Translating Criminal Law: Rated G

Our new fun, family-friendly podcasts decodes the basics of criminal law for children

Translating Criminal Law: Rated G is a podcast that attempts to explain how the criminal justice system works to kids, while giving adults some insight into tween culture. In this podcast, Peter Sankoff co-hosts with his 12-year-old daughter Penny (and occasional guest host 10 year old son Oscar) and learns tween secrets in return. In each episode, they explore a different criminal law concept. The whole thing is "rated G", so there’s no dipping into the gorier sides of crime.

Each episode contains a Question of the Day from Penny, which her dad answers with the help of one—and just one—Big Word of the Day, a.k.a. a term commonly used in criminal law. He’s also permitted to use one Latin Word of the Day, because law is so rife with words from the classical language that many non-lawyers don’t understand. Once the day’s subject is explained, in more than a little detail, Sankoff quizzes Penny on the content of what she was just taught. Next, it is Penny’s turn to teach her dad about some of the tween secrets he is certainly clueless about, like the names and credentials of TikTok’s most famous current dance stars. If you’re a parent looking for a way to connect with your kids, this feature alone is worth tracking down the podcast.

New episodes are recorded regularly, so visit the Translating Criminal Law webpage (or find the podcast on Spotify, Podcasts or other pod catchers) to get your criminal law fix.

Also read their story published in the University of Alberta's Folio.

Criminal Defence Essentials Podcast

Welcome to Professor Sankoff's Criminal Essentials Podcast!

Episodes are created live on Youtube on every Thursday at 12p.m. MST, and then published here. We’re gonna talk about Criminal Justice News, our favourite Case of the week and we’re gonna have an Open Season for any questions you have!
Join us for great discussions about the criminal law in Canada!

New episodes are recorded regularly, so visit the Criminal Defence Essentials webpage (or find the podcast on Spotify, Podcasts or other pod catchers) to get your criminal law fix.



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Paw & Order

From January 2018 to December 2021, the Paw and Order podcast examined how animals are treated by the legal system, with a combination of seriousness and levity. Recorded with co-host Camille Labchuk, this bi-weekly podcast had the objective of shining a light on what’s wrong with animal cruelty and the legal system’s treatment of animals in Canada more generally. Every podcast explored a special topic of interest, including federalism, whales in captivity, pet custody, enforcing animal cruelty laws and the perils of dog breeding. In everyone’s favorite segment, Heroes and Zeroes, the podcast honoured those who are doing great things for animals, while giving those who are failing them the dishonour they deserve. Every year in December, we recorded a “Holiday Spectacular” giving out notional gifts to those who deserved them and lumps of coal for those who didn’t.

While Paw and Order is no longer recording new episodes, you can listen to any of our archived 91 episodes on Spotify, Podcasts and other podcatchers.

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