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Is the constitution in crisis? This podcast is for people who are curious about politics and the law and how the biggest political and legal issues of the moment affect you. Pull up a chair and join host Jessica Levinson, a professor at LMU’s Loyola Law School, and a rotating cast of experts. Jessica will be joined by journalists, politicians, political scientists, lawyers, and many others.

Listen to Jessica and her guests for a wry, and sometimes irreverent take on the most pressing issues of our time. What are the laws of our democracy? How are they changing? And what does that mean for your daily life?

Passing Judgment Jessica Levinson

    • Government
    • 4.8 • 149 Ratings

Is the constitution in crisis? This podcast is for people who are curious about politics and the law and how the biggest political and legal issues of the moment affect you. Pull up a chair and join host Jessica Levinson, a professor at LMU’s Loyola Law School, and a rotating cast of experts. Jessica will be joined by journalists, politicians, political scientists, lawyers, and many others.

Listen to Jessica and her guests for a wry, and sometimes irreverent take on the most pressing issues of our time. What are the laws of our democracy? How are they changing? And what does that mean for your daily life?

    Will former President Trump face prison or jail time? Will he be found civilly liable? (Guest - Glenn Kirschner)

    Will former President Trump face prison or jail time? Will he be found civilly liable? (Guest - Glenn Kirschner)

    In this episode of Passing Judgment we speak with NBC and MSNBC legal analyst Glenn Kirshner. Glenn is a former federal prosecutor and he shares his insights into whether Trump will face prison or jail time. Glenn also touches on issues of potential civil liability.

    Jessica's conversation with Glenn took part during Loyola Law School's Journalist Law School.

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    • 48 min
    The DOJ seeks to defend Trump against E. Jean Carroll, a federal judge strikes down CA's ban on assault weapons, and the Supreme Court term heats up

    The DOJ seeks to defend Trump against E. Jean Carroll, a federal judge strikes down CA's ban on assault weapons, and the Supreme Court term heats up

    It’s June! That means a bunch of big, controversial Supreme Court decisions are coming your way. Jessica and Joe preview the biggest cases pending on the Court's end-of-term docket. They also talk about a case that might be destined for the Supreme Court down the road - a federal judge’s recent decision to strike down California's ban on assault weapons. And they wrap up by talking about the Department of Justice’s decision to seek to defend former president Donald Trump in the E. Jean Carroll defamation case.

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    • 24 min
    "My Life After Hate" (Guest - Arno Michaels)

    "My Life After Hate" (Guest - Arno Michaels)

    Hear from former white supremacist and the author of My Life After Hate, Arno Michaels.

    Arno talks to Jessica about how he moved from being a white supremacist to working with people to prevent radicalization, violence, and extremism.

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    • 51 min
    Where are the biggest fault lines in American society? (Guest-Colin Woodard)

    Where are the biggest fault lines in American society? (Guest-Colin Woodard)

    Colin Woodard stops by Passing Judgment to talk about American regionalism and what truly causes the fissures in our political ideology.

    Colin is author of numerous books, including Union: The Struggle to Forge the Story of United States Nationhood.

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    • 35 min
    The 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre (Guest-Tim Madigan)

    The 100th Anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre (Guest-Tim Madigan)

    Journalist and author Tim Madigan stops by Passing Judgment to talk about the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Massacre, an vitally important but somewhat forgotten tragedy in our nation's history. He wrote the critically acclaimed and best-selling book The Burning: The Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921.

    Tim talks about the Jim Crow era and whether we are living through "Jim Crow 2.0."

    His discussion is an important reminder of how much the past informs the present.

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    • 34 min
    Roe v. Wade and beyond: The past and future of abortion rights in America (Guest-Prof. Mary Zeigler)

    Roe v. Wade and beyond: The past and future of abortion rights in America (Guest-Prof. Mary Zeigler)

    How did the court come to its decision in Roe v. Wade? Is that decision now under attack?

    We talk with Prof. Mary Zeigler author of_Abortion in America: A Legal History, Roe v. Wade to the Present, After Roe: The Lost History of the Abortion Debate, and  Beyond Abortion: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Privacy._

    Note: This episode was recorded before the Supreme Court decided to weigh in on a Mississippi abortion law that could overturn Roe v. Wade. We have a special episode on that case which dropped on 5.18.21.

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    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
149 Ratings

149 Ratings

skashhswhuwwija ,

MUST LISTEN

Great analysis and explanation from a law perspective. They do their best to stay unbiased and explain in-depth topics that are reported and bring light to topics that are not front page news!

JhollyD ,

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I have relied on you both during this horrible year!
You have given me knowledge and some comfort—with your ability to explain the law in a meaningful way.
Still greatly appreciate you and Joe in these podcasts—
I have listened to every episode!
Thank you for your care and effort. I have recommended this podcast to many, many people! Thank you!

DanInTennessee ,

Brilliant and concise!

A lot of podcasts these days take an hour and a half to say what Jessica Levinson can say in 25 to 30 minutes.

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