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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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    Judge Victoria Pratt’s “The Power of Dignity”

    Judge Victoria Pratt’s “The Power of Dignity”

    The quality of dignity is not strained. Judge Victoria Pratt presided for years over Municipal Court in Newark, New Jersey. Her experiences form the foundation of her book, The Power of Dignity: How Transforming Justice Can Heal Our Communities. In the third of Amicus’ summer season of big-picture conversations, Dahlia Lithwick and Judge Pratt explore what everyone, up to and including Supreme Court Justices, can learn from procedural justice, also known as procedural fairness. You can watch Judge Pratt’s viral Ted Talk here.

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    • 1 hr
    What the Dobbs Decision Means to Me

    What the Dobbs Decision Means to Me

    In the second of Amicus’ Summer Series of interviews that step out of the day to day of jurisprudence to look at justice and the Supreme Court through a wide-angle lens, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by actor and playwright Heidi Schreck. Schreck created and starred in the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award - nominated “What the Constitution Means to Me” and is a fierce advocate for abortion rights. Together, they try to locate the spot at the intersection of politics, law, culture, media and art that might provide a space to adequately describe the impacts of the Dobbs decision. And that is where they find the galvanizing forces and creative feats of imagination that have served previous generations in the fight for equal rights, and that will fuel the fight to come. 
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    • 58 min
    Eric Holder's Supreme Court Protest

    Eric Holder's Supreme Court Protest

    Dahlia Lithwick is joined by former Attorney General Eric Holder as Amicus begins its summer season while the Supreme Court is in recess. General Holder describes his feelings when, as President Barack Obama’s Attorney General, he realized he could not in good conscience take part in the long-held tradition of the AG arguing an “easy case” before the Supreme Court. The issue? That same court had just eviscerated the Voting Rights Act in a case that will forever bear his name: Shelby County v Holder. General Holder wants us to take the steps beyond anger at the assault on voting rights, and move forward with joy toward action. His book, Our Unfinished March, is both a history of how voting rights became broken, and an action plan for delivering the promise of democracy: that the people pick their leaders.
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    • 49 min
    A Supreme Court Term Like No Other

    A Supreme Court Term Like No Other

    Dahlia L​​ithwick hosts Amicus’ annual term-ending breakfast table conversation, featuring Slate’s own Mark Joseph Stern, Professor Katherine Franke and Professor Nikolas Bowie. They dig into the biggest decisions of the term, and step back to survey where the court is headed, and where it’s already been. 

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    • 1 hr 8 min
    SCOTUS Wraps, Precedent Collapses, and KBJ Takes her Oath

    SCOTUS Wraps, Precedent Collapses, and KBJ Takes her Oath

    The term is over, and the ground upon which all Americans stood, has fundamentally shifted. Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Professor Dorothy Roberts to discuss the reality of forced birth and family separation upon marginalized peoples in America. Dorothy is the author of Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families--and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World, and of Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty.

    Then, Dahlia talks to Amy Westervelt of Drilled podcast to find out what West Virginia v EPA means for climate action, and the places the Biden Administration could still make progress. 

    For a behind the scenes look into some of the articles we read when we create the show, check out our Pocket collection at http://getpocket.com/slate. 

    Slate plus listeners will also have access to Dahlia’s conversation with Mark Joseph Stern, where they dig into some of the cases we couldn’t reach in the main show, including the Remain in Mexico decision and the alarming implications of the court taking up Moore v. Harper, which is all about the Independent State Legislature theory. 



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    • 1 hr 19 min
    Slate Plus Bonus: Praying at the 50 Yard Line and Dunking on the Libs

    Slate Plus Bonus: Praying at the 50 Yard Line and Dunking on the Libs

    Dahlia Lithwick and Mark Joseph Stern on Kennedy v Bremerton School District: a referendum on the status of truth at the high court, and another nail in the coffin of the establishment clause. 

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    • 6 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

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My favorite from Slate. Not a lawyer or a student. Listened based on other Slate podcast suggestions. It is now my favorite. I love how these cases are explained. I love her honesty how she feels. Helps to know I’m not alone.

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I’m a Slate+ subscriber and loooove this podcast. Great guests, very informative, and lots of deep diving. I also appreciate that they make it a point to keep the sneaky moves on our radar. Keep up the good work, please!

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Doing damage to the courts through terrible analysis

I was hoping this would be an informative podcast. Unfortunately, all you learn is the political bias of the hosts. Their analysis seems to be consistently “I disagree with this ruling so the judge is either evil or incompetent”. They seem to genuinely not understand that the judiciary isn’t supposed to rule based on polling data.

Worth listening to if you want insights into how bad legal education has become and how some on the left view the role of the courts.

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