8 episodes

A podcast about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's oral arguments in the Supreme Court—before she was #NotoriousRBG. Hosted by Lauren Moxley.

The Ginsburg Tapes Lauren Moxley

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A podcast about Ruth Bader Ginsburg's oral arguments in the Supreme Court—before she was #NotoriousRBG. Hosted by Lauren Moxley.

    Ride on Its Skirttails

    Ride on Its Skirttails

    After Leon Goldfarb’s wife, Hannah Goldfarb, passed away, he was denied benefits available to sole surviving spouses that he would have obtained if their gender-roles were reversed. Ruth Bader Ginsburg represented Leon in challenging the law. The government argued that Ginsburg wanted to “characterize this as a women’s rights case because the cause of women’s rights...

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Near Beer and the Middle Tier

    Near Beer and the Middle Tier

    When did the Supreme Court finally raise the bar for sex equality under the Constitution?  In a case about beer. In Oklahoma, women could buy 3.2% alcohol beer at 18, but men had to wait until they turned 21.  Two fraternity brothers at Oklahoma State University teamed up with a co-owner of a local convenience...

    • 51 min
    A Ginsburg Tapes Mashup

    A Ginsburg Tapes Mashup

    This short episode describes the motivation for the Ginsburg Tapes podcast, and mashes up key moments from Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s oral arguments in the Supreme Court in the 1970s. Questions for Lauren? Shoot her an email at ginsburgtapes@gmail.com, or find her on Twitter and Instagram @ginsburgtapes.

    • 6 min
    Not a Pedestal, But a Cage

    Not a Pedestal, But a Cage

    After Stephen Wiesenfeld’s wife Paula died giving birth to their son, he was denied benefits available to sole surviving mothers with modest incomes. Had Stephen and Paula’s places been reversed, Paula would have received those benefits. Ruth Bader Ginsburg represented Stephen in challenging the social security law. She used the case to show how a...

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Make Us Serve

    Make Us Serve

    Edwards v. Healy involved a challenge to a Louisiana law that excused women from the duty to serve on juries. In Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s third oral argument before the Supreme Court, she tried to get the Court to overturn a ruling of just 13 years earlier upholding a volunteers-only jury scheme for women–which the Court...

    • 1 hr
    Pregnancy Discrimination Cases of the 1970s

    Pregnancy Discrimination Cases of the 1970s

    At the same time that Ruth Bader Ginsburg was arguing the sex equality cases that we’re focusing on in this podcast, the Supreme Court also heard a number of pregnancy discrimination cases.  In each case, the Burger Court struggled to see how pregnancy discrimination is a function of sex.  In their minds, pregnancy is different. ...

    • 22 min

Customer Reviews

SEV-S ,

A must listen, invaluable education for All

Thank you for this podcast. Though a scientist and not a lawyer, I am thoroughly enjoying learning how the amazing RBG navigated a hostile environment for the benefit of all society and especially women. So clear and easy yo understand even if this is not your area of study.
Definitely a must listen to All, especially on these times.

dactyljd ,

Fascinating history project

I have learned so much about RBG and her influence on the Court prior to her joining as a Justice. I love listening to the back and forth between Ginsburg and the justices during oral arguments and enjoy the way the narrator tells these stories in an accessible way

momonguam ,

Smart and thought-full

This important history is critical to understanding how we got to where we are today. RBG exchanges with SCOTUS are fascinating and instructive. Thank you, Lauren.

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