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A show about the law and the nine Supreme Court justices who interpret it for the rest of America.

Amicus With Dahlia Lithwick | Law, justice, and the courts Slate Podcasts

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A show about the law and the nine Supreme Court justices who interpret it for the rest of America.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Learning from Pre-Roe to Navigate Post-Roe

    Learning from Pre-Roe to Navigate Post-Roe

    In a special live panel discussion in partnership with the Crosscut Festival, this week’s Amicus tackles the post-leak landscape and potential post-Roe fallout from Justice Samuel Alito’s draft opinion in Dobbs. An all-star panel, featuring law professor and podcast host Melissa Murray, journalist and bestselling author Jessica Bruder, and Slate’s news director Susan Matthews—host of the upcoming Season 7 of Slow Burn focusing on the road to Roe v Wade—get together to discuss the past, present, and future of reproductive liberty. 

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    • 53 min
    The (draft) Opinion of the Court on Abortion

    The (draft) Opinion of the Court on Abortion

    In a special episode for Slate Plus members, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Slate’s Mark Joseph Stern for in-depth analysis of the stunning leaked draft opinion from Justice Samuel Alito in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Organization, the abortion case that is poised to overturn 50 years of jurisprudence and Roe v Wade.
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    • 5 min
    Rewriting Statutes Via Courts

    Rewriting Statutes Via Courts

    On this episode of Amicus – in studio edition! – host Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Professor 
    Lawrence O. Gostin, professor of global health law, at Georgetown University, among many other things. They talk about the federal district court in Florida’s decision to lift the mask mandate for public transportation. While it may seem like a small deal given that the mandate was set to expire in a few weeks anyway, the decision was built on a very labored and tortured interpretation of the word “sanitation.” Professor Gostin explains that this case could have a chilling effect on government agencies. They also discuss why the decision by the Biden administration to appeal involved a lot of political calculous.

    In our Slate Plus segment, Dahlia is joined by Mark Joseph Stern to talk about a death penalty decision at the Supreme Court and an upcoming case about school prayer.  

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    • 40 min
    Fundamental Rights Doublespeak

    Fundamental Rights Doublespeak

    On the great legal history episode of Amicus, host Dahlia Lithwick is joined first by David Gans, director of the Human Rights, Civil Rights, and Citizenship Program at the Constitutional Accountability Center. While GOP Senators used the Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings to take potshots at important ideas like unenumerated rights and substantive due process to score points with their base, the talking points became entrenched in political discourse. Does it matter? Of course it does.

    Later in the show, Dahlia is joined by Rund Abdelfatah co-host and producer of NPR’s podcast Throughline. The podcast explores the history behind current events. Dahlia and Rund talk about Throughline’s episode Pirates of the Senate to take a closer look at the history behind the filibuster, and explore why so many of our ideas about the filibuster are just plain wrong. 

    In our Slate Plus segment, Dahlia is joined by Mark Joseph Stern on the Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation, a case creating a new constitutional bar against malicious prosecution, and more shadow docket shenanigans. 

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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Ketanji Brown Jackson: Asked and Answered

    Ketanji Brown Jackson: Asked and Answered

    It was a week: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation hearings, Justice Clarence Thomas in the hospital, Ginni Thomas’ tweets in the hands of the Jan. 6 committee, and an out-of-the-blue redistricting decision on the shadow docket. 

    First, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Angela Onwuachi-Willig, dean of Boston University Law School, to discuss why the Senate Judiciary Committee is a terrible venue for a job interview and the ways in which Judge Jackson rose above it.  

    Next, Dahlia talks to Nate Persily of Stanford Law School about how the hearing interacts with the bigger picture of disinformation ecosystems, Ginni Thomas’ texts, and fills us in on the Wisconsin redistricting case. Finally, they discuss Prof. Persily’s almost 40-year friendship with Ketanji Brown Jackson. 

    In our Slate Plus segment, Dahlia and Mark Joseph Stern dig into judicial ethics and what shocked them this week. 
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    • 1 hr 7 min
    A Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmation-Hearing Preview

    A Ketanji Brown Jackson Confirmation-Hearing Preview

    In a Slate Plus-exclusive episode, Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern look ahead to next week’s hearings and lend their expert opinions on what’s likely to come up, what really matters, and who’s got the whole thing upside down.  
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    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

perryn_66 ,

The Lawlessness of Property and Ownership

Anyone who asks “one final doctrinal question” has me engaged. Great podcast, Dahlia. Next podcast subject: the 1981 Montreal Expos!

lippie5432 ,

The Class of RBG

What a relief to follow a story of ethical, intelligent and unique human beings. Even though these women were pioneers of another era they give me hope for the future as they will inspire the ethical, intelligent and unique human beings of our time. Thank you for creating this great podcast.

vvmike ,

Great show but could benefit from better objectivity

When covering a case before the courts it is regrettably common for one side (the 'correct' side) to be apportioned all of the coverage.

Almost by definition, cases that make it to the supreme (or a circuit) court are not clear-cut and it does listeners a disservice to not let both sides be adequately represented and not show the full amount of 'gray' in an issue.

As a publication that caters to a 'left-leaning' audience (myself included) I of course realize that Slate, and thus Amicus, will look at issues from a certain perspective. I will even acknowledge that, whether they will admit it or not, a publicaiton does need to reinforce existing beliefs lest the 'base' becomes upset, but I do think Amicus is uniquely situated to be objective, rational and respectful in the coverage of views the staff or listeners may not personally hold.

If the election a year ago taught us anything it is that we (the people) need to encourage the probing of our thoughts and beliefs and feel comfortable enough to ask uncomfortable questions. Amicus is a great show, and I love listening to Dahlia, however, let's please strive to be a bit more willing to think of all sides.

Thanks :)

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