The Supreme Court of the United States is divided, and it's not the first time. For over two centuries, the justices on the nation's highest bench have argued with one another over the direction to take country. From Brown v. Board of Education to Roe v. Wade, the Court has repeatedly transformed American society and remains a polarizing political subject today.
And yet no one really talks about what exactly happened in all of these cases. For instance, no one talks about how contraception, abortion, interracial marriage, homosexuality, and same-sex marriage were all legalized nationally because of one sentence in the Constitution! And no one talks about who made Brown v. Board of Education possible and how the Supreme Court's interpretation of the Constitution has changed over time.
In May it Please the Court, Alex Akhavan narrates the riveting events that connect the most important cases in U.S. history. Each season is one story about one part of the Constitution, and each episode tells its own tale about the context, the personalities, and the legal arguments that changed the country and the world.
S01, Episode X - #LoveWins
In the season finale of May It Please The Court, the justices decide the issue of same-sex marriage. In 2015, twelve years after the Court's landmark decision that had invalidated anti-sodomy laws, Justice Anthony Kennedy is once again the tiebreaker needed to expand the scope of the 14th amendment's fundamental right to privacy...one more time.
S01, Episode IX - A Lovers' Quarrel
It's a new millennium, and gay rights advocates take another stab at invalidating anti-sodomy laws in the landmark case of Lawrence v. Texas. The mainstream public's views on homosexuality have evolved considerably as the legal world waits to find out whether Justice Anthony Kennedy will be the swing vote needed to legalize homosexual conduct nationwide.
S01, Episode VIII - The O'Connor Burden
It’s a Roe v. Wade rematch when the Supreme Court hears the case of Planned Parenthood vs. Casey in 1992. As a new split forms among the Court’s conservatives, Sandra Day O’Connor, the country’s first female justice, is the deciding vote to determine the future of abortion rights in the United States.
S01, Episode VII - No Conceivable Limit
Substantive due process is now a political issue. Republicans start appointing justices willing to reverse or limit the doctrine responsible for Roe v. Wade. Meanwhile, progressives try to expand interpretations of the 14th amendment to start protecting gay rights.
S01, Episode VI - Jane Roe
With substantive due process back in full force, the Supreme Court takes up the issue of abortion and decides its most controversial case in recent history: Roe v. Wade.
S01, Episode V - Loving
Just two years after its historic decision in Griswold v. Connecticut, the Supreme Court decides a landmark case about interracial marriage. While the case could have been decided based only on the Equal Protection clause, the Court went further to answer a more fundamental question: can the government stop a person from Loving someone?
I wish I would have listened to this pod cast while I was enrolled in constitutional law. Great way of breaking down and showing the evolution of the due process clause of the 14th amendment. MORE PLEASE!!!
Great modern take on constitutional issues
As a divorce lawyer, I loved listening to episode one! It was an interesting, relevant take on all of the issues that still permeate throughout our society.
Fascinating storytelling of real events