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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Death Penalty in the U.S.


Published: Aug 29, 2014

A series of botched hang­ings led to the state of Maine reex­am­in­ing its use of the death penal­ty. The state abol­ished the death penal­ty in 1876, but it was rein­stat­ed for a few years after a series of cold-blood­ed mur­ders”. The state abol­ished the…

Death Penalty in the U.S.


Published: Aug 19, 2014

In 1847, Michigan became the first English speak­ing juris­dic­tion and first U.S. state to abol­ish the death penalty.…

On the Issues

Lethal Injection, Part II

Published: Apr 23, 2014

Lethal Injection 2 — A dis­cus­sion of recent changes to lethal injec­tion pro­to­col in response to drug shortages.…

On the Issues

Arbitrariness and the Constitution

Published: Mar 01, 2013

Arbitrariness and the Constitution — Interview with University of Baltimore Law School pro­fes­sor John Bessler on arbi­trari­ness and the his­to­ry of the death penalty.…

On the Issues

Alabama Death Row Inmate Freed

Jennifer Whitfield Interview

Published: May 24, 2012

Interview with Jennifer Whitfield of Covington and Burling regard­ing the recent release of Alabama death row inmate Larry Smith.…

On the Issues


Published: May 01, 2012

Interview with Michael Fox dis­cussing issues sur­round­ing the death penal­ty in Japan, includ­ing pub­lic atti­tudes towards the death penal­ty, the way the crim­i­nal jus­tice sys­tem works and the efforts of abo­li­tion­ist groups.…

On the Issues

Spanish Language Podcast

Published: Apr 02, 2012

Discusses gen­er­al issues of the death penal­ty in America: recent trends, appli­ca­tion against minor­i­ty defen­dants, sup­port among Hispanics as well as the inter­na­tion­al use of the death penal­ty. Presented in Spanish.…

On the Issues


Published: Dec 02, 2011

Discusses the inter­na­tion­al con­text of the American death penal­ty, includ­ing inter­na­tion­al trends in cap­i­tal pun­ish­ment and how inter­na­tion­al opin­ion affects the death penal­ty in the U.S.…