022

Jay Learns that Forensic Science Isn’t Very Scientific

Host Jay Ellis is a fan of crime scene investigation TV shows – he’s even acted in them!

February 15, 2022

Jay Learns that a Pair of Jeans Could Ruin Your Life

Host Jay Ellis has dealt with shoplifters first-hand, back when he was a teenaged retail manager at a high-end shoe store.

November 24, 2020

5: Breonna Taylor, No-Knock Raids and What We Can Do

Jay Ellis is back, exploring no-knock raids through the eyes of a family who, unlike Breonna Taylor, survived a terrifying evening of mistaken identity. Joined by experts, Jay explores a system that allows for warrants, raids, and civil-asset forfeiture. Netta and DeRay also join to share a blueprint for how Breonna’s life could have been spared.

August 17, 2020

Jay’s Ready to Nix the 6

It’s our solutions episode! Jay arrives at six things that have got to be eliminated in order to usher in substantial improvements to public safety and policing in America and he talks with Netta Elzie (activist, organizer and co-founder of Campaign Zero) about how she transformed her own grief, frustration and anger into steady irrefutable progress. Step one: dive in.

August 12, 2020

Jay Separates Fact from Pseudo-Science

From the 48-Hour Rule to the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bills of Rights, Jay talks with social scientists and legal experts about a criminal justice system that offers special protections to the police that are neither offered to civilians nor backed by hard science. 

August 4, 2020

Jay Finds Activists Who Bear Witness, Take Note…

Fueled with new information about the power of police union contracts, host Jay Ellis is determined to figure out if real change is even possible. So he heads to Austin, Texas where community organizers Sukyi McMahon and Chas Moore changed the course of history…in a city council chamber.