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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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    • 4.8 • 47 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.
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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

4.8 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

Flora Claymore ,

10/10

This podcast is everything. As someone who enjoyed true crime for a long time, but became disillusioned with it the more I learnt about how corrupt the judicial system is, this really fills a wonderful hole in my life. Thank you.

meatballsspaghetti ,

Medical malpractice

Love the podcast and Rhiannon’s idea on a podcast about misconduct in medicine, would definitely listen

AngelyneRA ,

The Supreme Court Sucks, but This Podcast Doesn’t.

This podcast is fantastic! It literally brightens by day. I love the hosts, they’re funny, brilliantly witty, serious but not *too* serious, and they’re deeply thoughtful and intelligent. I’m not a lawyer, a legal journalist, or even an American, but the hosts explain the intricacies of the US justice system in detail and yet plainly enough to be easily understood. I also really appreciate how this podcast actually acknowledges how the supreme court is not apolitical, but rather partisan and the justices vote based on their social, economic, and racial biases. Plus, let’s be honest, the hosts are taking a deep dive into how dumb and illogical the reasoning of the SCOTUS is in every episode. As an aside, I nearly spit out my drink when, “that’s why I’m not up there with the big boys on the bench” was uttered by Peter.

Thank you Rhiannon, Peter, and Michael! I can’t wait for more episodes.

P.S. I binged listened to the first four episodes, and I’m not even ashamed because it was (technically) educational!

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