Stanford Legal is hosted by Stanford law professors Pam Karlan, one of nation’s leading experts on voting and the political process, and Joe Bankman, a clinical psychologist and tax law expert. The program features engaging conversations with attorneys, legal scholars, and leading experts on the news-making topics of the day including the commercialization of marijuana, the power of prosecutors, the travel ban, and more. Legal issues can seem complex, Stanford Legal will help listeners make sense of what the law is, why it’s that way, and what changes we should hope for…or fear. Pam, Joe, and their guests will decipher and explain key issues in a stimulating and entertaining way.
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Election 2020: Issues During and After Votes are Cast and Counted with Pam Karlan
President Trump has repeatedly refused to state clearly that he will accept the results of the November election. In so doing, he raises critical questions for American democracy—particularly if the election is close. In this episode of Stanford Legal, Pam Karlan, one of the nation’s leading experts on the law of democracy discusses critical issues in this important election for the next American president.
What is the Electoral College and is it Fair? with guest Jack Rakove
The Electoral College is a uniquely American system, with electors in each state choosing our president rather than the popular vote. After two recent presidents lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College (Bush and Trump), is it outdated and unfair? In this episode, Stanford historian Jack Rakove joins Pam and Joe to discuss the history and present-day relevance of the Electoral College.
President Trump's Taxes with Joe Bankman
Revelations about President Trump’s tax returns, and news about how much or how little he has paid to the federal government, have made headlines in recent weeks. In this episode, Stanford Legal co-host Joe Bankman, himself a tax law expert, breaks down the important takeaways from what we know about the President and his taxes.
The Legacy of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the legal icon known as the architect of the legal fight for women’s rights in the 1970s, is remembered in this episode of Stanford Legal by her former SCOTUS clerk Lisa Beattie Frelinghuysen. Join Pam, Joe, and Lisa for this discussion about RBG’s legacy, key cases, and recollections of the notorious justice.
Laws of War: The Nuclear Threat 75 Years After Hiroshima with Allen Weiner
In the heat of war, the legality of the U.S. bombing of Japanese cities Hiroshima and Nagsaki in August, 1945 wasn’t questioned. But the devastation of those nuclear bombs, with hundreds of thousands of mostly civilians dead, spurred the international community to look for ways to prevent it from ever happening again. But today, 75 years later, the nuclear threat is more real than ever. In this episode, international law expert Allen Weiner joins Pam and Joe to discuss the law of war and the threat of nuclear weapons after Hiroshima.
Voting During the Pandemic: Is Mail-in Voting the Answer? with guests Nate Persily and Chelsey Davidson
With Covid-19 still spreading in the U.S., and November fast approaching, more Americans are looking to mail-in voting. How can the presidential election be held safely? Voting law expert Nate Persily and law student Chelsey Davidson join Pam and Joe to discuss challenges for voting this year and possible solutions.
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Contents of some discussions are simply too superficial....I didn’t learn much after hearing for half an hour