Slate Presents: Charged | A True Punishment Story

13 EpisodesProduced by Slate Podcasts

For two and a half years, Emily Bazelon has been following people through a special court in New York designed to be a speedy machine for the harsh punishment of illegal gun possession. Along the way, a strange thing happened — the politics outside the courtroom started to change when a new generati… read more

13 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

Charged | Ep 5: The Long Tail

May 15th, 2019

A standalone episode about one of the voices featured in our series who is introduced to listeners as an expert but who goes through his own harrowing experience with the system when he’s sent to Rikers a few days shy …

Charged | Ep 4: The Escape Hatch

May 8th, 2019

Tarari enters a diversion program which saves him from jail but puts his life — and the lives of other defendants like him — on a knife’s edge. We hear from social workers who run the program about the many ethical …

Charged | Ep 3: The Ghost of Tyrone Howard

May 1st, 2019

Tarari faces a very long prison sentence before he’s offered the chance at mercy — with many strings attached. An episode from Eric’s past comes back to haunt him as he campaigns for D.A. and thinks through the …

Charged | Ep 2: Criminogenic

April 24th, 2019

As his family and friends hustle to come up with his bail money, Tarari ends up at one of the most infamous jails in the country: Rikers Island. Eric runs for his own term as district attorney just as the demands to …

Charged 1+: The Making of Charged

April 20th, 2019

This is a free preview of a Slate Plus bonus episode of Charged. Only Slate Plus members get an additional episode of Charged every week, diving deeper into the legal issues discussed on the show. To listen to the rest …

Charged | Ep 1: Born In Brooklyn

April 17th, 2019

The mayor of New York deals with a big political problem by creating a new court in Brooklyn. Two men, born 25 years and a few blocks apart in …

Season 2 Trailer | Charged: A True Punishment Story

March 8th, 2019


Season 1 of Slate Presents brought you the story of Ruby Ridge, and Season 2 brings you a fight to transform one big-city justice system.

Standoff | Ep. 4: Afterlife

November 28th, 2018

In the final episode of Standoff, our narrative miniseries on the story of Ruby Ridge, host Ruth Graham recaps the prosecution of Randy Weaver and Kevin Harris, and explores how the story of the standoff became …

Standoff | Ep. 3: The Wisdom of the Crowd

November 21st, 2018

Host Ruth Graham describes what happens for the bulk of the 11-day siege on the Weaver family property. As the surviving Weavers stayed holed up …

Standoff | The Order and Women in White Power

November 14th, 2018

Sociologist James Aho offers more on the The Order, a white supremacist group that went on a violent crime spree in the 1980s, and historian Kathleen …

Standoff | Ep. 2: Rules of Engagement

November 7th, 2018


Ruth Graham breaks down what led to a shootout on the Weaver family property on Aug. 21, 1992, that left three people dead.

Standoff | Ep. 1: Two Shotguns

October 31st, 2018

Randy and Vicki Weaver moved their family to a remote Idaho cabin. They feared their world would be destroyed in an apocalyptic confrontation with …

Season 1 Trailer: Introducing Standoff

October 23rd, 2018

In 1992, hundreds of armed federal agents surrounded a family of white separatists in a ramshackle mountaintop cabin. Eleven days later, three people were dead—and the story of Ruby Ridge was just beginning. Journalist …
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