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

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

    Impeachment’s Message and Meaning

    Impeachment’s Message and Meaning

    Dahlia Lithwick is joined by renowned communications researcher and campaign adviser Anat Shenker-Osorio to talk about the messaging of impeachment outside the lens of the law. Then, Bob Bauer, former White House counsel under President Barack Obama and senior adviser to the 2020 Biden campaign, joins Dahlia to discuss the significance of this impeachment as a legal matter, and the next steps needed when the trial ends (in acquittal). 
    In our Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern on the guessing-game that is the law of Covid and death-penalty protocols in late-night SCOTUS orders.
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Inside Impeachment

    Inside Impeachment

    Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Daniel Goldman, who spearheaded the first round of impeachment hearings in the House in December 2019 as the senior adviser and director of investigations for the U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. They examine what impeachment last time can teach us about impeachment this time, and why we’ve got to stop thinking like lawyers when it comes to the Senate trial.

    In our Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern joins Dahlia to discuss the attempted sub-coup at the Justice Department, the first Biden-era sightings of the long tail of Trump’s judicial appointments, and the conservative legal establishment’s choice to embrace Trumpists after Jan. 6. 
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    • 55 min
    The Domestic Terror Arm of MAGA

    The Domestic Terror Arm of MAGA

    Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Juliette Kayyem, former assistant secretary at the Department of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama, currently serving as the faculty chair of the homeland security program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, to look at the violent extremist elements of the MAGA movement and how counterterrorism tools can inform the response to the attack on the Capitol and President Trump’s “stochastic terrorism.”

    In our Slate Plus segment, Mark Joseph Stern joins Dahlia to discuss developments in the judiciary in North Carolina and Pennsylvania, the high court’s decision to greenlight more federal executions in the last days of the Trump administration, and the first abortion case of the Amy Coney Barrett era. 

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    • 44 min
    The Predictability is Part of the Tragedy

    The Predictability is Part of the Tragedy

    Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Joshua Geltzer, a former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council under President Barack Obama and the founding executive director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection at Georgetown Law. He also wrote this piece in February of 2019. 

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    • 54 min
    Truth, Reconciliation, and Korematsu v. United States

    Truth, Reconciliation, and Korematsu v. United States

    The incarceration of tens of thousands of Japanese Americans in the 1940s is one of the most shameful acts in American history. Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Judge Edward M Chen and Don Tamaki, members of the legal team that worked to clear Fred Korematsu’s name almost 40 years after his conviction, to discuss the overlooked context, corruption, and cover-up that enabled the policy, and to examine how the Supreme Court has yet to fully contend with the legacy of Korematsu v United States. They also unpack the lessons the case offers for the present moment.

    The documentary discussed is Alternative Facts: The Lies of Executive Order 9066.

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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Justice Breyer, In His Own Words

    Justice Breyer, In His Own Words

    Dahlia Lithwick talks to Justice Stephen Breyer of the US Supreme Court for a Slate Plus exclusive, as part of Slate’s 80 over 80 coverage.
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    • 6 min

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Stumpshot ,

Bob Bauer Interview

Thank you for another great episode with great inside analysis with Mr. Bauer.

coasterbear ,

Where is the Supreme Court content?

A shadow of its former self. Another week, February 13, where all the Supreme Court content is behind the paywall, and the show itself is full of filler news about the impeachment that we can get anywhere.

I subscribed to this for the Supreme Court news, information and analysis of current cases, which used to be the primary content. But that is now almost always behind the Slate Plus paywall. I understand that Slate needs to make some money, but making people pay for the primary content and giving us filler stories not about the Court is wrong. Look at the December 5 summary for example. The main podcast has stories about pardons, Bill Barr, and the 2016 election, and all the Supreme Court news in in the Slate Plus segment. Very disappointing change for what used to be one of the best podcasts available.

RMdub ,

Indispensable

I wouldn’t be without this podcast in my rotation. True journalism and incredibly insightful analysis of our system of law. Thank you, Dahlia!

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