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Ad Absurdum

Ad Absurdum podcast

Every month Ad Absurdum has a group of real bona fide lawyers look into the fictional worlds of entertainment and try to access how the law works in those tales. It’s informative and silly, much like the law itself.
New episodes will come out on the 3rd day of every month in tribute to our most useless amendment.
If you have any questions for the lawyers or have topics you want them to cover, leave a comment.

#7 — Murder Law for Murder Bots! (Westworld)

Westworld podcast review

This month, we review Westworld, a show that offers up really important questions like…Are robots capable of the mens rea for murder? Can Dr. Ford use the technicalities of software end user license agreements to avoid all liability for his murder bots? What can selfie monkey teach us about whether Dolores can claim copyright for those pretty paintings she makes? Can Sarah and Meredith geek out about AI capabilities so much that half this episode is weird tangents? Find out on this month’s Ad Absurdum!

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#6 — Tic Tac D’Oh – I Blew Up the Planet (War Games)

War Games podcast review
Apologies for our 1-month hiatus: we’re back! This month, Meredith and Sarah talk the 1983 nerd MASTERPIECE War Games. We think the trailer to this movie might be the sum total of what Donald Trump knows about cyber security, so we talk about how scary that is and how to stop him from blowing up the earth. We also talk about the process by which America plays the game of thermonuclear war, and calculate exactly how many months of federal prison time Matthew Broderick’s character owes Uncle Sam.

#5 — Monk is the Gene Genie (Gattaca)

Gattaca podcast review

This month, Meredith, Sarah, and special guest privacy lawyer Carolina discuss Gattaca, everyone’s favorite movie about genetic discrimination! Join us as we explain how GINA is not just the name of a pretty lady, how much Ron Paul friggin’ loves this movie, ways Trump could do more to mess up American Immigration, and the general fact that neither lawyers nor ethicists have any idea what the heck we’re really talking about when we start looking too closely at people’s DNA. ​

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#4 — I Have a Bat Feeling About This (The Dark Knight/Rises)

The Dark Knight Rises podcast review
In this episode, Meredith, Sarah, and special guest Pranks Paul discuss Batman, with a focus on the recent Christopher Nolan movies. Is The Dark Knight an agent of the state? How the hell does Lucius Fox get his hands on fighter jets and refined uranium? Is federal regulation the secret to destroying Bane? Find out all this and more in this month’s Ad Absurdum!

#3 — What Did You THINK Would Happen?!?!?! (Jurassic Park/World)

Jurassic Park Law podcast

At first you don’t succeed, build an even bigger and more dangerous theme park! If only they had lawyers around to tell the Jurassic Park and Jurassic World crew that all of this is a terrible idea. From simple negligence to BEAR LAW, from the endangered species act to the patenting of living creatures, Sarah, Meredith and guest Matt Fink discuss the myriad of tort claims raised by the Jurassic Park series.

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#2 — Legally, You Can Only Be So Traumatized (The Truman Show)

The Truman Show podcast

The pop culture legal team returns to discuss the 1998 Jim Carrey drama, The Truman Show. In this movie, a man lives his entire life unaware that he is on an elaborate reality show documenting his every move. Sarah, Meredith and their special guest John question such things as “Can a corporation adopt a baby?” or “How much can Truman sue for them killing his fictional father in front of him?” The answers may surprise you!

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#1 — The Spiders Can’t Have Tasers (Minority Report)

Minority Report spiders podcast

Real bone fide lawyers Meredith, Sarah and Charlie discuss Minority Report, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise’s 2002 assault on the very concept of the 4th Amendment. We pose questions such as: If creepy eye-scanning spiders can come into your home, can they tase you if you don’t comply? What would Antonin Scalia think of mutant humans who can see the future? If prisoners are submerged in a lifetime of dreamless sleep, how do they exercise their habeas rights? Is the best way to avoid jurisdictional issues just to deputize the DC Metro police to arrest murderers? Hear all this and more on our very first episode!

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