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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 Magazine

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

    Rudy and the Death of Truth

    Rudy and the Death of Truth

    Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Preet Bharara, former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, host of Stay Tuned with Preet, and author of Doing Justice. Bharara gives an insider’s view of Rudy Giuliani’s current plight, they also discuss this week’s ruling from a federal judge rebuking former attorney general Bill Barr.
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    The Verdict, the Video, and the Unreasonable Burden of Proof.

    The Verdict, the Video, and the Unreasonable Burden of Proof.

    In the wake of the conviction of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the murder of George Floyd, journalism professor Allissa Richardson joins Dahlia Lithwick to discuss what it is to bear witness while Black in America, and why the media needs to stop airing the videos. (This is the interview with Vanita Gupta that Dahlia mentions.
    In our Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern and Dahlia probe the duplicity at the high court in this week's shocking juvenile life without parole decision, why justices insisting they're best friends really isn't the answer to calls for court reform, and a look ahead to the biggest case so far this term that you probably haven't heard much about.
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    Why Are Republicans Upset About Corporate Free Speech All of a Sudden?

    Why Are Republicans Upset About Corporate Free Speech All of a Sudden?

    Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Professor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, a Brennan Center fellow and professor at Stetson University, to discuss how, when it comes to corporate influence over politics, money talks - but should it actually speak? From Georgia boycotts to campaign finance, and Mitch McConnell’s apparent new take on Citizens United. 
    In our Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern joins Dahlia to discuss Justice Clarence Thomas’ anti-big-tech energy, why progressives need to stop pressuring Justice Stephen Breyer to retire, the rising tide of anti-trans bills around the country, and Joe Biden’s Presidential Commission on the Supreme Court of the United States.  
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    Woulda, Coulda SCOTUS

    Woulda, Coulda SCOTUS

    Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Adam Cohen to talk about Supreme Inequality: The Supreme Court’s Fifty-Year Battle for a More Unjust America, and whether Merrick Garland should heed calls to reinvestigate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. 

    In our Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern on Cedar Point Nursery v Hassid, the big union case before the court this week, guns at the 9th Circuit, and Georgia’s vote-suppression legislation push. 
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    Live From SXSW, With Sen. Jeff Merkley

    Live From SXSW, With Sen. Jeff Merkley

    Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Sen. Jeff Merkley of Oregon to discuss voting rights, democratic reform, and what it will take to get the For the People Act through Congress. This conversation was recorded as part of this year’s SXSW.
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    “An Injury To Their Electoral Prospects”

    “An Injury To Their Electoral Prospects”

    Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Jessica Ring Amunson, who argued Brnovich v DNC at the Supreme Court this month, to take us inside the arguments and the key questions, and also to look at the wider landscape for voting rights. 
    Then Dahlia’s joined by Jamal Greene who says Americans’ thinking about rights is all wrong, as they discuss his new book How Rights Went Wrong: Why Our Obsession With Rights Is Tearing America Apart.
    In our Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern joins Dahlia to thrash out the major issues of the week we couldn’t get to in the main show, including racism at Georgetown University Law Center, Chief Justice John Roberts’ lone dissent, and the last of the kraken election cases batted away from the high court. 
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    • 1 hr 17 min

Customer Reviews

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60 Ratings

60 Ratings

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 :)

Sysrq25 ,

So interesting

Really interesting!

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