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Take a moment to delve into the life and times of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Starting in present day and working back through history, each episode in this 6-part series highlights a decade of RBG's life. Hear from RBG herself in a new interview, and some of the people who know her best, including her granddaughter Clara Spera, law school classmate Professor Arthur Miller, and equal pay activist and Supreme Court plaintiff Lilly Ledbetter. CNN's Poppy Harlow and Jeffrey Toobin host this original series, going behind the scenes of the CNN Film RBG.

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Take a moment to delve into the life and times of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Starting in present day and working back through history, each episode in this 6-part series highlights a decade of RBG's life. Hear from RBG herself in a new interview, and some of the people who know her best, including her granddaughter Clara Spera, law school classmate Professor Arthur Miller, and equal pay activist and Supreme Court plaintiff Lilly Ledbetter. CNN's Poppy Harlow and Jeffrey Toobin host this original series, going behind the scenes of the CNN Film RBG.

    Her Origins (1950's/1960's)

    Her Origins (1950's/1960's)

    In the final installment, Poppy and Jeffrey go back to RBG's origins, beginning with her Brooklyn upbringing through to her time as a young lawyer struggling to secure a job despite being top of her class. They sit down with Professor Arthur Miller, who knew RBG and her husband Marty at Harvard Law School. Finally, CNN Supreme Court reporter Ariane De Vogue helps tie it all together and walks us through expectations for the coming term. 

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    • 42 min
    Flaming Feminist Litigator (1970's)

    Flaming Feminist Litigator (1970's)

    This 1970's episode delves into RBG's work as an attorney leading the ACLU Women's Right's Project, taking on clients who had experienced gender-based discrimination. Poppy and Jeffrey hear from two of the plaintiffs in these cases - Sharron Cohen (of Frontiero versus Richardson) and Stephen Wiesenfeld (of Weinberger versus Wiesenfeld) on how RBG argued their cases.

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    • 37 min
    The Odd Couple (1980's)

    The Odd Couple (1980's)

    Episode 4 takes us back to President Carter's appointment of RBG to the DC Circuit of the US Court of Appeals, discussing her transformation from litigator to jurist. Poppy and Jeffrey speak with Eugene Scalia, one of the late Associate Justice Antonin Scalia's sons, about his father and RBG's unlikely friendship.

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    • 20 min
    A Higher Court (1990's)

    A Higher Court (1990's)

    Episode 3 goes through RBG's Supreme Court nomination and her first decade on the High Court. Poppy and Jeffrey speak with Professor Margo Schlanger, one of RBG's clerks during her first term, who breaks down RBG's first opinion on the Court. They also discuss RBG's landmark majority opinion in the United States versus Virginia (1996) -- the case that struck down the male-only admissions policy at the Virginia Military Institute -- speaking with Kelly Sullivan, a member of the first class of women at VMI.

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    • 41 min
    Dissenter (2000's)

    Dissenter (2000's)

    Poppy and Jeffrey go back to the 2000's, when RBG's public profile exploded. She became the most senior liberal justice on the court and wrote some of her most memorable dissents, in cases such as Lily Ledbetter versus Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company (2006) and Shelby County versus Holder (2013). Poppy and Jeffrey sit down with Ledbetter to discuss her case and the impact of RBG's dissent. They also catch up with Shana Knizhnik, the creator of the Notorious RBG Tumblr, and hear about the making of RBG into a pop culture icon.

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    • 33 min
    Staying Power (Present Day)

    Staying Power (Present Day)

    Poppy and Jeffrey begin the journey discussing RBG on the Supreme Court in the Trump era, hearing from her granddaughter Clara Spera on what she learned about her grandmother in law school. They also hear from CNN SCOTUS guru Joan Biskupic on how RBG's 2016 comments about then-presidential candidate Donald Trump have played out today and what to expect from RBG with the shifting makeup of court following Justice Kennedy's retirement.

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    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
252 Ratings

252 Ratings

HBrooksie ,

Love It All Except Jeff

So full of RBG’s amazing life and gives insight to the lives she has been able to touch. Loved the podcast and loved all of the info! Only complaint is Jeffrey Toobin interrupted EVERY single woman, and had to mansplain everything. He acted like he knew more than Poppy, who herself was very knowledgeable. Jeffrey is obviously well-learned on RBG, but he seemed very rude and disrespectful.

Otherwise, loved everything else! Interviews were on-point! Wish Jeffrey didn’t ruin the podcast!!

ShesCraftyPDX ,

Love RBG

Jeffrey, stop interrupting and mansplaining.

Sen. Harry Reid ,

Fluff piece propaganda on a woman who supports the murder of innocents

Head abortion advocate at the supreme court gets CNN to rub propaganda for her posterity. I take solace she will be, purposefully, remembered for " womens right to choose" the murder of her innocent child. Really shows her moral compasse is wild.

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