DPIC Podcasts

DPIC is pleased to provide podcasts that discuss a wide variety of issues relating to the death penalty.

Our podcasts cover three different types of death penalty issues.

  • DPIC's current monthly podcast series is called "Discussions With DPIC." We speak with death penalty experts about timely death penalty developments in the news.
  • The "On the Issues" podcast series explores different factual, legal, and ethical topics relating to capital punishment.
  • A second series of podcasts details the history of capital punishment in each state.

To listen to any of the podcasts below, simply click the play button. To download the podcast, click the podcast title and then the "Download" button on the episode's page.

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On the Issues

Reader’s Choice, Part II

Published: Jan 14, 2011

Answers read­ers’ ques­tions on crim­i­no­log­i­cal the­o­ries, meth­ods of exe­cu­tion, costs, and the future of the death penalty.…

On the Issues

Reader’s Choice, Part I

Published: Dec 17, 2010

Answers read­ers’ ques­tions on how pros­e­cu­tors decide to seek the death penal­ty, death-qual­i­fied juries, DNA test­ing, and Americans on death row in oth­er countries.…

On the Issues


Published: Aug 18, 2010

Covers the vari­ety of vic­tims’ fam­i­lies’ reac­tions to the death penal­ty, the role of vic­tim’s fam­i­ly mem­bers in sen­tenc­ing deci­sions, and vic­tim impact statements.…

On the Issues


Published: Apr 02, 2010

Covers the impor­tance of high-qual­i­ty rep­re­sen­ta­tion and pro­vides exam­ples of inad­e­quate rep­re­sen­ta­tion in cap­i­tal cas­es includ­ing sta­tis­tics and indi­vid­ual cas­es. Featured music: Every Waking Hour” by Robin Grey and Death of Lovers” by John Hal…

On the Issues


Published: Jan 13, 2010

Covers issues of race in the death penal­ty, such as whether race plays a role in crim­i­nal sen­tenc­ing, analy­sis of race sta­tis­tics in the jus­tice sys­tem and mea­sures intend­ed to pre­vent racial fac­tors in sen­tenc­ing. Featured music: Every Waking Ho…

On the Issues


Published: Aug 31, 2009

Covers issues of inno­cence in the death penal­ty, such as the pos­si­bil­i­ty of inno­cent peo­ple sen­tenced to death, and whether the judi­cial process pre­vents wrong­ful exe­cu­tion. Featured music: Every Waking Hour” by Robin Grey and Death of Lovers” b…

On the Issues


Published: Jul 08, 2009

Covers issues of deter­rence, includ­ing views of police and crim­i­nol­o­gists about the deter­rent effect of exe­cu­tions and sta­tis­ti­cal analy­sis of deter­rence effects. Featured music: Every Waking Hour” by Robin Grey and Death of Lovers” by John Hall…

On the Issues


Published: Jun 22, 2009

Covers issues of cost in the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem, such as explain­ing the cost of a death penal­ty sen­tence ver­sus life with­out parole, and the fac­tors that influ­ence the cost of exe­cu­tion. Featured music: Every Waking Hour” by Robin Grey and “…