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Behind every news headline, there’s another, deeper story. It’s a story about power. In Deep Background, Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg View columnist Noah Feldman will bring together a cross-section of expert guests to explore the historical, scientific, legal, and cultural context that help us understand what’s really going on behind the biggest stories in the news.iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

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Behind every news headline, there’s another, deeper story. It’s a story about power. In Deep Background, Harvard Law School professor and Bloomberg View columnist Noah Feldman will bring together a cross-section of expert guests to explore the historical, scientific, legal, and cultural context that help us understand what’s really going on behind the biggest stories in the news.iHeartMedia is the exclusive podcast partner of Pushkin Industries. 

    The Most Powerful Legal Organization in the Country

    The Most Powerful Legal Organization in the Country

    Six of the nine Supreme Court Justices are members of a club called the Federalist Society. Noah Feldman speaks to Eugene B. Meyer, the president of the Federalist Society, about the organization’s goals, how it is funded, and how it operates. They also discuss Noah’s new audiobook about the organization called “Takeover: How a Conservative Student Club Captured the Supreme Court.” Download Takeover at www.pushkin.fm/takeover.
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    • 42 min
    The Impeachment Era

    The Impeachment Era

    Why are presidential impeachments happening more often? Are impeachments futile if they don't end in a conviction? What did Hamilton and Madison overlook about the impeachment and the transition of power? To discuss these questions, political journalist and CEO of Pushkin Industries Jacob Weisberg joins the conversation. Jacob and Noah were two of the early voices on impeachment, starting in 2017 when they co-authored an article laying out Trump’s early possible impeachable offenses for The New York Review of Books. Noah would later testify at President Trump’s first impeachment trial. Today, Jacob and Noah bookend the conversation on impeachment.
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    • 43 min
    Inside Facebook’s Decision to Ban Trump

    Inside Facebook’s Decision to Ban Trump

    Monika Bickert, Vice President of Content Policy at Facebook, takes us inside the decision to indefinitely suspend former President Donald Trump’s account. Host Noah Feldman details what this move means for free expression in the United States and what it tells us about Trump’s second impeachment trial.
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    • 46 min
    Noah Feldman on Axios Today About the Impeachment Trial

    Noah Feldman on Axios Today About the Impeachment Trial

    Noah Feldman is a guest on this episode of Axios Today, discussing the constitutionality of the impeachment trial.
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    • 13 min
    GameStop Is Just The Beginning

    GameStop Is Just The Beginning

    Alexis Goldstein, a former Wall Street business analyst and senior policy analyst at Americans for Financial Reform, discusses why GameStop’s wild ride is not actually a David vs. Goliath story. She discusses the underlying conditions revealed by the GameStop saga, and imagines alternative ways to regulate the markets. 
     
    Alexis Goldstein writes about the financial markets in her popular newsletter, Markets Weekly. Her most recent op-ed, “The Trouble With GameStop Is That the House Still Wins” was published in The New York Times.
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    • 47 min
    The New Coronavirus Strains

    The New Coronavirus Strains

    Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch shares his concerns about the emerging COVID variants from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil. He also discusses how these new variants could impact vaccine rollout worldwide, and his cautious predictions for when we might return to something resembling normal.
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    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
687 Ratings

687 Ratings

pattiocon ,

Disappointed

Noah Feldman is incredibly smart and articulate. I respected his participation in the impeachment proceedings. (Much good it did but that isn’t his fault.)
But a couple things he has (rather glibly) stated or brought up in the recent past kind of grossed me out. The first was his friendship with Cheryl Sandberg. If they are so close he should use his influence to convince her that Facebook needs to seriously reconsider their algorithms and back off on fueling feuds in order to rake in more dough. I mean really- haven’t she and Zuckerberg made enough 💰 money? (See “The Social Dilemma” on Netflix).
The second thing is the discussion of presidential pardons that dropped this week. It was very interesting but toward the end he and his guest started talking about defendants using the pardon system to get forgiven of their misdeeds. The guest was talking about high powered white collar criminals being the most likely to do anything possible to obtain a pardon. “They are used to pulling all the levers and using all their contacts to get what they want in life”.(that isn’t a direct quote but that was the gist). I wish that the guest (Seth someone) and/or Noah would have voiced a little more outrage around this subject. I think we all know the truth in this observation but it is exactly those kinds of people who have led us to our current political dysfunction, including the election of Donald Trump.

Marilyn Marin ,

Love it!

Reminds me of being back in Grad school. So honest and critical thinking. Thank you! 🙏

Blorpal ,

Facebook oversight board is a jooooooke

We all know that Facebook selected these people to ‘oversee’ them. There is a reason another board is being formed to oversee the oversight board

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