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A podcast about law, law school, legal theory, and other nerdy things that interest us.

Oral Argument Joe Miller and Christian Turner

    • Philosophy

A podcast about law, law school, legal theory, and other nerdy things that interest us.

    Episode 209: The Gun Subsidy

    Episode 209: The Gun Subsidy

    We are joined by our student, Justin Van Orsdol, who has co-authored a paper with Christian about a new approach to the gun violence crisis.



    Justin Van Orsdol's writing
    Christian Turner and Justin Van Orsdol, The Gun Subsidy
    Oral Argument 101: Tug of War
    Special Guest: Justin Van Orsdol.

    • 1 hr 29 min
    Episode 208: Competition Corner

    Episode 208: Competition Corner

    We discuss a proposal by Sen. Hawley to abolish, more or less, the Federal Trade Commission, the agency that administers consumer protection and antitrust laws, and place its responsibilities in the Justice Department. Antitrust, the unitary executive, independent agencies, Joe's Competition Commission, and more.



    Josh Hawley, Overhauling the Federal Trade Commission
    Mike Masnick, William Barr's Move to Rid the DOJ of Independence Shows One of Many Reasons Josh Hawley's FTC Plan Is Dangerous

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Episode 207: Bribery

    Episode 207: Bribery

    Sometimes in law, as in other areas of life, we think we know something, but the more we think about, the more we realize we don't know it at all. Legal scholars have focused on puzzles like this before, like why blackmail should be illegal. Deborah Hellman joins us to discuss her attempt to answer a question you might not have known you had: What is wrong with bribery, and what is bribery anyway? The difficulties here shed some light on recent events.



    Deborah Hellman's faculty profile and writing
    Deborah Hellman, A Theory of Bribery
    Oral Argument 206: What Are We?
    Special Guest: Deborah Hellman.

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Episode 206: What Are We?

    Episode 206: What Are We?

    Joe and Christian discuss Christian's latest paper, on the way we define and separate markets, including European football, campaign finance, surrogate motherhood, and water bottles in disaster zones.



    Christian Turner, The Segregation of Markets (SSRN) (SocArXiv)

    • 1 hr 40 min
    Episode 205: iBonus

    Episode 205: iBonus

    Christian calls Joe out of the blue to celebrate our sixth anniversary and to talk about heroes.

    • 27 min
    Episode 204: Theocracy

    Episode 204: Theocracy

    We discuss new calls to integrate church and state. The conversation ranges over liberalism, religion, religious zeal, and, obviously, some nonsense.



    Micah Schwartzman and Jocelyn Wilson, The Unreasonableness of Catholic Integralism
    Adrian Vermeule, Integration from Within
    Christina Deardurff, "The Depths of the Church Are Not to Be Disturbed": An interview with Adrian Vermeule

    • 1 hr 31 min

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