Irrational Basis Review: a constitutional law podcast that’s rationally related to a legitimate educational purpose. We'll provide deep dives about the constitutional law cases that are foundational to the first year law school curriculum. For professors, law students, and anyone interested in law! Hosted by Leah Litman, Melissa Murray, and Kate Shaw. Produced by Melody Rowell.
What happens when rational basis gets bitten by a radioactive animus spider? It becomes super-powered and invalidates a range of discriminatory conduct. Where did this toothier form of rational basis come from? And which Justice made it his life’s work to wring every bit of goodness out of the whole concept of animus?
Carolene Products: Footnote 4
Start your study of individual rights on the right foot(note) with this discussion of Con Law’s most famous footnote and the tiers of scrutiny that it spawned.
We do a deep dive into unenumerated rights-- where do they come from? Why do they get such a bad rap? How do we know when an unenumerated right is entitled to the most robust constitutional protections?
A quick, handy guide to the state action doctrine.
Congress’s Section 5 Power
A deeper dive of Congress’s power to enact legislation pursuant to the Fourteenth Amendment.
Commerce Clause Jurisprudence
A rollicking ride covering the Court’s Commerce Clause jurisprudence from Gibbons v. Ogden, to the Gilded Age, to the New Deal, to the present.
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Longer episodes = more substantive, better episodes
I wasn’t sure how I felt about this podcast after the first 2 episodes, but the 3rd episode really showcased why I love these hosts. The longer episode allowed for a more substantive discussion about the presidential power, and I enjoyed it very much.
Plan to use it in my classes
Great concise podcast
I teach government, and this podcast is a great summary of topics that come up in my classes. It’s accessible for anyone, though it’s aimed at law students. Highly recommended.