19 episodes

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, 81 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?

    Election Nightmares. What happens if President Trump loses but won't leave office? 

    Election Nightmares. What happens if President Trump loses but won't leave office? 

    Join host Jessica Levinson as she details which potential election catastrophes keep her up at night. 
    Jessica talks about the possible problems associated with voting in a pandemic, President Trump's efforts to undermine the integrity of our elections, whether Nancy Pelosi could become president, and much more. 

    Sound engineer extraordinaire - Andrei Padilla

    • 14 min
    Is the Supreme Court Really a Court?

    Is the Supreme Court Really a Court?

    Join host Jessica Levinson and guest Eric Segall. Eric is a professor at Georgia State University College of Law and an expert on the Supreme Court.

    How does the Supreme Court make its decisions? Does the Court function as intended?

    In this episode, Eric makes the provocative argument that the Supreme Court is not really a court, and that judges make their decisions on little more than their ideological views.

    • 20 min
    Which Vice Presidential Contender Will Help Biden Beat Trump? 

    Which Vice Presidential Contender Will Help Biden Beat Trump? 

    Vice President Joe Biden is about to choose his running mate. He has pledged that he will pick a woman. But who? 

    Host Jessica Levinson talks about whether or not a presidential candidate's running mate makes any real difference in a presidential campaign and who Biden might pick as his running mate. 

    Jessica runs down the top contenders including Senators Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren, and Tammy Duckworth, former National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Congresswomen Karen Bass and Val Demings.

    Sound engineer-Andrei Padilla.

    • 12 min
    Is Pres. Trump's Census Order Unconstitutional?

    Is Pres. Trump's Census Order Unconstitutional?

    President Trump just signed an executive order directing the Department of Commerce not to count undocumented immigrants for the purposes of drawing congressional district lines.
     
    Is Trump's executive order? What are the political consequences of this order?

    Host Jessica Levinson walks you through everything you need to know about Trump's decision to weaponize the census.

    For more, read Jessica's recent pieces on NBC.com

    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-census-order-unconstitutional-coronavirus-distraction-ncna1234564
    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/trump-s-citizenship-census-question-battle-legally-dubious-he-may-ncna1028236
    https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/supreme-court-knows-citizenship-census-question-likely-bogus-it-doesn-ncna1012546

    • 13 min
    The Supreme Court as "the Solicitor General's Idiot Intern?"

    The Supreme Court as "the Solicitor General's Idiot Intern?"

    Chief Justice John Roberts as a junior woodchuck?

    When does a judge go "Christopher Walken" on you?

    Come for the My Cousin Vinny references, stay for an in-depth look at the most powerful court in the land - the Supreme Court - with Professor Garrett Epps.

    • 32 min
    Rep. AOC v Rep. Yoho?

    Rep. AOC v Rep. Yoho?

    What happened between Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ted Yoho?

    Rep. AOC made a speech on the floor of the House to discuss Yoho's comments and what they say about gender dynamics more generally.

    Women are underrepresented in the public and private sphere. Why does that matter?

    Host Jessica Levinson and producer Joe Armstrong discuss Rep. AOC's speech and the great gender divide in rooms of power throughout the country.

    • 14 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
81 Ratings

81 Ratings

Hapgoodblah ,

Great informative podcast

I look forward to every episode for the in-depth analysis on the issues that impact our country the most.

Dana. @hyperbolic6 ,

Worth it!

Great discussion. Smart! I’m late to this podcast but totally here for it now!

Susan JK ,

Excellent podcast!

Though I worked as a legal assistant for most of my career, I never knew much about areas of the law outside of the specialty area in which I worked - and certainly not about the Supreme Court. Everything is so wonderfully explained, and the hosts ask such pertinent questions, that the podcasts leave me wanting more.

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