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5-4 is a podcast about how much the Supreme Court sucks. It's a progressive and occasionally profane take on the ideological battles at the heart of the Court's most important landmark cases; an irreverent tour of all the ways in which the law is shaped by politics. Listen each week as hosts Peter, Michael, and Rhiannon dismantle the Justices’ legal reasoning on hot-button issues like affirmative action, gun rights, and campaign finance, and use dark humor to reveal the high court's biases. Presented by Slow Burn co-creator Leon Neyfakh, 5-4 is a production of Prologue Projects.
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    • 5.0 • 14 Ratings

5-4 is a podcast about how much the Supreme Court sucks. It's a progressive and occasionally profane take on the ideological battles at the heart of the Court's most important landmark cases; an irreverent tour of all the ways in which the law is shaped by politics. Listen each week as hosts Peter, Michael, and Rhiannon dismantle the Justices’ legal reasoning on hot-button issues like affirmative action, gun rights, and campaign finance, and use dark humor to reveal the high court's biases. Presented by Slow Burn co-creator Leon Neyfakh, 5-4 is a production of Prologue Projects.
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    2021-2022 Supreme Court Term Preview

    2021-2022 Supreme Court Term Preview

    The 2022 Supreme Court term is shaping up to be pretty gnarly. We brought on The Nation's justice correspondent, Elie Mystal, to walk us through the cases he's watching.
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    • 58 min
    Nieves v. Bartlett

    Nieves v. Bartlett

    This case originates out of an incident at opposite Burning Man, a ski race in Alaska called Arctic Man. The ruling is about opposite free speech, wherein the justices vote to protect cops' First Amendment right to accidentally say the quiet part out loud when they're doing a retaliatory arrest. 
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    Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon), and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter.
    Learn more about Expand the Court Lobby Day here: https://actionnetwork.org/forms/lobby-day-2/?source=djo

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    • 55 min
    Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

    Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl

    A treaty or law not honored by the United States? It's more likely than you think! In a rare child custody case, the Supreme Court rules on the Indian Child Welfare Act, and finds that when you squint your eyes and look at the law kinda sideways in the dark, Congress must not have meant for the law to actually keep Native families together. Land back.
    Listen to This Land with Rebecca Nagle, so that Rachel can get that $50. And for more about Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, check out this episode of More Perfect.

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    • 46 min
    Eviction Moratorium: A Perfect Storm of Conservative B******t [TEASER]

    Eviction Moratorium: A Perfect Storm of Conservative B******t [TEASER]

    Liberty and the pursuit of justice for landlords and landlords only. In this episode, the hosts talk about how the Supreme Court contorted its reading of the law to deny the Centers for Disease Control the ability to ban eviction during the pandemic.
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    SB8: Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson

    SB8: Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson

    In this emergency episode, the hosts discuss Whole Woman’s Health v. Jackson, the case where the Supreme Court declined to stay SB8.
    SB8 is the monstrous Texas law that allows anyone to sue anyone who even intends to help someone get an abortion after 6 weeks of pregnancy. The effect is that while very early term abortions are still legal in Texas, private individuals have been deputized to bounty hunt abortion providers, activists, and even Uber drivers.

    To help Texas women receive abortion care you can donate to this ActBlue fund, which splits the resources across several Texas-based abortion funds.Go to needabortion.org to give funds or get access to care.To find your local abortion fund, visit abortionfunds.org.To join the Center for Reproductive Rights Lawyers' Network, contact lawyersnetworkinfo@reprorights.org.

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    • 45 min
    Welcome to Law School

    Welcome to Law School

    What, like it's hard? This one goes out to all those incoming, current and former Elle Woodses.  You're doing amazing sweetie!
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    Read Duncan Kennedy's "Legal Education and the Reproduction of Hierarchy" here.
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
14 Ratings

14 Ratings

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The best legal podcast

This is not just the best legal podcast. It’s the best podcast. Full stop.

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5-4, Niche v. Perfect

Very few things in 2020 could’ve been predicted, and yet a podcast that scratches the very niche and completely reasonable itch of a podcast covering the tomfoolery of the Supreme Court seems totally apt for the moment we’re in.

Opened by the unreasonably seductive voice of Leon Neyfakh and hosted by what is essentially the ethical and morally intact badass version of the three musketeers - 5-4 is one of only a handful of podcasts that have me genuinely excited to see a new episode notification: it’s hard to be excited for political commentary nowadays!

I’m so happy this is a thing that is being put in the world, and I could not be more grateful. Even with all of the abhorrent puns that come from one person and one person only that I hope never stop.

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