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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.
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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, and hosted by Rhiannon Hamam, Peter Shamshiri, and Michael Morbius. 5-4 is a production of Prologue Projects.

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    • Government
    • 4.7 • 66 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.
Subscribe to our access our premium episodes & much more at fivefourpod.com/support
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, and hosted by Rhiannon Hamam, Peter Shamshiri, and Michael Morbius. 5-4 is a production of Prologue Projects.

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    Korematsu v. United States

    Korematsu v. United States

    In this case from 1944 the Court decides that arresting someone on "suspicion of being Japanese" and putting them in a concentration camp is not racially motivated. And while we're at it, don't call it a "concentration camp," that makes the justices feel icky.
    5 to 4 is presented by Prologue Projects. Rachel Ward is our producer. Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons provide editorial support. Our production manager is Percia Verlin. Our website was designed by Peter Murphy. Our artwork is by Teddy Blanks at Chips NY, and our theme song is by Spatial Relations.
    Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon) and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter. You can follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @fivefourpod.
    Our email is fivefourpod@gmail.com

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    • 43 min
    Your Questions Answered [TEASER]

    Your Questions Answered [TEASER]

    Here at 5-4 HQ we get a lot of questions. And while we can't answer the ones from our parents, about what we're doing with our lives, we CAN answer your questions about the law.
    The full version of this premium episode is available exclusively to our subscribers. To join, visit https://www.fivefourpod.com/support.
    5 to 4 is presented by Prologue Projects. Rachel Ward is our producer. Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons provide editorial support. Our production manager is Percia Verlin, and our assistant producer is Arlene Arevalo. Our website was designed by Peter Murphy. Our artwork is by Teddy Blanks at Chips NY, and our theme song is by Spatial Relations.
    Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon) and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter.


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    • 5 min
    Giles v. Harris

    Giles v. Harris

    Don't get it twisted: "the point" whizzing high over the heads of Supreme Court justices is a tradition as old as the Court itself. This case, where the Court holds that it cannot declare discriminatory voter registration unconstitutional because that would "legitimize it," proves our case.
    Tickets are selling fast for our Austin live show on Friday, February 24th! Get yours here: https://tickets.austintheatre.org/9063/9064
    You know who already knew about the live show tickets? 5-4 Premium members. In addition to all the other perks, they get first dibs on event tickets. To get exclusive Premium-only episodes, discounts on merch, access to our Slack community, and more, join at fivefourpod.com/support.
    5 to 4 is presented by Prologue Projects. Rachel Ward is our producer. Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons provide editorial support. Our production manager is Percia Verlin. Our website was designed by Peter Murphy. Our artwork is by Teddy Blanks at Chips NY, and our theme song is by Spatial Relations.
    Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon) and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter. You can follow the show on Twitter and Instagram @fivefourpod.


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    • 39 min
    McDonnell v. United States

    McDonnell v. United States

    The dictionary defines "quid pro quo" as "when a businessman walks up to a Congressman in the Capitol and hands him a check with the words 'bribe for doing a favor for me' written on the memo line." Nothing else constitutes bribery. It is so ordered.
    We've got an upcoming premium episode answering your questions. If you're dying to know something about the Court, this term, the show, cases, or the hosts, submit your question here! https://forms.gle/yaJrQs3cKhYmnVhs6
    And to attend our Austin live show on Friday, February 24th, buy tickets here! https://tickets.austintheatre.org/9063/9064
    5 to 4 is presented by Prologue Projects. Rachel Ward is our producer. Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons provide editorial support. Our production manager is Percia Verlin, and our assistant producer is Arlene Arevalo. Our website was designed by Peter Murphy. Our artwork is by Teddy Blanks at Chips NY, and our theme song is by Spatial Relations.
    Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon) and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter.


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    • 50 min
    5-4 Presents: If Books Could Kill - "Outliers"

    5-4 Presents: If Books Could Kill - "Outliers"

    This week, 5-4 invites you to check out an episode of If Books Could Kill, featuring Michael Hobbes, of Maintenance Phase, and 5-4's own Peter.
    If Books Could Kill deconstructs the airport bestsellers that captured our hearts and ruined our minds. FromThe Game to Freakonomics, if an idea is bad enough, someone has written a book about it, and Peter and Michael are here to rip it to shreds. If you like the show, you can find more wherever you get your podcasts.

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    • 52 min
    The 2022 Five Four Giving Guide: More Ways to Help

    The 2022 Five Four Giving Guide: More Ways to Help

    We spend the better part of the year bumming you out about the many ways the law fails to actually provide justice. Thankfully, there are organizations that provide mutual aid and support to right some of the wrongs committed by our judiciary. Here are some of our favorite orgs that are offering healing, advocacy and care, to build the future that we want.
    https://reprolegaldefensefund.org/
    https://bailproject.org/
    https://www.thetrevorproject.org/
    https://ysrp.org/
    https://www.raicestexas.org
    https://narf.org/
    https://www.yasproject.com/
    https://freedomreads.org/
    https://www.heartsandbonesrescue.com/
    https://www.ourchildrenstrust.org/
    5 to 4 is presented by Prologue Projects. Rachel Ward is our producer. Leon Neyfakh and Andrew Parsons provide editorial support. Our production manager is Percia Verlin, and our assistant producer is Arlene Arevalo. Our website was designed by Peter Murphy. Our artwork is by Teddy Blanks at Chips NY, and our theme song is by Spatial Relations.
    Follow Peter (@The_Law_Boy), Rhiannon (@AywaRhiannon) and Michael (@_FleerUltra) on Twitter.


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    • 20 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

The--Queen ,

I really frickin love this pod !!

Im not a lawyer, im barely even an intellectual at this point. It does not matter, because I adore this podcasts hosts and how they really just pull back the curtain to expose the absolute clownery of the court. Throughly enjoying getting to know the lore behind the justices, and the law behind the injustices (aay see what I did there?) Also I have a total audio crush on Peter that I need to get in check. Anyways sub to the 4-5 patreon and make good choices!

ally but online ,

More persiflage

Earlier in the reviews some chode said “more information, less persiflage.” I’m here to say I want MORE persiflage. Let loose the persiflage.

Bemma.19 ,

So so so good!

I love this pod so much. I’m always looking for the newest episode and really appreciate how clearly everything is explained. As a Canadian legal junkie who is trying to expand their understanding of American federal law, I find you guys super helpful and hilarious!

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