DPIC Podcasts

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Discussions With DPIC

Contra Costa County, California District Attorney Diana Becton on Fair and Just Legal Reform and Ending the Death Penalty

Published: Jan 12, 2022

In the January 2022 episode of Discussions with DPIC, Contra Costa County, California District Attorney Diana Becton, speaks with Death Penalty Information Center Executive Director Robert Dunham about the rise in reform pros­e­cu­tors across the coun­try, the inher­ent flaws in cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment that leads her to work along­side oth­er reform pros­e­cu­tors to end the death penal­ty, and her efforts as dis­trict attor­ney to bring fair­ness and equi­ty to the crim­i­nal legal system.

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Republican State Representative Jean Schmidt on Her Efforts to Abolish the Death Penalty in Ohio

Published: Dec 02, 2021

In the December 2021 episode of Discussions with DPIC, Death Penalty Information Center Deputy Director Ngozi Ndulue inter­views State Representative Jean Schmidt about her work as a pri­ma­ry spon­sor of a bill in the Ohio House of Representatives that would abol­ish cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment in the state. A long-time Republican elect­ed offi­cial, Rep. Schmidt also served in the U.S. House of Representatives for ten years. She avid­ly sup­port­ed the death penal­ty ear­ly in her career but now is an advo­cate of crim­i­nal jus­tice reform. Ndulue and Schmidt dis­cuss the Republican party’s…

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Daniel Chen of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty Discusses Freedom of Religion in the Execution Chamber

Published: Nov 08, 2021

In the November 2021 episode of Discussions with DPIC, Daniel Chen, coun­sel at the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, speaks with DPIC Executive Director Robert Dunham about the Supreme Court case Ramirez v. Collier and death-row pris­on­ers’ rights to reli­gious free­dom. John Ramirez has chal­lenged Texas’ restric­tions on audi­ble prayer and phys­i­cal touch by his spir­i­tu­al advi­sor dur­ing his exe­cu­tion. Allowing such pas­toral com­fort in the exe­cu­tion cham­ber, Chen says, is about fun­da­men­tal human dignity.”

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Professor Frank Baumgartner on Death-Penalty Data, Public Opinion, and Capital Punishment as a Failed Experiment”

Published: Sep 29, 2021

In the September 2021 episode of Discussions With DPIC, University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill polit­i­cal sci­en­tist Frank Baumgartner (pic­tured), one of the nation’s lead­ing aca­d­e­m­ic author­i­ties on the death penal­ty, joins Death Penalty Information Center Executive Director Robert Dunham to dis­cuss what research has shown about the impact of race, gen­der, and geog­ra­phy in cap­i­tal cas­es and the cur­rent his­tor­i­cal­ly low lev­el of pub­lic sup­port for cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment. Asked what 50 years of data tell us about the pos­si­bil­i­ty of death-penal­ty pol­i­cy reform, Baumgartner says, At this stage, what we…

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Rethinking Public Safety, A Conversation with Executive Director of Fair and Just Prosecution, Miriam Krinsky

Published: Aug 26, 2021

In the third episode of the Discussions with DPIC podcast’s Rethinking Public Safety series, Miriam Krinsky speaks with DPIC Senior Director of Research and Special Projects Ngozi Ndulue about her expe­ri­ences as a for­mer fed­er­al pros­e­cu­tor and the Executive Director of Fair and Just Prosecution (FJP), a net­work of elect­ed pros­e­cu­tors devot­ed to pro­mot­ing fair­ness, equi­ty, com­pas­sion, and fis­cal respon­si­bil­i­ty in the crim­i­nal legal system.

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Capital Defense Lawyer Marc Bookman Discusses His New Book and the Systemic Defects that Have Sent the Death Penalty into A Descending Spiral’

Published: Jul 26, 2021

The July 2021 episode of Discussions with DPIC fea­tures a con­ver­sa­tion between DPIC Executive Director Robert Dunham and Marc Bookman, the co-founder and Executive Director of the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation (ACCR), regard­ing his crit­i­cal­ly acclaimed new book, A Descending Spiral: Exposing the Death Penalty in 12 Essays.

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Rethinking Public Safety: A Conversation with Former Nevada Prison Doctor, Dr. Karen Gedney

Published: Jun 01, 2021

In the sec­ond episode of DPIC’s Rethinking Public Safety series, DPIC Managing Director Anne Holsinger inter­views Dr. Karen Gedney about her 30-year career as a doc­tor in the Nevada prison sys­tem. Dr. Gedney speaks about how prison con­di­tions affect the phys­i­cal and men­tal health of pris­on­ers, how prison bureau­cra­cy deter­mines the qual­i­ty of care that pris­on­ers receive, and how exe­cu­tions take a toll on prison staff. She tells the sto­ry of her refusal to write a pre­scrip­tion for exe­cu­tion drugs in 1989, believ­ing that doing so vio­lat­ed her duty to…

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Rethinking Public Safety: A Conversation with Former Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro

Published: Apr 29, 2021

The April 2021 episode of Discussions with DPIC fea­tures the first episode of DPIC’s new pod­cast series, Rethinking Public Safety. These episodes will fea­ture inter­views with pub­lic safe­ty offi­cials, dis­cussing the evo­lu­tion of their views on cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment and how their expe­ri­ences in var­i­ous pub­lic safe­ty fields influ­enced their think­ing. The first episode is a con­ver­sa­tion between for­mer Ohio Attorney General Jim Petro and DPIC Senior Director of Research and Special Projects Ngozi Ndulue. Petro describes how learn­ing about wrong­ful con­vic­tions and the high cost of the death penal­ty changed…

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Ethical-Design Advocate Raphael Sperry on Why the American Institute of Architects Banned Members From Designing Death Chambers

Published: Mar 31, 2021

In the March 31, 2021 pod­cast episode of Discussions with DPIC, man­ag­ing direc­tor of DPIC, Anne Holsinger, and Raphael Sperry, pres­i­dent of Architects/​Designers/​Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR), dis­cuss the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) new ethics pol­i­cy pro­hibit­ing mem­bers from design­ing exe­cu­tion cham­bers and death-row soli­tary con­fine­ment cells. Architects have been com­plic­it in human rights abuse by design­ing exe­cu­tion cham­bers in the United States and spaces for soli­tary con­fine­ment,” Sperry explains. We need to take respon­si­bil­i­ty and tak­ing respon­si­bil­i­ty means stop­ping doing these bad things.”

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Carine Williams of the Innocence Project Discusses Death Penalty, Innocence, and the Function of Freedom’

Published: Mar 09, 2021

In the March 2021 edi­tion of Discussions with DPIC, Death Penalty Information Center Senior Director of Research and Special Projects Ngozi Ndulue is joined by Carine Williams — the Chief Program Strategy Officer at the Innocence Project — for a con­ver­sa­tion about inno­cence, the death penal­ty, and the func­tion of free­dom.” Reflecting on the gross mis­car­riage of jus­tice exhib­it­ed in wrong­ful con­vic­tions and exon­er­a­tions, Williams stress­es two crit­i­cal themes: death is irrev­o­ca­ble and end­ing the death penal­ty is sim­ply not enough.