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Join former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara as he breaks down legal topics in the news and engages thought leaders in a podcast about power, policy, and justice.

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Join former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara as he breaks down legal topics in the news and engages thought leaders in a podcast about power, policy, and justice.

    Inside the Fight Against Hate (with Cynthia Deitle)

    Inside the Fight Against Hate (with Cynthia Deitle)

    On this week’s episode of Stay Tuned, “Inside the Fight Against Hate,” Preet answers your questions about:

    — Whether winning a Democratic majority in the Senate is preferable to a Democrat winning the presidential election

    — Attorney General Bill Barr’s new policy on starting investigations into political campaigns

    — The voir dire process for jury selection, and how it was executed in the Roger Stone case

    The guest this week is Cynthia Deitle, former Chief of the FBI’s Civil Rights Unit. Deitle served 22 years as a special agent focused on civil rights and hate crimes. Today, she is the Director of Civil Rights Reform at the Matthew Shepard Foundation, an LGBTQ advocacy organization committed to promoting inclusiveness and eradicating hate.

    As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.

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    REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

    THE Q&A“Barr says investigations into 2020 candidates must be approved by top Justice officials,” CNN, 2/6/20“Voir dire,” Legal Information Institute“Trump calls Stone juror ‘totally biased’ while prosecutors, defense attorneys are debating new trial,” Washington Post, 2/25/20 THE INTERVIEWThe Matthew Shepard Foundation, and the Foundation’s twitter accountMatt Shepard is a Friend of Mine documentary“’Ten Years Later,’ The Matthew Shepard Story Retold,” National Public Radio, 10/12/09The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 2009“Senate Passes Hate Crimes Bill,” NPR,Watch: 10th Anniversary of The Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act, 10/15/19ABNER LOUIMA“Incident in the 70th Precinct,” Vanity Fair, December 1997“Twenty Years Later: The Police Assault on Abner Louima and What it Means,” WNYC, August 2017HATE CRIMES“In the Name of Hate: Examining the Federal Government’s Role in Responding to Hate Crimes,” U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, November 2019FBI 2018 Hate Crimes ReportDOJ’s 2018 Crime Victimization Survey“FBI Reports Dip In Hate Crimes, But Rise In Violence,” National Public Radio, 11/12/19“The FBI recorded a surge of hate crimes last year. But it undercounted — by a lot.,” Washington Post, 11/14/18FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting ProgramDOJ’s National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS)“More Than 100 Federal Agencies Fail to Report Hate Crimes to the FBI’s National Database,” ProPublica, 6/22/17“Acts of anti-Semitism are on the rise in New York and elsewhere, leaving Jewish community rattled,” Washington Post, 12/29/19JAMES BYRD, JR.The Byrd Foundation for Racial Healing“In Texas, a Decades-Old Hate Crime, Forgiven but Never Forgotten,” New York Times, 7/9/18

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    CAFE Insider 2/25: Time's Up for Weinstein & Jail for Stone

    CAFE Insider 2/25: Time's Up for Weinstein & Jail for Stone

    In this clip from the CAFE Insider podcast, "Time's Up for Weinstein & Jail for Stone," co-hosts Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram discuss Harvey Weinstein’s conviction on two of the five charges he faced in New York — and what his guilty verdict means for sex crimes prosecutions in the #MeToo era. 

    Listen to the full episode with a free 2-week trial of the CAFE Insider membership.

    • 17 min
    Pardonpalooza & #MeToo (with Ronan Farrow)

    Pardonpalooza & #MeToo (with Ronan Farrow)

    On this week’s episode of Stay Tuned, “Pardonpalooza & #MeToo,” Preet and Anne Milgram, his CAFE Insider podcast co-host, answer your questions about the numerous pardons and sentence commutations issued by the White House this week.

    The guest this week is Ronan Farrow, author of Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators and the host of the accompanying “The Catch and Kill Podcast.” Both works recount Farrow’s difficult journey to publishing game-changing sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Farrow is currently working with HBO on a documentary about the threats journalists face around the world.

    As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.

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    REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

    THE Q&AOffice of the Pardon AttorneyDerrick Bryson Taylor, Heather Murphy, and Mariel Padilla, "A Complete List of Trump’s Pardons and Commutations," NYT, 2/18/20"U.S. attorney launches criminal probe of Rich pardon," CNN, 2/14/01


    THE INTERVIEWFarrow’s First Appearance on Stay Tuned, CAFE, 4/26/2018Ronan Farrow, The War on Peace, W.W. Norton & Company, 2018


    CATCH AND KILLRonan Farrow, Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators, Little, Brown, and Company, 2019Ronan Farrow, “The Catch and Kill Podcast,” Pineapple Street Media, 2019-2020Kara Scannell and Mark Morales, “National Enquirer company chief David Pecker talking with New York prosecutors,” CNN, 11/25/2019Rachel Maddow, “NBCUniversal Offers NDA Releases Over Harassment Claim Concerns,” MSNBC, 10/26/2019Jeff Bezos, “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” Medium, 2/7/2019Sarah Ellison and Paul Farhi, “Publisher of the National Enquirer admits to hush money payments made on Trump’s behalf,” Washington Post, 12/12/2018Joe Palazzolo, Michael Rothfeld, and Lukas I. Alpert, “National Enquirer Shieldd Donald Trump From Playboy Model’s Affair Allegation,” WSJ, 11/4/2016Reed Albergotti, Vanessa O’Connell, and Russel Adams, “How Tiger Woods Protected His Image,” WSJ, 12/18/2009Anna Louise Bardach, “The Hush-Hush Deal that Made Arnold Schwarzenegger Governor,” LA Magazine, 9/1/2004


    NEW YORKER STORIESRonan Farrow, “The Black Cube Chronicles,” The New Yorker, Parts I, II, and III, 10/9/2019Ronan Farrow, “How an Élite University Research Center Concealed its Relationship with Jeffrey Epstein,” The New Yorker, 9/7/2019Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, “A Sexual-Misconduct Allegation Against Supreme Court Nominee Brett Kavanaugh Stirs Tension Among Democrats in Congress,” The New Yorker, 9/14/2018Ronan Farrow, “Les Moonves and CBS Face Allegations of Sexual Misconduct,” The New Yorker, 7/27/2018Jane Mayer and Ronan Farrow, “Four Woman Accuse New York’s Attorney General of Physical Abuse,” The New Yorker, 5/7/2018Ronan Farrow, “The National Enquirer, A Trump Rumor, and Another Secret Payment to Buy Silence,” The New Yorker, 4/12/2018Ronan Farrow, “Donald Trump, a Playboy Model, and a System for Concealing Infidelity,” The New Yorker, 2/16/2018Ronan Farrow, “Harvey Weinstein’s Army of Spies,” The New Yorker, 11/6/2017Ronan Farrow, “From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein’s Accusers Tell Their Stories,” The New Yorker, 10/10/2017


    WEINSTEIN TRIALRonan Farrow, Tweet on Jurors, Twitter, 1/9/2020Michael Levenson, “Who’s Who in the Harvey Weinstein Trial,” New York Times, 2/19/2020Jeremy Barr, “Why the Weinstein Trial Jurors are Deliberating Slowly,” The Hollywood Reporter, 2/19/2020Alyssa Rosenberg, “Harvey Weinstein is on

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    Scenes from an Impeachment (with Dan Goldman)

    Scenes from an Impeachment (with Dan Goldman)

    This week’s episode of Stay Tuned, “Scenes from an Impeachment,” features an exclusive interview with Dan Goldman, the House Intelligence Committee’s Director of Investigations and Senior Adviser who was charged with leading the public questioning of impeachment witnesses. Goldman, a former federal prosecutor who served as SDNY’s Deputy Chief of Organized Crime, takes us behind the scenes of impeachment.

    As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.

    To listen to Stay Tuned bonus content, try CAFE Insider with free two-week trial. For students with a valid .edu email, there’s now a special rate.




    REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

    SUBPOENA POWERCRS Report: Congress’s Contempt Power and the Enforcement of Congressional Subpoenas: Law, History, Practice, and Procedure, May 2017


    THE WHISTLEBLOWER COMPLAINTInspector General of the Intelligence Community Michael Atkinson’s first letter notifying the House Intel Committee of the withheld whistleblower complaint, 9/9/19Chairman Adam Schiff’s letter to Acting Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire requesting the withheld whistleblower complaint, 9/10/19Chairman Schiff’s subpoena and accompanying letter issued to Acting DNI Maguire regarding the withheld whistleblower complaint, 9/13/19The Whistleblower complaint regarding President Trump’s actions, filed August 2019Acting DNI Maguire’s testimony before the House Intelligence Committee, 9/26/19


    MUELLER REPORTAttorney General Bill Barr’s letter on Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s report’s principal conclusions, March 2019Special Counsel Bob Mueller’s Report on The Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election, March 2019


    UKRAINEMemorandum of Trump’s July 25, 2019 conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr ZelenskyFormer special envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker’s text messagesThree House Committees Launch Wide-Ranging Investigation into Trump-Giuliani Ukraine Scheme, 9/9/19“Rudy Giuliani Plans Ukraine Trip to Push for Inquiries That Could Help Trump, New York Times, 5/9/19


    HOUSE IMPEACHMENT WITNESSESAmbassador Bill Taylor’s deposition transcript and testimonyGeorge Kent’s deposition transcript and testimonyDr. Fiona Hill’s deposition transcript and testimony  David Holmes’ deposition transcript and testimonyUndersecretary David Hale’s deposition transcript and testimonyTim Morrison’s deposition transcript and testimonyLt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s deposition transcript and testimonyAmbassador Gordon Sondland’s deposition transcript and testimonyFormer Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch’s deposition transcript and testimonyLaura Cooper’s deposition transcript and testimony  Jennifer Williams’ deposition transcript and testimonyAmbassador Kurt Volker’s deposition transcript and testimonyDan Goldman’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, 12/9/19


    ARTICLES OF IMPEACHMENTThe House Resolution Impeaching Donald John Trump, President of the United States, for high crimes and misdemeanors, December 2019Clip: Pelosi’s full impeachment inquiry announcement, 9/24/19“Seven freshman Democrats: These allegations are a threat to all we have sworn to protect,” Washington Post, 9/23/19“How senators voted on Trump’s impeachment,” Politico, 2/5/20


    SENATE TRIALClip: Rep. Adam Schiff Closing Argument in Senate Trial, 1/23/20Clip: Rep. Adam Schiff Closing Argument in Senate Trial, 2/3/20  


    ROGER STONERoger Stone initial sentencing memo, 2/10/20Roger Stone updated sentencing memo, 2/11/20Trump tweet congratulating AG Barr on Stone case intervention, 2/12/20“Prosecutors quit Roger Stone case after Justice Dept. intervenes on sentencing,” The New York Times, 2/11/20“Trump pulls nomination of former U.S. for Treasury post

    • 1 hr 38 min
    Stone Cold Crisis (with Anne Milgram)

    Stone Cold Crisis (with Anne Milgram)

    In this special episode of Stay Tuned, “Stone Cold Crisis,” Preet Bharara and Anne Milgram dig into some seriously troubling news: The DOJ’s decision to overrule career prosecutors’ recommended sentence for Roger Stone, Trump’s long-time advisor and friend, a day after Trump called the initial sentencing recommendation “horrible and very unfair.”

    The analysis of this and other politically charged legal news continues next Tuesday for members of CAFE Insider. Sign up for a free two-week trial to listen. For students with a valid .edu email, there’s now a special rate.




    REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

    STONE CASE Roger Stone initial sentencing memo, 2/10/20Roger Stone updated sentencing memo, 2/11/20Trump tweet congratulating AG Barr on Stone case intervention, 2/12/20Preet tweet re: Judge Amy Berman Jackson, 2/11/20Trump tweet attacking Judge Jackson, 2/11/20“Prosecutors quit Roger Stone case after Justice Dept. intervenes on sentencing,” The New York Times, 2/11/20“Trump pulls nomination of former U.S. for Treasury post,” Axios, 2/11/12


    FLYNN“In reversal, prosecutors recommend up to 6 months in prison for Flynn,” ABC News, 1/7/20


    GIULIANI / BARR BACKCHANNELAG Bill Barr’s memo outlining new restrictions on opening politically sensitive investigations, 2/5/20“Giuliani is giving Biden info the government, Barr confirms,” Los Angeles Times, 2/10/20

    • 22 min
    Iowa & The State of Disunion (with John Dickerson)

    Iowa & The State of Disunion (with John Dickerson)

    On this week’s episode of Stay Tuned, “Iowa & The State of Disunion,” Preet answers your questions about:The future of the Iowa CaucusesWhether the House can re-open the impeachment inquiry into President TrumpHow elections should bear on impeachmentSituations where the guilty are acquitted  


    The guest this week is John Dickerson. He is a correspondent for 60 Minutes, contributing editor to The Atlantic, and an author. Dickerson is also a co-host of Slate’s Political Gabfest and Whistlestop podcasts.

    As always, tweet your questions to @PreetBharara with hashtag #askpreet, email us at staytuned@cafe.com, or call 669-247-7338 to leave a voicemail.

    To listen to Stay Tuned bonus content, become a member of CAFE Insider.

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    REFERENCES & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS

    THE Q&A

    IOWA“Lessons Learned From The Iowa Caucuses, And Danger Signs Ahead,” National Public Radio, 2/5/20“‘A total mess’: Critics call for an end to Iowa’s first-in-the-nation statusIowa caucuses – reporting,” Vox, 2/4/20


    IMPEACHMENTDouble Jeopardy, Legal Information Institute Jury Nullification, Legal Information Institute “Alexander: Trump's Ukraine actions 'wrong,' 'inappropriate,' but not impeachable,” Politico, 2/1/20“Murkowski says she 'cannot vote to convict,' but calls Trump's actions 'shameful and wrong,'” CNN, 2/3/20“Rep. Jerry Nadler Says House Will Likely Subpoena John Bolton,” National Public Radio, 2/5/20


    THE INTERVIEW

    SOTUTrump’s 2020 State of the Union AddressState of the Union Address, United States House of Representatives History, Art & ArchivesTrump’s 2019 State of the Union Address, 2/5/19“In dissonant State of the Union speech, Trump seeks unity while depicting ruin,” Washington Post, 2/5/19 Ezra Klein: “Why the media is so polarized — and how it polarizes us,” Vox, 1/28/20Dickerson: “The Hardest Job in the World,” The Atlantic, May 2018


    BIPARTISANSHIP“Obama’s Call for Bipartisanship Failed. Why Do 2020 Dems Think They’ll Do Better?,” NY Mag, 3/1/19“Frenemies: A Love Story,” New York Times, 10/5/12“Nancy Pelosi, Icon of Female Power, Will Reclaim Role as Speaker and Seal a Place in History,” New York Times, 1/2/19


    HOUSE OF TIP O’NEILLThe Troubles of Tip O’Neill, New York Times, 8/16/91“After Two Decades, the 'Boll Weevils' Are Back, and Whistling Dixie,” Washington Post, 4/26/81Clip: “Speaker O'Neil's Words Taken Down,” C-SPAN, 5/15/84“Newt vs. Tip: Partisanship at Its Apogee?,” RealClearPolitics, 5/15/14“The House of Jim Wright,” Politico, 5/7/15“Lott Remarks on Thurmond Echoed 1980 Words,” Washington Post, 9/11/02


    TRUMANListen: “Harry S. Truman’s Battles With the Bosses,” Whistlestop Podcast, 11/15/17“As Election Day nears, Trump borrows from Harry Truman’s playbook,” Washington Post, 11/5/18


    POLITICAL “GAFFES”Clip: Joe Lieberman, “3-way tie for 3rd,” C-SPAN, 5/18/17 Clip: “The Scream that doomed Howard Dean,” 2004Clip: “George H.W. Bush checks the time,” 1992“Dukakis and the Tank,” Politico, 11/17/13


    POLITICAL SPEECHESClip: Mario Cuomo 1984 Democratic National Convention Keynote Speech, C-SPAN, 7/16/84Clip: Ronald Reagan’s 1976 Presidential Endorsement Speech, C-SPAN, 8/19/76Clip: President Obama delivers Eulogy, Youtube, 6/26/15Clip: Senator Barack Obama 2004 Democratic National Convention Keynote Speech, 7/27/04Clip: Obama Speech in Manassas, Virginia, 11/3/08


    IMPEACHMENTClip: Rep. Adam Schiff Closing Argument, 2/3/20


    THE BUTTONClip: Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Democratic Response to State of the Union Address, 2/4/20Clip: Marco Rubio's State of the Union Response, 2/12/13Clip: Jindal Delivers Republican Response, 2/25/09Clip: 30 Bobby Jindal Rock, 2/25/09

    • 1 hr 14 min

Customer Reviews

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The episode with James Stravridis was great. This podcast series is always thought provoking especially when you’re interviewing people I’ve never heard of before. This podcast coming about is the only good reason for you’re firing from the SouthernDistrict. Cheers, man. If you’re asked to be rehired by the upcoming Dem President, hopefully you’ll have the time to manage this as well.

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Worth Its Weight in Gold

Preet’s podcast is the only way to stay sane in this increasingly insane political world. He and Anne break down issues in such a thoughtful and clear way, and really help listeners make sense (if that’s even possible!) of current events. I feel more informed and more motivated to demand justice, having heard their analysis. The podcast is a true asset to lawyers and non-lawyers alike. The Dan Goldman episode (taking us behind the scenes of the impeachment hearings) was fantastic!

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An essential podcast.

Preet strikes an amazing balance of being a sober, incisive interviewer with an incredible dry wit that makes for an incredibly entertaining and thought-provoking hour. You may not have heard of some or even most of his guests, but you will want to listen.

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