Legal Wars

Legal Wars Podcast

The courtroom can be a battlefield over money, people’s rights, and even their lives. For some cases, the consequences can affect us long after the verdict is read.Based on extensive interviews and court transcripts, Wondery’s new podcast LEGAL WARS puts you inside the jury box of some of the most famous court cases in American history, including Hulk Hogan’s courtroom wrestling match with Gawker, the battle for free speech on the internet, and the Rodney King trial that set off the LA Riots. Host Hill Harper, actor and Harvard Law School graduate, brings you the drama, the larger-than-life characters, and the real-world impact these cases had on our society.

Introducing WeCrashed
The Rise and Fall of WeWork is a stunning story of hope and hubris. WeWork was the poster child for a new economy. Its founders wanted to revolutionize everything about the way people lived their lives. Its charismatic founder Adam Neumann had an intoxicating vision for the company — but did it ever match the reality?Subscribe today:

Wondery presents The Next Big Idea
Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang asks: What you would do with an extra $1,000 of FREE MONEY every single month? Would you start a savings account for retirement? Would you go back and finish your degree? Or would you just spend it on your dream vacation?  In The Next Big Idea’s Episode entitled “FREE MONEY” Andrew Yang makes his case for Universal Basic Income (or UBI), and why it might be the best plan to grow America’s economy and bolster its shrinking middle class.Listen today:

Accused Returns for a New Season!
In 1984, a father of three disappeared while working at a mysterious Cincinnati plant. It turned out he’d met a gruesome fate. Two months later, the Fernald Feed Materials Production Center was revealed to have been processing uranium – and polluting the region. The dead man’s children believe their father was murdered because he intended to expose how the plant had been releasing millions of pounds of uranium dust into the atmosphere. We’re hoping to figure out: Did 39-year-old David Bocks kill himself, as...

Introducing Detective Trapp
Anaheim investigator Julissa Trapp is not like other detectives. She’s the only woman on the homicide squad, and a skilled chameleon: undercover cop in vice stings, crime-scene commander, patient confidante of killers. A master interrogator, she invokes her personal experience – and deepest griefs – as a tool to elicit confessions. When a young woman’s body is found at a trash-sorting plant, Trapp learns the murder may be linked to the disappearance of three other women in nearby Santa Ana. Trapp embarks on...

Wondery Presents Bad Batch
In Wondery's new series Bad Batch, host Laura Beil (Dr. Death) investigates the multi-billion dollar underregulated industry of stem cell therapy where greed and desperation collide. When a group of patients wind up in a Texas hospital in critical condition, the trail leads back to one stem cell company and its charismatic CEO. What happens when a supposed miracle cure leaves you worse off than before? Listen to Bad Batch at

Wondery Presents The Mysterious Mr. Epstein
For most of his life, Jeffrey Epstein was a mystery — who he was, how he made his money, and how he got away with horrific crimes for so many years. The Mysterious Mr. Epstein explores how Epstein was able to use his wealth to buy status and credibility, to buy power, and ultimately to buy himself freedom from justice. From the network that brought you Dirty John. Listen now at

Introducing Locked Up Abroad
What does it feel like in the split second when you realize you're about to be locked up in a foreign country — possibly for life? The newest season of Locked Up Abroad can be found exclusively on Luminary. Listen at

Revisiting the "Trial of the Century" in Confronting: O.J. Simpson
June 12th marks twenty-five years since the murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Now, Kim Goldman, sister of Ron Goldman, is going back to the vicious crime that changed her life forever. Finally, Kim gets answers to the questions that have been haunting her since the not-guilty verdict was read. Listen now at

Wondery Presents: The Shrink Next Door | 1
Marty Markowitz had his share of problems. His parents had recently died. He had troubles at work. A failing relationship. He needed someone to help him through this rough patch in his life. So he decided to get some professional help from a psychiatrist. What he did not count on, was what happened in his life over the next twenty-nine years.This is a story about power, control, and turning to the wrong person for help. Listen now at

Lenny Bruce Obscenity Trials - No Remorse | 3
Lenny Bruce becomes convinced that the entire criminal justice system is out to get him--including his own lawyers.To listen to Sports Wars, go to

Lenny Bruce Obscenity Trials - Reeling | 2
Lenny Bruce believed the First Amendment protected every word he said. He was willing to stake his career and his freedom on it. And in 1964, a trial in New York City would require him to do just that....

Lenny Bruce Obscenity Trials - Dirty Lenny | 1
Comedian Lenny Bruce was one of mid-century America’s most wanted outlaws. He didn’t rob banks or steal government secrets, but he did use dirty words in public—a lot....

Introducing Over My Dead Body
A seemingly-perfect marriage, a nasty divorce, and then...a murder. The first season of Over My Dead Body, "Tally" is available to binge now. Subscribe to listen at

The Scopes Trial - There’s Gonna Be an Evolution | 3
The Scopes Monkey Trial is all but over--reporters have already started heading home--but Clarence Darrow has one more card up his sleeve. He calls William Jennings Bryan as a witness, and makes the Great Commoner look like an even greater fool....

Introducing The Thread: The Insanity Defense
From the trial of James Hadfield in 1800 to the trial of Aurora gunman James Holmes over two centuries later, this season of The Thread explores six of the most high-profile murder cases in history through the lens of the controversial legal defense that unites them all: ​Not guilty by way of insanity. Subscribe now at

The Scopes Trial - Hot for Genesis | 2
Thousands of people gather at the courthouse to watch the trial of the century--a showdown between two legal heavyweights: the bible-thumping William Jennings Bryan and Clarence Darrow, the defender of anarchists. On trial is the question of who gets to decide what people think....

The Scopes Trial - Evolution: Bad for Students, Great for Business | 1
What began as a scheme concocted in the back room of a Tennessee drugstore, has snowballed into a legal circus. Two of the country’s most prestigious lawyers are going head to head before a national audience, with God, man and monkey on trial.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Hair Club - Go to today for a free hair analysis AND a free take home hair kit!...

The Goldwater Rule - Verdict | 4
Stanley Arkin was a lawyer for Fact Magazine’s Warren Boroson in the Goldwater libel suit. He shares his thoughts on the case. Plus, why he doesn’t disagree with the verdict, even though his side lost. Support us by supporting out sponsors!Robinhood - Listeners of Legal Wars get a FREE stock like Apple, Ford, or Sprint to help you build your portfolio. Sign up at

The Goldwater Rule - Fact | 3
The freedom of the press is safe, right? The publisher of Fact magazine certainly thinks so. But Barry Goldwater’s legal team argue that the magazine has crossed a line and should pay for it.Goldwater v. Ginzburg will ultimately establish new limits on what mainstream media can write about  famous people. Support us by supporting our sponsors! Hair Club - Go to today for a free hair analysis AND a free take home hair kit...

Introducing One Plus One
This is One Plus One, the show about the spark that drives two original thinkers to ultimate success. We’ll unearth the stories of Paul McCartney & John Lennon, Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera, Beyonce & Jay-Z, Shaq & Kobe, and many more, and learn what it is about their chemistry that led them to greatness. Subscribe to One Plus One today at

The Goldwater Rule - In Your Guts, You Know He’s Nuts | 2
There’s no question: the statements Fact magazine published about Barry Goldwater were strange, inflammatory, and seriously damaging. But were they true? In 1968, the Arizona Senator and his family take the stand to sort Fact from fiction....

The Goldwater Rule - In Your Heart, You Know He’s Right | 1
People running for president often have a lot of enemies. But rarely do they get an exact count. So when a muckraking magazine publishes a story titled “1,189 Psychiatrists Say Goldwater is Psychologically Unfit to Be President!,” the 1964 Republican Presidential nominee, Barry Goldwater cries libel....

Chicago 8 - No Fear | 4
John Froines was one of the Chicago 8. He discusses the protests, the courtroom and his personal memories of Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale. Plus, his advice for activists today. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Hair Club - Get a hair analysis and take home hair care kit for FREE by visiting

Chicago 8 - The Hanging Judge | 2
The Chicago 8 are brought up on conspiracy charges and tried as a group, despite their tenuous connections to and fundamental disagreements with each other....

Chicago 8 - I, Pigasus | 1
Outside the 1968 Democratic National Convention, a would-be peaceful protest erupts in violence. Investigators call it a “police riot,” but five months later, the newly elected President Nixon finds someone else to blame....

Pharma Bro - The Bro Goes Down | 3
Inside the courtroom, Shkreli keeps his mouth shut, but outside and online, he’s still letting it run, even as he approaches sentencing.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Brooklinen - Get $20 and free shipping when you use promo code Legal Wars at Brooklinen.comHair Club - Visit for a free hair analysis and a free kit....

Pharma Bro - Jury of His Jeers | 2
Shkreli becomes the most hated man in America for reasons that, ironically, have nothing to do with his indictment.Support this show by supporting our sponsors! Quip - Get your first refill pack free by visiting

Pharma Bro - Bad Bet | 1
Financial boy-wonder Martin Shkreli makes big bets with other people’s money, and loses—again and again.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Brooklinen - Get $20 off and free shipping by going to

Monkey Selfie - Monkey Business | 2
Judges try to determine who Naruto’s “next friend” and who can legally profit from the monkey’s art.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Brooklinen - Get $20 off and free shipping by going to Club - Visit for a free hair analysis and a free kit....

Iconic magazine editor Tina Brown and her new podcast | 1
As editor in chief at Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, Tina Brown has had opportunity to sit down with the world’s most important people to hear their thoughts on the zeitgeist and on her new Podcast, “TBD with Tina Brown,” she invites you to hear her candid conversations with writers, politicals, crime sleuths, journalist and the newsmakers of tomorrow’s social debates. Subscribe to TBD with Tina Brown on Apple Podcasts or by visiting

Monkey Selfie - Bungle in the Jungle | 1
When a man leaves his camera within a monkey’s reach, the selfie that results sets off an unusual copyright case.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Quip - Get your first refill pack free by visiting

Electronic Frontier - Interview: Freedom on the Internet | 3
Electronic Freedom Foundation lawyer Cindy Cohn discusses dangers and current day legal battles to keep the internet free.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Brooklinen - Get $20 and free shipping when you use promo code Legal Wars at

Electronic Frontier - Code Word | 2
The EFF team makes a high risk move in their with their legal strategy against the government in this pivotal internet caseSupport this show by supporting our sponsors! Audible - Gift Audible to someone on your list! Go to or text "Legal Wars" to 500-500 to get started.ZipRecruiter - Go to to find your next great hire....

Twin Towers - Silence is not Assent | 2
Under the cloud of emotion, the jury must decide if the World Trade Center disaster is one event or two.Support us by supporting our sponsors!HelloFresh - Get $60 off your first three meals by going to and entering promo code Legal Wars 60...

Twin Towers - The Towers Fall | 1
A massive tragedy leads to a billion dollar business dilemma when Larry Silverstein takes out a 99-year-lease on the World Trade Center.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Zip Recruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at

Hogan v Gawker - Totally Not Angry | 3
Closing arguments, a verdict, and a surprising revelation.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Audible - Get a 30-day free trial and a free audiobook when you visit them at

Hogan v Gawker - Yeah Brother | 1
Hulk Hogan discovers a sex tape has been leaked to Gawker Media without his knowledge and decides to sue for damages.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Quip - Get your first refill pack free credit when you visit