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A podcast about the Supreme Court and the legal culture that surrounds it. Hosted by Leah Litman, Melissa Murray, and Kate Shaw. Produced by Melody Rowell.

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    • 4.7 • 1.1K Ratings

A podcast about the Supreme Court and the legal culture that surrounds it. Hosted by Leah Litman, Melissa Murray, and Kate Shaw. Produced by Melody Rowell.

    Fourth Dimension Feminism

    Fourth Dimension Feminism

    Kate, Melissa, and Leah recap oral arguments in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the Mississippi case that banned abortion after 15 weeks.

    • 1 hr 8 min
    Sad Girl Autumn

    Sad Girl Autumn

    It’s sad girl autumn at the Supreme Court -- Melissa, Kate, and Leah preview the upcoming cases, including the frontal challenge to Roe v. Wade in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, and discuss the Court’s lack of action on the S.B. 8 cases.

    • 53 min
    At Liberty: This Fall’s Fight Against Forced Pregnancy

    At Liberty: This Fall’s Fight Against Forced Pregnancy

    In October, Melissa joined the ACLU's podcast At Liberty to discuss the state of abortion rights in Texas and the rest of the nation. We're thrilled to bring the conversation to Strict Scrutiny listeners as well.

    The Supreme Court is gearing up to hear challenges to some state laws restricting abortion, including a case from Mississippi that directly challenges the 1973 precedent set in Roe v. Wade. Given the court’s conservative super majority, many legal experts are warning that access to abortion may hang on Congressional action. The Women’s Health Protection Act, a bill that could legally enshrine the right to abortion care, passed the House on September 24th but faces a battle in the Senate.

    Melissa's co-panelists are Imani Gandy, senior editor at the Rewire News Group and co-host of the podcast Boom! Lawyered, and Alexa Kolbi-Molinas, senior staff attorney at the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project. Molly Kaplan hosts.

    • 40 min
    Self-Own Sam

    Self-Own Sam

    Professor Lisa Eskow joins the podcast to discuss some Justices’ willingness to engage in ecclesiastical whack-a-mole in Ramirez v. Collier. There are also birthday wishes, Big Bird (and other birds), kale shops, and more!

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Have They Heard of Frat Houses?

    Have They Heard of Frat Houses?

    Leah talks to Ahilan Arulanantham about the argument in FBI v. Fazaga, the case challenging the government’s surveillance of the Muslim community in Southern California.

    • 31 min
    Arbitration Rat

    Arbitration Rat

    Melissa, Leah, & Kate recap the remaining cases from the first week of November -- and focus on Houston Community College and NYSRPA v. Bruen, which raises the question whether NYU has a campus. (It does.)

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
1.1K Ratings

1.1K Ratings

LJ12345668 ,

The most needed podcast right now

Your analysis and explanation of cases and arguments coupled with your expression of my frustrations out loud makes this my favorite podcast. Thank you.

natlratlsecfan ,

Good substance, but some undesirable “noise”

By which I mean, there seems to be more than necessary personal shade thrown, eg about Alito’s skin characteristics (wholly irrelevant to legal analysis).

Full disclosure: I lean right, but I like to hear opposing viewpoints so I can understand where people are coming from. My complaint with this podcast is not that I tend to disagree, but that I must wade through distraction in order to get any of the cherished “why the other side thinks that.” Contrasted this with eg AO where I feel like I get better (read: more persuasive) representations of left-leaning positions.

Still, these ladies are sharp, and it’s otherwise a decent pod. Just sometimes feels like it’s tailored only to their choirgirls.

HoyaSaxaSD ,

Great schadenfreude listen

I disagree with almost every take Litman and her guests have, but for a conservative it is a pretty delicious schadenfreude experience to listen to Litman’s apoplexy now that SCOTUS may be a bit more reliably conservative. (I’m listening to the “emergency” episode after the Dobbs oral argument.) Of course, SCOTUS justices always disappoint us conservatives, so unless and until the court actually overturns Roe, there’s a decent chance that come June, the schadenfreude tables will turn, and Litman, et al. can seek pleasure reading Ed Whelan’s laments of the Court Charlie Brown-ing the right once again, like with the original Obamacare decision. We’ll see if this time will finally be different; I’m not holding my breath. Lastly, Litman’s cursing is unnecessary and off putting, and makes her seem less intelligent than she may actually be. Her guests routinely come across as more intelligent, classy, levelheaded, and hinged than Litman, which I imagine may be a source of irritation for her.

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