If you are like me, you are listening to a lot of podcasts these days. There are a million to chose from, so I’m here to make it easy for you — make your next podcast be “Sometimes it Rains.”
I recently had the honor of providing some commentary for this brilliant new series by Mat Hostetler that takes a deep dive into the intersection of professional sports and criminal justice. The full season is available; it’s seven episodes, each around 30 minutes or so, and it is absolutely fantastic!
Sometimes It Rains tells the story of a baseball player Willie Mayes Aikens, an 80’s baseball phenom who was a first baseman and power hitter for the Kansas City Royals. Willie, and several of his teammates, got involved in cocaine. You can imagine how the story unfolds from there. This is a wild ride through the world of pro sports and the draconian machinations of the American criminal justice system. It plays like a great novel you can’t put down.
Besides the impeccably structured story that keeps you on the edge of your seat, I was most impressed with Hostetler’s treatment of the very complicated and nuanced legal issues and how accessible he made these concepts for lay people.
We lawyers have long understood the heart-breaking hallmarks of our broken legal system. But, for the masses who lack that inside perspective, this is a masterful treatment of how unequal treatment, overzealous law enforcement practices, and off-the-charts prison sentences continue to pollute the waters of American justice.
You can find Sometimes It Rains wherever you get your podcasts. You can also visit their website (www.sometimesitrains.net) to learn more or stream the episodes.