Law&Crime, the media network created by top TV legal commentator and attorney Dan Abrams and backed by A+E Networks, is growing its podcast portfolio with a new show focusing on one of the hottest topics of 2020 as the Black Lives Matter movement gains traction. Untold Stories: The Cases That Shaped the Civil Rights Movement will explore the history and legal arguments behind key civil rights court cases.
The series is hosted by Brooke Girley, a civil rights lawyer and Chief Content Officer of AmboTV. In the podcast, Girley will examine the motivations, history and facts behind the trials that built the legal framework for change for African Americans. She will do that by taking listeners through the complex topics boiled down into a clear and concise narrative. Each trial will be broken down into 10- to 15-minute episodes.
The docket includes some well-known cases, such as Brown v. Board of Education, which brought an end to racial segregation in schools, and lesser-known cases like Shelley v. Kraemer, which ruled that it was unconstitutional for states to enforce racially-based housing regulations. Law&Crime says Girley will use the historical context and legal analysis of these cases to weave together a tapestry of the momentous battles fought to move the civil rights movement forward.
“I am excited to bring my Untold Series to podcast listeners,” Girley said in the announcement. “As our nation contemplates how we will move forward in light of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the need for racial reform, I believe a critical piece of that process is having proper historical context of the issue of race in America. My hope is that the Untold Series will provide some of the necessary education needed at this moment.”
The new series is part of Law&Crime’s continued expansion of its original podcasting division, including a recent partnership with the popular Court Junkie podcast, which has more than quadrupled its average monthly downloads. Law&Crime has also teamed up with PodcastOne. It is building a portfolio of podcasts, including The Dan Abrams Podcast, which features Law&Crime founder Dan Abrams, who said when the alliance was announced last year that he saw podcasting as “another important medium” for the network.