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Listen to Maya Foa on RadioLab’s inaugural episode of More Perfect

On the inaugural episode of More Perfect, we explore three little words embedded in the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution: “cruel and unusual.” America has long wrestled with this concept in the context of our strongest punishment, the death penalty. A majority of “we the people” (61 percent, to be exact) are in favor of having it, but inside the Supreme Court, opinions have evolved over time in surprising ways.

Graphic of Maya Foa created by RadioLab's More Perfect podcast
Maya Foa, Director of Reprieve’s Death Penalty team (Mitch Boyer)

And outside of the court, the debate drove one woman in the UK to take on the U.S. death penalty system from Europe. It also caused states to resuscitate old methods used for executing prisoners on death row. And perhaps more than anything, it forced a conversation on what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

To listen, visit RadioLab’s website here.